Pope Francis will open a conference later this month looking at how to reverse Italy’s low birthrate. Francis, who the Vatican said is to take part in the Rome event in person, has lamented the “Italian demographic winter” and warned that “the future is in danger”.
Ten years before his death in 1996, Henri Nouwen was beset by a depression that nearly broke him. While in treatment, he wrote a very powerful book, The Inner Voice of Love, in which he humbly and candidly shared his struggles and the efforts it took to overcome them.
In the letter the pontiff sets out his main expectations. He hopes that this harsh contingency will give rise to an opportunity for change to a more inclusive, sustainable economy oriented toward the universal common good; that poor countries will have a real voice in international bodies and access to international markets; that they will be helped through debt forgiveness; and that they will be supported in their transition to a greener economy.
Catholics in Pakistan are mourning Italian Dominican priest Aldino Amato, a revered development pioneer and educationist who served Pakistan for almost six decades. The last foreign missionary of Faisalabad Diocese died on May 1 at a hospital in Lahore.
The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have issued a reflection on post-pandemic recovery and the challenges faced by the Church in encouraging people back to the Church and her Sacraments. The Bishops met for their Spring plenary meeting from April 19 – 22.