- Michael Stechschulte, CNS
- Dec 2, 2020
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has suggested that some media were guilty of fostering a climate of fear of refugees ahead of the June 23 referendum that resulted in a surprise vote for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. Attitudes have hardened, he said, making it harder for humane solutions.
“I’m a traditional priest and bishop, and I have great regard and respect for Pope Francis. If they want to construe this as somehow I’m not with Pope Francis, that’s crazy. I enjoy Pope Francis; I think he’s doing some marvelous things for the church.”
In the wake of one of the most violent and painful summers in recent memory, much of it stoked by perceptions of racism, Catholic leaders across America are mobilizing to promote healing and reconciliation, including a new task force of the U.S. bishops.
Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas, who was born in Ireland and who spent much of his priestly career in Washington, D.C., has been named by Pope Francis to take over the Vatican’s newly created mega-department on laity, family and life issues.
Two members of the Little Sisters of the Poor say they sometimes get a bit weary of answering questions about their role in the contraception mandates fight, but also that the publicity generated by the case may boost fundraising and vocations, and helps them advocate for the elderly.
The pope travels not because he thinks he is some international rock star on tour, but because he wants to see people focus their lives on Christ. Therein is our life. Therein is our credibility. Therein is the solution to the problems that plague the world.