Kirill’s great rival in the 2009 patriarchal elections highlights the "unacceptable" differences that exist between Catholicism and Orthodoxy. The opinions of Catholics and other heretics about God are “unacceptable".
Fr George Muttathuparambil is the Salesian provincial superior in Bangalore, Karnataka. In 2016 he was in Yemen when an Islamist group took Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, killing four sisters of Mother Teresa. “This is an unjust war,” he says. “Innocent people are suffering horribly.”
Shivam Shankar Singh joined the BJP in 2013. The ruling party has failed in various areas but is unable to acknowledge it. Every criticism is labelled as anti-national and anti-Hindu. CBI investigations are motivated by political purposes and dissent is killed.
In the Instrumentum Laboris published today, young people are "seekers of meaning", but also suffer from "volubility of impulsiveness". The Church struggles to understand them. The "mutual estrangement" between generations can be overcome with the discovery that we are all "called" to life, and an "ecological conversion": the discovery of relationships with the history and environment that make up each person. An "outgoing" Church, close to the religious outbursts of young people, able to propose the person of Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of every road taken. Mission and friendship.
We understand that "we must forgive our enemies", even if it is not easy, and also " pray for others", for "those who give us a hard time.” However, “praying for those who want to destroy me, having God bless them, that is really hard." Yet many “Christians sent to Siberia" or “Auschwitz have done so.”
In one village, about 40 per cent of the population has been deported to a re-education camp. As China’s persecution of the Uyghur continues, hundreds of thousands of people are arrested without cause. All men born in the 1980s and 1990s are considered a danger and interned.
The "Instrumentum laboris" of the Synod on Youth presented. An opportunity to address vocational discernment for the Church and to rediscover how it can best correspond today to its call to be the soul, light, salt and leaven of our world.
The Department of Justice has rejected the cancellation of nun’s visa over alleged participation in political activities because it was “without legal basis”. The deportation order issued against the nun is still pending but is following a different path than the revocation of her visa.
The historic alliance and protection of China towards North Korea is reiterated. Kim aims to lighten the sanctions. Washington: first complete denuclearization is needed. Seoul asks for "substantial steps". Joint military exercise between South Korea and the US scheduled for August, suspended.
A study by the Pew Research Center shows that in almost all countries there are differences between young people and older people regarding the importance given to religion; belonging to a group and daily prayer. The influence of economic development, of education, of danger, of age. The cases of Muslim countries, South Korea and Japan. But even with secularization, the world is becoming more religious.
In 2017 the total was 68.5 million. Last year a jump of 3.1 million, far above 300 thousand in 2016. Globally one in 110 people fall under status of displaced. UN experts: we need a "new and more global" approach to the problem. Over a fifth of the total refugees are Palestinians.