Religions for Peace issued an appeal signed by Myanmar’s religious leaders. For them, “To build a nation we need not be afraid of difference, but rather learn to negotiate, compromise, dialogue and rejoice in who we are.”
In an era of pandemic, the world needs "human solidarity,” not "further conflict," said Card Sako. After the Armenian genocide, Atatürk sent a strong signal of "coexistence and safeguarding the common heritage;” now his choice has been disowned. Political leaders of the Christian West have shown weakness.
Over the weekend, Rabin Square was filled with demonstrators against economic policy and emergency management. Led by young people and small business holders, for months without wages. At least 20 people stopped by the police. Contagions are growing again in the country.
The democratic opposition has chosen candidates for the September elections for the renewal of the local Parliament. Organizers: The high turnout represents a rejection of Beijing's security law. Benny Tai: the pro-democracy front can win more than 45 seats. If disqualified by the authorities, the primary winners will appoint their replacement.
A month ago he contracted Covid-19. His death follows a rapid deterioration in the past 48 hours. Abp. Costa was secretary of the Bishops' Conference of Bangladesh and responsible for youth ministry. The condolences of Sr Prema, of the Missionaries of Charity, and of the Movement of Catholic students.
During the Angelus, Pope Francis expressed the pain of the Holy See for the decision to turn Istanbul’s Christian basilica into a mosque. He mentions "four different types of ground" that receive "the Word of God ... Christ himself". For him, the Virgin Mary is a “perfect model of good and fertile ground ". Today is the International Day of the Sea.
My comments (in Italian) on the Gospel, 15th Sunday of year (Matthew 13:1-23)
An Islamic prayer will be recited in the Christian basilica on July 24. This marks the high point in the Turkish president's neo-Ottoman policy and in modern Turkey’s history. Yet, Hagia Sophia might be seen as a last throw of the dice to hide the country's deep economic crisis characterised by huge military budgets, runaway inflation, and uncontrolled public spending.
With a new constitution behind him, Putin is preparing to clear house and rid himself of all dissent in media, politics and academia. For Khodorkovsky, this is a test of a more mature authoritarian regime. Yakovenko sees the crackdown as a consequence of economic hard times, which will force the regime to make very unpopular choices.
The Sri Lanka Medical Association criticised the lifting of restrictions on public gatherings, uncontrolled public transport, the opening of recreational activities, and many other questionable activities. So far, 2,454 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the country. Yesterday saw the highest number of infections in a single day with 300 new cases.
The proposed mine is in a protected national forest some 90 km from the capital. China is financing the US$ 2 billion, project building roads and bridges in exchange for access to bauxite. Environmental groups warn that rare species and water supply for millions of people are at risk. Increasingly, activists are turning to the courts to stop polluting activities in Africa.
For Card Sako, the "difficult circumstances" caused by the novel coronavirus require a new way of being a priest. Believers must be shown the meaning of "fatherhood" and "human and spiritual care". The present must be used for spiritual growth through reading, meditation and prayer. Sharing life provides priests growth opportunities.
India has the eighth highest death toll, but given the size of its population (1.3 billion) it has one of the lowest rates: 15 deaths per million inhabitants; by comparison, Great Britain has 670 and the US, 402. Existing epidemiological models are “not appropriate for the Indian setting".
The former European Central Bank president graduated from the Massimiliano Massimo Institute and La Sapienza University (in economics) in Rome. He has a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.