- Aug 9, 2020
A lethal combination of insecurity, political chaos, economic stagnation and outright persecution have created a toxic environment in the Middle East – for almost everyone, of course, but in a special way for Christians.
“History tells us that Christians too, including Catholics, are not strangers to such evil. I would like to ask your forgiveness for this,” Pope Francis said while telling Romania’s gypsies that he’s sorry for their mistreatment.
As secularism mounts in Western Europe, Central and Eastern European countries still hold on to faith.
Three female ambassadors from different parts of the world and of different religious beliefs all agree that the Vatican is a pretty cozy place for women diplomats, but they also concur that when it comes to the role of women in the decision making process inside the Church, there’s still a long way to go.
In a powerful reflection on BBC radio drawing attention to what he calls the ‘evil persecution’ of Christians and people of other faiths driven from the Middle East, Prince Charles has also urged a policy of welcome to refugees.