- Aug 10, 2020
Italians of all stripes believe the country theoretically is capable of exiting this crisis in good shape, but pre-existing ideological and political divides will prevent it. That’s an examination of conscience the Catholic Church might profitably undertake as well.
Father Giuseppe Diana was killed on March 19, 1994, for standing up to the Camorra in southern Italy.
Pope Francis is recommending a Christian kind of populism after being attacked by Italian politicians for defending migrants.
Three things happened Saturday with big Catholic implications, two initiated by the pope, and the other by Irish voters.
Blessed Giuseppe “Pino” Puglisi, an Italian priest who was shot and killed by the Italian mafia in 1993, is being honored by the Vatican with a commemorative stamp on the 25th anniversary of his martyrdom.
By creating a new pathway to sainthood for the “offer of life,” meaning giving up one’s life for others, Pope Francis in effect has short-circuited a longstanding debate about many victims of contemporary anti-Christian persecution, which is whether their deaths were strictly for religious motives, and thus in keeping with the traditional test for martyrdom of being killed “in odium fidei,” or “hatred of the faith.”