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The case concerns Mgr Franco Mulakkal, the former bishop of Jalandhar now in jail on rape charges. For the bishops, "the faithful should discern those people who, under the cover of this case, try to destabilize the Catholic Church and malign the Bishops."

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An ecumenical ceremony in Riga, where the Christian Churches "have succeeded in generating unity while maintaining the wealth and singularity of each one". To the small Catholic community "you have been subjected to all sorts of trials: the horror of war, and then the political repression, persecution and exile".

| 24/09/2018
| VATICAN - LATVIA
by Bernardo Cervellera

For the optimists the provisional agreement is "historic"; for the pessimists it is the beginning of the total sell out of the Church to the Party. The Pope is involved in naming bishops. But we know nothing of a right of veto. The lifting of excommunications is good, but the faithful expect a public request for forgiveness. China has not asked for a break with Taiwan as a prior condition. Praise for Lithuanian martyrs, amid silence on the Chinese ones.

| 24/09/2018
| VATICAN-CHINA

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the Maldivian Democratic Party won 58.3% of the votes. The outgoing president Abdulla Yameen, a friend of China, was the favorite on the eve. Messages of appreciation from Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

| 24/09/2018
| MALDIVES
by Nirmala Carvalho

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.

| 24/09/2018
| INDIA

Pope Francis stood in silence and laid flowers at the ghetto and lit a golden lamp at the museum that commemorates the people tortured and executed by the KGB. He noted the “thirst for absolute power on the part of those who sought complete domination”, praying that “we may not be deaf to the plea of all those who cry out to heaven in our own day.”

| 23/09/2018
| VATICAN – LITHUANIA

Pope Francis met priests, consecrated men and women and seminarians in Kaunas Cathedral. He spoke about "groaning” for the thirst of God and listening to the groaning of people. Being sad in one’s vocation is a "disease", which turns the consecrated into hardened and fruitless bachelors and spinsters. The consecrated must be fathers and mothers of mercy. "If you do so, when you will be old, you will have a beautiful smile and bright eyes”.

| 23/09/2018
| VATICAN – LITHUANIA
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Chinese faithful, official and underground communities, express their feelings about the present and the future of the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement. Many ask for the publication of the agreement document; others that bishops held  in prison are freed and that the unofficial bishops are recognized by the government. The fear that China will belittle the Vatican. Fidelity to the Pope and to the unity of the Church, but concern for the rise in "collaborator" bishops.

| 24/09/2018
| CHINA - VATICAN
 
by Bernardo Cervellera

For the optimists the provisional agreement is "historic"; for the pessimists it is the beginning of the total sell out of the Church to the Party. The Pope is involved in naming bishops. But we know nothing of a right of veto. The lifting of excommunications is good, but the faithful expect a public request for forgiveness. China has not asked for a break with Taiwan as a prior condition. Praise for Lithuanian martyrs, amid silence on the Chinese ones.

| 24/09/2018
| VATICAN-CHINA
 
by Card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiun

 

 

| 22/09/2018
| VATICAN – CHINA
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