Beijing and the Vatican: small steps and religious freedom

12/10/2014
Pope: The Church is missionary, if it stops moving, she becomes closed in on herself, she can be corrupted
At the Mass of thanksgiving for the canonization of two Canadian missionaries - Saint François de Laval and Saint Marie de l’Incarnation - Francis emphasizes how "missionary brothers and sisters continue to live the Gospel in the world even at the cost of their own life. The devil is envious of Quebec’s missionary richness, may it once again give evangelizers to the world."
08/10/2014
Earthquake in Yunnan: 7 thousand collapsed houses, five deaths, but fears the death toll will rise
So far official figures speak of one death. Over 55 thousand people evacuated. Damage to infrastructure: 36 bridges destroyed; cracks in a dam. Soldiers, police and medical personnel arrive in the area of the earthquake.
08/10/2014
Synod, the Church must give "an appropriate response to the times of today" to the challenges posed to the family
A crisis created by the "dictatorship of single thought" that counter-values that distort society’s vision of marriage as a union between man and woman, secularism, the anxiety over the lack of secure employment. "Nobody wants to take away the indissolubility of marriage," but "others insist on a realistic understanding, which must accompany the suffering of others, even if this means getting our hands dirty', because as Master, Jesus was close to everyone”.