- Jul 23, 2021
The Catholic shrine at Fátima in Portugal has allowed 7,500 worshippers to attend two annual Masses marking the day when three illiterate shepherd children first reported seeing visions of the Madonna.
Bishops in Portugal criticized legislation that would allow euthanasia and assisted suicide and said their “sadness and indignation” were compounded “by a form of death being legalized during the great aggravation of a deadly pandemic, when we are all striving to save the greatest number of lives.”
World Youth Day organizers released the winning theme song for the international gathering in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2023.
Young people today should not waste their lives dreaming of obtaining trivial things that provide only a fleeting moment of joy but aspire to the greatness God wants for them, Pope Francis said.
With no papal travels abroad this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pope Francis is cheering efforts for a youth jamboree, traditionally attended by pontiffs, in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2023.
Protesters gathered Thursday outside Portugal’s parliament where lawmakers were due to debate proposals that would allow euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill people.
Spanish and Portuguese church leaders rejected plans to legalize euthanasia in their traditionally Catholic countries, and urged broad discussions of such proposals before they are considered by legislators.
The Catholic Church’s news service in Portugal reports that a senior official says church authorities have investigated only about a dozen allegations of sexual abuse involving Portuguese priests since 2001.