Podcast: The movement of lay people behind Pope Francis’ peace missions
How does a 25-year-old woman from Salt Lake City end up facilitating peace negotiations during a civil war in South Sudan? This week on “Jesuitical,” Zac and Ashley are joined by Elizabeth Boyle, an international relations officer in the Community of Sant’Egidio, a lay social movement of the Catholic Church whose mission focuses on “three P’s”: “prayer, peace and the poor.”
Zac and Ashley talk to Elizabeth about:
- The journey that brought Elizabeth to peacebuilding and the work she’s doing with the Community of Sant’Egidio in Rome
- What her work in South Sudan reveals about the challenges and possibilities of peacemaking
- How Catholics (and the church) can integrate peace into their spirituality
In Signs of the Times, Ashley and Zac discuss Pope Francis’ recent announcement that he would travel to Dubai to attend COP28. Then, they get into a most pressing issue facing the church: Sabrina Carpenter’s “Feather” music video, which caused an uproar after being filmed in the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Brooklyn.
Links from the show:
- Interview: Pope Francis’ presence at COP28 climate conference in Dubai is ‘without precedence’
- Brooklyn bishop ‘appalled’ over music video shot in Catholic church, will investigate
- Podcast: When Catholic doctrine can change—and when it can’t
- The Community of Sant'Egidio
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