- Apr 21, 2021
Italian Father Alberto Ravagnani turned into that most quintessential form of 21st century celebrity, the “webstar.”
Catalina Galinanes, this year’s student speaker at the March for Life rally on the National Mall, has been to almost as many marches as Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund.
Advent is the season of waiting and anticipating the coming light.
Speaking to people from 18 different religions on Friday, Pope Francis said that the complex challenges of the world today – including globalization, the rapid advances of technology and the persistence of civil conflicts resulting in migration, refugees, famine and war – makes the need for cooperation between religions all the more pressing.
“We need to do something different to help children build a future, what we’ve done so far is not enough,” said Italian Sister Marcella Catozza, a Franciscan missionary who first began working in Haiti in 2004 after the fall of dictator Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
In an April document on youth and young adults, Pope Francis called for ministry to serve certain populations, including migrant youth. After all, in the United States alone, the population ages 15-39 is set at 104.9 million and, of those, 19.1 million, or 18 percent, are migrant youth.
During the eight hours Pope Francis spent in Mauritius, a multiethnic island nation in the Indian Ocean, he urged the inhabitants of the country to remember their immigrant roots and to integrate those who are arriving as they were welcomed by their ancestors.
An estimated 70 percent of the population of Madagascar suffers from extreme poverty, living on less than $2 a day. Life expectancy is 65, 12 years less than in the United States.