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 ".
According to the Wall Street Journal the "historic agreement" will be signed by the end of September. But announcements of this type have been happening for years. The Pope and the Vatican are ready, but China is divided: it favors the foreign ministry; against the United Front and the Patriotic Association which continue unperturbed to persecute the Church and religions. The silence of Beijing and Xi Jinping.
"Every day in prayer, I bring before the Lord the sufferings and the needs of the Churches and of the peoples of those beloved lands". Among the "praiseworthy" initiatives promoted as part of the Church's response to the current crises, the Pontiff cites the "great work to support the return of Christian communities to the Nineveh plain" in Iraq
"Our victory is the cross of Jesus, victory before our enemy, the great ancient serpent, the Great Accuser". In the cross "we were saved, in that path that Jesus chose to sink to the very lowest point, but with the power of divinity ".
Today's meeting is a lead-up to a summit with the presidents of the 113 Bishops' Conferences of the world on 21-24 February 2019.
"Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly". These are the four "details" to live the Christian life highlighted by Francis. "Among us is the great accuser, the one who always accuses us before God, to destroy us. Satan".
Francis made the announcement during a meeting this morning with members of the Tensho Kenoho Shisetsu Kenshokai Association. For the pontiff, “religion, culture and the economy can work together peacefully to create a more humane world marked by an integral ecology.”
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.