“I’m completely immersed in something way bigger than myself,” actor Shia LaBeouf said in an Instagram post published by Capuchin Friar Hai Ho last week.
While the Taliban have promised not to shed any blood, some locals fear that the Islamist regime will lead to persecutions and violence.
“As Pope Francis says, sport is a place of encounter and formation, but also evangelism and sharing of the Christian message.”
The day before Easter this year, a group of transgender people came to the Vatican at the invitation of Pope Francis to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, according to an official who oversees the pope’s charitable works.
“The gesture by the Holy Father strengthened me and reconciled me with the world,” said Lidia Maksymowicz, 80, a Polish woman of Belorussian descent who survived the concentration camp as a child.
For decades, popes have suffered embarrassment and even frustration when their light, shoulder-length mantle, inspired by a sudden gust of wind, smacked them right in the face as they greeted world leaders or waved to crowds while cameras whirred.
German bishops resume meetings to discuss women in the church, LGBT issues and the sexual abuse crisis
Germany’s Catholic bishops will resume discussions this week to plan the Synodal Path, a set of conferences slated to address controversial questions such as women’s roles and LGBT acceptance, even as the country faces yet another scandal of sexual abuse by clergy.
Covid-19 safety measures and social distancing have put further strain on many Catholic churches and parishes that have already seen their flocks dwindling.