All roads lead to Rome, they say. And from all the corners of the earth we came – Australia (just me), Macau, the Philippines, Latin America, United States, Canada, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Western Europe and Rome itself – to learn about ‘covering Catholicism in the age of Francis’.
Pope Francis’ decision to convene a meeting of presidents of bishops’ conferences next year to discuss the Church’s ongoing efforts to address the “immense harm” caused by sexual abuse has been welcomed by Australian bishops.
At the conclusion of the first Gulf War, the United States held a parade in Washington DC to proclaim its victory. This included a huge military display of tanks, armoured cars and aeroplanes in the city centre so visitors could see the weapons they had used to win the war.
Pope Francis has spoken of “the middle class of holiness” and the importance of daily acts of charity, joy and humour in his latest apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate – Rejoice and Be Glad.