- May 28, 2020
Pope Francis’s decision to convene a Synod of Bishops dedicated to the Amazon is a sign of his desire for the choice to be a voice for the voiceless living in the region, a Brazilian archbishop said.
The Lord of Miracles – a Peruvian image of a darker-skinned Jesus – is believed to have been painted by an Angolan-born slave. After a devastating earthquake in 1655, the wall with the mural was one of the few parts of the church still intact. Deeming this a miracle, people gave the image an additional name — “The Christ of Earthquakes” — and almost ever since have paid homage to it in citywide processions.
After an informal meeting with Pope Francis for the “ad limina” visits to the Vatican, a Cuban archbishop said that the audience “was a sharing among shepherds; a meeting of bishops.” He also described the different approaches in Cuba by the three latest pontiffs pointing to the pope’s popularity in the country.
Pope Francis has not held back his criticism of populism in the past describing it as “evil” and a form of “egotism,” yet the media hails him as the ‘populist pope.’ But the unique approach to the masses adopted by this pontificate cannot be understood without the three P’s: populism, proximity, and the peripheries.
On a recent tour of the Santo Domingo Convent in Lima, Peru, my tour guide summarized the life of Saint Martin de Porres, one of South America’s most notable saints, as a person who spent his life and ministry caring for the poor and the sick of the nation. This
ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay — To this day, people debate whether the 18th century Jesuit missions in South America were a great social experiment, or a theocratic reign of terror. The 1986 Hollywood movie “The Mission,” starring Jeremy Irons, represents the former view, while some indigenous critics speak for the latter. On