In 2008, Hindu extremists killed more than a hundred Christians because of the murder of a Hindu cleric by Maoists but blamed on Christians. Out of approximately 6,600 arrests, only 79 ended in a conviction. In 2020-2021 the local Church will host the Plenary Assembly of the Latin Synod so that it “will take the bishops to the places of the massacres.” For the archbishop, “it will be a moment of blessing for our people, to strengthen faith and courage.”
Speaking about the Holocaust, the pontiff said that “In the face of such an enormous tragedy, indifference is not admissible and we must remember”. "Never Again" should be everyone’s prayer tomorrow. Francis also urged a prayer “for the people who have become ill because of the virus that has spread in China. May the Lord welcome the dead in his peace, comfort the families and support the great work already put in place by the Chinese community to fight the outbreak.”
On the first Sunday of the Word of God, Francis urged the faithful to make room in their daily life for the teaching of Jesus, who urges conversion. “‘Change your life’. Change your life, for a new way of living has begun. The time when you lived for yourself is over; now is the time for living with and for God, with and for others, with and for love.”
At the end of the 53rd Week of Prayer for Christian unity, Francis calls on the faithful “not to devote ourselves exclusively to our own communities, but to open ourselves to the good of all, to the universal gaze of God who took flesh in order to embrace the whole human race and who died and rose for the salvation of all.”
Francis met with Iraqi President Barham Salih. During the visit, discussions centred on “promoting stability and the reconstruction process, encouraging the path of dialogue” as well as “preserving the historical presence of Christians in the country, of which they are an integral part”.
In his “inner chatter", the jealous "is unable to see reality", and only “something really formidable” can open his eyes. “In the end it is a grace of God when the jealous person meets reality as Saul did: jealousy bursts like a soap bubble because jealousy and envy have no consistency”.
Francis’ message is dedicated "to the theme of narration". God himself is both creator and narrator. "In fact, he pronounces his Word and things exist." "Even the Gospels are stories." The story of Jesus, then, shows how God took man to heart and that for Him "there are no insignificant or small human stories".
East Asia and Asian communities around the world are preparing for lunar New Year celebrations, which begin tomorrow. A new dangerous coronavirus outbreak is however complicating things. Other factors also bode ill for the festivities. In South Korea, many people are stressed out by the New Year. Considered the bearer of good luck for thousands of years, the rat has come to be regarded as a dangerous and disease-carrying fiend.
The Australian missionary and his 10- and 6-year-old sons were burnt alive as they slept in his car. The clergyman helped lepers, the poor, Dalits and tribal people. For the Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, the country urgently needs unity. The murders’ anniversary falls during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Intervention of religious leaders at the World Forum to "generate global awareness for change". The Oxfam report highlighted that wealth remains highly concentrated at the top of the distribution pyramid: the wealthiest 1%, in mid-2019, held more than double the net wealth owned by 6.9 billion people.
The victims contested the rebirth of a movement that defended the tribal land, even with violence. Some media reports that those killed are Christians; the local Church does not confirm. The "inexplicable" violence between two factions both fighting for survival.
Sometimes “they are exploited by criminal traffickers; they are treated like numbers and as a threat by some authorities"," many times they do not let them land in ports ". Best wishes to those "in the Far East" who on January 25th celebrate the Lunar New Year.
The reason for the protests is the new citizenship law which excludes Muslims. A peaceful sit-in, started by women has attracted demonstrators of all ages, enlivened every day with songs and poetry readings. The Supreme Court postpones the discussion of petitions against the legislation.
Overnight hooligans vandalised the altar and destroyed the tabernacle. Hosts were scattered on the ground, dishonouring “Our Blessed Lord and Saviour”. Archbishop Machado proclaimed a day of reparation and prayer for Friday.
Francis' message to the World Economic Forum. "We are all members of one human family", from which derives "the moral obligation to take care of each other", as well as the principle "to place the human person and not the search for power or profit, at the center of politics ".