- Jun 1, 2020
Cardinal Pietro Parolin said the Second Vatican Council continues to have an enduring impact on the Catholic Church and on the papacy of Pope Francis. That gathering of bishops from around the world presented a new paradigm of a “world church — a church with a global dimension,” said the cardinal, who is the Vatican’s secretary of state.
Human trafficking and its root causes can be eliminated with the cooperation of the international community, the Vatican’s representative to the United Nations said Tuesday.
On Sunday, Pope Francis expressed his sorrow for the attack on a mosque in Sinai, Egypt on Nov. 24 which killed more than 230 people and wounded hundreds more.
In 2015, Pope Francis revised the Church’s rules for an “annulment,” meaning a declaration that a union was never a sacramental marriage because conditions for validity weren’t met, including the possibility of an expedited process overseen by the diocesan bishop himself. Two years later, Francis said on Saturday, too many bishops are shirking that responsibility, and he wants it to stop.
In another sign of the Vatican’s positive approach to marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant reformation, the Vatican’s Philatelic and Numismatic Office on Nov. 23 released a postage stamp featuring Martin Luther and one of his closest collaborators. The stamp features Luther and Philip Melanchthon, considered the first systematic
In an interview with Vatican-owned media, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said the pope wants Christians in Myanmar and Bangladesh to be “a presence of peace, reconciliation, and solidarity within their society, and work for the common good, to not be considered foreign to the reality of their countries, and to help achieve the civil and peaceful growth of their countries.”