- Jul 12, 2020
Argentina’s slum priests are working to prepare their people for COVID-19, but they say the “pandemic” of poverty, hunger, and drug abuse existed before the coronavirus, and will still be in the slums when the current crisis is over.
The soup kitchen at Father Nicolas Angelotti’s parish in the rough outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was feeding 1,500 residents daily in recent months, with demand driven by a weak economy and unemployment. But the demand more than doubled to 4,000 people per day after a coronavirus quarantine was imposed March 20
Menaced for his work with homeless people on the streets of São Paulo, a Brazilian priest has been issued a “precautionary measure” by the Organization of American States (OAS).
A theater education program at schools in one of Africa’s largest slums is instilling critical thought in participants as well as providing fun, said a 25-year-old whose ambition is to enter politics to represent the poor residents in Kenya’s Parliament.
Taking a vacation and taking a rest aren’t necessarily the same thing, and for Pope Francis, lunching with Syrian refugees, dropping in on convents and meeting women rescued from prostitution is actually a form of leisure by spending time with people and places that give him life.
A group of priests made up of clergy who work in the “villas miserias,” or “villas of misery,” in the Argentine capital, have issued a petition defending Pope Francis against what it terms a “brutal campaign against him with attacks of every kind.”