- Jul 4, 2020
THE CONVERSATION Over the past few decades, vacant and underutilized churches have become a familiar sight in American cities. In some cases, a congregation or a religious governing body – say, a Catholic diocese – will sell the church to developers, who then turn them into apartments, offices, art galleries,
Village churches are closing at an increasing rate in the Netherlands.
During a visit to the St. Louis Hospital, the largest Catholic healthcare facility in Thailand, Pope Francis said that those who suffer an illness are allowed to cry out in pain, as Christ himself did, while at the same time praying for the comforting and helping hand that reveals the presence of God who is always there.
Francis’s visit to Thailand, a nation that has a Catholic population of less than 400,000, has been described as a “morale booster” for this small community that represents 0.58 of the total population of 69 million.
It seems trivial – not to mention horrifically insensitive – to focus on something so squalid as the political fallout from Sri Lanka’s tragedy, but some observers believe it could benefit the fortunes of the country’s former strongman.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn on Wednesday told Pope Francis that his vision in ‘Laudato Si’ is flowering in America in green affordable housing projects.