Vatican document: Rise in tourism creates opportunities for evangelization, conservation
The document explains that tourism creates opportunities for interactions between societies, noting that many tourists wish not only to see other cultures but to participate in them. The expansion of travel also could give rise to a shared interest in preserving the environment of tourist destinations, the Pontifical Council says—although noting that the impact of tourism on societies “can promote their conservation or, paradoxically, their destruction.”
Theology in action: How knowing the faith can help church, victims heal
The pope approved new procedures in June allowing the Vatican to investigate questions of accountability and he cemented the mandate of his own advisory body by approving the statutes of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. A number of bishops have stepped down the last two months after accusations they failed to protect minors and Vatican City State soon will bring to trial a former nuncio on charges of abuse and possession of child pornography under newly expanded laws.
Human dignity must be center of political debate – Pope on Greek debt crisis
“The news from Greece regarding the economic and social situation of the country is worrying,” Fr. Federico Lombardi, Holy See press officer, said in a July 1 statement. “Pope Francis invites all the faithful to unite in prayer for the good of the beloved Greek people.” Greece faces a debate over the role of austerity measures, such as pension cuts and tax hikes, as it negotiates new financial bailouts with its creditors. The country's unemployment rate is above 25 percent, and individuals are unable to remove more than $70 a day from ATMs.
Supporters of pope's ecological teachings gather in St. Peter's Square
They marched a little more than a mile through Rome's city center, ending in St. Peter's Square, to demonstrate their support for the pope and his encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home," published just 10 days earlier. Once in the square, they gave other pilgrims there leaf-shaped posters with excerpts from Laudato Si', as well as quotes on care for creation from other religious leaders.
Rome readies emergency-response plans for Jubilee Year
The City of Rome has designed emergency plans to respond to a terrorist attack, with the Vatican and the Roman Coliseum as two focal points that could be terror targets. The contingency plans include coordinated steps to divert traffic, allow quick access for emergency vehicles, and arrange evacuation and medical treatment for victims. The plans are being honed in preparation for the Jubilee Year, which is expected to draw millions of visitors to Rome.