Francis ordained 16 priests and called for an end to the violence and unnecessary bloodshed in Nicaragua where "following social protests, clashes occurred, causing some victims".
The activist group protests the decision of some municipalities to expel refugees "because of their nationality or religion". The appeal to national leaders to oppose a "rhetoric" that "encourages or forgives" violations. Harsh criticism of international community for failing to support Lebanon in the emergency.
For EU foreign policy chief Mogherini, “We want to see the full compliance by all”. But no consensus exists on new sanctions among the EU’s 28 members. Iran’s role in Syria remains an issue. Rouhani insists that his country does not have aggressive intentions, that its weapons are defensive, and that it wants negotiations to solve problems.
For the first time in 36 years, a movie was screened in Saudi Arabia. Tickets for the first show open to the public went on sale today. For one moviegoer, “We’re opening up and we’re catching up with everything that’s happening in the world.” However, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s plans to modernise the country and boost the economy, hit by the low oil prices, has come in for criticism from conservatives.
To proclaim Jesus, there is no need for a "vade-mecum", but it is necessary to "approach", to approach "to see what happens" and to start "from the situation", not from a "theory". "All of us Christians must evangelize with our lives, with our example, and also with our word".
The country will go to the polls for the presidential and legislative elections on June 24th; a year and a half before the expiry of the mandate set for November 3, 2019. The president focuses on nationalism and achievements in the anti-Kurdish offensive in northern Syria. A decision that is a "sign of panic and weakness" in front of "worrying" economic indices.
For some, the future lies with an alliance between Gulf states and Egypt. However, deep cleavages are an obstacle to the goal of unity. The Arab League and existing states have proven a failure. The Iranian obsession and the nationalist attitude belong to the past. Wars, economics and democracy are challenges whose solutions must come from within.
The church of the village of Hutuo has been reduced to a pile of ruins; the tomb of the bishop of Luoyang, not recognized by the government, was desecrated; children are forbidden to enter churches; threats against Catholic parents and seniors: if they continue to believe they will not receive government subsidies or pensions.
The South Korean Church is praying for the success of the event, looking forward to "concrete" solutions to the peninsula’s problems. Hope was reborn with the Olympics. People are waiting for a message from Pope Francis.
A harsh exchange between Russia and the United States at the UN. Trump speaks of possible intervention, with the support of London and Paris. Moscow denounces the "campaign of aggression" against a sovereign state. Msgr. Georges Abou Khazen: "there are no certainties" on the Douma attack. The prayers of Christians for peace in the country.
About 158 refugee families live in the parish of Amadiya and surrounding villages. They need food, clothes, shoes, school support, kerosene. Many Christian, Yazid and Arab families returned to Mosul only to turn back. The ‘Adopt a Christian from Mosul’ campaign is ongoing.