The Holy See and Beijing have announced the extension of the agreement for another two years. China’s apparent dissatisfaction at continued relations with Taiwan. The Vatican is content with the fruits: no illegitimate bishops. But there are no new bishops and the repression of the official and underground communities has continued and worsened. How to avoid "declarationist nominalism" and work for full religious freedom.
Geng was arrested for illegally publishing more than 8,000 titles on 9 September, along with her husband whose fate is unknown. For Xu, this is an excuse to hold her for defending the academic after he was jailed. The law professor is a well-known critic of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The feeling of insecurity and concerns over victimisation by crime are the main factors underpinning support for the reintroduction of the death penalty. Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo abolished the death penalty in 2006. In his fifth State of the Nation address last July, incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte asked the Philippine Congress to reintroduce it.
Outside resistance is challenging the president’s power, says the former professor at the Chinese Communist Party School. A member of the "second red generation", which includes dissident tycoon Ren Zhiqiang, she wants to see the country democratise. Cooperation between progressive forces at home and foreign countries can help regime change. If China remains totalitarian, it will seek global domination by 2049.
Anti-government organizations are also calling for a new constitution and reform of the monarchy. The prime minister seeks a solution and withdraws the recent decree banning public protests. A special session of Parliament is called. The country is in economic crisis: GDP estimated at -7.1% this year.
From coffee to cheese, Saudi supermarkets are taking products from Turkey off their shelves. An unofficial and undeclared trade war, so as not to incur WTO sanctions. According to Ankara, the Saudi companies forced to sign letters in which they undertake "not to import products".
The new wave of Covid-19 has led to the death of Dmitry Smirnov, president of the Patriarchal Commission for family, motherhood and childhood. Another well-known Muscovite priest, the hieromonk Nikon, a supporter of the Romanov imperial family, also close to death. A famous activist from the Union of Orthodox Fraternities, the writer Vladimir Osipov, has died. Patriarch Kirill has been in isolation for some time, due to numerous positive cases in the entourage of collaborators of the patriarchate.
The bishops went on a hunger strike yesterday, whilst teachers start today until the hiring issue is settled. Independent schools can choose their teachers, but must wait for state approval. For four years now, approval has been delayed. With COVID-19, schools’ financial woes have worsened.
Archbishop Anicetus Bongsu Sinaga, 79, tested positive after showing symptoms. Local Catholics are concerned about his evolving case. A diaconal ordination with many participants, few of them masked, is the possible cause. Now everyone is being tested.
Taiwan accuses two Chinese diplomats of beating up one of their officials in Fiji during the celebrations of Taiwan’s national day. Chinese Foreign Ministry claims its officials were provoked since such celebrations violated the one-China principle. The tension between the two countries continues to rise. Poll finds that most Taiwanese do not believe that war will break out.
In the night between 17 and 18 October, 40 tombstones, crosses and statues of Our Lady were destroyed in the city of Tirunelveli. Catholics have received the solidarity of the population and political parties, except from the BJP, the ruling Hindu nationalist party.
The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I received an honorary doctorate of philosophy from the Pontifical Antonianum University in Rome on the occasion of the start of the academic year. For the patriarch, “the reason for progress is false and inappropriate, when the house of humankind is destroyed and people are mowed down.” In his view, “All attempts to establish a just society need a reference to an ‘Absolute’. For us this 'Absolute' is Jesus Christ”.
Card Sako and the bishops approve a new missal to respond to the challenges imposed by modernity. A renewal to take up the demands of the faithful and promote the understanding of the many faithful of Islam who follow Christian services. Mass "is not a museum, but a common heritage to speak to the people".
According to economist Enrique Dussel Peters, Latin American countries and China do not know each other, and this leads to skewed bilateral relations. Between 2000 and 2019, China invested about US$ 135 billion in the region. Chinese state-owned companies are a problem because they stifle Latin American manufacturing.
Unofficial voices (from the Vatican side) say that the renewal of the agreement will be signed tomorrow. But a wall of silence remains from China, or quotations from the Vatican only. The hypothesis is that the dialogue with China has reached an impasse: China wants the Holy See to break relations with Taiwan and the Vatican wants the recognition of unofficial bishops. The second elegy of Rainer Maria Rilke.