- Jan 19, 2020
Cardinal Joseph Zen, a vocal opponent of Pope Francis’s approach to China, in a new interview has called his contact with the Vatican in his time as a cardinal “disastrous,” particularly on the issue of engagement with Beijing, and criticized two former top Vatican officials.
To those who ask why the Catholic Church seems to be “obsessed” with the poor, the Vatican’s secretary of state said, “The answer is simple. Because this is who we are.”
The Holy See is urging the international community to give special attention to the conflicts in Syria and Yemen to “put an end to the suffering of so many people.”
The provisional agreement signed in 2018 by the Holy See and the Chinese government has “opened the way to the two most important things: pastoral activity and dialogue,” said Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli.
At a time of increasing urbanization, the “irreplaceable importance” of forests is being “taken for granted and underestimated,” the Vatican’s secretary of state said Sept. 23 at a high-level meeting at the United Nations.
The unlikely big winner in Italy’s political chaos seems Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, a previously obscure law professor and a strong devotee of Padre Pio who comes out of the center-left circles around the late Italian Cardinal Achille Silvestrini.