In his new book, out on 1 December, the pontiff mentions the suffering of Xinjiang’s Muslim minority. For China, the Pope’s remarks have "no factual basis at all". The internment camps are a tragedy. For analysts, the Pope is cautious on the subject so as not to wreck the agreement on episcopal appointments.
At the general audience, Francis recalls that the Church it consists of listening to the teaching of the apostles, custody of shared communion, the breaking of bread and prayer. If these "coordinates" are missing, there is no ecclesiality.
The Central Office of Church Statistics looked at the evolution of the number of priests in the world between 2013 and 2018. Over this period, the number dropped by 0.3 per cent to around 414,000. The number of diocesan priests rose by + 0.5 per cent, whilst the number of religious priests dropped by around 2 per cent.
Francis asks young economists and entrepreneurs for a "pact" for a new economic model, because "we can't go on like this". Three days of discussion in Assisi.
"The art of choosing well, especially today, means not seeking approval, not plunging into a consumerist mentality that discourages originality, and not giving into the cult of appearances." The young people of Panama “passed” the WYD cross to the young Portuguese. The diocesan celebration of WYD will take place on the Sunday of Christ the King.
At the Angelus, Francis warns that "the Lord, at the end of the world, will judge His flock, and he will do so not only as shepherd, but also as oneof the sheep, with whom He identified himself. And He will ask us: 'Have you been a bit of a shepherd like me?' ".
A message on the occasion of World Fisheries Day, which is celebrated tomorrow 21 November, recalls that the sector employs about 59.5 million people. “Strikingly one out of two workers is a woman. Asia has the highest number of workers, in this sector, and contributes some 85 percent of the world total labor force."
The meeting of economists, entrepreneurs, and changemakers under 35 began with live streaming today. It includes 27 webinars in 12 areas: work and care, management and giving, finance and humanity, agriculture and justice, energy and poverty, profit and vocation, policies and happiness, CO2 inequality, business and peace, women and the economy, businesses in transition, life and lifestyles.
“If in prayer we understand that every day given by God is a call, then we open our hearts and welcome everything. We learn to say: 'What You want, Lord. Just promise me that you will be present at every step of my journey. ' This is important: ask the Lord for His presence, so that He does not abandon us”.
This will mark the beginning of the next World Youth Day (WYD). The 34th edition was held in Panama from 22 to 27 January 2019 (pictured); the next will held in Lisbon in 2023.
The new cardinal of Brunei describes his Church and the mission that characterizes it based on education, friendship, the dialogue of life with people of other faiths. "We must not forget that the people here in Asia are hungry for God."
Despite its limitations, Lebanon’s example provides a model for divided societies, like France torn between new secularism and Islamic religious extremism, and warring Armenia and Azerbaijan and the flight of a population in tears, forced to abandon homes and churches. In the absence of true citizenship, people must find ways to live together to overcome hatred.
In addition to Beijing, the 10 ASEAN nations, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand will take part. It covers 30% of the global GDP and population. The signatory countries, hit hard by the pandemic, hope that the pact will help them emerge from the crisis. India refuses to join. The trade agreement will strengthen Beijing's geopolitical weight. The problem of social dumping.
The new pro-European president won 53% of the votes. The outgoing president was explicitly supported by Putin. The vote of Moldovans abroad is fundamental. An apparently peaceful political changeover, unlike Belarus.
At the Angelus, Pope Francis reiterated the value of World Day of the Poor. “The poor are at the centre of the Gospel. Jesus came for the poor. Have you received so many things and yet you your brother and sister die of hunger?” The pontiff mentioned the people of the Philippines affected by floods caused by typhoons. He also appealed for reconciliation in the Ivory Coast, and prayed for the victims of a fire in the Piatra Neamt hospital (Romania).