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Thursday 28 April 2022
1. German Synod: Cardinal Pell thinks the Pope will intervene
2. Is Patriarch Kirill an oligarch?
3. Are diocesan mergers on the way?
4. A violent conflict divides an archbishop and Carmelites in Argentina
5. Brazil commemorates 522 years since its first Mass
German Synod: Cardinal Pell thinks the Pope will intervene
According to Cardinal George Pell, the Pope will intervene to stop the possibility of a schism in the Church because of the German Synod. He told the British media outlet Catholic Herald that he has “great confidence in the Successor of Peter,” whose role is to maintain the “purity of the apostolic tradition.” Cardinal Pell, along with over 85 bishops from around the world, recently signed a letter sent to the German bishops warning them of the dangers that could result from their discussions. The Australian Cardinal explained that he believes these bishops are heading “in the wrong direction.” “Bizarrely, they think that, by adopting the teachings of the world around them, they are going to help the Church,” he explained, assuring that history unanimously shows that doing so is “disastrous.”
Catholic Herald, English
Is Patriarch Kirill an oligarch?
“No, Kirill is not Francis,” says the Vatican expert Maria Antonietta Calabrò. The Patriarch of Moscow is anything but an ascetic, he is an oligarch, she believes. In addition to his personal fortune, estimated at $4 billion by the American business magazine Forbes, there is the origin of his wealth, based on the tobacco and beer trade and on tax exemptions granted by the Russian state to the Orthodox Church. Some of this wealth is said to be invested abroad, in Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Spain, as well as in offshore havens. The human rights expert Hanna Hopko has called for sanctions against him, the EU foreign ministers are considering imposing them, and although the Patriarch has always denied his wealth, investigations are underway throughout Europe.
Huffington Post, Italian