The Church must broaden the role of women and young people. In Ukraine, the war has generated a certain dislike for the Church. Poor access to education for young people in some countries like Madagascar can hinder the promotion of evangelical values. Metropolitan Hilarion of the Moscow Patriarchate spoke at the Synod.
Pope Francis and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met today. According to a South Korean presidential spokesman, the pontiff expressed encouragement for the peace efforts on the Korean Peninsula. "Move forward without stopping. Do not be afraid," he said. Now the ball is in North Korea’s court. The Vatican and North Korea do not have diplomatic relations.
The bishop of Ketapang stressed the important role young people played in the birth of Indonesia. For him, diversity is “our cultural heritage and a great blessing for the nation." The Indonesian Church is for inter-faith dialogue and harmony. Young Muslim woman recalls her participation in pre-Synod meetings.
Rihan Hanna Ayoub is one of five Christian Members of Parliament (out of 329) elected in this year’s election. A lawyer by profession, she was born and raised in Iraqi Kurdistan where she attended a local parish as a child. Faith, for her, is a "resource and strength in life and work". Christians have a crucial role in the country’s reconstruction.
The disciple is poor, in the sense that he is not attached to riches and this is the first step. He is then poor because "he is patient before small or large persecutions", and - third step - he is poor because he enters into that state of mind of feeling abandoned at the end of life. The same path as Jesus.
New generations have come under the influence of technology and are exposed to different cultures and traditions. In the country the confessional element is very strong because children live at home until 25, and learn their culture and traditions. Atheism and extremism are the challenges of today's youth.
The South Korean president: "We are paving the way for a noble effort, which will ensure a peaceful future for the Korean peninsula and the whole world". Moon praises the role of the Church in the history of the country: " During the dark hours of colonization, division, war and dictatorship, it stood tall to shed light on human dignity and justice, as well as the path of peace and love".
Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh, a 39-year-old mother with two children, was arrested in October 2016 and sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of "propaganda against the state". Friends express joy online for her release: "After numerous efforts, the family has gathered in a free country". Since 2016, activists and bloggers have been the targets of a government campaign against dissent. At present there are 129 political prisoners arrested for criticizing or protesting against the communist regime.
Crime scene investigators and specially trained dogs patrolled the premises, the garden and the cars of the diplomatic representation for nine hours. In the audio the Saudi consul would ask the commando to kill the journalist "outside of here". The US president wants evidence of the existence of registration. The Washington Post publishes the latest posthumous article by the Saudi intellectual.
Msgr. Franco Mulakkal was granted release on bail in a trail that sees him implicated in Kerala. Waiting for him in Punjab also Msgr. Agnelo Gracias, current diocesan administrator.
The celebration was attended by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife, visiting the Vatican. Moon thanked Pope Francis for his support for the path of reconciliation between the North and the South. The hope that the Holy See's involvement will convince the most skeptical Koreans and the international community.