- Jan 17, 2021
Catholic chaplains in America who work at the intersection of police forces and minority communities are struggling to deal with a violent summer, saying that when they listen to people on the ground, what they’re hearing is “sadness, pain, fear.”
A mobile medial unit donated by the Vatican is touring Rome’s urban peripheries, where the poor are concentrated, to provide care for those in need, bearing Vatican City license plates and the Holy See’s coat of arms, two keys topped by a papal crown.
Sister Blandina Segale, a 19th century nun who stood up to outlaws such as Billy the Kid and who protected immigrants, is in line to become the first saint from the state of New Mexico, and now she’s set to be the subject of a new TV series.
In early July, three separate statements by senior Catholic prelates on the implications of Pope Francis’ recent document on the family, Amoris Laetitia, indicate that the debate it opened, especially on Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, is far from resolved.
Pope Francis has dedicated his prayer intentions for the month of July to indigenous peoples and cultures across the planet, saying in a new video released on July 6, “I want to be a spokesman for the deepest longings of indigenous peoples.”
Although accused of being Communists, three priests and two seminarians murdered in Argentina in 1976 under a military regime today are seen as martyrs to the faith. Many Argentinians hope it will be their pope, Francis, who opened their saint cause 11 years ago, who canonizes them.