Thousands of the pro-democracy movement climb the Lion Rock and Victoria Peak, hanging a banner and singing the hymn "Glory to Hong Kong". Card. Joseph Zen among participants. Lanterns with the message: "Five demands, not one less". The police deny permission for a demonstration, organized by the Civil Front for Human Rights, to be held tomorrow. So far, 1,200 protesters have been arrested.
"Last week the long awaited exchange of prisoners between the Russian Federation and Ukraine was carried out. I rejoice for the people who were freed, who have been able to re-embrace their loved ones, and continue to pray for a rapid end to the conflict and for lasting peace in eastern Ukraine ".
Francis writes to the Ecumenical Patriarch on the meaning of the gift of relics of St. Peter. It is "a confirmation of the journey that our Churches have made in drawing closer to one another". "The joining of the relics of the two brother Apostles can also serve as a constant reminder and encouragement that, on this continuing journey, our divergences will no longer stand in the way of our common witness".
After John Paul II, the second pontiff to visit the two Asian countries. The program of the first stage yet to be defined. The Pope will visit Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where he will pray for the victims of the atomic bomb. Fr. Marco Ribolini, PIME missionary, reflects on the meaning of the visit for Thai Catholics.
Francis invites the representatives of the main religions, the exponents of international organizations and the various humanitarian institutions, from the academic, economic, political and cultural world to sign the "Global Compact on Education". The event scheduled for May 14, 2020 in Rome, in the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican.
Beijing is implementing total control over the Church and religious communities. For some Chinese priests there is a re-edition of the Cultural Revolution. But in reality China is implementing a project that dates back to the 1980s: the Chinese Church is a national church that belongs only to the state.
At the general audience, Francis retraced his journey to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. Before leaving and on the way back, the visit to the Our Lady, Salus populi romani "for her to accompany me". "With Our Lady I travel safely".
Peace, xenophobia, interfaith dialogue and globalisation are some of the issues Francis spoke about during a press conference on the flight home from Madagascar.
Francis took his leave of the Antananarivo nunciature greeting a dozen poor elderly women representing the people assisted every Friday by the nunciature.
On the culturally and religiously diverse island nation, Francis talks about "A conversion that seeks not only to avoid terrible climatic phenomena or extreme natural catastrophes but also to promote a change in the way we live, so that economic growth can really benefit everyone, without the risk of ecological catastrophes or serious social crises.”
Some suspect the US or other powers to be behind the steadfast resistance of he the past three months. In reality, the people of Hong Kong are united by a desire for democracy, fair wages, social housing, and freedom. Meanwhile, Western governments are silent, or just talk the talk but don’t walk the walk.
Celebrating Mass on the island, Francis calls for a missionary spirit that bears witness to Christian joy. "When we hear the forecasts of gloom "there are so few of us left", we should first of all be concerned not with the reduction of this or that form of consecration in the Church, but rather with the lack of men and women who want to live happiness by making paths to holiness."
The meeting was held from September 4 to 6. Leaders of China, Japan, Mongolia, South Korea, Malaysia, India, and delegations from Western countries gather around Putin. The Russian development plans for the decade 2025-2035. Putin and Modi: multiply the volume of trade by 300%. Russian-Chinese investments of over 3.5 billion euros. Moscow and Beijing feel "discriminated" on world markets and promise mutual support in trade wars.
Many Catholic and Protestant school students took part in the human chain. Police officers accused of "selling out" (to China) and "mafiosi". Chinese agents suspected of having infiltrated Hong Kong law enforcement. A petition to the US to "free Hong Kong". Joshua Wong freed yet again.
Father Pedro, an Argentine missionary, created Akamasoa: five reception centres that serve 17 villages where everyone has a job. Speaking to priests and religious, the Pope said that “many of you live in difficult conditions and lack such essential services as water, electricity, roads and means of communication, or the financial resources needed for your life and pastoral activity.” For the pontiff, “It is interesting to see how Jesus sums up his disciples’ work by speaking of victory over the power of Satan”.