Francis celebrated his last Mass in Peru before returning to Rome before 1.3 million people. In his address, he urged them not to flee, but to resist the temptation to hide from "daily situations of pain and injustice". He also noted that “Jesus invites his disciples to experience in the present a taste of eternity: the love of God and neighbour. He does this the only way he can, God’s way, by awakening tenderness and love of mercy.”
In 2017, the number of billionaires rose one every two days. Their wealth jumped by US$ 762 billion. In Indonesia, the 27 richest men own more than 100 million people. China saw a slight reduction in income disparity, but wealth disparity is up.
The week (20-28 January) is currently underway in the Holy Land with Church members gathering at a different venue each day. Each Church members of other Churches to participate. Bridges are built “in truth."
Last December, Mgr Peter Zhuang Jianjian of Shantou (Guangdong) was forced to go to Beijing where "a foreign prelate" from the Vatican asked him to leave his see to illicit bishop Joseph Huang Bingzhang. He had received the same request last October. Mgr Joseph Guo Xijin, ordinary bishop of Mindong, is expected to become the auxiliary or coadjutor of illicit Bishop Vincent Zhan Silu. Sinicizing the Chinese Church means supporting the principle of independence and follow the leadership of the Communist Party.
The places of worship closed in December in the wake of an attack against the Methodist church in Quetta. Congregations meet in homes or rented premises. The official provincial approval has still not been given.
The meeting occurred in two phases in mid-January. The final prayer lasted 25 minutes. Some 4,500 believers came from abroad. The common desire was for the meeting to bring "unity, prosperity, peace and victory of Islam".
"The Holy See is committed to promoting relations with the Government of Vietnam to contribute to the social life of the country". The Vatican delegation meets the Vietnamese Catholics. The Pope shares their joy, success and concerns.
Turkish soldiers, supported by the anti-Assad rebels and air raids, have crossed the borders invading the region. The Turkish objective is to create a 30 km buffer zone within the Syrian territory. A UN Security Council meeting is scheduled today.
Rev. Gideon Periyaswamy was 43 and led the Maknayeem church. He converted 25 years ago from Hinduism. In the past he had been harassed and humiliated. The Hindus "were not happy with the increase of the Christian faithful".
Seven Filipino workers died in mysterious circumstances. "Situation no longer acceptable". There are over 250,000 Filipinos in Kuwait, the majority of whom are employed in service industry. Over 2.3 million Filipinos are registered as foreign workers. They send more than 1.6 billion euros home every month.
The oil spill spread in a few days. Danger for some marine species and for the migration of whales.