- Sep 19, 2020
On Sunday, Pope Francis urged for leaders to respect – and listen – to the demands of protesters around the globe.
Argentina’s Church is facing continuing restrictions on Mass as the country reaches the top of its curve during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Father Basilicio “Bachi” Britez, 52 at the time of his death, had suffered from kidney problems, hypertension and diabetes, so when the COVID-19 pandemic began to surge in Argentina, he was advised to leave the shantytown where he lived. Britez refused, insisting he couldn’t abandon the people he’d been entrusted to protect in La Matanza, one of the poor areas that make up Buenos Aires’ industrial belts.
One of the many places where Mass is still not available due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic is Pope Francis’s former archdiocese of Buenos Aires.
Father Julian Zini was a member of the “Movement of Priests for the Third World,” founded after the Second Vatican Council. Between 1967 and 1976 the movement worked as an Argentine version of Liberation Theology, with ties to leftwing Peronism but with less affinity for Marxism.