"When the Apostle forgets his origins and begins to make a career, he moves away from the Lord and becomes an official", will be a "system of pastoral plans", but unable to transmit Jesus. To those who are scandalized, Jesus replies that I am not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick.
The country continues to suffer dramatic surge in food and fuel prices. The cost of foodstuffs has increased by 68% compared to the pre-war period. The local currency has lost 180% of its value and has reached the historical minimum. A situation that could create "an unprecedented hunger". Hundreds of thousands of minors in "immediate danger" situation.
"Honoring the father and the mother means recognizing their importance also through concrete acts, which express dedication, affection and care". "The word 'happiness' in the Decalogue appears only related to the relationship with parents. This multi-thousand-year-old wisdom declares what the human sciences have only been able to elaborate for a little over a century: that the imprint of childhood marks the whole of life ".
Francis’ apostolic constitution "Episcopalis Communio" published today appears inspired by a desire to underline greater participation of the laity in the work of the Synod of Bishops and the role of this organism in a perspective of evangelization and of progress in the ecumenical journey.
The pastor "must have the power and authority that Jesus had, that of humility, that of meekness, of closeness, of the capacity for compassion, of tenderness". "When the people insulted him, that Good Friday, and shouted 'crucify him', he remained silent because he had compassion on those people deceived by the powerful who had money, who had power ... He was silent. He prayed ".
At the 62nd IAEA International Conference, Msgr. Gallagher appreciates the efforts of the UN body with regards Iran and North Korea. We need a total ban on nuclear weapons, against "uncontrolled release of radioactive materials directly into the environment" and in order not to deviate from the "real priorities of suffering humanity". A "task force" on climate change and the launch of strategies for cancer treatment.
The official list of Synod Fathers includes three delegate presidents – cardinals Louis Raphaël I Sako (Iraq), Charles Maung Bo, SDB (Myanmar), and John Ribat, MSC (Papua New Guinea) – as well as seven assistants (four from Lebanon, two from India and one from the Philippines.) A nun from Hebei is among the auditors.
A priest in charge of a Henan parish complains about the ban on displaying sacred images and attempts by the faithful to accommodate government authorities. The faith cannot be abandoned or betrayed, nor can it be negotiated. What cannot be asserted or defended in public is not faith.
In Shanghai the "basic values of socialism" are exalted on the pediment of the church. A painting of the Last Supper removed in Henan. Communities forced to sing patriotic hymns. Shaolin Monastery in Shaoshan must hold a flag-raising ceremony every morning. "The churches seem more and more like government offices".
Those with "strong religious beliefs" must be re-educated or expelled. Spreading "political rumours" and distorting the country’s history are banned.
At the end of the trip to Ireland, Francis renews his appeal for forgiveness for the abuses committed by people in the Church. But a dossier by the former nuncio in the US accuses him of covering the misdeeds of former Cardinal McCarrick and calls for him to resign.