- Jul 23, 2021
Pope Francis is currently recovering from colon surgery at Rome’s Gemelli hospital, also known as “the pope’s hospital” or “the third Vatican” given some of its more high-profile Catholic patients over the years.
Earlier this week Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a private phone call with Pope Francis, during which he pressed for papal trip, appealing to the Catholic Church’s “moral authority.”
After apparently to criticize the Vatican’s formal complaint of a proposed anti-homophobia law in Italy during a public event last week, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia has given several interviews on the topic in which he appears to walk back his critique and urges greater Church-State cooperation.
Catholic campaigners have demanded action to curb growing online pornography and child abuse in the European Union, as the bloc’s Catholic bishops welcomed new legislative proposals but also urged tighter controls.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, urged German Catholics to put aside visions and individual needs, noting, “the community must take precedence.”
With the approval of Pope Francis, the Vatican has ordered the dissolution of an Italy-based lay movement.
In a recent interview, the Vatican’s top official on life issues criticized both a proposed anti-homophobia law in Italy and the Holy See’s resistance to the bill.
France’s lower house of parliament is set Tuesday to approve a law that will allow single women and lesbians access to medically assisted reproduction for the first time.