Receiving a group of faithful from El Salvador, Francis said that the memory of the slain bishop is "an exceptional opportunity to send a message of peace and reconciliation to all the peoples of Latin America".
The “Cross is the guide (Kim Chỉ Nam) that leads in the right direction,” says Catholic student. “The Holy Cross is not only a sacred force that brings young people together, it also supports us in our work with the poor,” says a Caritas volunteer. Mgr Joseph Vũ Văn Thiên calls on young people to be prophets and witnesses of the mission.
The annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (Wbg) are currently underway in Bali. The Indonesian president: "Developing countries suffer enormous market pressure". During the summit, Indonesian companies sign important agreements with foreign partners.
For Card Becciu, Paul VI “was a heroic and brilliant witness of Christ, light of the world.” He was the pope “of dialogue with everyone: within the Catholic Church, with the brothers of other Christian Churches, with non-Christians and non-believers, always with the passion of evangelisation, to bring to every man the light of Christ, the love of Christ.”
"Please be brave, because when we pray for a need, a necessity it sis normal. God is our friend: He is a rich friend who has bread, he has what we need. As if Jesus said: In prayer be intrusive. Do not get tired ". But do not get tired of what? Of asking. “Ask and it will be given to you”.
Pro-Chinese rebels forced those released to sign a document pledging to pray only at home and not in churches. More than a hundred places of worship have been shut down and at least three destroyed. Catholic mission run by Salesian missionary nuns has also be forced to close.
Singapore Airlines will offer only business and premium classes. The flight will cover 16,700 km. Passengers will enjoy more room and a seven-week long selection of audio-visual material. The menu will include selected dishes to promote well-being.
The Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops writes an open letter to the former nuncio to Washington. In it, he describes the former nuncio’s accusations as a baseless “political manoeuvre”. “I cannot understand how you could have allowed yourself to be convinced of this monstrous accusation which has no standing,” he writes.
Chinese faithful, official and underground communities, express their feelings about the present and the future of the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement. Many ask for the publication of the agreement document; others that bishops held in prison are freed and that the unofficial bishops are recognized by the government. The fear that China will belittle the Vatican. Fidelity to the Pope and to the unity of the Church, but concern for the rise in "collaborator" bishops.
For the optimists the provisional agreement is "historic"; for the pessimists it is the beginning of the total sell out of the Church to the Party. The Pope is involved in naming bishops. But we know nothing of a right of veto. The lifting of excommunications is good, but the faithful expect a public request for forgiveness. China has not asked for a break with Taiwan as a prior condition. Praise for Lithuanian martyrs, amid silence on the Chinese ones.