Conservative leader Erin O'Toole, left, and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau speak during the federal election French-language leaders debate, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, in Gatineau, Que. Trudeau called the early election for Monday, Sept. 20 in hopes of winning a majority of seats in Parliament, but has faced criticism for calling a vote during a pandemic in order to cement his hold on power. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
David Agren
Justin Trudeau has never offered a cogent explanation of his decision to call a snap election. Voters have called Canada’s 44th election the “Seinfeld election”—an election about nothing.
Maria Cristina Cella Mocellin. Photo Catholic News Service/Vatican Media.
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Maria Cristina Cella Mocellin continued with the pregnancy and opted for treatment that would not jeopardize the life of her child, Riccardo, who was born in 1994.
Brazilian Sisters of Providence celebrate a novice’s final vow ceremony with a ‘selfie’ in September 2020. Photo courtesy of Sisters of Providence
Filipe Domingues
Besides taking up the challenge of exploring new frontiers of evangelization in Africa, Asia and Latin America, Brazilian women religious have also become evangelizers of the “old continent,” Europe, where female vocations have radically declined in recent decades.
Felician Sisters Marilyn Minter and Inga Borko treat a young patient in Jacmel. Photo courtesy of the Felician Sisters of North America
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
To outsiders, the situation can appear completely beyond repair, but that is not the reality Sister Marilyn has come to know in Jacmel. “People need to hear that Haitians are survivors,” she said. “They are people of hope.”
Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to celebrate the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress at Heroes' Square in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 12, 2021. Also pictured in the popemobile is Cardinal Péter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis called on this majority Christian nation to stop closing in on itself and to open its arms and hearts to peoples of other ethnic backgrounds, religions and cultures.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addresses the media as he arrives on the first day of the European Union summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 24, 2021. Pope Francis is scheduled to meet with Orbán Sept. 12 after celebrating the final Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress. (CNS photo/John Thys, Reuters pool)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
In his meeting with Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Pope Francis is not as likely to celebrate the Hungary-first tendencies of Mr. Orban and his ruling Fidesz Party.