Yesterday the web giant closed 210 accounts on YouTube that operate in a coordinated way. Twitter blocked 936 accounts; Facebook has removed seven pages, three groups and five accounts for their "false and coordinated behavior, part of a small network originating in China and focused on Hong Kong". The young people taking part in the demonstrations prefer Telegram.
The meeting of the joint working group concluded at the Vatican. The Vietnamese delegation received by Pope Francis. In a joint statement released today, there is also talk of the establishment "as soon as possible" of the non-permanent papal representative in Vietnam.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
During a press conference three university students report receiving death threats. Over 500 Chinese police trucks gathered in Shenzhen. Chinese newspapers launch disinformation campaign.
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.
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 .
In a message published today, the pontiff expresses closeness to all those who have been touched by the tragedy and acknowledges that he does not have "pre-packaged answers". He does however reach out to the people of the city, saying "you are not alone", entrusting to Christ "our questions, our pain, our anger", urging people to look “towards the Madonna della Guardia", and calling for reconstruction in solidarity, together with the Church of Genoa.
In a press conference, the head of the executive continues to defend her work and that of the police. Appeal amid tears: Restore order; then dialogue. Even the police defend themselves, accused of too much violence. In one day, the anti-extradition movement raises funds of 15 million Hong Kong dollars. Airport reopened.
As of 4 pm, all departing flights have been cancelled. Only flights already headed to the airport will be allowed to land. After yesterday's police violence, student associations have called for more sit-ins and strikes. For mainland, there are "signs of terrorism".
For the protesters the police are "completely out of control" and have "lost humanity". The woman hit by a bullet risks losing an eye. At the behest of Beijing, Cathay Pacific personnel participating in the demonstrations are excluded from flights in China and through China. Tomorrow's sit-in for health care personnel in Shatin, at the Prince of Wales hospital.
During the Angelus, Pope Francis suggested attitudes to "grasp God’s passage in one's life". Like pilgrims, we must “be ready with clothes tight around the hips” and keep “lights burning” to enlighten with faith "the many ‘nights’ of life". The eternal joy of heaven means that “the servants, that is, us, will no longer serve God, but God himself will put himself at our service." The pontiff cited the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, which "impose limits on the use of force and are aimed at protecting civilians and prisoners in time of war." War and terrorism represent "the great human defeat".