- Oct 25, 2020
Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario of Dhaka in Bangladesh was among the new cardinals announced by Pope Francis on Oct. 9, and he says he sees the nomination as both a “blessing” and “grace” for the country’s tiny Catholic minority, but also a “call” to continue the church’s contribution to building up the nation.
On his first visit to a majority Shiite Muslim nation on Sunday, Pope Francis in Azerbaijan told an inter-religious assembly that the goals of fraternity and the common good cannot be reached through “extreme and radical attitudes which are furthest from the living God.”
Pope Francis travels to Georgia and Azerbaijan over the weekend, and each stop presents its own unique challenges. In Georgia he’ll visit an overwhelmingly Orthodox nation constantly at odds with Russia, and in Azerbaijan he’ll encounter a largely Shi’a Muslim society, in both cases pushing peace and reconciliation.
When Pope Francis convenes a summit of religious leaders next Tuesday in Assisi, it will be the fifth time a pope has done so, beginning with St. John Paul II in 1986, marking a revolution both in how Catholicism engages the world and in the role of the papacy as the chairman of religious moderates everywhere.
The meeting of leaders of the world’s religions called by John Paul II in 1986 marked a new era in interreligious understanding. Later this month, Pope Francis with other leaders will mark its anniversary.
When Francis and a group of Jains met Wednesday morning, it was about friends getting together, but it was also what master strategists do – leading by addition, not subtraction.