- Jul 23, 2021
Pope Francis’ September trip to Hungary and Slovakia features a jam-packed schedule that shows he has no intention of slowing down despite his recent recovery from colon surgery.
Pope Francis announced on Sunday that he’ll go to Slovakia in September, adding a three-day visit to that European nation after a pilgrimage to neighboring Hungary.
Generally speaking, only three things happen in Rome on Sundays: Mass, lunch and soccer. Thus it was a bit of a surprise last Sunday to see the Vatican announce a personnel move, in this case the pope’s nomination of a new cerimoniere, meaning an official who assists the pope in his liturgies and public events.
Pope Francis urged legislators from the Czech Republic and Slovakia to honor their nations’ Christian heritage by working to increase “mutual acceptance and solidarity.”
A 16-year-old peasant girl will be beatified as a martyr in Slovakia, seven decades after she was shot in front of her family for resisting rape by a drunken Soviet soldier.
Seeking Christian unity is more urgent than ever because of the ongoing persecution of Christians, Pope Francis told an Orthodox leader.
ROME — In the Pope Francis era, there’s never a dull moment on the Vatican beat, and that was certainly true in early February. Storylines ranging from the pontiff endorsing spanking “with dignity,” to a Vatican document blasting plastic surgery as a “burka of flesh” made global headlines. As a