For the Secretary of State Pompeo the status of the area must be "negotiated" and the US "increases the chances of peace". He applauds Netanyahu: a decision that "corrects a historical error". Palestinians warn: risks for "stability, peace and security". The EU considers its position on the subject unchanged.
The number of deaths dropped by 15.2 per cent over previous year. At least 71 countries have had at least one casualty. This is the second highest since the start of the century. For the first time since 2003, Iraq does not have the highest number of attacks and victims, following the collapse of the Islamic State group.
Video message from Francis on the occasion of Youth Day organized in the northern dioceses of Vietnam. "Every path given by our Lord is always a missionary momentum". "I would like to entrust to the Lord, Merciful Father, the thirty-nine Vietnamese migrants who died in England last month."
After arriving, Francis travelled by car to the nunciature to have lunch, rest and in the afternoon, celebrate Mass in private. The first appointments and the first speeches, 8 only in the Thai stage, will begin tomorrow, November 21st.
This morning the pontiff prayed before the image of Mary, Salus populi romani. His flight for Bangkok is at 7pm, arrival tomorrow. Here is the schedule of Francis’s 32nd apostolic trip.
Nabeshima Tomohisa, 52, kannushi (chief priest) of the shrine of Yutoku Inari in Kashima (Saga prefecture, Kyushu island, speaks of his hopes linked to the visit of Pope Francis to Japan (November 23-26). "Although of different religions, we have the same heart and the same desires to express: above all the gift of peace for the world". "Christianity is a religion of foreigners but Christ and Mary are like our uncles and aunts who live next to us".
In a message to the World Food Program, Francis writes that "In many places, our brothers and sisters do not have access to sufficient and healthy food, while in others, food is discarded and squandered".
Francis's video message on the eve of the trip he will take in the Land of the Rising Sun and Thailand. "I trust that my visit will encourage you along the path of mutual respect and encounter that leads to a secure and lasting peace, which never turns back upon itself. Peace is beautiful. And when it is real, it does not retreat: it defends itself with every ounce of strength."
Pope Francis will have lunch with poor people on World Day of the Poor in Paul VI Hall. Dioceses and parishes around the world have promoted similar initiatives of solidarity. The pontiff asked for a round of applause for Father Emilio Moscoso, a Jesuit martyr priest who was killed in 1897 and proclaimed blessed yesterday in Riobamba (Ecuador). “[H]ope in God [. . .] allows us not to be overcome by tragic events. Indeed, they are an opportunity to give ‘testimony’.” The Christian martyrs of our times, despite persecutions, are men and women of peace.
On World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis spoke of the poor as “the gatekeepers of Heaven” who make access to God who is love easier. He warned against the temptation of “haste” and “everything right now”, which makes us think as “useless” and “disposable” those who are left behind: “elderly, unborn, disabled and poor persons". We are tempted to speak “the language of the self” and not “the language of Jesus”, which is “the language of the you”. “Do I, a Christian, have at least one poor person as a friend?”
“I hope,” said the Pope in Spanish, “that my visit will help to highlight the importance of interreligious dialogue, mutual understanding and fraternal cooperation, especially in the service of the poor, those most in need, and in the service of peace.”
Pope Francis sends a video message to the pilgrims of the Fratello association who have gathered in Lourdes to celebrate the third World Day of the Poor (November 17). He addresses those who are "alone, isolated, abandoned, homeless, expelled from your family or from your country, victim of alcohol, prostitution, illness": "God hears your prayer in a special way". Live the sacraments and be "witness of God's love in your environment".
Receiving participants at the "Promoting Digital Child Dignity - From Concept to Action" Conference, Francis says that tech companies must take responsibility and, while respecting privacy in general, ensure restrictions for "net surfers".
The desire could be fulfilled if - as a press release from the Holy See Press Office states - "the political situation should allow the establishment of a transitional government of national unity in the next 100 days, at the end of the agreement signed in recent days in Uganda" .
At the general audience, Pope Francis warns against the resurgences of anti-Semitism and also remembers that "even today" there are Christians who live the faith "secretly in their homes". An appeal for Burkina Faso, after several attacks cost the lives of 100 people. The audience took place in two places: in the square and in the Paul VI hall where the sick were gathered, due to bad weather.