- Nov 28, 2020
Why would Pope Francis’s Vatican go out of its way to praise the great anti-modernist pope, Pius X? Maybe because he was also a great reformer.
To date, Francis has shown himself to be remarkably resilient despite his age, and the fact that there isn’t already a full-blown health panic afoot in Rome is testament to the confidence most close observers have that he’s still essentially good to go.
In a Mass on Sunday for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis said fear of new arrivals is not a sin, but allowing fear “to feed hostility and rejection” is.
As the sainthood cause of Don Luigi Sturzo, a famed Italian priest who championed the anti-fascist cause during World War II, now shifts from the diocesan phase to the Vatican, some may be tempted to see him as an ideal “Pope Francis” candidate. Yet in some ways, it’s the differences in approach between Sturzo and Francis that may be most interesting.
Francis, who has reserved to himself direct authority for refugees, is not the first pope to throw open the doors of the Vatican to those fleeing hardship. As history shows, some prerogatives remain Peter’s.