- May 6, 2021
The bishops’ conference of Spain warned of conflict over government plans to remove Catholic symbols from a civil war memorial site near Madrid from which the remains of former dictator Gen. Francisco Franco were exhumed a year ago.
Jews and Catholics came together in Rome this week to recall three “Righteous among the Nations” from World War II, at a time when Italy once again is doing some soul-searching on race and minorities.
As the sainthood cause of Don Luigi Sturzo, a famed Italian priest who championed the anti-fascist cause during World War II, now shifts from the diocesan phase to the Vatican, some may be tempted to see him as an ideal “Pope Francis” candidate. Yet in some ways, it’s the differences in approach between Sturzo and Francis that may be most interesting.