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Brahim Aouissaoui is a 21-year-old young man who arrived in France a few days before the attack. For the head of the anti-terrorism services, the target would be the Catholic Church. But yesterday there were other abortive attacks: in Jeddah, in Lyon, in Avignon. They were targeting France. Yesterday was the Muslim festival of Walid, in honor of the birth of Muhammad. Prayers in all the churches of France for the victims of Nice and for an end to the violence. Secularism and blasphemy.

| 30/10/2020
| FRANCE - ISLAM

In a telegram to the bishop of Nice, signed by the Vatican Secretary of State, Pope Francis condemns “in the strongest possible way such violent acts of terror” and blesses “all those touched by the tragedy”. The pontiff is also praying “for people to look at each other again as brothers and sisters and not as enemies”.

| 29/10/2020
| VATICAN – FRANCE

On the banks of the Jordan River, "there is therefore all of humanity, with its unexpressed yearning for prayer. There is, above all, the population of sinners: those who thought they were not beloved by God, those who did not dare cross the threshold of the temple, those who did not pray because they did not consider themselves worthy. Jesus came for everyone, even for them, and He begins precisely by joining them”. Participation in the "pain of the families of school children killed in Kumba, Cameroon".

| 28/10/2020
| VATICAN

On 19-21 November, economists and entrepreneurs under 35 from around the world will meet online. More than 40 countries will be connected, with live streaming from Assisi. Some 2,000 people have registered with at least 12 link-ups to 115 countries, four hours a day plus a 24-hour marathon on the second day, and contributions from more than 20 countries.

| 27/10/2020
| VATICAN

Francis releases a letter to mark several European anniversaries. “Christians today have a great responsibility: they are called to serve as a leaven in reviving Europe’s conscience and help to generate processes capable of awakening new energies in society.”

 

| 27/10/2020
| VATICAN
by Shan Ren Shen Fu (山人神父)

A first comment arrives from China on the Agreement’s renewal. The ambiguities over civil unions and the similarity with expectations over the Agreement. The author is a blogger priest, a member of the official Church.

| 26/10/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN

“Jesus establishes two essential hinges for believers of all times.  The first is that moral and religious life cannot be reduced to anxious and forced obedience, but must have love as its principle.  The second is that love must strive together and inseparably towards God and neighbor ".

 

 

| 25/10/2020
| VATICAN

“The world, without mothers, has no future: profits and profits, alone, do not give a future, on the contrary at times they increase inequality and injustice. Mothers, on the other hand, make every child feel at home and give hope”.

| 24/10/2020
| VATICAN

The Apostolic Penitentiary makes public a decree extending the period of indulgence for people who cannot leave home and in order to prevent large gatherings in places where they are banned. The guidelines are also for those who are in isolation or sick. Priests are asked to be more available under the circumstances.

| 23/10/2020
| VATICAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

The declaration of the bishops of Kerala. "The Pope has taught in the past that LGBT people are children of God and deserve special care and love." "The official position of the Pope is in complete accordance with the doctrine of the apostolic exhortation "Amoris Laetitia" issued in 2016".

| 23/10/2020
| INDIA
by Bernardo Cervellera

The Holy See and Beijing have announced the extension of the agreement for another two years. China’s apparent dissatisfaction at continued relations with Taiwan. The Vatican is content with the fruits: no illegitimate bishops. But there are no new bishops and the repression of the official and underground communities has continued and worsened. How to avoid "declarationist nominalism" and work for full religious freedom.

| 22/10/2020
| VATICAN - CHINA
by Bernardo Cervellera

Unofficial voices (from the Vatican side) say that the renewal of the agreement will be signed tomorrow. But a wall of silence remains from China, or quotations from the Vatican only. The hypothesis is that the dialogue with China has reached an impasse: China wants the Holy See to break relations with Taiwan and the Vatican wants the recognition of unofficial bishops. The second elegy of Rainer Maria Rilke.

| 21/10/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN

The missionary month of October "represents an urgent invitation for Christians to all feel responsible in furthering the Kingdom of God". The Psalms a "school of encounter with God and of responsibility alongside the poor and the weak".

| 21/10/2020
| VATICAN
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| 22/10/2020
| VATICAN - CHINA
 
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| 22/10/2020
| VATICAN - CHINA
 
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| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
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| 16/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
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| 13/10/2020
| SYRIA - VATICAN
 
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The speech given by the bishop of Mindong announcing his resignation from all public office, retiring to a life of prayer. Now the diocese is entrusted to Msgr. Zhan Silu, known to be very ambitious.
| 05/10/2020
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera
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| 05/10/2020
| VATICAN
 
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| 04/10/2020
| VATICAN
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