“No Christian proclaims the Gospel 'on his or her own' but only when sent by the Church who received the mandate from Christ himself. It is precisely Baptism that makes us missionaries,” said the pontiff. “The staff and the sandals are the endowments of the pilgrims because so are the messengers of the Kingdom of God, not all-powerful managers, not irremovable officials, not touring stars."
Two attacks, one by the Islamic State group, are reported. In one, a candidate was killed. The violence comes within hours of Sharif's return from London.
His wife received confirmation that he is alive. Wang Quanzhang was arrested in 2015 as part of the government’s crackdown against human rights lawyers, the so-called "709 group". Since then, nothing had been heard of him.
Basic items are starting to run out following the closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing. Electricity is down to 4 hours a day with half an hour break. People want to leave to "look for another life in another place". The Church supports the local Christian community.
The shantytown is called Pelpath Niwas and is located a few metres from luxury hotels, flats and shops. Some 150 homeless Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim live in the camp. Only nine children go to school. "We see the mega constructions, but nobody sees us," local women lament.
According to his sister, he could come be out in early August thanks to good behavior. The Christian politician has already served 14 of the 24 months sentence for blasphemy. He could benefit from day parole next month.
For the Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro, “the president's utterances should not be taken as a frontal attack on the Church” but as “a response to the criticisms the bishops made towards the government regarding the extrajudicial killings that take place in the country, as well as the unpunished murders”. On several occasions, Duterte publicly criticised the Church using violent and often vulgar language. Following the controversy, support for him is down.
Many Pakistanis are in Rome for the official celebration of his elevation. Political leaders, members of civil society groups and community leaders appreciate him. “He is a leader who has lived through the different and tormented phases of Pakistani history,” said one observer. He “is a strong voice for minorities in Pakistan,” said another.
On the solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul, Pope Francis blessed the palliums for the metropolitan archbishops appointed during the year (including three from Asia). He prayed together with the delegate of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople at the tomb of Peter. “We too have been brought back to life, healed, renewed and filled with hope by the anointing of the Holy One,” he said. “Like Peter, we [. . .] will always be tempted to hear those “whisperings” of the evil One, which will become a stumbling stone for the mission." He warned against "empty forms of triumphalism". Meanwhile, “millions of people continue to ask the question: “Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?
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.