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".
A 71-year-old Australian nun and well-known human rights activist, who has been in the country for 27 years, has been accused of joining anti-government demonstrations. The Catholic Church and activists are now concerned about a government campaign against dissent.
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".
12 tons of "dirty" coffee seized. The owner bought the discarded beans and mixed them with the other "ingredients", then dyed the mixture black. This year more than three tons of product placed on the market.
Arrested in January 2017, the clergymen were held for helping journalists document an airstrike against a Catholic church. In October they were convicted for alleged affiliation with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). Fighting between the latter and government forces has recently intensified. UN official Ursula Mueller calls the Kachin situation “a forgotten humanitarian crisis".
Francis launches fresh appeal for Alfie Evans and Vincent Lambert. Baptism "is the beginning of a process that allows one to live united to Christ in the Church". This is why it is important to remember the day of our baptism and to teach children to make the sign of the cross well. Encouragement for the World Bank to promotes the life of the poor through financial inclusion.
Saudi police arrested her employer. Agnes Mancilla underwent emergency abdominal surgery. In February, allegations of abuses of domestic workers sparked tensions between the Philippines and Kuwait. The Church set up a migrant desk in its 86 dioceses.
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.