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  • Catalonia the elephant in the room at Vatican summit on Europe

    Catalonia the elephant in the room at Vatican summit on Europe

    • Oct 27, 2017

    While the Vatican hosted a major summit on Europe on Friday featuring some 350 spiritual and political leaders from across the continent, nobody seemed eager to touch the big European story of the day — Catalonia’s vote to declare independence, and Spain’s move to impose direct rule. That may reflect both the sensitivity of the issue, and the fact that the Church isn’t of one mind.

  • Pope Francis reportedly against the division of Spain

    • Oct 7, 2017

    The Spanish ambassador to the Vatican, Ambassador Gerardo Bugallo, had a private meeting with Pope Francis, and afterwards a weekly Catholic magazine Vida Nueva, wrote that the pope spoke to Bugallo about the “Holy See’s position against every self-determination process that is not justified by a process of decolonization.”

  • Catalonia referendum divides the Church as it does the people

    Catalonia referendum divides the Church as it does the people

    • Sep 30, 2017

    As an independence vote looms on Sunday in the Spanish region of Catalonia, the Church seems as badly divided as Spaniards themselves. Officially, they’re urging dialogue and calm, but some Catalonian prelates and clergy are openly supporting the secessionist movement, while others are maintaining their distance from the drive for independence.

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