- Apr 7, 2020
While the coronavirus pandemic gripping the world highlights the frailty of human life, it is also an opportunity for people to unite in solidarity, a Vatican official said.
Jesuit Father Augusto Zampini Davies – the director of development and faith at the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development since its creation in 2016 – says caring for justice, peace, inclusion, solidarity, healthcare and the environment are all Gospel values.
Bishops, Catholic aid groups and representatives of the Holy See met on the border between Colombia and Venezuela in late January to review how the Church has been helping thousands of people who are leaving Venezuela each day in desperate conditions.
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.