Pope Francis has praised as a martyr of charity a murdered Italian street priest known for his devotion to the least in society.
On 23 August, the shooting of a Black man by police officers in the US state of Wisconsin during a response to a domestic incident sparked an immediate social media backlash, protests and a Department of Justice investigation.
On criminal punishment, a Viennese auxiliary bishop has urged lawmakers and judges to “prefer mercy to severity and prevention to imprisonment”.
The reality of children living in prison is “an always unacceptable idea”, according to the Pope John XXIII Community in Italy, which has called on the competent authorities to release these minors, especially in the context of the public health emergency of the coronavirus pandemic, which has also reached jails in the country.
Pope Francis’ Good Friday meditations this year will speak of hope beyond crime, concentrating on such sentiments as “no sin will ever have the last word”.
In words following the recitation of the Marian Prayer on Sunday, Pope Francis highlighted an appeal launched by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, this week calling for an “immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world” amidst the current coronavirus pandemic.
Pope Francis began the sacred liturgy in the Casa Santa Marta on Wednesday morning remembering the imprisoned.