- Jan 18, 2020
On Thursday top Vatican officials hailed Swedish teen Greta Thunberg, recently named TIME Magazine’s “Person of the Year” for her environmental advocacy, as a “great witness” of Church teaching on care for creation and the human person.
When a top papal advisor earlier this week suggested that Catholic prelates should stop apologizing to clerical abuse survivors, in order to lift the “cloud” of scandal hanging over the Church, it offered a clear illustration of the pressures the abuse crisis has generated – both on victims and Church officials.
On the mainland, most references to pirates are made in jest, but a chaplain to sailors in the ports of Delta and Vancouver said piracy is still a serious threat to those to whom he ministers.
The Vatican said Monday a new letter to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “expresses the deep concern of His Holiness Pope Francis for the humanitarian situation in Syria, with particular reference to the dramatic consequences facing the civilian population in Idlib.”
Representatives of several Christian churches, including the Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, and the Orthodox Church, are urging the faithful to see September as the “Season of Creation” in an effort to raise awareness about climate change.
Cardinal Peter Turkson, one of Pope Francis’s top advisors, said Tuesday that every time he goes to the United States, the pope’s social agenda is misinterpreted as adopting either a socialist or communist approach to the economy.