- Jan 19, 2020
A controversial Amazonian statue was seized from a Roman church and thrown in the Tiber on Monday.
“If I lead a holy life, I won’t have a problem with ordained ministers, because young people are looking for values and things they can believe in,” said Bishop Wellington de Queiroz Vieira of Cristalândia in Brazil, “and I can’t believe that Jesus has lost his power of attraction.”
Though it is only day two of this month’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, participants have nearly unanimously flagged a regional priest shortage and the need for a clear ministry for women as key issues up for discussion, yet while the questions seem to be clear, the answers are far from it.
In the latest move in the ongoing shakeup of Vatican communications, the pope’s top comms official has created four new positions for the Holy See Press Office, adding two Americans, a Peruvian and a Frenchwoman to the mix.
The Catholic Church and digital media was one theme that had not been getting much press attention at the Synod of Bishops, but finally emerged during the third week of talks dedicated to accompaniment.
Pope Francis has named a layman to head the Vatican’s troubled communications office, the first layman to head a dicastery of the Roman Curia.