The Chaldean patriarch speaks out amid a controversy among Chaldean clergy and believers following an interview with Card Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, who criticised streamed Masses with priests looking at the camera, not God. These changes are temporary and should not upset anyone. Bread and wine, the body and blood of Christ, remain at the centre of the liturgical service.
On the 567th anniversary of the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople, Erdoğan endorses the recitation of an Islamic prayer inside the basilica. In a strong-worded reaction, the Greek government calls it an insult to the international community. For Turkey, “Hagia Sophia is on Turkish territory”, and is “our property” and “up to us”. Catholics and Orthodox are in favour of the status quo.
Michael's Coffee House tells the story of living with HIV. The priest won an award at the 34th Kolkata Film Festival. He collaborates with several Indian directors. On set he offers spiritual advice to actors.
The Justice Peace and Integrity Creation (JPIC) service of the Franciscan Capuchin Order of Pontianak undertook a major humanitarian initiative together with local partners.
According to the Associated Press, Chinese authorities sat on information concerning the genome of the virus for weeks, allowing it to spread worldwide and become a pandemic. The World Health Organisation praised China in order to get it to release more information.
Hu Weifeng contracted COVID-19 in January. He was a colleague of Ai Fen and Li Wenliang, who first sounded the alarm over the pandemic. Thousands of doctors have been infected because the government waited too long to declare an emergency. After testing ten million people, the authorities declare Wuhan to be free from the disease.
The desert locust is considered the most "destructive" migratory plague in the world. A single swarm can contain up to 80 thousand specimens. FAO: "increased" risk on the border between India and Pakistan. A disaster coupled with the coronavirus emergency and seasonal cyclones. A joint strategic plan is being studied between the three countries.
"We learn from Abraham to pray with faith: listening, walking, dialoguing up to arguing, we must not be afraid to argue with God, it may seem like heresy. I have often heard it said, I got angry with God”. "But this is prayer." “We need to learn to dialogue with God like a son with a father. Abraham teaches us this”.
He will take over from Msgr. Celestino Migliore. In recent years, Russian Catholics have experienced a period of relative flowering, thanks to good relations with the state, the Orthodox Church and other religions. After tense relations between Moscow and Constantinople, the Vatican can offer a role of "ecumenical bridge" between the divergent poles of Orthodoxy. Controversy continues over the security measures for the pandemic in the Orthodox Church
Sea water has invaded collection basins, wells and aquifers, causing a health catastrophe. Many people fall ill with dysentery. The government is unable to intervene in the most affected areas. Caritas distributes a chlorine purifier invented in Switzerland.
The organizers invite the population to light candles everywhere and participate in online gatherings. Groups of eight - the only number allowed by the pandemic rules - will gather in Victoria Park, like every year. The "health" reasons exploited to implement a censorship on the event, unique in the Chinese world. Mass for the fallen of Tiananmen and a prayer meeting, which was usually held before the big vigil, were also online.