"When we are overtaken by lukewarmness, by this attitude of spiritual tepidness, we transform our life into a cemetery: there is no life. There is only closure to keep out problems, like those people that says ‘yes, yes, we are in ruins but we are not at risk: it is better this way. We are already used to living like this."
The pontiff met with the delegates of the worldwide network of consecrated life dedicated to the fight against human trafficking who have gathered for the organisation’s first general assembly. In his address, Francis appealed to other religious congregations, both female and male, to join its missionary work.
The speaker of Lebanon’s parliament proposes legalisation, stressing that cannabis can be used for medical purposes. In the Beqaa, the plant was grown in Ottoman times. Production costs are low, and the local variety is among the best in the world. Farmers today are facing a collapse in prices and difficulties in trade with neighbouring Syria.
Sr Martha Mondal is the founder of the Helper of Jesus Sisters and the Sneha Sagar (Ocean of Love) Society, which takes in street children, HIV-positive children, and women with mental disorders. Novices "read and meditate on the Word of God, moulding themselves to be followers of Jesus.”
The patrimonial transition in the religious organisation sparked controversy in Protestant community and civil society. With some 100,000 members, the Myungsung Church is one of the largest Presbyterian Churches in the world. The founder's son will now be able to take over the congregation in 2021.
The US Congress is set to vote on the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 shortly after 14 October. The laww would impose sanctions against the Hong Kong government and Chinese officials who undermine human rights in the territory. For China, those in Hong Kong who support the law are "traitors".
The updated toll is 50 dead. Caritas Pakistan and the Islamabad-Rawalpindi diocesan office are visiting the affected areas and bringing assistance to the wounded. Head of the Pakistani bishops: "Let us pray for life to return to normal".
Three days ago, 30 people died in clashes in Wamena, including 27 civilians and three members of a separatist group. Anti-government protesters set some buildings, houses and shops on fire. The governor visits the displaced: "We are all Indonesians and in Indonesian territory".
The Likud took 32 votes, one less than its Blue White rival (33). But in terms of a coalition the outgoing premier has 55 seats, against 54 in Gantz. Now the prime minister has 28 days to look for the seats needed for a parliamentary majority. But the rival has already ruled out the prospect of an alliance with a government led by Netanyahu.
Vsevolod Chaplin was president of the social sector in the Department for External Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate. He was dismissed in 2015 for overly extremist positions. His revelation is an attempt to stop the meeting between the Pope and Kirill. For him, "the current pope has consciously decided to be the fifth column of the globalist project, which wants to destroy Christianity". In June 2018, Nazerbaev, then president, invited Pope Francis to the Inter-religious World Congress.