- Sep 18, 2020
Pope Francis and the civil authorities in Rome invoked a spirit of welcoming and integration Tuesday, as populist politicians lead the polls in Italy.
The current Hungarian government under Prime Minister Viktor Orban prides itself on its conservative platform — low immigration, lots of incentives for marriage and families, and promotion of the nation’s Judeo-Christian heritage whenever possible.
Visiting Romania May 31-June 2, Pope Francis will stop at six destinations, including a popular Marian shrine in the Transylvanian region.
Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna announced he has prostate cancer, will undergo surgery in May and will be out of public view for several weeks.
Cardinal Willem Eijk of Utrecht has rejected a plan by the parish board of St. Catherine’s Cathedral to sell the building, to save on maintenance costs.
The Austrian bishops’ conference is the most recent Catholic institution to say it will divest from fossil fuels.