The Patriotic Association enhances the "independence" of the Church; then Liu Bainian expresses appreciation for the Sino-Vatican agreement. The faithful wonder if the Vatican's availability will reduce violence: crosses and churches destroyed; campaigns to get rid of poor Christians, students and teachers; homes for the elderly requisitioned and destroyed to make way for new urban projects.
The 59-year-old jurist with a master's degree in politics has been vice president since January 2016, when the Communist Party Congress reshuffled the country's leadership with the presidency going to Trần Đại Quang, a top conservative leader in the Politburo. The mystery surrounding his death is fuelling the rumour mill.
Speaking in Oxford, the Malaysian leader suggests that in some Muslim countries, people cannot wait for the term to end to change immediately after the election. Instead, more time must be spend trying to understand the workings of democracy. In some cases, “there will be fighting” so that “countries can be almost destroyed,” he said.
Some young people "eexpressly ask to be left in peace, because they feel the presence of the church is annoying or even irritating". "We want to respond to them, we want to be a transparent, welcoming, honest, attractive, communicative, accessible, joyful and interactive community". The risk of technocratic societies losing the meaning of life.
Thanks to a law dating to British era, the executive of the former colony was able to ban the small group (HKNP) from political activity. United States, Great Britain and the EU express "concern", but Beijing replies in a peremptory way: "Do not intervene in our internal affairs under the guise of so-called freedom of speech and association".
It is the first time in the history of the Armenian Church. Apparent pressures from new leadership which emerged from the "velvet revolution". Karekin is deemed too friendly to former President Serž Sargsyan. Some monks accuse him of having manipulated the relic of Longinus' spear, the one that pierced Christ's heart on the Cross.
A new "ad hoc entity" will be created that could act as a stock exchange or a sophisticated trade-in system. A system open to other partners, like China and Russia. Brussels’ objective is to "protect the freedom of economic operators". Doubts among experts: Washington will also target this model.
Chinese faithful, official and underground communities, express their feelings about the present and the future of the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement. Many ask for the publication of the agreement document; others that bishops held in prison are freed and that the unofficial bishops are recognized by the government. The fear that China will belittle the Vatican. Fidelity to the Pope and to the unity of the Church, but concern for the rise in "collaborator" bishops.
For the optimists the provisional agreement is "historic"; for the pessimists it is the beginning of the total sell out of the Church to the Party. The Pope is involved in naming bishops. But we know nothing of a right of veto. The lifting of excommunications is good, but the faithful expect a public request for forgiveness. China has not asked for a break with Taiwan as a prior condition. Praise for Lithuanian martyrs, amid silence on the Chinese ones.