The pastor "must have the power and authority that Jesus had, that of humility, that of meekness, of closeness, of the capacity for compassion, of tenderness". "When the people insulted him, that Good Friday, and shouted 'crucify him', he remained silent because he had compassion on those people deceived by the powerful who had money, who had power ... He was silent. He prayed ".
About 40 people are still trapped in the landslide. Mangkhut, the most powerful storm in 2018, has destroyed homes and flooded important agricultural regions in the northern Philippines. Also hit Hong Kong and southern China.
It is the third meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas in a few months. It will last three days: the two will meet seven or eight times. The first official appointment is at 15.30. 200 people join Moon, including the magnates of Samsung, SK, LG, Hyunday and k-pop celebrities.
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.
The Patriarchate led by Kirill has begun to redevelop the centre of Sergiyev Posad, a city that is home to Russia’s most important monastery. The goal of the project is to build an "open-air” church of almost 20 hectares.
At the 62nd IAEA International Conference, Msgr. Gallagher appreciates the efforts of the UN body with regards Iran and North Korea. We need a total ban on nuclear weapons, against "uncontrolled release of radioactive materials directly into the environment" and in order not to deviate from the "real priorities of suffering humanity". A "task force" on climate change and the launch of strategies for cancer treatment.
The official list of Synod Fathers includes three delegate presidents – cardinals Louis Raphaël I Sako (Iraq), Charles Maung Bo, SDB (Myanmar), and John Ribat, MSC (Papua New Guinea) – as well as seven assistants (four from Lebanon, two from India and one from the Philippines.) A nun from Hebei is among the auditors.
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.