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Tuesday, July 12, 2022
1. The painful first-hand account of the nuns of Mother Teresa expelled from Nicaragua
2. Catholic groups oppose EU vote to designate gas and nuclear power as ‘green’
3. Who will be the next Archbishop of Westminster?
4. Does the Pope have a communication strategy?
5. Two Ukrainian scholars criticize the naïveté of the pope’s position on Russia

The painful first-hand account of Mother Teresa’s nuns expelled from Nicaragua

“We left with great sadness in our hearts, leaving our poor there,” said Sister Agnesita, one of 18 Missionaries of Charity who were expelled from Nicaragua, after a decision by the government led by the president Daniel Ortega. “A choice that has outraged the world and revealed the extent of the brutality and stupidity of the current Nicaraguan government which, month after month, shuts down all free voice and persecutes, in particular, the Catholic Church”, explains the Catholic News Agency. SIR. “We have never done any political activity and we remember that President Ortega met Mother Teresa. Our thought has always been to serve the poor. Of course, the country is suffering, especially the Church, which is persecuted. There is no freedom, but the economic situation is also difficult and there is a growing lack of jobs”, analyzes Sister Agnesita. The Missionaries of Charity had three centers in Nicaragua, which served the poor, the people The nuns have now moved to Costa Rica and hope to “take special care” of all the Nicaraguans who have been forced to flee to the neighboring country.


Catholic groups oppose EU vote to designate gas and nuclear power as ‘green’

In a vote on July 6, the European Union’s European Parliament approved the designation of nuclear and gas as “green” options for sustainable investment, as part of the 27-nation bloc’s efforts to combat climate change. climate change. This means that certain activities related to fossil gases and nuclear energy must be included in a list of environmentally sustainable economic activities, called “EU taxonomy”. CIDSE, a network of Catholic social and environmental justice organizations primarily based in Europe, was among the groups criticizing the vote. They echoed comments from Climate Action Network Europe, which said in a statement that “classifying fossil gas and nuclear power as green is a climate catastrophe that fuels human rights abuses, as it will increase the demand for gas and uranium”. The European Laudato If‘ The alliance also slammed the decision in a Tweet saying it was a ‘missed opportunity […] preserve the integrity of the EU taxonomy and the credibility of the EU Green Deal. »

National Catholic JournalistEnglish

Who will be the next Archbishop of Westminster?

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster since 2009, tendered his resignation to Pope Francis on his 75th birthday, November 8, 2020, as required by canon law. While formally accepting his resignation, the pope asked him to remain in office until a successor was found. Many other large dioceses in the world are in the same situation, such as Boston, Vienna and Bombay. For Westminster, however, the search, which is usually led by the apostolic nuncio, is beginning, sources said. The pillar. John Wilson, Archbishop of Southwark, is among the names mentioned. This Anglican who became a Catholic at the age of 16 is described by a local priest as a “solid” and “good” man with the “zeal of the convert”. Other names mentioned include Bishop Hugh Gilbert, currently President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland. The 70-year-old Bishop of Aberdeen was born in southern England and is a Benedictine, like Cardinal Basil Hume, Archbishop of Westminster from 1976 to 1999. The Diocese of London is unique in that all the previous incumbents died in office with the exception of Cardinal Cormac. Murphy O’Connor (1932-2017), who was the first to retire in 2009.

The pillarEnglish

Does the pope have a communication strategy?

Vatican expert Andrea Gagliarducci notes the omnipresence of Pope Francis in the media at the start of this summer, between a podcast recorded with his former spokesman in Buenos Aires, Guillermo Marco, and his two long interviews with telam and Reuters. “When it comes to giving his opinion, Francis never backs down,” notes the Vatican expert, who stresses that the pope “makes an astute and populist use of the means of communication”. However, at the level of the Holy See, “Pope Francis does not tend to unite but to create divisions”, argues the journalist. These interviews are often personal initiatives of the Pope and are done without filter and sometimes without the knowledge of the Department of Communication. The fact that “nobody manages the Pope’s communications” and that the Secretariat of State cannot exercise any filter, creates “two speeds” in the Vatican, between the Pope and his services. The challenge is not to deal with fundamental questions, on which the Pope generally remains “vague”, but to show that his pontificate is not over. By acting as “a single guy in charge, separate from any governing body”, the Pontiff sends the message that he “exists, is present and does not stop making decisions”.

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Two Ukrainian scholars criticize the naivety of the pope’s position on Russia

Two professors from the Catholic University of Ukraine offer a long critical reflection on an article published by Father Antonio Spadaro in La Civilta Cattolica. The Italian Jesuit newspaper, considered as a relay of the geopolitical vision of Pope Francis and the Holy See, is criticized by these Ukrainian intellectuals for its too nuanced approach to Russian imperialism, which, according to them, testifies “to a sensitivity insufficient or a lack of information on the part of those in the Vatican hills who make decisions regarding the Ukrainian question. They consider that the “subjective” reflection of Father Spadaro leads to “erroneous conclusions”. They alert in particular to the position of Metropolitan Hilarion, whom Father Spadaro presents as a nuanced interlocutor, while the authors maintain that he is a propagandist of the ideology of the “Russian world” and that some of his interventions have paved the way to a spiritual legitimization of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Recalling that the Pope himself has acknowledged that “the absence of resistance would amount to suicidal behavior”, the two Ukrainian scholars hope that the Vatican’s position will evolve towards support for Ukraine, and that the initial delay, as in the case of Germany the invasion of Poland in 1939, will evolve towards a better identification of the aggressor and the attacked.