- Jan 28, 2020
When Pope Francis convenes a summit of religious leaders next Tuesday in Assisi, it will be the fifth time a pope has done so, beginning with St. John Paul II in 1986, marking a revolution both in how Catholicism engages the world and in the role of the papacy as the chairman of religious moderates everywhere.
Cardinal Raymond Burke is among those newsmakers valued by journalists for their “say it out lour” verve, meaning their willingness to say things others only think, and most recently some of what he’s saying about Islam arguably amounts to material that Muslims need to hear.
St. Pope John Paul II’s historic interreligious summit in Assisi in 1986 was a watershed moment for the Catholic Church, and when Pope Francis travels to Assisi in September to mark its 30th anniversary, he’ll once again be taking part in the annual “festival of peace” organized by the Community of Sant’Egidio.
For the second month in a row, Pope Francis will visit Assisi, the Italian town famously associated with his namesake St. Francis. This time, the pontiff will take part in a gathering of leaders from different religious and cultural backgrounds organized by the Community of San’t Egidio.
Next week Texas is scheduled to execute a death row inmate who never killed anyone, and who may not even have known a crime was going to be committed. The execution is not only out of touch with Pope Francis and the U.S. bishops, but also growing public opinion against capital punishment.
The reason Pope Francis visited Assisi Aug. 4, and the reason thousands travel there each August, is the “Pardon of Assisi,” a plenary indulgence offered to visitors who are sincerely sorry for their sins, go to confession, receive the Eucharist, recite the Creed and pray for the intentions of the pope.