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I.Media for Aleteia - published on 06/22/22 - updated on 06/22/22

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Wednesday 22 June 2022
1- The Pope’s position on Ukraine causes some misunderstanding in Brussels
2- Two churches attacked in northern Nigeria
3- What has been the Vatican’s position on NATO throughout history?
4- Will synodality change the world? A brief report from an Indian diocese leads us to believe it’s possible
5- Camino pilgrims help rural Spain’s emptying villages survive

1The Pope’s position on Ukraine causes some misunderstanding in Brussels

Jamie Dettmer of the news site Politico EU wonders whether Pope Francis’ ambiguous position on the Ukrainian conflict, especially when he questions NATO’s responsibility, does not amount to “placing temporal interests above spiritual and moral imperatives.” His criticism of the international arms industry, the author believes, is not acceptable if it is simply aimed at maintaining the link with Patriarch Kirill or if it is merely a form of “third-world-style criticism” of the West, inherited from a Peronist Argentina. The journalist does not hesitate to compare what he sees as support for Putin to the Lateran Agreement between Pius XI and Benito Mussolini in 1929, suggesting that the Catholic Church positions itself where it finds its interest. The journalist also wonders if this is not a leitmotif of his pontificate, accusing Francis of “kowtowing to Beijing by turning a blind eye to human rights violations in China.”

Politico, English

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