Shavkat Mirziyoyev's trip to Russia in preparation for the signing of a strategic and global partnership between the two countries. China and Russia major trading partners. Attempts to establish access to the Indian Ocean, passing through Afghanistan and Pakistan.
At the general audience, Francis asks to pray for the journey that begins on Friday. In Myanmar, "aspirations for peace must not be stifled by violence". Before knowing Jesus, he said, "we really did not know how to pray: what words, what feelings and what languages were appropriate for God."
A Christian's mission, Francis said at the Angelus, is "ignite little lights in people's hearts; be little lamps of the Gospel that bring a little love and hope ". In Lent a "fast" from gossip. A prayer for children suffering from rare diseases.
Commentary on the Gospel of the 2nd Sunday of Lent B (Mark 9, 2-10).
The theme from Ps 103: 3: "He forgives all your sins". A guide "to offer some suggestions to allow parishes and Christian communities to prepare themselves to live the initiative 24 hours for the Lord.”
Amid excursions in the snow and hot saunas, the two "eternal leaders" reportedly spoke about economic aid, but also about the succession to Lukashenko. Belarus protests will resume on 25 March. Communist demonstrations in Moscow, Novokujbyshev, Ulan-Ude, followed by many arrests.
Every week groups from the Russian Orthodox eparchy of Philippines-Vietnam distribute hot food, gift packages and clothes to families in Bacoor, in the hinterland of the Philippine capital. The Russian Orthodox Philippines-Vietnam eparchy consists of 33 parishes and 11 chapels. It is served by 7 priests.
The Israeli government has obtained the release of a young Orthodox who entered Syrian territory on February 2. Official reports speak of an exchange of prisoners. In fact, behind the release is the supply of 1.2 million doses of Sputnik V to Damascus. A success for Netanyahu, Assad and (above all) Putin.
This year's work program for Catholics has been drawn up by bishops and the Patriotic Association. Deepen the history of the Party, the Long March, Socialism, aligning with the leadership of Xi Jinping. A Theological Forum on Sinicization is also planned. More than a "pastoral" program, it is a political program in which the "independent and autonomous Church" is exalted.
Putin's opponent gets two-and-a-half-year in prison. He announced that he is Christian, and noted that “there is a book that says what needs to be done, and I try to stick to it.” Praising the power of truth, he slams Russian authorities for exploiting veterans for political purposes. He could face more charges.
The Gospel of the first Sunday of Lent reminds us of “this cunning enemy, interested in our eternal condemnation, our failure”. Yesterday afternoon Francis visited Ms Edith Bruck, a poet who survived the Holocaust.
Porfirije (Perić) succeeds 90-year-old Irinej (Gavrilović), who died in November. He represents “hope for the Vatican” and ecumenical relations. The Serbian Patriarchate remains close to Moscow. Kosovo is an unsolved issue. Russia supported the other two candidates.
The Holy See’s total revenues reached € 260.4 million against € 310.1 million in expenses, with an expected deficit of € 49.7 million in 2021. Most spending (68 per cent) will go apostolic activities; 17 per cent will pay for patrimony and other assets management, and 15 per cent to administration and service activities.