- May 29, 2020
To design a logo for a big Catholic event, you want someone who’s both faithful and plugged into the culture. For the canonization of Mother Teresa, organizers found Karen Vaswani, a Mumbai-based Catholic graphic designer who plays keyboards and vocals in a jazz, pop, and retro band called “Rockin’ Marmalade.”
The “Ratzinger Schuelerkreis,” a group of former students of Pope Benedict XVI, has gathered to discuss topics in theology and the life of the Church since 1978, shortly after their mentor was pulled from academia to become a bishop, and this year they’re focusing on Europe’s “spiritual crisis.”
For the second month in a row, Pope Francis will visit Assisi, the Italian town famously associated with his namesake St. Francis. This time, the pontiff will take part in a gathering of leaders from different religious and cultural backgrounds organized by the Community of San’t Egidio.
Taking a vacation and taking a rest aren’t necessarily the same thing, and for Pope Francis, lunching with Syrian refugees, dropping in on convents and meeting women rescued from prostitution is actually a form of leisure by spending time with people and places that give him life.
Generally speaking, popes don’t issue explicit marching orders when they name someone to a new job. Francis, however, did precisely that on Wednesday, publishing a “chirograph,” a papal document whose circulation is restricted to the Roman Curia, offering a vision for his main pro-life agencies.