- Dec 7, 2019
Survivors of Hurricane Matthew put on their Sunday finest and picked their way through downed power lines to sing praise and pray in ruined churches, while desperation grew in other parts of devastated Haiti and international rescue efforts began ramping up.
Assuming he’s approved by the General Assembly on Oct. 17, former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres is set to become the new U.N. Secretary General, and his background suggests he could become a key global ally of Pope Francis.
New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan says that when Pope Francis visited the Big Apple one year ago, he was probably expecting a cold metropolis with people only interested in making a buck, and what he found instead was a warm, exuberant milieu filled with deep faith.
Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, recently tapped by Pope Francis to head a major new Vatican department on human development, has told a United Nations conference on trade that the world must face “pervasive challenges of poverty, of inequality and lack of progress.”
Dozens of prominent Christians in Egypt have released a statement expressing alarm over what they see as the Coptic Church’s deepening involvement in politics, after Coptic officials helped organize rallies in favor of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during his visit to the U.N. General Assembly.
During a UN event honoring Mother Teresa, one close friend of the new saint said her genius was in recognizing that “Calcutta is everywhere, in the depths of our hearts, in broken friendships, in disappointed expectations in life.”