- Dec 6, 2019
A Vatican conference called “Sport at the Service of Humanity” in October was a heady experience. It poses the question of whether scholars in Catholic universities can partner with others to learn from youth playing sports about the realities of their lives and the challenges they face.
Pointing to the passage in St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians that says “if one member suffers, all suffer together,” Pope Francis assured the Orthodox leaders present at a speech he gave Friday to Catholic and Oriental Orthodox leaders, that “your sufferings are our sufferings.”
The city of Rome is in financial trouble, and the new mayor had hoped that Pope Francis might come to its rescue by agreeing to pay municipal taxes on all church property throughout the city. People around the mayor are starting to think that was just wishful thinking.
The role women in the Church today stood front and center of the ad limina visits, where many Irish prelates gathered in Rome to meet with the pope. Bishop Brendan Leahy said that the Holy Spirit is “saying something” to us about the future of women in the Church and in our society.
Dominican Father Vivian Boland, vicar of the master of the order, told Catholic News Service Jan. 17 that in almost any situation of difficulty or challenge, “there are Dominicans somewhere in the world trying to respond to those questions.”
Authorities suspect Giulio Occhionero and his sister Francesca Maria Occhionero, the two arrested for a cyber attack on the Vatican and others, may have ties to the Freemasons, because the malware used in the hack was called “Eye Pyramid,” believed to be a reference to the all-seeing eye of God, or Eye of Providence, a symbol typically associated with Freemasonry.