- Jun 23, 2021
Those who proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ are humble and trust in God, they do not heap conditions upon others or promote themselves as the only “keepers of the truth,” Pope Francis said.
At the end of his weekly Wednesday audience, Pope Francis and Spider-Man shook hands in Rome, with the superhero handing the pontiff a mask.
Writing to his peers, Catholics who have reached a venerable age like he has, Pope Francis told older Catholics that God is close to them and still has plans for their lives.
Reaffirming the principles that led the Vatican to severely limit private celebrations of Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in the early morning, Cardinal Mauro Gambetti, the new archpriest of the basilica, said exceptions would be made for “groups with particular and legitimate needs.”
Italian politicians and advocacy groups reacted strongly to what they saw as an attempt by the Vatican to derail an anti-homophobia law.
Father Andrew Small from Liverpool is the new secretary of the pope’s commission for the protection of minors.
Critics say the anti-homophobia measure currently under consideration by the Italian senate could require private Catholic schools to adjust curricula to adopt state-mandated lessons on tolerance and gender, and it could also criminalize some public expressions of Catholic teaching on sexuality and marriage.
On the anniversary of the disappearance of Italian teen Emanuela Orlandi, daughter of a former Vatican employee, her brother has criticized Pope Francis’s handling of the case, saying the pope is not doing enough.