- Oct 19, 2020
John Berkman, a professor of moral theology at Regis College, University of Toronto, says Pope Francis makes it clear that only by being in relationship to God and to other non-human animals can we mature as believers, and that “these kinds of statements are mind-boggling and wonderful for me as a committed Catholic.”
The Vatican said Friday that the initiative to settle nine more Syrian refugees in Rome follows Francis’s five-hour visit to Greece last April, when he brought three Syrian families with him on the way back. According to a press statement, the Vatican Police force, known as the Gendarmeria, the Greek Interior Ministry, the Greek Asylum Service, and the Community of Sant’Egidio all played a role in transporting the families from Athens to Rome.
During a Q&A session with Rome’s pastoral congress, Pope Francis said, “We live in a culture of the provisional,” which causes many couples getting married to say “yes, for the rest of my life!” without knowing what they’re committing to, and for that reason “the great majority of sacramental marriages are null”.
In a question and answer session during a conference of the Diocese of Rome, Pope Francis said Thursday that priests who refuse to baptize the children of single mothers are guilty of “pastoral cruelty,” adding, “they’re animals … this is individualism, which has hurt us so much.”
Meeting with acrobats, clowns, carnival workers, street performers, musicians and magicians on Thursday, Pope Francis thanked the artists for bringing beauty and joy to an often dark, sad world, praising their special ability to bring a smile to a child’s face, brighten a lonely person’s day, and draw people closer together.
Multiple U.S. intelligence documents from the World War II era link Pope Pius XII and his closest advisers to German military plots against Hitler, and the Vatican indirectly has acknowledged they have a basis in fact. Until now, however, the full story of Pius’ involvement in efforts to bring down the Nazi dictator has never been told.