- May 27, 2020
Although when public liturgies may resume in the Vatican remains unclear, the church in Italy, anyway, is going back to business – but it’s likely to be far from business as usual.
As draconian restrictions, meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus, took effect across Italy, the Catholic Church was faced with an unprecedented dilemma: How to minister to a community of faithful effectively under quarantine and how to keep reaching out to those most in need without spreading contagion.
After Pope Francis promised government and opposition officials in South Sudan last year that he would visit the country if they were able to implement a long-delayed peace agreement, the visit came one step closer to becoming a reality when leaders sealed that deal over the weekend.
According to a leading figure striving to help South Sudanese leaders to make good on their promise to form a transitional government as part of a peace deal that has been several times delayed, all parties involved are making good progress.
A newly brokered peace deal between the government of South Sudan and opposition leaders increased the chance of a papal visit to the African nation.
Before blessing a large resin cross constructed around a used orange life vest, Pope Francis insisted human beings have a “binding” moral obligation to save those whose lives are threatened, including the lives of migrants and refugees.