Letter from Rome
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Build bridges, not walls. Pope Francis has become famous for repeating this, especially in regards to migrants and refugees
Pope Francis waves and smiles as he arrives for a general audience at the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican on Feb. 8, 2017.
(Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP)
You've all heard by now of the posters criticizing Pope Francis, which appeared (illegally) in the early hours of last Saturday morning (Feb. 4) on official billboards around Rome.
There they were as we awoke to a new day in all their mocking sarcasm — a picture of a grumpy and stern-looking pope with these words in Roman dialect: "Ah, Frankie… Where's your mercy?"
The posters complained against several actions the reforming pope has taken to rein in traditionalist religious orders embroiled in controversy, as well as his unprecedented move to reform the Order of Malta.
A fracas in a Christian village led to riot police charging locals, injuring two dozen
Catholics say Father Fei Jisheng has been targeted over his evangelization work in northern China
Lam won because she had Beijing's blessing said one a Catholic elector
Tribal people in Jharkhand state reflect of Christ's passion through fasting, austerity and charity work
Catholic legal professionals have come together to think about how to provide justice to the poor