- May 29, 2020
“Sometimes I think the best business we can do with many Christians, is to sell them mothballs so that they put them in their clothes and in their lives and aren’t eaten by moths,” Pope Francis said in the interview, encouraging the laity to to go outside and take risks in evangelizing.
In the wake of the shooting at the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec that left six dead and many wounded, Pope Francis expressed “his deep sympathy to the wounded and their families, and to all those who have contributed to their aid, asking the Lord to bring comfort and consolation to the trial.”
By “putting aside personal interests and dangerous ambitions,” members, volunteers and benefactors of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta can better dedicate themselves to the “noble and proven mission” of defending the faith and serving the poor, Pope Francis wrote in a January 27 letter.
The number of religious-order priests in the world has been constantly declining but cultural issues are not the only factor and religious orders need to change in order to foster vocations. “Alongside much holiness, there also are situations of counter-witness that make fidelity difficult,” Pope Francis said.
Unfortunately, the legal reasoning used in the Knights of Malta saga is, in general, of poor quality. It could end up threatening the Vatican’s own position in international law, and it also risks undermining the whole concept of the rule of law at a time when that’s what we need to protect the most vulnerable in our society, such as the unborn, immigrants and refugees.
“A church without martyrs, dare I say, is a church without Jesus,” Pope Francis said during Mass in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae. There are more Christian martyrs today than in the first centuries of the church, but “the mass media doesn’t say so because it isn’t newsworthy,” he added.