The new working class and the Pope’s duty to be an “advocate of the poor” – Vatican News

The new working class and the Pope’s duty to be an “advocate of the poor” Fifty years ago, ‘Octogesima adveniens’ was published. In it, Pope Paul VI spoke about the exodus toward the large urban centers, about the dignity of women and the pluralism of political options. He criticized Marxist and liberal ideologies and defended the “duty-right” of the Church to express itself regarding social issues. By Andrea Tornielli Octogesima adveniens contains prophetic words regarding those people whom the author’s successor, Pope Francis, today calls “the discarded”. It is a realistic analysis regarding the major imbalances and the consequences of the exodus toward the large urban centers. It criticizes Marxist ideology and its atheistic materialism, but also takes to task that liberal ideology that would prevail less than twenty years later, thus definitively opening the way toward turbo-capitalism. The year 1971 was running its course when on 14 May, Pope Paul VI recalled the eightieth anniversary of Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum novarum with an apostolic letter addressed to Cardinal Maurice Roy, the Archbishop of Quebec and President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. The papal document — which covers poverty, development and political obligations — should be read through the...

The sharing of goods and the social function of private property – Vatican News

The sharing of goods and the social function of private property In his homily on Sunday, 11 April, Pope Francis commented on the custom of the early Christians of sharing everything. We take a look at developments of the social Magisterium of the past century, which harken back to the great Fathers of the Church. By Andrea Tornielli The Acts of the Apostles tells us that “no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.” This “is not communism; it is Christianity in its pure state.” With these words, Pope Francis, in the Mass celebrated on Divine Mercy Sunday, commented on the sharing of goods realized in the first Christian community. Often, and even very recently, the current Bishop of Rome has been criticized for questioning the untouchability of the right to private property, and his words have been linked to Marxism and communism. Last November 30, in a Message on the occasion of the opening of work of the International Conference of member judges of the Committee for Social Rights of Africa and America, Pope Francis said, “We build social justice on the basis of the fact that the...

Homeless people to receive Covid-19 vaccines in the Vatican during Holy Week – Vatican News

Homeless people to receive Covid-19 vaccines in the Vatican during Holy Week The Office of Papal Charities is working to ensure that the vulnerable and marginalized in society have access to Covid-19 vaccines. 1200 people will have the opportunity of being vaccinated in the Vatican during Holy Week. By Vatican News staff writer As the world continues to adopt measures to combat the ongoing health emergency, the Office of Papal Charities, in response to Pope Francis’s numerous appeals that no one be excluded from receiving the Covid-19 vaccines, is taking action to accompany the most vulnerable. A statement released on Friday said that during Holy Week, 1200 of the poorest and most marginalized people will have the opportunity of getting vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine – the same vaccine administered to the Pope and the employees of the Holy See. The vaccines will be administered in a specially designed facility inside the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican. The medical doctors and health workers involved in the process include volunteers who work in the “Madre di Misericordia” mobile health clinic located under the Bernini colonnade, employees of the Vatican’s Directorate of Health and Hygiene, as well as volunteers from...

Court rejects bail for elderly Indian Jesuit priest – Vatican News

Court rejects bail for elderly Indian Jesuit priest A special anti-terrorism court has denied bail to Father Stan Swamy, accused of links with terrorism. Cardinal Gracias urges prayers for the Jesuit. By Vatican News staff writer A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Friday rejected the bail plea of Father Stan Swamy, the 83-year-old Jesuit priest arrested for his alleged links with Maoist insurgents involved in the 2018 Bhima Koregaon violence case in Maharashtra state.  The elderly priest has denied any involvement in the violence saying he has never been to the place in all his life. After his arrest on October 8 by NIA agents from his residence in Ranchi in Jharkhand state, where he works for the rights of indigenous and marginalized people, Father Swamy was flown to Mumbai, where an NIA court remanded him in judicial custody the following day.  Frail health The Hindu daily newspaper reported that advocates Sharif Shaikh and Kritika Agarwal applied for bail saying the frail priest, who has Parkinson’s disease and has almost lost hearing ability in both ears, has fallen several times in custody. Due to his illness, Father Swamy was not even able to sign the documents court...