At the Angelus on World Mission Sunday, the Pope speaks of priests, religious and lay people on the front line of proclamation "in lands that still do not know Jesus". Appeal for migrants in Libya: put an end to the camps. Blind Bartimaeus is a model of prayer to God who can do all things.
He passed away suddenly last October 19 from a heart attack. His life and mission in the sign of Therese of Lisieux and St John Paul II. A late vocation born and cultivated (also) against the wishes of his family. The medal of merit of the Lebanese nation placed on his coffin.
In a letter marking the 30th anniversary of the Patriarch’s election, Francis speaks about their “fraternal friendship”. He goes on to say that “the way of dialogue, in charity and in truth, [is] the only possible way for reconciliation between believers in Christ and for the re-establishment of their full communion.” To this end, he notes that he shares with Bartholomew “the understanding of our common pastoral responsibility in the face of the urgent challenges confronting the entire human family today.”
Those responsible claim as their own the land where the historic cemetery stands. The authorities have not yet intervened. However, Christians in Banawali received support from Muslims fellow villagers.
Joe Biden declares that the United States will defend the island in case of a Chinese attack, distancing himself from Washington’s traditional "strategic ambiguity". The EU Parliament asks to negotiate an investments agreement with Taiwan. London: Chinese air raids along the Taiwan Strait could trigger a conflict. Tokyo supports Taipei's joining the CPTPP
Since 13 October, sectarian violence has intensified and now minorities feel endangered. Catholic man sees no room for minorities, and is ready to leave to protect himself and his family. Investigations are ongoing into the clashes in Chandpur which caused seven deaths.
The anniversary was celebrated a few days ago with a Mass, whilst a film retracing the history of their presence in the country was screened. For Bishop Mencuccini, the missionaries “have experienced many ups and downs,” but “with the spirit of St. Paul of the Cross”, they were able to cope with them.
The university, strongly desired by Archbishop Msgr. Warda, was inaugurated at the end of 2015 under the threat of Isis. A screening of interviews with young students as the recount their dreams and aspirations. Chaldean Primate: University "wonderful forum for culture, education, dialogue".
The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which monitors detentions and killings in the country, gave the news. Some have been returned to prison on new charges. Several journalists and activists remain imprisoned.
Another 11 people will face life imprisonment; at least five minors at the time of the events received sentences of between 10 and 12 years in prison. For the authorities, they committed "terrorist acts", causing the death of three people and the wounding of dozens. Documented 187 fires in 280 towns and villages in less than two months.
Awarded for his "courage in the struggle for freedom, democracy and human rights." Collaborator of the imprisoned dissident: "This was really the year of Aleksej". Kremlin on the attack: "A political award, which confirms how Naval'nyj is a pawn in a global anti-Russia plan".
Catholics are up by more than 15 million people, almost 2 million in Asia. Worldwide, the number of priests is up (+1.989 in Asia); so is the number of deacons but not in Asia (-11). There are fewer bishops and major seminarians. Mission stations (3,217) with a resident priest are up (+301) in every continent (+88 in Asia).
The Conference of Latin Bishops of the Arab Regions (CELRA) held its 71st plenary assembly in Abu Dhabi from 18 to 21 October. The Synod, COVID-19 and catechist training were some of the topics discussed at the meeting. For the former patriarchal vicar of Jerusalem, it is necessary to rediscover “the dimension of being together”.
Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis is getting worse. Hospitals are collapsing without humanitarian aid. Public servants have not been paid for months. Diplomatic activity seems to be leading nowhere.
Standoff over withdrawal of respective forces along the disputed frontier. The Chinese position long-range missile launchers in the region; the Indians deploy M777 howitzers. Indian government: we have the capabilities to face the Chinese army. China is better equipped, but its soldiers are unfamiliar with operations at high altitude.