- Dec 10, 2019
After an informal meeting with Pope Francis for the “ad limina” visits to the Vatican, a Cuban archbishop said that the audience “was a sharing among shepherds; a meeting of bishops.” He also described the different approaches in Cuba by the three latest pontiffs pointing to the pope’s popularity in the country.
Pope Francis is advancing the sainthood causes of several people, including that of Vietnamese Cardinal Francois Nguyen Van Thuan. The cardinal, who served as president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, was jailed for 13 years under Vietnam’s communist regime.
Pope Francis is calling on the new Vatican communications office to form a “great team” to respond better to the new challenges of communication that today’s culture poses. Yet the reform of Vatican media is going slower than planned, and is being found more difficult to pull off than expected.
The Vatican confirmed on Thursday what has long been rumored, which is that President Donald Trump will indeed meet Pope Francis when he comes to Italy in late May for a G7 summit. The encounter between Francis and Trump is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24, at 8:30 am Rome time, which will be 2:30 am on the East Coast of the United States.
Pope Francis told the members of the Secretariat for Communications to make use of “the media that the new digital cultural context makes available to our contemporaries,” and he added that this reform must be done “with intelligence, meekness, but also…” the pope said “with a bit of ‘violence.”
In many ways, pro-democracy and human rights campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar seems a natural Pope Francis favorite. When the two met in the Vatican on Thursday morning, however, it’s likely the pontiff may have had some challenging things to say to his guest about the Rohingya, an oppressed Muslim minority who have become a special focus of his concern.