"The gravity of these phenomena cannot leave us indifferent. We are all called, in our respective roles, to cultivate and promote respect for the intrinsic dignity of every human person, starting from the family – the place where we learn from a tender age the values of sharing, acceptance, fraternity and solidarity - but also in the various social contexts in which we operate ".
"The Church, when it journeys through history, is persecuted by hypocrites: hypocrites within and without. The devil has nothing to do with repentant sinners, because they look upon God and say, “Lord, I am a sinner, help me!” And the devil is impotent".
The nun was ordered to leave the Philippines for allegedly taking part in political activities against President Rodrigo Duterte. At present, she is awaiting a decision by the Justice Department on her appeal.
The traditional Kokki no Gi ceremony, the second of a long series, was held yesterday with the betrothed agreeing on the wedding date of 29 October. The groom is an advocate for children in developing countries. When she enters her new home, the princess will do so as a commoner.
The victim is only 15 years old, Moamen Ibrahim Abu Eyada. He was hit by a bullet in the eastern sector of Rafah, in the south of the Strip. At least 184 Palestinian demonstrators have died since the end of March. Israel speaks of "troublemakers" who ignite tires and launch stones and incendiary bombs.
Muslim women’s associations want a single marriage law. A draft law is currently stuck in the upper house of Parliament because of disagreements among the parties. Instant divorce will be punished with a three-year jail sentence.
The Global Times, a semi-official Communist Party paper, reports that the purpose of the visit is the signing of an agreement between Beijing and the Holy See on episcopal appointments in China. For Taiwan’s ambassador to the Holy See, a political agreement will be hard to achieve. The meeting will touch religious issues.
A priest in charge of a Henan parish complains about the ban on displaying sacred images and attempts by the faithful to accommodate government authorities. The faith cannot be abandoned or betrayed, nor can it be negotiated. What cannot be asserted or defended in public is not faith.
In Shanghai the "basic values of socialism" are exalted on the pediment of the church. A painting of the Last Supper removed in Henan. Communities forced to sing patriotic hymns. Shaolin Monastery in Shaoshan must hold a flag-raising ceremony every morning. "The churches seem more and more like government offices".
Those with "strong religious beliefs" must be re-educated or expelled. Spreading "political rumours" and distorting the country’s history are banned.
At the end of the trip to Ireland, Francis renews his appeal for forgiveness for the abuses committed by people in the Church. But a dossier by the former nuncio in the US accuses him of covering the misdeeds of former Cardinal McCarrick and calls for him to resign.