The focus of 14 reports are the need for a Church in dialogue that is not self-referential or biased, but is focused on the credibility of testimony. Digital culture and the risk of compulsive behaviour engendered by the "screen culture" were discussed. Pastors must be trained to face the pastoral, missionary and spiritual challenges of a culture of globalisation, secularism and technology.
“In order to know which side we are on, or whether we are exaggerating because we are getting into an overly abstract, even gnostic, contemplation; or whether we are too busy; we must ask ourselves the question: ‘Am I in love with the Lord? Am I certain, certain that He has chosen me? Or do I live my Christianity like this, doing things… Yes, I do this, I do that; But what does my heart do? Does it contemplate?”
A family, who wants their identity protected, hid for three years two books containing Syriac Orthodox rituals. The head of the family recently entrusted them to a former Christian neighbour, with whom they have been friends for years. For Chaldean priest, many Muslims view Christians as brothers and are ready to risk their lives for a book.
The two financial agencies organise fund-raising at their annual meeting, currently underway, in Nusa Dua. Some 2 billion rupiah have been raised. For IMG managing director Christian Lagarde, “what we have seen in Palu and in Lombok today [will remain] very much in our minds.”
In 1968 the first four nuns arrived in Mumbai where they set up a school in a bungalow. Later the institute opened homes for the disabled, taught nursing courses, and provided aid to the poor. For the current superior, the congregation is “experiencing a new missionary era, which pushes us out towards the peripheries".
Addressing inequality does not depend on a country’s wealth but on political will. The gap between the super-rich and the rest of humanity continues to grow. Most of the world's wealth is concentrated in three regions: North America, Europe and Asia. The total number of Asia’s billionaires rose to 784, toping North America’s 727.
The message of Kim Jong-un will be delivered to the pontiff by President of the South, Moon Jae-in, who will visit the Vatican on October 17th and 18th. On October 17, a Mass for peace on the Korean peninsula, presided by Card. Parolin.
The police have accepted the complaint of the local inhabitants, but they acted on the basis of simple gossip. Some religious texts were also seized. Sajan K George: "The state has become the repository of anti-Christian intolerance".
Today a Synod in Istanbul will decide on autocephaly to the Ukrainian Church, opposed by Moscow. The Church of Antioch is also advises against taking unilateral decisions. The risk of fracture in orthodox communion.
Discrimination at work and at school; masses once a week in dilapidated warehouses; checks carried out on the faithful and on the priests: the daily life of a member of the underground community. A rebuke for the media and its silence and an appeal not to forget them and to pray for them.
The Iranian economy is set to fall by 1.5% for 2018 and 3.6% for 2019. Up to April the forecasts were of a plus 4%. Saudi Arabia reverses the route and scores a positive balance of 2.2%. Overall growth slashed by 3.7%, the Middle East and North Africa region suffers.
The Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops writes an open letter to the former nuncio to Washington. In it, he describes the former nuncio’s accusations as a baseless “political manoeuvre”. “I cannot understand how you could have allowed yourself to be convinced of this monstrous accusation which has no standing,” he writes.
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.
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.