- Dec 7, 2019
“Dear brothers, I wish to encourage you to not allow the beloved children of Venezuela to allow themselves to be overcome by distrust or despair since these are evils that sink into the hearts of people when they do not see future prospects,” Pope Francis said in a May 5 letter to the Venezuelan bishops. Archbishop Diego Padrón Sánchez of Cumaná, President of Venzeuala’s bishops’ conference, said the government “carried out violence with the various persecutions conducted against different opposition leaders” in response to peaceful protests late last year.
Cardinal Kevin Farrell, president of the Vatican’s new Dicastery for Marriage, Family and Life, says that Pope Francis’s document ‘Amoris Laetitia’ will be the basis for the looming World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland.
A colorful induction ceremony is held May 6 every year for new members of the Swiss Guard to mark the date in 1527 when 147 Swiss Guards lost their lives defending Pope Clement VII in the Sack of Rome. Only 42 guards survived. Holding the ceremony on the anniversary is meant to remind new guards of the seriousness of their commitment.
Pope Francis on Monday met with a delegation of Jewish leaders from Poland, discussing serious matters such as the desecration of Jewish cemeteries and even child sexual abuse, but also lighthearted moments, including the pope … sort of … joining in a song and dance performed by the group.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Patriarch Gregoire III Laham just after the Melkite Catholic Church seemed to have reconciled differences and decided to move forward. After a synod had been called in 2016, Melkite bishops called for Laham’s resignation.
The Vatican Observatory is hosting a major May 9-12 conference on “Black Holes, Gravitational Waves and Space-Time Singularities,” underlining the point that science and religion can actually get along. The director of the observatory says it might help if more scientists who are believers “came out,” sharing their faith.