The “common thread” among the celebrations, especially in 2020, the cardinal said, “is our common home in which the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor are one cry.”
While reciting the Angelus, Pope Francis urged people to pray for various intentions, including praying for those suffering from the pandemic.
Their heads encased in bandages covering the wounds where they had been conjoined, 2-year-old twins named Ervina and Prefina were baptized by Pope Francis in the chapel of his residence.
Even at the height of Italy's strict COVID-19 lockdown this spring, migrants arrived. The government said 241 newcomers came in March and 671 arrived in April.
Peter Seewald described Pope Benedict as “extremely frail,” and as saying that while he is mentally sharp, his voice is barely audible.
“Democracy can be one of the victims of the pandemic if we do not take care with our political condition,” Father Arturo Sosa told Vatican News. “Many governments—including so-called democratic governments—are taking the path of authoritarianism.”
Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, has said that catechesis is a process in leading young people to a personal relationship with Jesus.
In a recent symposium sponsored by the American and British embassies to the Holy See, women religious were recognized for being "on the front lines" in combatting the pandemic with faith, generosity, and compassion.