The archbishop of Seoul and apostolic administrator of Pyongyang celebrated a Mass for Reconciliation, praying for a successful outcome of the inter-Korean summit tomorrow. The commitment of the Korean Church and of Pope Francis. The protection of the Immaculate, Patron of the diocese.| KOREA - VATICAN
Pope Francis chose the 64-year-old former parish priest and head of a deanery in Madagui to succeed Mgr Joseph Nguyễn Chi Linh, who was appointed archbishop of Huế two years ago. The new prelate was ordained priest on 27 June 1992 for the diocese of Ðà Lat. The ordination Mass will take place on 28 June at Thanh Hóa Cathedral.
Mgr Joseph Vuthilert Haelom is the bishop. The new diocese created by the division of Chiang Mai covers an area of 37,839 km² in northwestern Thailand. It is home to about 18,000 Catholics, almost all from tribal groups. Fr Maurizio Arioldi, superior PIME delegate in Thailand and Myanmar, shares the joy of the Institute and of the local Church.
"After the fear" young Christians, Yazidi and Sabei are returning "to crowd" the classrooms of the city’s university. Many travel tens of kilometers to attend the lessons. Fr. Paul: economic problems remain, but people want to "go out, live". Emirates donate 50 million for the reconstruction of the great mosque of al-Nuri.
At the Last Supper Jesus " Jesus makes two “institutional gestures” at the Last Supper. Jesus, gives his body to eat and his blood to drink in the Eucharist. He also washes the disciples’ feet. "Love without limits. Without this, the Church does not go forward, the Church does not breathe ". Serve each other, wash each other’s feet. Two new commandments and a warning: " You can serve, but only I send you and give you a mandate. You are not greater than I.” ".
France and the United States propose a new version of the agreement with more restrictive terms. Rouhani attacks Trump: a "merchant" without any experience in international treaties. And he assures: Iran does not want atomics. EU and Kremlin: the agreement "works and must be preserved". UN Secretary-General: Strengthening "non-proliferation" policies.
The gathering of "reflection and prayer" set for July 7th. The leaders of the Christian Churches of the East will be present. Concern for the "dramatic situation in the Middle East that afflicts so many brothers and sisters in the faith". A phone call with the patriarch of Moscow Kirill.
The church of the village of Hutuo has been reduced to a pile of ruins; the tomb of the bishop of Luoyang, not recognized by the government, was desecrated; children are forbidden to enter churches; threats against Catholic parents and seniors: if they continue to believe they will not receive government subsidies or pensions.
The South Korean Church is praying for the success of the event, looking forward to "concrete" solutions to the peninsula’s problems. Hope was reborn with the Olympics. People are waiting for a message from Pope Francis.
A harsh exchange between Russia and the United States at the UN. Trump speaks of possible intervention, with the support of London and Paris. Moscow denounces the "campaign of aggression" against a sovereign state. Msgr. Georges Abou Khazen: "there are no certainties" on the Douma attack. The prayers of Christians for peace in the country.
About 158 refugee families live in the parish of Amadiya and surrounding villages. They need food, clothes, shoes, school support, kerosene. Many Christian, Yazid and Arab families returned to Mosul only to turn back. The ‘Adopt a Christian from Mosul’ campaign is ongoing.