On the feast of the dedication of the basilica of St. John Lateran, Pope Francis offers "three little verses" as a gift to the Christians of the city, to the priests, to the members of the pastoral teams. The invitation to a "movement": "GO out to meet others, enter into dialogue with them, listen to them with humility, gratuitousness and poverty of heart". "There is no human heart in which Christ does not want and cannot be reborn". The mobile health clinic in St. Peter's Square at the service of the poor, in preparation for the World Day of the Poor.
A parliamentary report linked to the Foreign Office denounces "financial, political or diplomatic pressures" that undermine academic freedom. Confucius Institutes silence Taiwan, the Tiananmen massacre, Tibet. Chinese students, supported by their embassy, oppose demonstrations in favor of democracy in Hong Kong or on the rights of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang.
The sentence puts an end to a centuries-old dispute. For the Hindus, it is the birthplace of the god Ram; the Muslims, that of a historic mosque. Premier Modi: "Neither victory nor defeat". But Hindus rejoice, and Muslims promise legal action. For experts, it will test peace in the country.
Rev. Bryan Nerren's passport has been withdrawn. The judge who should decide on his case "is on vacation this week". His biggest concern is for his disabled daughter: "She understands that there is something wrong and is getting sick".
The video of a promotional photo shoot goes viral on the internet. The images depict Islamic women posing next to Christian tombs. The parish priest: "We forgive them". The people involved risk a one-year prison sentence, a fine or both.
To get a permit pilgrims have to go through numerous offices. Ban on persons under 45. Documents on good health and on charitable activities obtained with bribes. A pilgrimage with state companies costs 960 euros. With private companies it costs half. Perhaps the reason for the controls is to curb Islamic fundamentalism.
According to Iran’s National Organisation for Civil Registration, the country’s marriage rate dropped considerably in the past year, confirming a trend that started in the late 2000s. The average marriage age rose from 18 in the 1980s to 23 in 2018. The population grew by 4.7 per cent over 2016, reaching 83.75 million.