In democracy’s birthplace, pope warns of populist threats

Pope Francis warned Saturday that the “easy answers” of populism and authoritarianism are threatening democracy in Europe and called for fresh dedication to promoting the common good. Arriving in Greece, the birthplace of democracy, Francis used a speech to Greek political and cultural leaders to warn Europe at large about the threats facing the continent.Continue reading “In democracy’s birthplace, pope warns of populist threats”

G20 summit in Rome focuses on climate change, coronavirus – DW News

The G20 summit is underway in Rome as leaders from the world’s major industrialized nations meet. Outgoing German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, is among the dignitaries who are in the Italian capital for the two-day gathering. Among the topics being discussed is the coronavirus pandemic – with emergency workers invited to join the leaders for aContinue reading “G20 summit in Rome focuses on climate change, coronavirus – DW News”

Residential Schools: Pope to visit Canada, meet with Indigenous leaders – CBC News

Pope Francis has agreed to visit Canada ‘in the context of the long-standing pastoral process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples,’ the Vatican said on Wednesday.

Pressure mounts in Italy to dissolve neo-fascist group after riots

Italy’s government was under growing pressure on Monday to dissolve the Forza Nuova neo-fascist group involved in violent weekend protests against a government drive to make the COVID-19 “Green Pass” mandatory for all workers. Since its foundation in 1997, Forza Nuova has repeatedly been accused of using violence against immigrants and police. Along with theContinue reading “Pressure mounts in Italy to dissolve neo-fascist group after riots”

Pope Francis says antisemitism ‘still lurking in Europe’ on visit to Hungary

“This is a fuse that must not be allowed to burn,” the pope said. Pope Francis called for an end to antisemitism Sunday during an unusually short trip to Hungary, where he warned that prejudice against Jews was a “fuse that must not be allowed to burn.” “I think of the threat of antisemitism still lurking in EuropeContinue reading “Pope Francis says antisemitism ‘still lurking in Europe’ on visit to Hungary”

Justin Trudeau says Pope Francis should apologize on Canadian soil for church’s role in residential schools

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Pope Francis should come to Canada and apologize on behalf of the Catholic Church for its role in running residential schools for Indigenous children, after hundreds of bodies were located in two unmarked graves. Trudeau said Friday in Ottawa that he spoke with the pope one day after Cowessess FirstContinue reading “Justin Trudeau says Pope Francis should apologize on Canadian soil for church’s role in residential schools”

Pope, on Iraq visit, decries violence in the name of God as ‘greatest blasphemy’

Pope Francis walked down a narrow alleyway in the holy city of Najav to hold a historic meeting with Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric and visited the birthplace of the Prophet Abraham on Saturday to condemn violence in the name of God as “the greatest blasphemy”. The inter-religious events, one in a dusty, built-up city andContinue reading “Pope, on Iraq visit, decries violence in the name of God as ‘greatest blasphemy’”

Pope Francis meets Iraq’s Shia leader al-Sistani

The pontiff met Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in holy city of Najaf to urge Muslims to embrace Iraq’s beleaguered Christians. Pope Francis has met with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, one of the most senior leaders in Shia Islam, in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf to deliver a message of peaceful coexistence, urging Muslims to embraceContinue reading “Pope Francis meets Iraq’s Shia leader al-Sistani”

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