Ethnic armed groups are increasingly involved in operations against the junta. Yesterday demonstrations in dozens of cities. The resistance of the Myingan population. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, junta head, will go to Jakarta for an ASEAN rally. A Japanese journalist arrested.
Across China, multiple celebrations mark the anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. Catholics and other believers can choose among a panoply of seminars, conferences, trips, visits, and exhibits. For Mgr Ma Yinglin, without the Communist Party there would be no New China, no socialism with Chinese characteristics, and no happy life for people today.
The pontiff expressed his “concern” for what is happening in eastern Ukraine with “the increase in military activity”. He hopes to see actions that promote peace and “avoid rising tensions”. He is worried about the “serious humanitarian situation” facing the population.
Hope is needed most to cope with today’s suffering and angst. Transcending human optimism, it “has its basis in something religious: God loves us, and therefore cares for us through his providence”.
Organised by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Cura and STOQ foundations, the meeting will look at medical innovation and the possibility of creating new approaches and interdisciplinary partnerships to cure diseases and improve health, well-being and understanding of human uniqueness. A message from Pope Francis is expected to conclude the event.
Pope Francis and the universal Church are called upon to stop the closure of Catholic orphanages for mentally and physically disabled children. It is time to review the Sino-Vatican Agreement. After hopes were raised, everything is now being betrayed in the name of politics.
"We see it in certain groups that come to an agreement to bring about changes in the life of the Church, all the media that inform ... But prayer is not seen". General audience dedicated to "The Church teacher of prayer". Monasteries "vital cells, not only for the ecclesial fabric but for society itself".
Starting today Thingyan is celebrated for five days. Flowers and potted plants, typical of the festival, used for events. In Tamu, near the border with India, security forces threaten doctors and nurses with guns. For the New Year, the resistance organizes funeral wakes for the heroes killed. Last night a prayer vigil for the fallen in the “Spring Revolution” held close to Pathein cathedral.
The perspective of synodality "active participation of all the faithful in the mission of the Church". For women "an important role to play in the human formation of future priests". The issue of celibacy "must be addressed on the horizon of vocation". Clericalism "a danger for both priests and the faithful: it identifies the priesthood with power and not with service".
On Friday, at least 82 people were killed in Bago, which came under siege in the early hours of the morning. The bodies of the dead and wounded were stacked in a pagoda and then disappeared. Raids on homes was followed by arrests and destruction. Soldiers prevented the retrieval of the bodies of those killed, as well as the treatment of the wounded. As of yesterday, 706 people have been killed following the coup d'état with 3,059 people arrested.
On Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis celebrates mass in the church of Santo Spirito in Sassia with a congregation of missionaries of Mercy, prisoners and detainees, migrants and refugees, nurses and hospital nuns. "Jesus brings about “the resurrection of the disciples” through his mercy. The peace of Jesus makes the disciples pass "from remorse to mission". Pooling resources "is not communism, it is pure Christianity". " Let us not live a oneway faith, a faith that receives but does not give, a faith that accepts the gift but does not give it in return." The Regina Caeli and the greeting to those present.
A commentary on the Gospel of the Second Sunday of Easter, B (John 20, 19-31).
The generals now resorting to the death penalty and martial law. Junta, the country is returning to "normality". There were dozens more killed yesterday. The appeal of foreign ambassadors to Myanmar. The UN envoy refused entry into the country.
Message from Francis to the global symposium "Faith and Flourishing: Strategies for Preventing and Healing Child Sexual Abuse." May the initiative contribute "to a greater awareness of the gravity and extent of child sexual abuse".