- Dec 10, 2019
Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, raised eyebrows this weekend when he said the next step for the Vatican and China would be to establish formal diplomatic relations and spoke of a possible future papal trip, yet experts say official ties are still a long way off.
As protests continue to unravel in Hong Kong, the Vatican has maintained its silence and Catholics appear split about what exactly their role is and just how political they ought to be.
Catholic Church groups deployed teams to assist affected communities Dec. 4, a day after a powerful typhoon hit the Philippines, leaving at least four people dead.
Catholic leaders in Hong Kong have widely supported nearly seven months of anti-government protests, except when they turned violent.
Cardinal Joseph Zen, a vocal opponent of Pope Francis’s approach to China, in a new interview has called his contact with the Vatican in his time as a cardinal “disastrous,” particularly on the issue of engagement with Beijing, and criticized two former top Vatican officials.
Jeffrey Rentegrado never expected that his career as a fisherman could put his life in danger. Nor did he know his faith — and perhaps the intercession of the founder of the Knights of Columbus — would save him from a deadly attack in his own home on the island of Luzon in the Philippines.