- Jun 3, 2020
In both the Catholic and Orthodox traditions saints tend to play a major role in daily spiritual life, and when Pope Francis visits Bulgaria and Macedonia this weekend, their shared devotion of several towering figures in Eastern Europe will likely emerge as a key underlying theme.
When Pope Francis sets off for Macedonia and Bulgaria this weekend, his visits to the small eastern nations will hit on several top papal priorities, including ecumenism, caring for the poor and the migrant, and empowering two growing minority Catholic populations.
This year’s World Day of the Sick kicked off early in Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, the city associated with Mother Teresa, the Church’s great patron saint of the sick.
Pope Francis said Sunday that God always surprises people with the way he works, and because of this, believers should be open to the Lord’s way of thinking and acting, rather than expecting him to conform to their aspirations.
Retired Bishop William G. Curlin of Charlotte died of cancer Dec. 23 at Carolinas Medical Center. He was known as a champion of the poor and comforter of the sick and the dying.
Gianluigi Nuzzi, one of the journalists charged by the Vatican in 2015 in the Vatileaks II case, has written a new book covering scandals in the Vatican. He alleges sexual abuse of a minor took place at a seminary within Vatican City, and that Mother Teresa’s account at the Vatican Bank was so large, the institution would have defaulted if she removed the money.