- Jan 25, 2021
In a wide-ranging news conference on Sunday, Pope Francis said Christians should apologize anytime “there are people we could have defended and we didn’t,” insisted that “there’s only one pope” despite recent talk of an expanded papacy, and denied that creating a commission necessarily “opens the door” to women deacons.
In a week with a papal trip, the Brexit vote, the aftermath of the Orlando shootings, and more, plenty of important Catholic news was overshadowed — from sex abuse reform and an apology to the LGBT community, as well as charges of corruption in a pet papal charity.
On day one of his June 24-26 trip to Armenia, Pope Francis hailed a new peace deal in Colombia, avoided taking a strong position on the U.K.’s decision to exit the European Union, and praised the Armenian Apostolic Church for its openness to closer ecumenical relations.
In a seismic Referendum, the United Kingdom has voted 52-48 per cent to leave the European Union. As an exercise in discerning solutions and building consensus, it was a disaster. Could the UK have learned something from Pope Francis’s synod?
Supporters of the campaign to remain in the EU, including the prime minister and leaders of other major political parties, argue that a exiting would spell economic ruin for the UK.