- Sep 18, 2020
A jail riot and fire that killed 68 people in Venezuela’s deadliest tragedy in decades could have been prevented, according to the Venezuelan bishops’ conference.
Inside and around the Vatican, Catholic women point to a ‘cultural revolution’ calling for more female inclusion.
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.