- Jan 19, 2021
Poor, homeless, refugees, low-income families and a group of prisoners gathered for a night at the circus sponsored by the Vatican.
Italy’s failure to adopt a proposed law granting children of immigrants citizenship by birth despite Pope Francis’s strong support illustrates the gap between personal popularity and political influence.
Normally Pope Francis tries to stay out of direct involvement in Italian political affairs, but in a recent debate over a proposed law that would afford citizenship to the children of immigrants by virtue of birth in Italy, the pope and other Catholic leaders have dropped the pretense of being non-political and made their support for the measure clear.
The Secretary General of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Monsignor Nunzio Galantino, received backlash from the country’s far right and left political parties over a new law that would grant immigrant minors and children born in Italy a chance at legal citizenship.
Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti has been named the new president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference. The cardinal is seen as being in the mold of Pope Francis, including a commitment to simplicity and service to the poor, but is difficult to pigeonhole as a liberal or conservative.
Pope Francis presented himself as “servant of the servants of God” before the annual general assembly of the Italian bishops’ conference at the Vatican. Instead of giving a speech he had it distributed to them and said he was ready to answer their questions. “When one presides and does not permit dialogue, gossip reigns,” the pope said.