- Sep 20, 2020
Pope Francis has made welcoming migrants and refugees a key test for Europe’s Christian values. But Poland’s right-wing government argues that keeping them out is necessary to preserve those values. How Francis negotiates that gap will be a key test during his visit this week.
Francis will be the third pope to visit Poland, after St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and his Vatican spokesman recently insisted there would be no changes or cancellations to the pope’s schedule because of security fears. People attending events will be checked by scanners and will have to leave behind any sharp or otherwise dangerous objects, which can be retrieved later.
A Croatian court on Friday annulled a 1946 verdict against a Catholic cardinal who had been convicted by the former Communist authorities of collaborating with the pro-Nazi puppet regime during World War II, and who is today a candidate for sainthood in the Catholic Church.
Sister Carleen Reck, a Roman Catholic nun who works in criminal justice and prison ministry, is part a wave of women religious who are winding down their life’s work in education, health care, parish ministry and social justice arenas.
A federal judge has ruled in favor of a Missouri lawmaker who cited religious objections, based on his family’s Catholic faith, to challenge the inclusion of birth control coverage in his government-provided health insurance.
Argentina’s Catholic Church is launching an investigation into whether a group of religious women helped a former government official who allegedly tried to hide $9 million in cash at their convent, in what many Argentine observers see as collusion in corruption.