The prelate must appear before the court of first instance. The police also took him to the place where the rape allegedly took place. A sister in the Missionaries of Jesus who protested against the bishop complains that she has been removed from all positions.
Pope Francis celebrated his first Mass in the Baltic States, in Santakos Park in Kaunas, together with hundreds of thousands, remembering the "experiences of the cross" and persecution. “How many of you have also felt your faith shaken because God did not appear to take your side?” Ultimately, “the thirst for power and glory [. . .] is a fruitless and vain attitude.” We should think about ethnic minorities, the jobless who have to emigrate, the elderly, the lonely, or those young people who “lost their roots”.
At the beginning of his trip to the Baltic countries, Pope Francis mentioned the 25th anniversary of Saint John Paul II’s visit. Lithuania has a population of around 2.9 million, 79 per cent of whom are Catholic. "Welcoming differences" is the model Lithuania experienced in its past, to be proposed today to the world. Young people "are not only the future but also the present of this nation, if they can remain attached to the roots of the people.”
Mgr Franco Mulakkal experienced chest pain on his way to hospital for medical examinations. For former Caritas India director, “The Church respects the law; it does not avoid it.” The president of the Bishops’ Conference has “full confidence in the judicial system of our country”.
The Provisional Agreement concerns the appointment of bishops. The Global Times today cited China’s Foreign Ministry, which denied the presence in Beijing of a Vatican delegation. China’s leadership appears divided on the matter. The goal of this “accord is not political but pastoral”.