In message to Pope, Italy’s president reflects on the ‘3 main social challenges of our time’
January 04, 2022
CWN Editor's Note: Italian President Sergio Mattarella has written a message to Pope Francis on the occasion of the World Day of Peace.
On December 16, the Pontiff received President Mattarella in the Apostolic Palace, and a Vatican spokesman offered a remarkable tribute to Mattarella and his relationship with the Pope.
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Posted by: Randal Mandock -
Jan. 05, 2022 5:11 AM ET USA
The President's message to the Pope included many of the usual secular concerns, but in his letter to a Catholic pontiff, he did not mention God, Christ, or the Church. He seems to be following Pope Francis' style in the Pope's messages to the U.N., individual nations, and for the most part, every secular audience. It seems the Pontiff is paralyzed in fear over the thought of inadvertently proselytizing by mentioning these three highly ridiculed and divisive terms. Fortitude is called for.