- Mar 1, 2021
From the outside it might seem counter-intuitive that any Catholic bishop or priest wouldn’t want a Vatican job, but there are at least five good reasons why many actually don’t. As a result, popes have to consider not just who has the competence, but who’s prepared personally and emotionally to give it their best.
Pope Francis was the first benefactor of a campaign called “Be God’s Mercy,” launched on Friday by the pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need. His donation will go to St. Joseph’s Clinic in Erbil, part of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, which is currently home for hundreds of thousands of Christian refugees who have had to flee their homes running from the terrorist Islamic group ISIS.
“The tragedy of the Christian community around the word… is the destiny of a Christian. Giving witness is a difficult situation. I don’t like it when [some] speak of a Christian genocide in the Middle East: It’s a reductionism,” Pope Francis said on Saturday.
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”.