- Dec 11, 2019
Two Italian bishops are currently making waves after issuing public statements allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the sacraments and apologizing for having “ignored” these couples in parish life, insisting that their decisions are in line with Pope Francis’s own view.
One of the most ancient churches of Venice, a Byzantine basilica established in the year 639, counts among the 60 churches damaged in three exceptional floods last week, officials said Tuesday.
Bureaucratic miracles are his specialty, and on Monday he finalized one: Polish Cardinal Konrad Krajewski arranged a contract offering a lifeline for thousands of refugees in the Italian region of Foggia.
Christians are not licensed “inspectors of other people’s lives,” but rather disciples who reach out to others, assuring them of God’s love and welcoming them into the community, Pope Francis said.
Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican secretary for relations with states, said Aug. 22 that a patriotic love for one’s country and culture does not mean closing off oneself to others, particularly those in need.
In Italy, the days surrounding the Catholic feast of the Assumption of Mary, which coincides with a major national holiday, is typically a time of pious celebration for churchgoers, however, reading the papers might leave a drastically different impression.