- Jan 16, 2021
“Could the coronavirus-19 crisis lead to a jubilee?” Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle wondered out loud during a Mass livestreamed from the Pontifical Philippine College in Rome.
Speaking at a summit in Rome of some of the world’s most powerful financial officials, Pope Francis said the fact that five million children under five will die this year due to extreme poverty is something that should motivate the world to act.
In the wake of one of the most disastrous hurricane seasons in history, the proposal to cancel or restructure debts for small islands has gained new traction, propelled by Catholic leaders, religious charities, and Caribbean politicians trying to rebuild after hurricanes that caused billions of dollars in damage.
Archbishop Roberto González Nieves of San Juan and Reverend Heriberto Martínez-Rivera, the Secretary General of Puerto Rico’s Bible Society, have written the U.S. Congress stating the territory’s economic crisis “continues to affect all of Puerto Rico’s people, in particular the poor and our children.”