- Sep 25, 2020
In a new letter dated Friday morning, Cardinal Angelo De Donatis said he’d met with Francis, who urged him to look beyond healthcare considerations in closing the churches of Rome to consider the risk that “people will feel even more isolated” if they can’t even go to church to pray.
Pope Francis has a chance to do almost all at once in Chile what he’s trying to do everywhere else in piecemeal fashion.
During the annual Chrism Mass on Thursday, Pope Francis unpacked his vision of a “pastoral conversion” of the Church by rejecting an abstract conception of truth that “distances ordinary people from the healing closeness of the word and of the sacraments of Jesus.”
Pope Francis lets his hair down in a new interview book with a journalist from his native Argentina, among other things revealing that in 2005 he urged his fellow cardinals to support the election of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI. He felt Latin America wasn’t ready — in part because the Aparecida conference which he helped shape hadn’t happened yet.
Its impact may be deep and wide-ranging, but the essence of the Francis reform, clearly visible after four years, is a re-focussing on the Church’s pastoral mission to humanity. It is a program made in Latin America, that is summoning the Church to a ‘pastoral conversion’.