- Oct 27, 2020
“You are left in anger, bitterness and desire for revenge, but you have embarked, with the pain inside, on the path of love to build and help the people of Bangladesh, especially young people so that they can study: this is to sow peace and I thank you, for me it is an example,” Pope Francis told family members of the Italian victims of a terrorist attack in Bangladesh.
Addressing those present in his daily morning Mass on Thursday, Francis asked them how many times they had heard someone saying “But to be a Catholic like him, better to be an atheist!”
Although largely forgotten today, Italian Cardinal Antonio Samoré played a key role in notching one of the Vatican’s signature diplomatic victories by preventing a war between Chile and Argentina in 1978. His legacy illustrates the key role that Vatican diplomacy has often played on the global stage.
The Vatican announced plans to monitor with a more careful eye those who print official images of the pope or the Holy See and sell them for profit. The Vatican clarified that there was no link between the anti-Francis propaganda and the Secretariat of State’s decision.
“When carried away by selfishness, human beings end up ruining even the most beautiful things that have been entrusted to them,” Pope Francis said February 22 at his weekly general audience. Creation is not “a possession we can exploit as we please and for which we do not have to answer to anyone.”
The Vatican and Al-Azhar University, one of Islam’s most renowned schools of Sunni thought, will be joining forces to discuss how to fight religious extremism that uses God’s name to justify violence. The president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue will travel to Cairo to participate in the special seminar.