- Jan 17, 2020
Three major themes, all among the top priorities of Pope Francis’s pontificate, were front and center during his foreign trips in 2019.
Often described as the “Energizer bunny of popes,” Pope Francis in 2019 traveled more miles than ever before, addressed the full scope of the clerical sexual abuse crisis, and made key personnel moves, including one abuse survivors had been demanding for years.
Christmas is a season of celebration. Yet in Latin America, many Christmas messages from the bishops have turned into a cry for freedom and political stability, and a call to help the poor.
After over 3 million Argentines took to the streets last year to successfully oppose efforts in Argentina’s Congress to legalize abortion, the newly elected government decided to widen access to the procedure, bypassing Congress and openly challenging the country’s constitution.
On the rare occasions Spanish Father Jordi Bertomeu speaks, his words have weight. The CDF official recently penned a long essay on the clerical abuse crisis, pointing to many myths perpetrated by the media.
Although superficially, “The Two Popes” is about an imagined conversation between Pope Benedict XVI and then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio – today Pope Francis – for the director of the film it is all about guilt, forgiveness and dialogue.