- Jun 23, 2021
While the Russian government’s treatment of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny is “mainly a political question,” the mass arrests of protesters and the situation in Russia’s jails are a concern for the Catholic Church and all Christians, said the head of Moscow’s Mother of God Archdiocese.
While he skipped morning Mass due to what the Vatican called a “painful sciatica,” Pope Francis was in the saddle again for his Angelus address later in the day, reflecting on the role of Mary as Mother of God and the need for a change in attitude at the end of a tumultuous year.
Pope Francis began 2020 with a bang on Wednesday, issuing a harsh condemnation of violence against women, insisting that how society treats women and their bodies is a measure of its level of humanity.
Francis appeared to suggest Monday it’s not a coincidence that the World Day of Peace and the feast of Mary the Mother of God coincide. In fact, he seemed to say, the spiritual basis of real peace is to be found in Mary herself.
Today’s solemnity of Mary, Mother of God seems annually overshadowed by New Year celebrations (or by recovery efforts of these celebrations). The Biblically rich feast day appears to be viewed as some type of odd Christmas residue, and not cherished for its own depth and richness.