- Aug 8, 2020
Pope Francis expressed his concern over escalating hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan, prompting renewed fears of war in the Caucasus region.
During a brief ceremony in the Vatican Gardens, Pope Francis blessed a new statue of a 10th-century Armenian monk he had declared a “doctor of the Church” in 2015.
You might think coming up with questions to ask Pope Francis would be easy, but experience shows it can sometimes be a bare-knuckle affair.
Salesian Father Vladimír Fekete, the Apostolic Prefect of Azerbaijan, recently made a couple of statements that may seem puzzling to Western ears. Walking a mile in his shoes, however, is basically the price of admission to life in a global Church.
In this series, Crux is examining Catholic highlights of 2016. Here we look back at a dramatic year for Pope Francis, in which the pontiff took six overseas journeys, issued a landmark document on the family, overhauled the Vatican’s bureaucracy, and also watched Benedict XVI occasionally step out of the shadows.
While St. Pope John Paul II often conceived of the “memory of a people” in terms of its great cultural turning points and personalities, and Benedict XV saw it through an intellectual lens, Francis clearly sees the “memory of a people” embodied in the individual memories of concrete persons, especially the elderly.