- May 27, 2020
Pope Francis offered some helpful nuance to his approach on immigration at the end of his recent trip to Sweden, for instance distinguishing between migrants and refugees, warning of the dangers of immigrant ‘ghettoes,’ and saying setting limits is not always selfish.
Sunday’s special Jubilee for Prisoners will be celebrated at the Vatican, drawing detainees and their families from around Italy and beyond, including Cincinnati, to St. Peter’s Basilica for Mass with Pope Francis and a special reception after.
As Pope Francis arrives in Sweden for a two-day visit, here are a few questions and answers about the meaning of the pontiff’s trip, the background to it, and the personal history he brings to his encounters with other Christians.
Martin Luther’s protest at corruption of the sacraments and the reactions that followed have left a centuries-old wound both Catholics and Lutherans are determined to heal. Here’s what Francis, who travels today to Sweden to commemorate the start of the Reformation, brings to that effort.
On any list of the most consequential Catholic nations, the Philippines would easily finish in the top five, and there’s a good case to be made that it’s #1. Today, the Catholic Church in the Philippines is in crisis, driven by polarized responses to new President Rodrigo Duterte.
In an interview released today, Pope Francis reveals why he had not wanted to celebrate Mass with the Catholic community in Sweden next week, as well as the Lutherans he has known and what Catholics can learn from them.