- Feb 26, 2021
Pope Francis heads tomorrow to the Italian city of Assisi to celebrate the feast day of St. Francis, and to sign his new encyclical letter on human fraternity. It will be his first trip outside of Rome since the COVID-19 pandemic forced him, and most of the world, into lockdown.
At a Mass celebrated Sunday at Argentina’s largest Marian shrine, a day recognized by the UN as dedicated to women, the head of the national bishops’ conference said that in a country with 4,500 illegal settlements, it’s necessary to “discern priorities” and that abortion cannot be one of them.
The leadership of the Catholic Church in Pope Francis’s native Argentina is preparing to fight back against a press for legalized abortion with a seemingly more active role than in 2018, when the conservative president at the time opened a debate over decriminalization.
The shrine of Our Lady of Lujan draws more than 5 million pilgrims a year.