- Jul 4, 2020
“The meekness that the Holy Spirit give us makes us witnesses, because the path of the Holy Spirit isn’t proselytism, it’s witness,” Francis told a charismatic group Saturday. “If someone comes to proselytize, that’s not the Church, it’s a sect.”
Francis hardly is the first pope to generate controversy, but he’s also a lightning rod, and not just in the United States.
Bishops, nuns, priests and residents of the Amazon basin met in Colombia’s capital city in mid-August to prepare for a special Synod of Bishops for the Amazon this fall at the Vatican.
By convening a special synod on the Amazon at the Vatican in October, Pope Francis will be giving greater exposure to the Church’s deep concern for the people and the ecosystem on which they depend.
Pope Francis’s visit to the Jesuit headquarters in Rome on Sunday highlights not only his enduring close ties to the Society of Jesus, but the order is also where some of his greatest intellectual influences and closest papal allies can be found.
This energizer bunny of popes has laid waste to the old days of July as a time of lethargy and repose.