- Jul 24, 2021
In the first open debate in Italian parliament of a controversial anti-homophobia bill following an unprecedented complaint from the Vatican on grounds of religious freedom, the bill survived two significant steps, and could be voted into law next week.
The conclusion many Italians in and around the Vatican have already drawn about Pope Francis’s reform is that it’s a Gattopardesca reform, meaning one in which lots of things change so the fundamentals can remain the same, and the start of this week has done little to convince them otherwise.
The Catholic Church does not take sides, but it does take to heart the life and well-being of every person and the nation as a whole, said Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti of Perugia-Citta della Pieve, president of the Italian bishops’ conference.
The Italian bishops in their winter assembly have emphasized the need for reconciliation as citizens navigate current political upheaval, the rollout of anti-COVID vaccines, and an economic crisis forcing more and more people into the growing class of the “new poor.”
On Thursday Italian Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti was discharged from the Saint Mary of Mercy hospital in Perugia, where he serves as archbishop, after spending roughly 20 days there fighting the COVID-coronavirus.
Italian Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti has shown slight improvements in his fight against COVID-19.
After spending several days in the ICU in hospital in Perugia due to complications with the COVID-19 coronavirus, Italian Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, leader of his national bishops’ conference, has taken a turn for the worst.
Perugian Catholics have launched a novena for their archbishop, Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, who leads the Italian bishops’ conference and who is currently hospitalized in intensive care after being diagnosed with COVID-19.