- Apr 11, 2021
Most stores shut, tight limits on social contacts, no singing in church and a ban on fireworks sales: Germany is ratcheting up its pandemic restrictions in an effort to cut the stubbornly high rate of coronavirus infections.
Pope Francis, despite being the first non-European pontiff since the eighth century, is perhaps the most vocal leader on the Old Continent today making a principled defense of the European Union.
Crux interviews Barbara Jatta, Director of the Vatican Museums and, depending on how one evaluates such things, arguably the highest-ranking woman in the Vatican.
Cardinal Anders Arborelius of Sweden discusses Pope Francis’s leadership in welcoming migrants and refugees in Europe.
French President Emmanuel Macron arrives in Rome today for a closely watched meeting with Pope Francis.
After meeting U.S. President Donald Trump in May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe can’t rely anymore on the U.S. and the U.K. and needs to go its own way. German Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munch, Germany, said on Friday that he agrees, saying Europe should “fight on the global scene for human rights, for a global community of humanity, like the pope says, the one house of creation.”
In a message to world leaders meeting for the G20 in Germany, Pope Francis asked that they consider the poor, the marginalized and migrants as they sit down to make international policy decisions. The pope also encouraged members to place unity over conflict when discussing economic differences.
Archbishop Heiner Koch of Berlin said about the decision, “it is worth noting how many who long fought the institution of marriage have now become fervent advocates of ‘marriage for all,’ and how prudent convictions about marriage have been abandoned citing changing times and popular moods.”