- Sep 30, 2020
Pope Francis has agendas both pastoral and personal for his trip to Asia, where he’ll appeal for global nuclear disarmament at the sites of the atomic bomb and minister to two tiny Catholic communities that have suffered gruesome periods of persecution.
Christians and Hindus must resist pessimism and instead draw from and add to the “a hidden sea of goodness” that convinces many men and women around the world that peace and brotherhood are possible, said a Vatican message for the Hindu feast of Diwali.
An interreligious ceremony held at the cathedral of São Paulo to support the Synod for the Amazon region was accused by critics as a cover for left-wing activism inside the Church.
Watching what’s happening in his country today, Archbishop Felix Machado of Vasai, India, believes the need for real conversation with the Hindu majority is more urgent than ever.
People’s prayers, like the trumpets before the ramparts of ancient Jericho, can bring down the walls that separate people and fuel distrust, making war more likely, Pope Francis said.
For experts and locals on the ground, Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to Thailand and Japan will not only highlight the Vatican’s strong ties with interreligious communities in each country, but it will also help the pope cement alliances in advancing his ecological agenda and his message of peace.