Marking the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being declared patron of the universal church, Pope Francis proclaimed a yearlong celebration dedicated to the foster father of Jesus.
Guaranteeing justice for all men and women is not possible while a few people control most of the world’s wealth and everyone else’s right to a dignified life is disregarded, Pope Francis said.
While the pope did not mention a specific country in his remarks, he has written a letter to Catholics in Germany urging them to ensure that their “synodal path” was guided by the Holy Spirit.
NBA players have been vocal on social justice issues throughout the year, especially after the shocking death of George Floyd by police officers in May sparked massive protests across the United States.
Recalling his abduction and two-year captivity, Father Maccalli told Vatican News that during that time, "tears were my bread for many days and were my prayer when I didn't know what to say."
"I renew my closeness to all victims of every form of abuse and the church's commitment to eradicate this evil," he said.
Students and faculty at Rome’s Pontifical North American College are under quarantine after several students tested positive for COVID-19.
Father Maccalli was serving in a parish in Bomoanga, Niger, when militant extremists from Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin, a branch of al-Qaida in Mali, kidnapped him in September 2018.