The death toll of the flood victims reached 370 confirmed deaths. More than 724 thousand people are displaced in makeshift camps. The authorities reopen commercial flights at Kochi airport; six health inspectors located in each municipality to prevent the spread of diseases.
Seismologists recorded a series of tremors, starting before midday and throughout the day yesterday, the strongest just before midnight. The epicentre was 30 kilometres northeast of East Lombok, at a depth of 10 kilometres. A convent in Mataram serves as a base camp for rescuers and volunteers.
At the Angelus, Pope Francis explains the meaning of the Eucharist: "Jesus to enter into communion with Him" and to "share with Him the gift of life for the world". "It is so important to partake in communion, to go to Mass and receive communion to receive this living Christ". A call to solidarity with the people of Kerala and recitation of the Hail Mary. Young Ukrainians for peace.
The Indonesian president Joko Widodo officiates the opening ceremony at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium today, in the presence of over 35 thousand spectators. The preparations and the modernization of infrastructure required 16 months of work and a cost of about 461million euros. The archbishops of the two cities invite Catholics to show strong support for the sporting event: "We will be exemplary hosts". The collaboration between the two Koreas.
The Saudi coalition used laser bombs sold by Lockeed Martin to kill passengers on a bus, including many school children under the age of 15. Riyadh is global leader among arms buyers.
Government Advisory Commission on implementation of Kofi Annan's recommendations issues final report. The Independent Commission of Inquiry (ICoE) commissioned by Aung San Suu Kyi begins the investigation into the violence. Progress in relations between Myanmar and Bangladesh: the Foreign Minister of Dhaka visits the refugee and transit centers built for refugees.
The skin of the pack animal is used to produce ejiao, an elixir able to cure insomnia, chronic fatigue, anemia and boost libido. The donkey population in China has shrunk within a few years. In Africa it has halved in as many years. To produce 5,000 tons of ejiao (the annual requirement in China) 4 million skins are needed.
Holy See Press Office declaration in relation to the report made public in Pennsylvania on August 14, according to which the Catholic Church has covered up sexual abuse committed by more than three hundred priests over the course of 70 years. "By finding almost no cases after 2002, the Grand Jury’s conclusions are consistent with previous studies showing that Catholic Church reforms in the United States drastically reduced the incidence of clergy child abuse."
By the end of August, all the dioceses of China have to present a five-year plan (2018-2022) to the National Patriotic Association (PA) and the Council of Bishops (BCCCC) on how they can implement the syncization, commissioned by Xi Jinping. The National Five-Year Plan augments the physical control over members of the Church (bishops, priests, laity), also control over culture, theology, social doctrine, art, architecture, liturgy. A political and non-religious document: Jesus Christ is mentioned only once; the Patriotic Association is mentioned 15 times.
The daily survival of people displaced from the rebel enclave on the outskirts of Damascus. Rebels and jihadists "live happily" in Turkey, while civilians suffer. Women who give birth on the streets amid garbage; diseases and skin infections; the hunger of children scavaging for sugar and biscuits. They lack food, drinking water and doctors. However, the feeling of abandonment prevails over hunger. "They come to bring us aid, they treat us like insects and look with disgust at us". Part II.
Cross and inscription "Catholic Church" removed from church facade. The ban on holding summer youth camps for catechism. Meanwhile, the vaccine scandal breaks out, a sign of a lack of moral values in Chinese society. Vaccinating young people in the spirit, helping them discover their faith, would help Chinese society. The considerations of a priest blogger.