- Aug 12, 2020
Following a devastating fire in west London’s Grenfell Tower that has left at least 30 people dead, Pope Francis on Saturday expressed “sadness” over “the tragic loss of life and injury.” The telegram, released by the Vatican Press Office, was addressed to Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster and signed by Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State.
The Vatican has long supported the European Union as the vehicle for the integration of the continent. In the wake of Brexit, will the European project, and the building of a common European identity, fall to the wayside?
Ahead of the 2018 Bishop’s Synod called for by Pope Francis dedicated to youth, European bishops are meeting in Barcelona for a one-of-a-kind symposium dedicated to addressing growing issues and concerns with young people and the Church today.
The Archbishop of Westminster has defended Pope Francis’s ‘patience and reserve’ faced with challenges over ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ and says its content draws from the Church’s longstanding tradition of discernment and integration.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has suggested that some media were guilty of fostering a climate of fear of refugees ahead of the June 23 referendum that resulted in a surprise vote for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. Attitudes have hardened, he said, making it harder for humane solutions.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols on Sunday praised Gaza’s Christians, whose numbers have dwindled during a decade of Hamas rule and an Israeli-Egyptian blockade, saying, “There have always been Christians here. Their numbers are small, but I believe their faith is strong.”