- May 30, 2020
Pope Francis said Europe has “a patrimony of ideals and spiritual values unique in the world,” calling it the “best antidote against the vacuum of values of our time, which provides a fertile terrain for every form of extremism.” The pope was speaking to European Union leaders marking their 60th anniversary.
In what amounts to his first major address on Europe since the June Brexit vote, Pope Francis will meet EU leaders gathered in Rome on Friday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the union’s founding — and if the past is any guide, the pontiff probably won’t mince words.
At the African theology summit in Rome, Catholic Church leaders from the African continent weighed in on the efforts made by NGO’s and Western governments to enact population control measures. Congolese Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo warns against the dangers, and Beninese Archbishop Berthelemy Adoukonou raises concerns of a “new colonization.”
At a symposium on clerical sexual abuse in Rome, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, president of an anti-abuse commission in the Vatican, said there’s “no doubt” Pope Francis is fully committed to the cause, but one expert argued the absence of abuse survivors at the event suggests “we still haven’t gotten it.”
Pope Francis on Thursday approved a miracle attributed to two of the visionaries who say they saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima in 1917. The pope was already scheduled to visit the Marian shrine to mark the 100th anniversary of the event.
A major four-day conference on African Christian theology is taking place March 22-25 hosted by the University of Dame, and held at the university’s “Global Gateway” center in Rome. One of the guests is Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze, the former head of the Vatican’s department on liturgy.