• Venezuela risks becoming Caribbean ‘North Korea,’ former leaders say

    Venezuela risks becoming Caribbean ‘North Korea,’ former leaders say

    • Jun 26, 2017

    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.

  • African prelate says answer to Muslim/Christian divide is democracy

    African prelate says answer to Muslim/Christian divide is democracy

    • Mar 27, 2017

    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 shows the Church can be democratic after all

    Padre Pio shows the Church can be democratic after all

    • Sep 13, 2016

    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.