- May 29, 2020
French President Francois Hollande met with Pope Francis in the Vatican on Wednesday, after visiting the French church in Rome, San Luigi dei Francesi, in part to commemorate the recent slaying of Father Jacques Hamel in Normandy by killers professing loyalty to Islamic State.
By choosing Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas as the first-ever head of his new department for family, laity, and life issues, Pope Francis has handed a big win to pastoral moderates in the Church and also laid to rest concerns that he’s somehow hostile to Americans.
When Pope Francis on Monday decried the suffering of women and the “shameful silence” surrounding persistent global conflicts, the fate of the Chibok girls in Nigeria, the suffering women of Iraq and Syria, and the ongoing bloodshed in the Democratic Republic of Congo were likely part of what he had in mind.
Actions generally speak louder than words, and rarely is that more evident than when a pope apologizes. Pope Francis has issued multiple apologies and suggested the need for even more. When he doe says “sorry,” he tries to align his words with his deeds, including recently sitting down with victims of prostitution rackets.
If you’re homeless in Rome this summer, you can get a trip to the beach and a pizza courtesy of Pope Francis, whose personal almsgiver drives roughly ten people at a time out to the beach on Sunday afternoons — complete with swimsuits and beach towels, all on the pontiff.
Pope Francis met 20 women from six countries who have been freed from prostitution as part of his Holy Year “Fridays of Mercy” innitiative.