Pope Francis chose the 64-year-old former parish priest and head of a deanery in Madagui to succeed Mgr Joseph Nguyễn Chi Linh, who was appointed archbishop of Huế two years ago. The new prelate was ordained priest on 27 June 1992 for the diocese of Ðà Lat. The ordination Mass will take place on 28 June at Thanh Hóa Cathedral.| VIETNAM – VATICAN
The president of the Episcopal Committee for the Clergy, Consecrated life and Vocations believes that the quality of training has improved greatly thanks to their help. For decades, Vietnamese authorities had severely restricted the recruitment of seminarians. Vietnam has seven seminaries: Hà Nội, Vinh, Huế, Nha Trang, Sàigòn, Xuân Lộc and Cần Thơ. A declining birthrate and rising secularism have led to fewer vocations.
Closure and openness: two opposing poles that describe how man can react before the breath of the Holy Spirit. The second is precisely "of the disciples, of the apostles": the initial resistance is not only human, but it is also "a guarantee that they cannot be deceived by anything and then find their way through prayer and discernment".
The parish is in an area affected by the 2016 environmental catastrophe caused by a plant owned by the Formosa Plastics Group. In Kỳ Thịnh, where 85 per cent of the residents earn a living from farming, the land is contaminated. Two years after the disaster, many villagers are still struggling to find work and support their families. The pastor noted several cases of illness due to water contamination.
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".
In the Mass he celebrated in Molfetta, Francis remembered the bishop who said: “‘Works of charity are not enough, if the charity of works is lacking. If the love from which the works leave is lacking, if the source is lacking, if the starting point that is the Eucharist is lacking, any pastoral commitment is only a stirring of things’.”
Francis is in Alessano and Molfetta today 25 years after the death of the bishop who was also president of Pax Christi. "True wealth for him lay in understanding the poor. He was right, because the poor are really wealth of the Church. Remember it again, Don Tonino, faced with the recurrent temptation to follow the powerful, seek privileges, to settle for a comfortable life".
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.