At the World Conference on Xenophobia, racism and populist nationalism in the context of world migration that opened yesterday, the theme is tackled from a Christian perspective. What are the most urgent problems related to migration?
At the 62nd IAEA International Conference, Msgr. Gallagher appreciates the efforts of the UN body with regards Iran and North Korea. We need a total ban on nuclear weapons, against "uncontrolled release of radioactive materials directly into the environment" and in order not to deviate from the "real priorities of suffering humanity". A "task force" on climate change and the launch of strategies for cancer treatment.
The official list of Synod Fathers includes three delegate presidents – cardinals Louis Raphaël I Sako (Iraq), Charles Maung Bo, SDB (Myanmar), and John Ribat, MSC (Papua New Guinea) – as well as seven assistants (four from Lebanon, two from India and one from the Philippines.) A nun from Hebei is among the auditors.
Pope Francis offers a small silver crucifix to people present for the Angelus, distributed by poor, refugees and volunteers. "But who do you say I am? Jesus today asks this question ... of each of us ". The mission of Jesus "is accomplished not in the wide road of success, but in the arduous path of the suffering Servant". "We find happiness only when love, the real love, meets us, surprises us, changes us". Applause for Don Pino Puglisi and Sicilians.
Francis in Sicily on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the death of Blessed Pino Puglisi, the priest killed by the mafia. "Do not think of yourself, do not run away from your responsibility, choose love! Feel the life of your people in need, listen to your people. Be afraid of deafness, not hearing the people. This is the only possible populism, the only 'Christian populism': to hear and serve the people, without shouting, accusing and provoking disputes ".
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
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.