Washington promised independence to the Kurds, and now it has abandoned them to their foe. Europe (and the UN) "have done nothing" concrete other than endorse sanctions. The killings during Turkey’s offensive are similar to the massacres by Islamic extremists. Ethnic cleansing is affecting Christians too.
Only seven bishops had asked to delay the decision, but the majority of the Greek Synod decided to support Ukrainian autocephaly. The defense of the patriarchate of Constantinople as the only one that can define the legal status of the other Orthodox Churches. A defeat for the Moscow patriarchate. It is likely lead to breaking off of relations with the Orthodox Church of Greece. An invitation to Epiphany of Kiev is expected to concelebrate with Hieronymus in Athens.
Many Tibetan refugees in Nepal have demonstrated against the visit of the Chinese president. Beijing's wrath against Ted Cruz, who praises the Hong Kong anti-extradition movement. For China, Cruz’s words are "blatant lies" and "nonsense". The military intervention in Hong Kong "is always possible".
Before the Angelus, Pope Francis recalls the exodus of the "populations of the northeast" of Syria, among which "there are also many Christian families". He pleads with "the international community to" sincerely commit to the path of dialogue to seek effective solutions ". Concern and pain for the clashes, the dead and wounded in Latin American country.
At Mass in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis canonized Card. John Henry Newman; the Indian nun Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan; the Italian Sister Giuseppina Vannini; the Brazilian Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes; the Swiss Margherita Bays, a Franciscan tertiary. They are examples of the "sanctity of everyday life". The journey of faith must be lived in three stages: crying out, invoking, walking together, thanking. "A heart that gives thanks remains young".
The Apostolic Administrator of Hong Kong publishes an open letter. "I feel a deep sorrow at seeing young people anxious and worried because of the current social situation, because they not only represent our future but also our present."
The authorities to issue evacuation orders for over 1.6 million people. The National Weather Agency provides maximum gusts of 216 kilometers per hour. High tides before a full moon increase the risk of floods.
There are 750 young people, 104 of whom are under 16 years old. The government has also released data on the destruction carried out by radical groups on the streets and in the Hong Kong subway. Xinhua lays the blame at the failure of the Hong Kong education system.
The places of worship are located in the municipality of Chan Aye Tharzan. The eviction order comes from the local chapter of the Sangha Maha Nayaka State Committee, an institution that oversees and regulates the clergy. Commercial activities discovered in the monasteries include gambling houses.
The priest is the new executive secretary of the Youth Office of the Indian Bishops' Conference. He had been set to join the Armed Forces of India, "but the Lord called me to be a priest through a friend of mine, who then got married". Young people "bring newness, creativity and vitality. They rivitalise the Church and the country”. The Church must "encourage vocations and the study of theology".
The lack of priests is driving some people towards false promises, other churches. For Sister Weiler, the Church needs “more women in leadership positions, not to exert power, but to share our gifts, talents and charisms.”
After three days, Turkey’s offensive has already killed hundreds and displace thousands. Many victims are civilians. A church was hit in Tall Jihan. The Middle East Council of Churches expresses its “sorrow”. Kurdish source says developments now depend 99 per cent on Trump. The offensive could destabilise Iraqi Kurdistan if flooded by refugees.
Edwardes College was founded by the Church Missionary Society in the 1850s. The institute resisted the nationalisation of Christian schools after Bhutto took over in 1971. For activists and Catholics, "Grabbing missionary institutions is against the constitution of Pakistan”.
Today is International Day of the Girl Child. Every month at least 50,000 girls are killed following prenatal sex determination tests. For activist, “Every child is precious. Both girls and boys have an equal right to life and liberty.”
The stabbing marks the first IS attack against an Indonesian government official. A married couple carried out the attack. The 72-year-old general suffered two deep wounds to the abdomen but is in stable conditions. For the country’s intelligence services, Islamists plan to strike during the president's upcoming inauguration ceremony.