The ceremony took place in the Urakami Cathedral, which was almost destroyed by the bombing of 9 August 1945. The city is the heart of Christianity in the country. 140,000 died instantly, among them 8,500 of the 12,000 local faithful. The Pope’s criticism of the use of nuclear weapons.
He introduced the treasures of Orthodox spirituality to the West. He worked extensively with Pavel Evdokimov and Olivier Clément, and was a great ecumenical figure who studied with the Jesuits, taught Protestants and Catholics, and backed Russia’s religious revival during and after the atheist regime. He recognised the "Babylonian captivity" of the Russian Church (excessive dependence on state power) and the need to let oneself be carried away by the "shocking breath of the Spirit".
Rejin Valson, who works at Cochin International Airport, dedicated his effort to the child his pregnant wife is carrying. To achieve his goal, he used 2,755 sheets of A4 size paper and 32 pens.
Protesters besiege a court of the capital. Police arrested Anon Nampa and Panupong Jasnok for their role in recent anti-government demonstrations. Activists want democratic overtures and the reform of the monarchy.
Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing leader is accused of implementing China’s repressive policies. Ten other senior Hong Kong and Chinese officials are sanctioned as well. The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress will decide on how to handle constitutional "vacuum" created by the postponement of local parliamentary elections.
The donation is an “initial aid". Catholic organisations are quick to respond. The death toll now stands at 154, including 25 who are unidentified. More than 5,000 people are wounded, 120 in very serious conditions. Some 60 people are still missing. Rescue teams are still digging in the rubble. A protest to "clean up Beirut" from political corruption is scheduled for this afternoon.
The tabloid linked to the People's Daily cites Archbishop Sachez Sorondo, Mgr Zhan Silu and Francesco Sisci who back the renewal of the provisional agreement, but fails to mention any supporter in the Party. For a Vatican official, this agreement is like poison for the Church.
As cases mounted, the bishop suspended services. Cultural activities, festivals and meetings with more than 20 people have been banned. Bishop Ðặng appeals to the faithful to follow government preventive measures. Catholics are playing a leading role in promoting pandemic containment practices.
The episcopal delegate for education sends a letter to principals and school supervisors to make young people understand the value of the Chinese flag and anthem, and avoid unilateral politicisations. Many young Catholics in Hong Kong fear school "normalisation”. The diocese notes that the letter is more of a "suggestion" than an imposition. In any event, developing the "national identity" must take place "following the social teaching of the Church".
The Chaldean patriarch joins the Maronite Church, which will hold a day of fasting and prayer tomorrow. Card al-Rahi urges the faithful to take part in the day of recollection and repentance for a "wounded nation". India offers her solidarity. The Holy Land will send offerings to the needy. The World Council of Churches extends its compassion to the victims. AsiaNews continues its campaign to "Help devasted Beirut".
Ali Msheik's wife has been waiting for three days in front of the place where he worked as a longshoreman to have news about his fate. Eliane, an artist, asks Christians and Muslims to pray for her son, a dentist, who is in intensive care. Young Christians and Muslims clean up streets and churches, “places of God”. In Beirut, death dis not discriminated. Everything at Holy Rosary Hospital, 300 metres from the site of the blasts, has been destroyed. Patients have been saved and now there is hope to rebuild the hospital. But “we need everything. We have to start from scratch; we need help and the government is unable to help us.”
The ruling party won two-thirds of the seats. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa wants to change the Constitution and restore full executive powers to the presidency. According to some analysts, his brother Mahinda, the current prime minister, might oppose the move. The main opposition force has been trounced.
On 4 June, at least 115,000 people defied a government’s ban and anti-pandemic rules to commemorate those killed in the massacre. Pro-democracy leaders Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Jimmy Lai have to appear before a court. Activists have been accused of holding and taking part in the demonstration. For the pro-democracy front, Beijing is behind the move.
Osman Aslan was a volunteer, informing Muslims about anti-coronavirus measures in the mosque. He died on August 2 from an apparent heart attack but the authorities kept the news under the wrap for days. The Istanbul Governor’s Office asks for “mercy from God”.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith rectifies some ambiguous formulas, seemingly more democratic and less clerical. Sacramental action takes place in the name of Christ “who acts in his Church”. The ministry is not the “exercise of a power”, nor manipulation of formulas to one’s liking.