- Dec 10, 2019
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Community of Sant’Egidio’s founding, Pope Francis urged its members to continue to safeguard the poor, the elderly, the young and the excluded.
The Community of Sant’Egidio is one of the most fascinating chapters of post-Vatican II Catholic history, and, with the encouragement of Pope Francis, after fifty years in many ways it’s just getting started.
Once the situation of crisis is mitigated and their basic needs are met, immigrants and refugees don’t want handouts: They want an education. Professionally-oriented courses in teaching, nursing, IT, translation, hospitality and management have proved to be the most effective in helping migrants and refugees hone their skills and generate income, which in turn opens the door for further education.
Speaking exclusively to Crux on a visit to neighboring Cameroon, Cardinal Dieudonne Nzapalainga of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, described the youth of his country as “a lost generation, because they are born into violence,” and also insisted that the root causes of the carnage are political rather than religious.
Pope Francis on Monday evening met with a group representing some 120 refugees welcomed by 38 different communities in Rome after Francis made an appeal on September 6, 2015, for every parish in Europe to host at least one refugee family.
First lady Melania Trump told the children of the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital to “Stay strong and positive” during a visit after President Donald Trump’s and her meeting with Pope Francis. Meanwhile, first daughter Ivanka Trump praised the “strength, faith, and perseverance” of human trafficking victims during a visit to a Rome-based center which works with refugees.