A few days after the provisional agreement between China and the Holy See on the appointment of bishops, the pontiff addresses Chinese Catholics to thank God, and to ensure his prayer for them. The agreement and the lifting of the excommunications must lead to reconciliation among the communities and to frank dialogue with the political authorities.
Food, medicines and school material are in increasingly short supplies. Residents are in shock and despair. Hospitals no longer have medicines or equipment. The US also cut funds to Caritas, which funds hospitals in East Jerusalem and outreach programmes between Israelis and Palestinians. UNRWA can provide services until mid-October.
The case concerns Mgr Franco Mulakkal, the former bishop of Jalandhar now in jail on rape charges. For the bishops, "the faithful should discern those people who, under the cover of this case, try to destabilize the Catholic Church and malign the Bishops."
The initiative took place at the church of St Alphonsa. For parish priest, " This means going beyond the celebration of the sacraments and responding to the needs of poor parishioners". Treatments included blood tests, blood pressure measurement and the provision of eyeglasses.
The 59-year-old jurist with a master's degree in politics has been vice president since January 2016, when the Communist Party Congress reshuffled the country's leadership with the presidency going to Trần Đại Quang, a top conservative leader in the Politburo. The mystery surrounding his death is fuelling the rumour mill.
Speaking in Oxford, the Malaysian leader suggests that in some Muslim countries, people cannot wait for the term to end to change immediately after the election. Instead, more time must be spend trying to understand the workings of democracy. In some cases, “there will be fighting” so that “countries can be almost destroyed,” he said.
Some young people "eexpressly ask to be left in peace, because they feel the presence of the church is annoying or even irritating". "We want to respond to them, we want to be a transparent, welcoming, honest, attractive, communicative, accessible, joyful and interactive community". The risk of technocratic societies losing the meaning of life.
Chinese faithful, official and underground communities, express their feelings about the present and the future of the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement. Many ask for the publication of the agreement document; others that bishops held in prison are freed and that the unofficial bishops are recognized by the government. The fear that China will belittle the Vatican. Fidelity to the Pope and to the unity of the Church, but concern for the rise in "collaborator" bishops.
For the optimists the provisional agreement is "historic"; for the pessimists it is the beginning of the total sell out of the Church to the Party. The Pope is involved in naming bishops. But we know nothing of a right of veto. The lifting of excommunications is good, but the faithful expect a public request for forgiveness. China has not asked for a break with Taiwan as a prior condition. Praise for Lithuanian martyrs, amid silence on the Chinese ones.