- Sep 21, 2020
Nearly 50 anti-mafia and anti-corruption magistrates, Church officials, state representatives, heads of movements, victims and ambassadors met at the Vatican to discuss strategies and ways forward in the fight against corruption which is an effort encouraged by Pope Francis.
According to the World Tourism Organization, in 2016, the number of international tourist arrivals was around 1.2 billion. The Catholic Church supports the idea of “sustainable tourism” promoted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which means that it must be responsible, and not destructive or detrimental to the environment nor to the socio-cultural context of the place being visited.
After cancelling his October trip to South Sudan, Pope Francis remains close to the country plagued by famine and a decade long civil war by donating nearly $500,000 to be used in education, health and agriculture projects in collaboration with religious and lay organizations operating in the territory.
In a forward to a book-length interview of Cardinal Peter Turkson, Pope Francis decried corruption as something that “expresses the general form of disordered life of the decayed man,” and invited people of all faiths to “combat this form of blasphemy, this cancer that weighs on our lives.”
Catholic leaders, including the U.S. bishops’ conference and Catholic Relief Services, have issued statements criticizing President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The Paris Agreement “represents the important awareness that, faced with issues as complex as climate change, individual and/or national action is not enough; instead it is necessary to implement a responsible collective response truly intended to work together in building our common home,” Pope Francis wrote to the 22nd session of the UN convention on climate change in 2016.
Speaking at a conference on integration and pastoral care of Gypsies, or Roma, as they prefer to be called, Cardinal Peter Turkson said that they’re the most “marginalized and discriminated against” minority in Europe, which often leads to violence, and the onus is both on society and the Roma themselves to turn the situation around.