- Sep 29, 2020
After an Italian mayor asked the local archdiocese to pay back property taxes on Catholic schools amounting to around U.S. $112,000, the archbishop has written to the country’s prime minister threatening to close those schools if the Church is forced to pay. In a letter published on his own archdiocesan
Could the Focolare, a movement founded by Italian laywoman Chiara Lubich amid the rubble of the Second World War, with the founding idea of the unity of the human family, help a deeply-divided American Church resist polarization and acrimony?
VATICAN CITY — In recognizing civil unions of heterosexual and homosexual couples, the Italian government has equated those unions to marriage, said the head of the Italian bishops’ conference. While some supporters of the new law, which passed the legislature May 11, insisted the law did not recognize gay marriage,
“In an evangelical vision, avoid weighing yourselves down with a pastoral plan for preservation, which blocks openness to the perennial newness of the Holy Spirit.”
Arguably, anyway, it took several centuries to arrange the first-ever meeting between a Pope and a Russian Orthodox Patriarch this past February in Havana, Cuba, where Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow staged their historic encounter in an airport lounge. Yet just four months later, the mayor of Bari,