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At the Angelus, Pope Francis explains that "the fire" that Jesus came to ignite, pushes disciples "to abandon every attitude of laziness, apathy, indifference".  Christianity has spread "overcoming every division between individuals, social categories, peoples and nations".  It is urgent to live in "adoration of God" and in the "willingness to serve others".  One cannot "combine Christian life and worldliness", "superstitious practices" and "a hostile attitude to one's neighbor".

 

| 18/08/2019
| VATICAN
by Paul Wang

During a press conference three university students report receiving death threats.  Over 500 Chinese police trucks gathered in Shenzhen.  Chinese newspapers launch disinformation campaign.

 

| 16/08/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Geng He, who fled to the United States with her two children, asks the Chinese Communist Party to reveal where her husband is being held.  In the past, Gao Zhisheng, a Christian lawyer, was in prison and suffered enforced disappearances.  This disappearance has lasted for 24 months.

| 16/08/2019
| CHINA

Yesterday, South Korean president Moon promised the reunification of the peninsula by 2045. The North called it "impudent and reckless".  Kim Jong-un wants a "plausible excuse" for joint military exercises between South Korea and the US.

 

| 16/08/2019
| KOREA

At the Angelus, Pope Francis explains the words used by Mary in the Magnificat: Magnify and rejoice.  "If we want our life to be happy, God must be placed first, because he alone is great".  Closeness to the peoples of South Asia affected by the monsoons.  The rosaries blessed by the Pope will be distributed to Syrian families.

 

| 15/08/2019
| VATICAN
by Deng Wenlong

Members of the Party and the United Front, university professors and patriotic bishops have transformed formerly "underground" priests into perfect "state officials".  A report by the Patriotic Association.

| 14/08/2019
| CHINA - VATICAN
by Paul Wang

A High Court injunction allows protesters to stay in only two small areas in the arrivals area.  Yesterday risk of violence and bloodshed risked amid clashes and in the fray, a policeman even pulled out a handgun.  The Hong Kong and Macao Liaison Office calls the demonstrators who blocked departures yesterday "terrorists".  Carrie Lam responsible for destuction of "One country, two systems" principle .

 

 

| 14/08/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

In a message published today, the pontiff expresses closeness to all those who have been touched by the tragedy and acknowledges that he does not have "pre-packaged answers". He does however reach out to the people of the city, saying "you are not alone", entrusting to Christ "our questions, our pain, our anger", urging people to look “towards the Madonna della Guardia", and calling for reconstruction in solidarity, together with the Church of Genoa.

| 13/08/2019
| VATICAN - ITALY
by Wang Zhicheng

Lekima is the ninth typhoon in 2019, and the strongest to date.  The torrential rains - up to 732 mm - causes rivers to overflow, which flooded entire counties.  Damage to agriculture, homes, communications.

 

| 13/08/2019
| CHINA
by Paul Wang

In a press conference, the head of the executive continues to defend her work and that of the police.  Appeal amid tears: Restore order;  then dialogue.  Even the police defend themselves, accused of too much violence.  In one day, the anti-extradition movement raises funds of 15 million Hong Kong dollars.  Airport reopened.

 

| 13/08/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

As of 4 pm, all departing flights have been cancelled. Only flights already headed to the airport will be allowed to land. After yesterday's police violence, student associations have called for more sit-ins and strikes. For mainland, there are "signs of terrorism".

| 12/08/2019
| HONG KONG – CHINA
by Paul Wang

For the protesters the police are "completely out of control" and have "lost humanity".  The woman hit by a bullet risks losing an eye.  At the behest of Beijing, Cathay Pacific personnel participating in the demonstrations are excluded from flights in China and through China.  Tomorrow's sit-in for health care personnel in Shatin, at the Prince of Wales hospital.

 

| 12/08/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

During the Angelus, Pope Francis suggested attitudes to "grasp God’s passage in one's life". Like pilgrims, we must “be ready with clothes tight around the hips” and keep “lights burning” to enlighten with faith "the many ‘nights’ of life". The eternal joy of heaven means that “the servants, that is, us, will no longer serve God, but God himself will put himself at our service." The pontiff cited the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, which "impose limits on the use of force and are aimed at protecting civilians and prisoners in time of war." War and terrorism represent "the great human defeat".

| 11/08/2019
| VATICAN

The new statutes of the Institute for the Works of Religion will be valid for two years ad experimentum. Changes were necessary to adapt them to the needs of the times and use the collaboration and responsibility of experienced lay Catholics.

| 10/08/2019
| VATICAN
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