- Feb 24, 2021
After closing one of their locations and setting it aside for the exclusive use of their founder, Italy’s Bose Monastery has announced their decision to reopen the property after the refusal of founder Enzo Bianchi to leave after twice being ordered to do so by the Vatican.
Nearly a year after refusing to comply with a Vatican order to leave the monastery he founded, Italian layman Enzo Bianchi will now relocate to one of his community’s former properties, which has permanently closed in a bid to end a months-long stalemate.
Organizers have said this year’s Week for Christian Unity is especially relevant given the coronavirus pandemic, which requires a joint effort from all people regardless of ethnicity, race or creed in order to stop the spread and assist the sick and the poor.
The pandemic lockdowns and travel restrictions have had an impact on the Catholic Church’s relationships with other Christian churches, but the effects were not all bad.
During an ecumenical and interreligious prayer liturgy for peace Tuesday, Pope Francis issued an appeal to fraternity as a remedy to war and conflict, insisting that love is what allows room for brotherhood to happen.
After the founder of an Italian community denied that he has disobeyed a papal order to vacate his monastery over issues of governance, a papal delegate to the group has said the founder is in fact still living on the premises.