- Sep 24, 2020
Unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean off Peru is causing heavy rains on the usually arid coast, swamping cities that have poor drainage and destroying wood or mud-brick houses not built to withstand a downpour. Catholic organizations are leading the way in providing humanitarian help.
In his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis prayed for Peruvians afflicted by devastating floods that have struck the Latin American country, and also remembered an Italian layman beatified on Saturday who refused to swear loyalty to Adolph Hitler.
More than 1.5 million Peruvians took to the streets against gender ideology in the nation’s schools. Organizers named the event “Don’t Mess With My Children” against recent attempts to teach that one’s ‘gender’ is chosen and has no connection with one’s biological sex in schools.
From Mexico to Peru and from Argentina to Venezuela, the past week has been chock full of Catholic drama in Latin America, including debates over gay marriage, a cloistered convent under investigation, and a cardinal taking on a president over shortages of food and medicine.
“The allegations were sent speedily [to Rome] and it admits no suspicion of negligence, and even less cover-up, from this court.”
A letter by the head of Peru’s main Church court lists multiple steps to inform Rome of charges against the founder of a powerful lay group, and expresses mounting frustration at the lack of response.