- Dec 10, 2019
When engaging with popular movements, the Catholic Church must keep its focus on their work with the poor and not be dragged into ideological debates, a former Vatican official said.
In a forward he penned for a new book dedicated to the so-called “popular movements” prominent in South America, Pope Francis said the groups are an alternative to the populist wave spreading through much of global society.
According to Pope Francis, the world today is living in an era of changes where “the soul of our peoples is at stake.” On Tuesday, he called for the defense of social rights, saying that they’re not outdated but still contribute much to society.
The first woman to receive a doctorate in theology from Argentina’s Pontifical Catholic University says Pope Francis is “creating processes in which the Holy Spirit forges new synthesis out of disparities and disagreements.”
A U.S. regional version of Pope Francis’s World Meeting of Popular Movements wrapped up Sunday in Modesto, California, with a strong denunciation of racism and others forms of “human hierarchy.” Along the way, there were also some jabs at the Trump administration.