For Francis, who was confessed and confessed some people during a penitential service, “evil is strong, it has a seductive power: it attracts and fascinates. Our own efforts are not enough to detach ourselves from it: we need a greater love.” Thus, “Let us start over, then, from Confession, let us restore to this sacrament the place it deserves in life and pastoral ministry!”
Some 39 candidates are running in next Sunday’s presidential vote. The incumbent, Petro Poroshenko, is running an anti-Russian campaign. Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is at 17 per cent in the polls. Comedian Zelensky is benefitting from a frustrated populace tired of corruption and war. He could win in the expected runoff.
The new measures are aimed primarily at Protestant house churches, but it is almost certain that they will be applied to Catholics and other religions and across the country. Clues are worth 3,000 yuan; informing on foreigners can earn up to 5,000 yuan; working with the police means up to 10,000 yuan. Teaching the catechism to one’s children at one’s home is now a dangerous proposition. Reports can be made by phone, in writing or in person.
Jean Dreze is a world-renowned activist. Together with two colleagues, he refused to sign an oath of loyalty to the government. For him, democracy in India "is shrinking". Meanwhile, “people survive by eating rats,” says Sajan K George, and what does police do, they place people “in preventive custody for an unauthorised meeting”.
On 17 April, Indonesians will elect their president, vice president, and lawmakers. The former head of intelligence stands with moderate Widodo, urging voters to "go to the polls and make the right choice, to save the nation”.
The South Korean president announced the seventh meeting with Trump, on 11 April. In addition to diplomatic efforts for peace, Seoul plans exchange and cooperation projects. This year, 1,000 families divided by war will be able to exchange video messages. Intelligence reports indicate that Pyongyang has resumed its missile and nuclear programmes.
Francis issues three texts for the Vatican State extended to the Curia to "further strengthen the institutional and regulatory framework to prevent and combat abuses against children and vulnerable people".
Four years after the start of the conflict, Msgr. Hinder tells of a country "held hostage" by the struggling parties “inability” to "find a compromise". The hope of carrying out a pastoral visit in March 2015 canceled. And to send a priest to a Christian community marked by "material and spiritual" wounds and "worried" for the future of the country and of the Church.
The initiative takes place every four years. Over the six lessons the missionary Fr. Gianni Criveller developed the theme of life, of the difficulties and expectations of clergy today. During the three days, moments of sharing and debate, prayer, socialization and fraternity. The participants recall Fr. Alfredo Cremonesi, martyr of the Institute and close to beatification.
Eman al-Nafjan, Aziza al-Yousef and Roqaya al-Mohareb were able to leave their cell. In these months of imprisonment they have suffered violence and abuse. Another eight women should be released by March 31st. For their campaigns they risk up to five years in prison. The sentence expected for early April.
The flames enveloped a 22-story skyscraper. The building was illegal because the builder had received permission for 18 floors. Most people managed to escape by jumping out the windows.
The police also detained the episcopal vicar, Fr. Zhang Jianlin. A priest banned from ministry accused him of "not following the Vatican's instructions" and urged the police to arrest him. The faithful and the priests of the diocese are asking Christians worldwide for prayers for a "safe return as soon as possible". From 2007 onwards, Msgr. Cui Tai has been subjected to continuous detention or house arrest.