- Jun 2, 2020
Every Christian should be grateful for the gift of his or her baptism, and that gratitude should draw them together to recognize that they are brothers and sisters and called to pursue holiness together, Pope Francis said.
Bishop Teemu Sippo of Helsinki remained hospitalized in critical condition Jan. 4, more than a week after he fell on an icy road and sustained a traumatic head injury.
The strained relationship between church and state in Scandinavia was a leading issue at the forefront of the recent Nordic Bishops’ Conference general assembly in Turku, Finland.
By broadcasting radio news in Latin, “Finland has done something that had earlier been experimented with only in the Vatican in the 1930s,” wrote Latin professors Christian Laes from the University of Antwerp and Dirk Sacre from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium in an op-ed article published recently in Finland’s leading daily, Helsingin Sanomat.
Pope Francis on Sunday prayed that God will liberate the world from the “inhuman violence” of terrorism, in the wake of incidents over the past week in Burkina Faso, Barcelona and Finland that left a total of 34 people dead. The pontiff has long condemned terrorism, especially when it’s religiously-inspired, insisting that it’s “blasphemy” to kill in the name of God.
In the wake of the latest spike in violence across Europe, the Vatican says it’s not taking extra security precautions, in part because safeguards were already “very strong.” Popes often feel a greater degree of calm about their safety than other public figures, because, let’s face it, from their point of view, they’ve got the ultimate safety net.