- Dec 10, 2019
While in Rome with her father, Ivanka Trump is scheduled to meet with the Community of Sant’Egidio, one of the “new movements” in the Catholic Church, to discuss efforts to combat human trafficking. As part of that session, Ivanka will meet several female victims of trafficking. It’s an issue on which the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See and Sant’Egidio have long collaborated.
So far, the Catholic Church in Italy and the Vatican are taking a cautious stance on a burgeoning scandal involving charges that NGOs are hauling migrants excessive distances to bring them to Italian ports, in order to cash in on public funding for their care. Some believe what’s happening is a racket, but other Catholic voices defend the NGOs and hail their humanitarian commitment.
Pope Francis is set to visit Rome’s Church of St. Bartholomew on Saturday to shine a spotlight on the Church’s new martyrs. Yesterday, Crux presented a sampling of new martyrs killed ‘in odium amoris,’ or ‘hatred of love’; today, we look at several new martyrs whose deaths seem to meet the classic test of being killed ‘in odium fidei,’ or ‘hatred of the faith.’
Pope Francis will visit the Church of San Bartolomeo on Rome’s Tiber Island on Saturday in order to celebrate the memory of the Church’s contemporary martyrs. Although the total number of Christians killed each year for reasons linked to their faith is staggering, here’s a sampling of some of those who were killed in what St. John Paul II called ‘odium amoris,’ meaning ‘hatred of love.’
“The image of an island is a very beautiful one,” said Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich in taking possession of his church on Rome’s Tiber island. “It is a place of refuge from waters that are turbulent, a refuge for those people who have the courage to approach it from any side…it is a significant reminder to us that the church should be open to people coming to it from all sides.”
Humanitarian Corridors is a pilot program and joint-ecumenical initiative of the Sant’Egidio Community, the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, the Italian government and the Waldensian and Methodist churches, the project provides aid and safe passage to those fleeing war and violence, most recently a group from Lebanon that arrived Oct. 24 and 25.