- Jan 18, 2020
Normally Pope Francis tries to stay out of direct involvement in Italian political affairs, but in a recent debate over a proposed law that would afford citizenship to the children of immigrants by virtue of birth in Italy, the pope and other Catholic leaders have dropped the pretense of being non-political and made their support for the measure clear.
“Hope is the push in the heart of those who leave their home, and sometimes their family and relatives – I am thinking of migrants – to find a better life, with more dignity for themselves and their loved ones,” the pope said and he announced the new global campaign by Caritas, ‘Share the Journey,’ aimed at helping create an encounter with migrants and refugees.
“I will not hide my concern before the signs of intolerance, discrimination and xenophobia that can be found in different regions of Europe,” Pope Francis said at an audience at the Vatican. “The contemporary migrant flows represent a new missionary frontier,” he added.
Thousands of people from Myanmar are displaced within Thailand, many of them members of the Muslim-minority Rohingya population, faced with persecution by their government. Cardinal Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovitvanit of Bangkok described the challenges and efforts made by the Thai Church to cater to their humanitarian and pastoral needs.
In a tell-all conversation with a French sociologist, Pope Francis opened up about his visits to a psychoanalyst during his time in Argentina, the importance of Christian roots and of Arab heritage in Europe, the resistance to his apostolic letter on marriage ‘Amoris Laetitia’ and social issues like abortion and gay marriage.
Hunger strikers at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., including an 87-year-old nun, are asking that the Archdiocese of Washington and every other Catholic diocese in America open at least one parish church as a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants facing the risk of deportation or other legal challenges.