- May 9, 2021
When Pope Francis ticked off all the countries suffering political and violent unrest during his traditional Christmas blessing and prayed for peace in these nations, one city, Hong Kong, which is currently in the thick of months of heated protests, was notably absent from this list.
Father Paulinus Ozodor, a Nigerian moral theologian at Notre Dame, says Christianity can contribute to Africa’s push for democracy, human rights and good governance.
The sort of individualist liberalism we take for granted today in Western democracies presents itself as philosophically neutral, but Patrick Deneen says it’s anything but.
The bishops of Togo say they have “a great deal of anxiety due to the repression of demonstrations as well as the incitement to ethnic hatred spread through social networks.” Their statement comes in response to ongoing protests against president Faure Gnassingbé, whose family has ruled the West African nation for 50 years.
Jorge Quiroga, former president of Bolivia, and Andres Pastrana, former president of Colombia, met with the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on June 23. The men were grateful for Parolin’s call for humanitarian aid, free elections and the release of political prisoners, and expressed hope the international community would “insist and persist” on the Vatican’s recommendations.
Despite heading a diocese in a region of northern Nigeria known as a Boko Haram stronghold, Bishop Matthew Kukah insists that there is no real Muslim/Christian divide in his country, and that clashes perceived as religious are generally a ‘cover’ for the government’s failure to foster a genuine democracy in the country.
Padre Pio is one of the most popular saints of the 20th century, above all in Italy, despite skepticism from elites and strong opposition from many Church officials — illustrating that Catholicism may not be a democracy, but there is a degree of ‘people power’ after all.