Announced by Pope Francis, the international rendezvous is set for October 2019. Diocesan coordinators held their first meeting yesterday in Vijayawada, Andhra-Telangana. Renewing the mission starts with the parishes. Catholics must abandon provincialism and caste divisions.
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.”
The president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India joins the Archdiocese of Mumbai in remembering the soldiers killed in an attack on 14 February. They "gave their lives to protect us" and their “lives have not been sacrificed in vain”. He also invokes God's blessing for India and its leaders.
The man's name was Anant Ram Gand and he was the father of five children. He was dragged away from his house before his son's eyes. He was baptized two months ago in the Evangelical Church, but his conversion was opposed by the village radicals. President of Persecution Relief: "We want freedom of worship".
The retreat was held in Hyderabad from 11 to 16 February. For Fr Brambillasca, the congregations are united by the same charism “that goes the extra mile, trying to evangelise amid obstacles, paying attention to the poor, the sick and the people marginalised by society."
A delegation from the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences visited the Ukhiya refugee camp, where they listened to the stories of the displaced whose sense of joy, despite everything, should be spread around the world. The visit was also a chance to promote environmental protection.
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.