- Jan 18, 2020
Pope Francis said Sunday that the Amazon forest is vital for our Earth and is urging prayers that fires there are quickly controlled.
Less than a week after meeting with President Trump, Pope Francis met with another key leader in North America on Monday May 29, the Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau is called the “anti-Trump” by many, and the meeting featured many points of congruence as well as contested issues, such as euthanasia.
After meeting Pope Francis, U.S. President Donald Trump will attend a NATO summit in Brussels, before returning to Italy for a G-7 meeting in Sicily. Church leaders will be watching both events closely, to see how Trump will try and manage international affairs.
Up to nine Catholic organizations have announced that they will divest from fossil fuel corporations in order to send a message to the upcoming G7 summit meeting in southern Italy. Representatives said that the move was inspired by Pope Francis’s encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.”
The Vatican confirmed on Thursday what has long been rumored, which is that President Donald Trump will indeed meet Pope Francis when he comes to Italy in late May for a G7 summit. The encounter between Francis and Trump is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24, at 8:30 am Rome time, which will be 2:30 am on the East Coast of the United States.
Since U.S. President Donald Trump has confirmed that he will visit Italy in May for a G7 summit, many observers believe that trip will bring his first meeting with Pope Francis. Among other things, that may establish a hard deadline for Trump to name his ambassador to the Vatican.