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Tuesday 17 May 2022
1 – Peace is a challenge for Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall, says Cardinal Czerny
2 – The Archbishop of Kinshasa refuses any instrumentalization of the Pope’s visit to the DRC
3 – The Pope wants to change the face of the Church in Italy
4 – Bishop Hinder says UAE should continue to open up
5 – Living the #ConventLife: American nuns use TikTok as a means of evangelization
Peace is a challenge for Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall, says Cardinal Czerny
“I saw the war (…), I saw it on the distressed faces of the Ukrainian children, women, and men I met,” Cardinal Michael Czerny, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, told Catt.ch on his return from his trips to Hungary and Slovakia. In those countries, the papal envoy met with Ukrainian refugees. “Their suffering, their helplessness pained me. These are people who have fled to save their lives but, in a way, they have lost their lives because they have left everything they had and their world has been shattered,” the prelate said. However, he invites us not to “lose hope.” In Europe, he believes, “we have become accustomed to our comfort, without thinking too much about our responsibilities. In a certain way, we Europeans have fallen asleep. Perhaps the pandemic and the war will wake us up.” The Cardinal therefore invites everyone to “take the step of reconciliation” in their own lives. “It would be a grave error to rise up against leaders who are incapable of making peace and then casually cultivate one’s own personal conflicts, considering them insignificant,” he concluded.