- May 27, 2020
s the global number of refugees is at an all-time high of more than 70 million, the world has become a less welcoming place for many of them, said Jesuit Father David Hollenbach during a May 19 launch of his book “Humanity in Crisis: How Ethics and Religion Shape Policy Responses to Refugees” via Zoom video.
Perhaps Pope Francis could publicly entrust both ecumenism and integration of migrants and refugees to Mary, Untier of Knots, and encourage prayer to Mary under that title on both fronts.
Despite his hardline anti-immigrant policies, Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has denied there’s any conflict between himself and Pope Francis and said meeting the pontiff would be a “great honor.”
An ongoing political crisis in Burundi is being ignored by an international community distracted by other problems around the world, according to a Catholic aid worker.
While some Italians speculate about a Catholic-progressive alliance to challenge right-wing populism, it would have to do justice to the concerns of ordinary folk.
As Syria’s civil war enters its ninth year, citizens in and outside the country find themselves in limbo. Catholic and other aid agencies are urging a swift resolution to the crisis.