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Friday 3 June 2022
1. Pope Francis should go to celebrate a mass at Ukrainian border
2. Hungary opposes sanctions against Patriarch Kirill
3. A young pilgrim makes Pope Francis laugh out loud
4. Letters from Pius XII to Hitler discovered
5. When Saint Francis of Assisi fascinated Spanish painters
1Pope Francis should go to celebrate a mass at Ukrainian border
Alarmed by the consequences of the war in Ukraine, including a serious food crisis, the writer Giorgio Montefoschi laments that “diplomacy is at a standstill” in an opinion article in Italian daily Corriere della Sera. “Words are of little use” now, argues the writer, who comments on the attempts by the Pontiff to go to Moscow and Kyiv. “The Pope must go there, because a strong gesture is needed now, and only he can make that gesture,” Montefoschi said, pointing out that phone calls and other actions taken until now have not yielded anything. Just as St. Francis went to see Malik al-Kamil during the Fifth Crusade, the writer considers that the Pope should go to the heart of the war, to the demarcation line or to the no-man’s land between Ukraine and Russia. “There, on a simple altar, in the open, with no entourage, no oceanic crowds to cheer him on, he would celebrate Mass and, in his homily, ask Putin to stop the devastation,” the writer envisions. “One does not keep a Pope at the door,” the author emphasized in his concluding sentence.
Corriere della Sera, Italian
2Hungary opposes sanctions against Patriarch Kirill
Hungary apparently delayed the announcement of the European Union’s new sanctions against Russia and obtained the removal of Patriarch Kirill from the list. Although Budapest claims they have held this position for a long time, this has not prevented several diplomats from releasing the information, a sign of disagreement on the subject. The diplomats, at first, had wanted to strike the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, considered a supporter of Putin and the war waged against Ukraine. However, Hungary won the case and announced that it would respect the final sanctions agreement voted by the members of the European Union.
3A young pilgrim makes Pope Francis laugh out loud
Carlota Valenzuela, a young Spanish woman who met with Pope Francis during the general audience last Wednesday, shared a laugh with the head of the Catholic Church, the 266th Successor of Peter. The young woman was stopping in Rome during a pilgrimage on foot from the city of Finisterre to Jerusalem. “I’m going to see Jesus, but I went to see Peter first,” she told the Pontiff, to which he retorted, “Very well, it’s important to greet the doorman.” Carlota asked the Pope to bless a clown nose “to bring God’s joy to those (she) meets along the way.” Taking a sabbatical from a promising career with companies like Banco Santander and Acciona, she hopes to arrive in the Holy Land by Christmas. “I have eliminated from my life the rush, the fears, and the need to plan everything for the long-term,” she confided, “I’m learning to surrender and appreciate the gift of being able to live each day, whether I deserve it or not.” Along the way, Carlota says she is seeing “the best of humanity.”
Alfa y Omega, Spanish.