In his Message for the World Day of Peace, the pontiff asks for a conversion of the heart so that politics returns to being a concern for the common good. The "Beatitudes of the politician", invoked across the world. A widespread and profound division between the political classes and the populations is evident. Being "artisans of peace".
The first episcopal ordination without papal mandate is celebrated with meeting and a seminar. The original event split the Chinese Church. For Wang Zuoan, deputy chief of the United Front, the principles of independence and self-management will not be eliminated "at any time and under any circumstances". Noting that more than half of China’s 98 dioceses have no bishop and in others prelates are very old, Mgr Ma Yinglin called for “politically reliable" bishops.
Since Kim Jong-un came to power in 2012, about 1,000-1,500 North Koreans have left the country each year. Between January and November 2018, Seoul has authorised several humanitarian missions in the North, including drugs, milk powder and flour worth US$ 4.15 million. The North slams new US sanctions that threaten “denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula”. South Korea is trying to mediate. New talks are set with the US.
The request comes from the Protestant Christian group Persecution Relief. The secretary general of the Catholic bishops condemns the desecration of the church in Assam. In India religious freedom is guaranteed by Article 25 of the Constitution.
Yesterday the ceremony of laying the first stone, presided over by the leader of the Sunni Muslim Endowment movement. UN and EU delegates and citizens present. UNESCO representative: "A journey of physical reconstruction" begins. Planned open spaces, a garden, a memorial and a museum.
The Chinese president has extolled Deng Xiaoping’s modernizations, which has propelled China to becoming the second largest economic power in the world. Silence on the "fifth modernization", democracy, and on the economic reforms needed today. The leadership of the Chinese Communist Party reaffirmed, a guarantee of development.
For nine days until 25 December, the daily night Mass (Simbang Gabi) is celebrated before dawn. The tradition dates back to the 17th century. For the archbishop of Manila, those “who use power to humiliate others are the most afraid and insecure individuals.” For many, Tagle’s words refer to President Duterte. A presidential spokesman denies this view but fuels the controversy.
Francis received the International Commission against the death penalty. "The acceptance of this form of punishment was a consequence of a mentality of the time, more legalistic than Christian, that sacralized the value of laws lacking in humanity and mercy." Legitimate defense is legitimate, but must always be proportionate.
SIPRI report notes that Saudi Arabia was the world’s second largest importer between 1998 and 2017 with military spending rising 74 per cent, now accounting for about 10 per cent of GDP. The United States and the United Kingdom are the main suppliers. Western policy undermines peace and security in the region.
The ruling is the first of its kind. The child was born in the United States after an assisted reproduction process using semen from one of the two men. The biological father can adopt the child as a single parent. In Singapore, the demands of the homosexual community have fuelled a heated debate. The court noted that its ruling was not influenced by “sympathies for the position of either party”.
In this way Jesus comes,
to be born again in each of our lives
and, through us,
he continues to be the gift of salvation
for the little ones and the excluded.
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