- Jan 18, 2020
“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.
Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, tapped by Pope Francis to head the Pontifical Academy for Life, has published a new book on death — insisting that a life lived without thinking about death and the dying isn’t fully human.
Cardinal Raymond Burke is among those newsmakers valued by journalists for their “say it out lour” verve, meaning their willingness to say things others only think, and most recently some of what he’s saying about Islam arguably amounts to material that Muslims need to hear.
St. Pope John Paul II’s historic interreligious summit in Assisi in 1986 was a watershed moment for the Catholic Church, and when Pope Francis travels to Assisi in September to mark its 30th anniversary, he’ll once again be taking part in the annual “festival of peace” organized by the Community of Sant’Egidio.
For the second month in a row, Pope Francis will visit Assisi, the Italian town famously associated with his namesake St. Francis. This time, the pontiff will take part in a gathering of leaders from different religious and cultural backgrounds organized by the Community of San’t Egidio.