- Aug 12, 2020
In a Mass with the Congregation for Eastern Churches, Pope Francis recalled the congregation was founded during the tumultuous time of World War I and that, today, another kind of world war continues to rage with “so many of our Christian brothers and sisters of the Eastern churches experiencing tragic persecutions and an ever more disturbing diaspora.”
Vatican II urged a recovery of the Eastern Catholic traditions, liturgy and spirituality. But, especially for Eastern Catholics living far from their churches’ homelands, uprooting vestiges of the “Latinization” can prove difficult.
Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, made a July 11-17 visit to Ukraine to participate in the national pilgrimage to the Shrine of Zarvanytsia, located 15 miles north of Buchach.
Sophia Montessori of Denver is in its final stages of its development, and classes for children aged between three and six are expected to start in the fall of this year. The school envisions Catholic teaching and the Montessori Method being brought together.
Cardinal Leonardo Sandri visits Ukraine in the midst of ongoing upheaval in the country, largely the result of political instability and tensions surrounding the Russian invasion of their eastern region in 2014, which prompted a conflict that has endured three years, claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions of others.
Pope Francis called clergy in the Middle East to “learn to be the last among the least,” and lamented the continued plight of Christians suffering due to persecution. “Let us not forget,” the pope said, that “Christians — it doesn’t matter whether they are Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant — shed their blood as a seal of their witness.”