Wednesday 23 March 2022
1. The Pope’s two roles, in the trial of the century
2. Christian, Muslim, and Jewish representatives of the Holy Land call on Patriarch Kirill to stop the war in Ukraine
3. The Catholic Church and Down syndrome
4. The complaints of Vatican journalists after the publication of the new constitution
5. St. Bernadette’s relics to begin first tour to U.S. in Florida in April
The Pope’s two roles, in the trial of the century
In his blog Settimo Cielo, Italian Vatican expert and journalist Sandro Magister highlights the criticism directed at the Vatican tribunal judging those involved in the purchase of a building on Sloane Avenue, London (UK). Magister emphasizes that the main issue is that the Pope has supreme power over legislation and cannot be judged. He cites the four “rescripta” signed by Francis in the initial phase of the investigation for the trial and claims they were all “ issued contrary to the laws in force and to the rights of defense.” Having obtained the documents of these decrees, Magister publishes them publicly for the first time and delves into the details of the changes and the actions that resulted from them. The Italian journalist says Francis figures as both “director of the trial, with his “rescripta” that have steered its development in disregard of the rights of the defense, and as co-star of the twisted plot that the trial is called to judge.” “Judge and defendant at the same time,” concludes Magister.
Settimo Cielo, English
Christian, Muslim, & Jewish representatives of the Holy Land call on Patriarch Kirill to stop the war in Ukraine
A letter hangs on the walls of a Russian Orthodox church in Jerusalem signed by 150 Christian, Jewish, and Muslim representatives from all over the world, calling for Patriarch Kirill of Moscow to do everything in his power to stop the war in Ukraine. The leaders of these religious communities gathered in front of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in the “Russian compound” of Jerusalem on Monday to plead for an end to the suffering, destruction, and death caused by Russia’s invasion. The initiative was promoted by the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD) and the Interfaith Elijah Institute. Notable figures present were: Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Rabbi Rasson Arousi, president of the Commission of the Grand Rabbinate of Israel for Dialogue with the Holy See, Sheikh Hassan Abu Galion, of Rahat, and more.
The Catholic Church and Down syndrome
In light of World Down Syndrome Day, March 21, American outlet The Pillar has updated its 2021 reading list featuring Catholic voices, insights, and resources on disability. For example, one of the first links is a video on the Little Sisters, Disciples of the Lamb, the only religious community known to invite women with Down syndrome to enter religious life. The list also cites texts from American archbishops, Pope John Paul II and Pope Francis on disability. The Argentinian pontiff said in 2017, for example, that “the Church cannot be voiceless or out of tune in the defense and promotion of people with disabilities.” The list also includes a speech by a theologian on the theology of disability and the guidelines of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on making sacraments accessible to people with disabilities.
The Pillar, English