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Friday 8 April 2022
1 – Kyiv bishop’s plea to Russian soldiers: “I speak the same language as you, stop!”
2 – La Civiltà Cattolica: Is the world economy moving towards “de-globalization”?
3 – Pope encourages Spanish bishops to continue fighting abuse
4 – The mess over the papal visit mirrors Lebanese confusion
5 – London building trial: what about the others who are not accused?
1Kyiv bishop’s plea to Russian soldiers: “I speak the same language as you, stop!”
“I come from the south of Ukraine from a Russian-speaking family. It is not by razing Russian-speaking cities to the ground that you increase the love for Russia but rather you destroy it : think about it and stop,” said the Catholic latin-rite Bishop of Kyiv, Vitaliy Kryvytskyi, to Italian outlet Quotidiano.net. He expressed his shock at seeing the harrowing images coming from the Ukrainian city of Bucha after the retreat of Russian troops. “These atrocities cannot go unpunished, we need an independent international commission to do justice,” Bishop Kryvytskyi said. He also confessed that in this situation it is increasingly hard “to find words of consolation for the families and friends of the innocent victims.” “There is no justification for this hatred towards the entire Ukrainian people,” the Catholic prelate stated.
The magazine of the Italian Jesuits, linked to the Holy See and considered to provide some keys to reading Pope Francis’ geopolitical vision, published an in-depth analysis of the current economic upheavals, which seem to be opening the way to “de-globalization”. Indeed, the Covid-19 pandemic has slowed down trade with Asia and is jeopardizing the supply of semiconductors. The Russian offensive in Ukraine, in addition to causing a surge in energy prices, is upsetting the grain market and destabilizing the food supply of importing countries, including China itself. “The previous world order is in the process of being blown up,” he says, and no region of the world is immune to the worsening crisis. Regionalization and regulation of supply chains is necessary to avoid a breakdown. The social doctrine of the Church is not foreign to these debates: “John Paul II and Benedict XVI had already made us note that globalization will be what we ourselves will make of it, expressing an urgent call to govern it,” recalls Fernando de la Iglesia Viguiristi, the economist author of this article and professor at the Gregorian University of Rome.
La Civiltà Cattolica, Italian
3Pope encourages Spanish bishops to continue fighting abuse
“He encouraged us to continue on this path of listening, accompanying and caring for the victims who are at the center of everything,” said Juan José Omella, Cardinal Archbishop of Barcelona and President of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference, after his audience with Pope Francis. He was accompanied by Cardinals Carlos Osoro (vice-president) and Bishop Luis Argüello (general secretary). The three prelates shared with Pope Francis how the crisis of sexual abuse in the Church is now being addressed in Spain. The law firm “Cremades & Calvo Sotelo” was commissioned to conduct an audit on the abuse crisis. The Pope was interested in the methods used by the firm. “He listened with interest and contributed in a positive way,” explained Cardinal Omella. The Archbishop of Barcelona also mentioned a potential papal trip this summer to Spain, indicating that the pontiff “continues to think about it and meditate.”
Vida Nueva Digital, Spanish