Today, on World Peace Day, Pope Francis invited the world to reconciliation and fraternity.
On the 75th anniversary this week of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Columban Missionaries have denounced that the money “squandered” on nuclear weapons means people are “denied the essentials of life”.
An Italian Church reform group has criticised the revival during the coronavirus of “problematic and ecumenically unfortunate” indulgences.
In two key moves today in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Vatican said that the practice of general absolution – where a priest grants groups of faithful the forgiveness of their sins without individual confessions – may be permissible in some circumstances, and also that those Catholics who have been stricken by the virus or who are working or praying for its end can avail themselves of special plenary indulgences.
“There is no land more beautiful to gain than peace renewed with a brother or sister”, Pope Francis said today in his catechesis at the General Audience in the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican, an occasion on which he warned, too, that while “meekness gathers, anger separates”.
Pope Francis offered his blessings to the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union and to the Conference of European Churches.
“There is still no peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, Sarajevo cardinal Vinko Puljic has lamented.
Pope Francis on Thursday released a video message accompanying his prayer intention for January 2020, which this month is “Promotion of World Peace”.