- Jan 17, 2020
On his return from a trip to Asia last month, Pope Francis was asked about protests in Hong Kong. He answered by saying there are many places today facing social revolt, citing Chile, France, Spain, Nicaragua and “other Latin American countries.”
“It’s something general,” he said. “How does the Holy See handle it? It calls for dialogue, for peace.”
As neighboring countries try to use regional weight to mediate an ongoing trade war between Japan and South Korea, one bishop has stepped into the ring urging both sides to use “rational dialogue” in solving their problems without further escalation.
Eritrea under President Isaias Afwerki is an old-style secular police state that tolerates religion when it’s perceived to be socially useful, but that represses it if it ever becomes a threat.
The Community of Sant’Egidio and the United States Agency for International Development have signed an agreement to collaborate in promoting peace, interreligious dialogue and anti-poverty efforts in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.
Governments arguably are better served when their diplomats feel the ability to speak freely.
For the third time since the beginning of Pope Francis’s pontificate, papal representatives stationed around the world will convene in Rome.