- Apr 14, 2021
On Monday the Vatican released a busy itinerary for Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to Iraq, the publication of which coincided with a flare-up of protests throughout the country with demonstrators calling for political reform.
When Pope Francis visits Iraq in March, he will have to navigate the country’s dire economic problems, compounded by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as ongoing regional tensions constantly threatening threaten to escalate.
It’s a consistent finding of organizational studies that changing laws and individual personnel may be necessary conditions to prevent corruption, but they’re hardly sufficient. The real trick is changing the organization’s culture.
Corruption is an “ancient evil” that continues to plague the Catholic Church in different ways, Pope Francis said.
A Catholic bishop criticized a government official’s offer that the church could name the Haitian ambassador to the Holy See if church officials promptly nominated a Catholic representative to the Provisional Electoral Council.
A Lebanese priest has pinned blame for a massive explosion in Lebanon on government corruption, saying the cumulative impact of the coronavirus, the country’s dire financial situation, and yesterday’s blast is enough to make the country collapse unless immediate action is taken.
Corruption in Somalia complicates the battle against the spread of COVID-19 in the Horn of Africa country, a representative of Caritas said.
Caritas Honduras has called for transparency in the distribution of COVID-19 assistance, which, according to a crescendo of accusations, has been used for political purposes in the impoverished country rife with corruption.