- May 17, 2021
As Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark spoke from in front of his computer to virtual attendees at day two of the Catholic Campaign on Human Development 50th anniversary celebration Saturday, his office windows were closed to limit the outside noise. It was unusual for the 69-year-old prelate, who, in the spirit of St. John XXIII, prefers the windows of the church open.
The head of the Vatican’s justice, peace and human development efforts urged over 700 graduates of the University of Saint Francis to follow the example of their school’s namesake and the advice of the pope who shares his name.
World-renowned English anthropologist Jane Goodall has joined her voice to the Vatican’s in calling for the defense of biodiversity, saying she sees Pope Francis as a source of hope for his stance on the environment.
Ensuring equal access to health care, especially for the less fortunate, can only be achieved through a “renewed moral commitment by the countries with the greatest resources to the countries most in need,” Cardinal Peter Turkson said.
Caritas Internationalis called on world leaders to set aside national and political agendas that seek returns on their investments in the COVID-19 vaccine and instead focus on its equitable distribution, especially in poor countries.
The Vatican’s coronavirus commission and the Pontifical Academy for Life issued a joint statement calling for a coordinated international effort to ensure the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide.
Does anyone seriously believe that the pope’s new corporate BFFs, with $10.5 trillion in assets at their disposal, couldn’t help cover a $60 million deficit in a pinch?