The death of the 19 Catholics during the civil war of 1990s is a great testimony of faith and truth. The fidelity of the martyrs and the Lord, who never abandoned them, stands out.
In the capital, Mgr Marek Zaleski held talks with government representatives and met bishops, priests, religious and faithful in the archdiocese. "It is my responsibility to 'guarantee' the bond of communion among bishops, between bishops and priests, between bishops and the community of God, and between the Vietnamese clergy and the Holy Father".
Uprooted trees block the streets; slow underground; canceled bus routes. The subway stations invaded beyond belief. Skyscrapers that tremble; broken glass; 900 flights canceled. All Sunday Masses anticipated to Saturday afternoons. Temporary blackouts in the New Territories. In Macau some center streets flooded. 17 wounded.
Deaths mainly caused by landslides and widespread collapses. After devastating the Philippines, Mangkhut hit Hong Kong and at this right now over the Chinese province of Guangdong. Electrical infrastructures in seven provinces out of use, affecting over 4 million people. The government receives first international aid.
Guangdong province first hit, with worst damage and victims. Limited number of deaths due to the timely evacuation of more than three million people. Previously pruned trees. Guangxi still at risk of flooding.
Card. Raï appeals to the president and the political forces to "start rebuilding" the process of "national unity". Necessary to "speed up" creation of the executive. Nobody "has the right to feel excluded". Economic crisis fomented by a public debt of over 80 billion.
Msgr Franco Mulakkal would entrust the diocese of Jalandar (in Punjab) to the vicar's leadership. On September 19, he will be interrogated by the police in Kerala. Secretary of the Episcopal Conference denies the request for resignation by Card. Oswald Gracias.
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.