The Papacy of Francis I: Justice and Peace, Integrity of Creation. With Pope Francis, “living simply” has become the new “chic.” Preferring “Francis,” or even “Bergoglio,” he has quickly cast aside many of the trappings of the papacy. He’ll live in the Vatican hotel, and already initiated a weekly mass for youth in prison. On Holy Thursday, he washed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention center in Rome. He urges all religions to work for peace and justice. Clearly, the new pope has a heart for the poor, for all living things and the environment. Read more. Resources: An Inside Look at Pope Francis, here; Building Bridges, here; The Church of the Poor and the Green Church, here.
Standing Strong for a Robust Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), with or without consensus. In spite of setbacks, the hard work is paying off for ATT advocates who never gave up the struggle. By the final night of the U.N. conference (March 28), 90 nations had backed a resolution to vote on the ATT at the U.N. General Assembly, as early as April 2. Eighty of these nations are co-sponsors, so they will definitely vote “in favor of the resolution.”