The American president will be in the Asian country in May, for the coronation of the new emperor, and at the end of June for the G20 summit. In this way the White House rebalances the Asian allies and dilutes the fears of those who see "too much dialogue" with North Korea.
Second report of the day dedicated to "accountability" (having to give an account) to the meeting on "Protection of minors in the Church". The cardinal represents a Church, that of the United States, long struck by accusations of abuse and the silence of the hierarchy. He himself is suspected of silence on the McCarrick case. Structural, legal and institutional reform is necessary.
The Archbishop of Mumbai, accused yesterday by the BBC of superficiality against some abuses, calls on bishops to work in a collegial and synodal manner. No bishop can say: This abuse does not concern me. To favor "fraternal correction", "intercultural communication", "speed of information exchange" to "elaborate opinions and start discussions". What the Church is experiencing is useful for the world. Face the persecution together.
At the Vatican meeting, Card Tagle highlighted "our lack of response to the sufferings of the victims", as well as the fear of getting involved and touching "the wounds of humanity". Justice and forgiveness can heal wounds. Offenders too must be treated. For Mgr Scicluna, established protocols must be implemented and civil laws obeyed. More attention should be paid to the candidates in the selection process for the priesthood. Bishops should be closer to their priests.
Pope Francis introduces the meeting (21-24 February) on the protection of minors from abuses perpetrated by members of the Church. Courage and concrete measures arrived at in a "synodal way". The testimony of an abused boy: "Why did God not listen to me?".
It is the first time that a Chinese university comes in first place in the rankings, ousting Singapore. South Korea and China beat Australia and Japan.
Pope Francis continued the catechesis on the Lord’s Prayer at the general audience. In human relations, "sometimes declarations of love turn into feelings of anger and hostility". Yet, “Even if all our earthly loves crumble, and nothing but dust remains in our hands, there is always, for all of us, God’s burning, unique and faithful love.”
At Santa Marta Mass, the Pope says God, "is not abstract, He has feelings. He suffers, and this is the mystery of the Lord. We must ask for the grace of having a heart like the heart of God, which resembles the heart of God, the heart of a sibling, of a father with his children, of a child with his father".
In an official declaration, published by the Holy See Press Office, religious orders express "shame", but also "hope" for the upcoming meeting. Building a new "culture of protection" for children and vulnerable adults, based on health care, formation and spirituality. Ensure that candidates for the religious vocation and the priesthood find "safe places where their vocation is nourished".
Specific issues will be addressed on each day of the event, including episcopal responsibility, accountability, and transparency.
The second summit between US president and Kim Jong-un is set for 27-28 February in Hanoi. The North Korean leader will arrive in Vietnam next Monday and will meet Vietnamese President and Communist Party leader Nguyễn Phú Trọng. Vietnam is committed to greater cooperation with North Korea and supports peace efforts in the Korean Peninsula.
"Is there room for these people in our hearts? Or do we speak of the people, settle our conscience a little by giving alms ". But please do not give too much “because with these social things from the Church", it ends up looking like "a communist party and this hurts us".
Denuclearization and economic concessions the issues that will be addressed by the two leaders. Pyongyang invokes patriotism: "Let us try to show the world the dignity and stature of our nation". In Seoul, President Moon meets religious leaders: "Peace for prosperity that benefits everyone".
At the Angelus, Pope Francis urges us not to fall prey to the "master of illusion" who "promise quick success, great profits, magical solutions to every problem". It is easy to slip into idolatry: "replacing God with an idol". A prayer for the meeting at the Vatican with the presidents of Episcopal Conferences from across the globe on the protection of minors.