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At the general audience in the Paul VI hall, Pope Francis highlights the practice of sharing and helping the poor, typical of the first Christian communities.  The positive example of Barnabas;  the negative example of Ananias and Sapphira, marked by hypocrisy.  "A life set only on profiting and taking advantage of situations at the expense of others inevitably causes inner death".  The little girl who played in front of the pontiff.

 

| 21/08/2019
| VATICAN

The Court of Appeal of three judges dismissed the appeal by 2 to 1. He remains in prison, serving a sentence of six years.  Card. Pell's lawyers plans to appeal to the High Court.  The note from the Vatican.

 

| 21/08/2019
| AUSTRALIA - VATICAN
by Wang Zhicheng

Li spent eight months in prison. The place of detention of the Church leader remains unknown. For Li, “Persecution is a price worth paying for the Lord.”

 

| 20/08/2019
| CHINA
by Carlos Cheung

The reflection of Fr.  Carlos Cheung, a Salesian, at the prayer meeting before the big demonstration in Victoria Park.  A heavy judgment against the government:  people "are abused by the government, falsely arrested by the police, unfairly prosecuted by the Justice Department, threatened with white terror".  The memory of Tiananmen and the appeal for moderation.

 

| 19/08/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Church faithful in Vancouver, who had prayed for Hong Kong, escorted by police because they were besieged by a pro-Beijing group.  Events also in Toronto and Calgary.  In Australia, in Sydney and Melbourne, pressure against students from Hong Kong.  Tensions also in London and Paris.

 

 

| 19/08/2019
| CHINA - HONG KONG
by Paul Wang

Even the day before, there were rallies without clashes or tear gas.  Jimmy Sham: Some protesters resorted to violence because they were frustrated by the government silence .  Before the rally at Victoria Park, a prayer meeting entitled "Hope in the desert", organized by the Hong Kong Office of Justice and Peace.  Another demonstration by the Civil Front for Human Rights is scheduled for 31 August.

 

 

| 19/08/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

At the Angelus, Pope Francis explains that "the fire" that Jesus came to ignite, pushes disciples "to abandon every attitude of laziness, apathy, indifference".  Christianity has spread "overcoming every division between individuals, social categories, peoples and nations".  It is urgent to live in "adoration of God" and in the "willingness to serve others".  One cannot "combine Christian life and worldliness", "superstitious practices" and "a hostile attitude to one's neighbor".

 

| 18/08/2019
| VATICAN
by Lu Haitao

The government unleashes its propaganda machine: fake news, misinformation, ideology and patriotism.  The reasons for the demonstrations are never explained.  The official media call the protesters "rat droppings".  Chinese from the mainland posing as tourists, in reality policemen and members of the secret services.  Ban on sending helmets, umbrellas, masks, gloves to Hong Kong that demonstrators use to protect themselves from tear gas and rubber bullets.

| 17/08/2019
| CHINA - HONG KONG
by Paul Wang

During a press conference three university students report receiving death threats.  Over 500 Chinese police trucks gathered in Shenzhen.  Chinese newspapers launch disinformation campaign.

 

| 16/08/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA

Geng He, who fled to the United States with her two children, asks the Chinese Communist Party to reveal where her husband is being held.  In the past, Gao Zhisheng, a Christian lawyer, was in prison and suffered enforced disappearances.  This disappearance has lasted for 24 months.

| 16/08/2019
| CHINA

Yesterday, South Korean president Moon promised the reunification of the peninsula by 2045. The North called it "impudent and reckless".  Kim Jong-un wants a "plausible excuse" for joint military exercises between South Korea and the US.

 

| 16/08/2019
| KOREA

At the Angelus, Pope Francis explains the words used by Mary in the Magnificat: Magnify and rejoice.  "If we want our life to be happy, God must be placed first, because he alone is great".  Closeness to the peoples of South Asia affected by the monsoons.  The rosaries blessed by the Pope will be distributed to Syrian families.

 

| 15/08/2019
| VATICAN
by Deng Wenlong

Members of the Party and the United Front, university professors and patriotic bishops have transformed formerly "underground" priests into perfect "state officials".  A report by the Patriotic Association.

| 14/08/2019
| CHINA - VATICAN
by Paul Wang

A High Court injunction allows protesters to stay in only two small areas in the arrivals area.  Yesterday risk of violence and bloodshed risked amid clashes and in the fray, a policeman even pulled out a handgun.  The Hong Kong and Macao Liaison Office calls the demonstrators who blocked departures yesterday "terrorists".  Carrie Lam responsible for destuction of "One country, two systems" principle .

 

 

| 14/08/2019
| HONG KONG - CHINA
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