Social media comments brand Francis as a "politician", as a "tool of soft power" against the United States, whose moves destroy the Church and the mission in China. But there is also appreciation for his continuing to hold open the door to dialogue, and for his esteem for Chinese culture. The Chinese Communist Party reiterates that religions must be "independent" and must not be influenced "from abroad". The foreign ministry spokesperson reiterates - as it has for years - the "sincerity" with which China dialogues with the Vatican. Card. Zen’s prayer for Pope Francis.
With the murder of Fr Richmond Nilo on 10 June, the number of priests killed since December 2017 has risen to three. The Philippine police has said that more than 240 priests and pastors have applied for a permit to carry weapons. For the Archbishop of Davao, with the "configuration of a priest to Christ, it is simply not appropriate, to say the least, for a priest to carry firearms to protect himself.”
The sit-in series began yesterday, in front of the UN representation. All embassies involved in the conflict are targeted. The appeal to the rest of the world: "Citizens of foreign countries ask their governments why Afghans are protesting outside of the embassies".
Sexual violence was perpetrated against five NGO activists of the Ursuline nuns. The parish priest of the Church of the Sacred Heart of Kochang is accused of aiding and abetting. The women had participated in a program against trafficking in human beings.
Tehran's chief of diplomacy re-launches efforts to save the JCPOA after the unilateral withdrawal of the United States. The government does not want to collapse a system built with difficulty, The flight of European companies in fear of US retaliation. The Iranian currency falls on the dollar.
At the Angelus, Pope Francis emphasizes that "the life of a person is a gift from God", even if today "we are led to plan everything, even the characteristics of our children". Every family "a sanctuary of life". Applause for beatification of "la Chiquitunga", the discalzed Carmelite girl Maria Felicia Guggiari Echeverrìa, yesterday in Asuncion (Paraguay).
The ad limina visit of the two territories has not been held for 10 years. Yesterday bishops met with Secretary of State Card. Pietro Parolin. The need to continue dialogue with China, despite issues about which "we do not agree". Praying for the Pope, the Church in China and "for all those who have sacrificed their lives for their faith". The impatience of young people, frustrated by the lack of perspectives and freedom.
Pope Francis is hopeful about relations with China, which are not just based on diplomatic talks but also on cultural exchanges and friendship. For him, Card Zen is "a little scared".
One hundred families went back to the eastern sector of the northern metropolis. A Chaldean priest talks about reconstruction. In addition to houses, social and economic life must be rebuilt. For Muslim leaders, there is no rebirth without Christians.
With today's signature, the two leaders commit to a lasting and stable peace on the Korean Peninsula. The deal calls for the recovering the remains of prisoners of war. Kim makes an "Unwavering commitment" to denuclearise the peninsula. Trump offers security guarantees to North Korea. China approves; France has doubts. South Koreans “hope” for peace. North Korean refugees are concerned.
The civil war in the northern state has entered its seventh year. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has exceeded 150,000. Some tell of their flight from their homes and of their life in the reception facilities.