For the city’s Chaldean archbishop, Iraq’s southern metropolis is facing a major environmental crisis. Half of the population has no access to water, whilst oil wells poison the air. Hospitals are overcrowded and drugs are in short supply. The river that runs through the city is the sick child of the country. Local leaders are not "in step" with science and modernity, relying instead on religious decrees.
Editorial writer Anil Netto looks at 'Old vs New politics' in Malaysia. Parties that represent the past emphasise identity. But it is in economic inequalities that threaten national unity.
In his meeting with the delegations of missionary institutes of Italian foundation, Francis, said: “Do not be afraid to bear witness to Jesus even where it is uncomfortable or inconvenient. Witness Him with your whole life.”
The Civil Human Rights Front warns that ban on peaceful demonstrations could lead to even greater violence. Yesterday, protests were held to commemorate Occupy Central. For Xinhua, the latter was the starting point of the collapse of the rule of law in Hong Kong. Protesters and police clashed violently. A plainclothes officer fired lived ammunition.
With the People's Republic of China getting ready for its 70th anniversary, Xi this morning honoured the Monument of Heroes, in Tiananmen Square, scene of the 1989 massacre. A spectacular military parade will take place tomorrow with new, Made-in-China weapons on display. Symbols of the one-party state are shown at St Paul’s Church in Macau. The national flag is waved and anthem is sung in the cathedral in Heilongjiang.
The children are cared for by the Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation, which, together with the Archdiocese, want to dispel the false belief that Catholics must pay for the sacraments. “Being simple and poor are never obstacles to receiving the grace of God,” said the archbishop.
Francis established the "Sunday of the Word of God". It will be celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, "at that time of the year, when we are encouraged to strengthen our bonds with the Jewish people and to pray for Christian unity. ". "The day dedicated to the Bible should not be seen as a yearly event but rather a year-long event, for we urgently need to grow in our knowledge and love of the Scriptures and of the risen Lord, who continues to speak his word and to break bread in the community of believers".
Pope Francis will elevate the religious to the altars of the saints on October 13th. The Indian nun is the founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family. Of noble origins, she dedicated her life to the poor. The prime minister's positive comment is an opening towards the Christian minority, the target of the Hindu radicals especially since he is in power.
The Saudi crown prince invites the international community to take action before oil reaches "unimaginable prices". A crisis in the Middle East endangers the global economy. He finally admitts indirect responsibility in the Khashoggi murder, but denies being the instigator.
The fire in the overcrowded Moria camp caused the death of a woman and a child, at least five people badly burned. Hundreds of refugees revolted in the asylum center. Every day there are about 900 arrivals. Human trafficking facilitated by NGOs and corrupt Turkish military police. At least 4 million refugees are waiting on the Turkish coasts to pass through some Greek islands. Even intellectuals and academics opposed to the Erdogan regime are fleeing - and dying.
The vast majority of priests in Europe have asked to be welcomed by Kirill. Fears of "normalization". The Russian Church of England, shaped by the famous Metropolitan Antony of Surozh (Antony Bloom), was annihilated by Metropolitan Ilarion (Alfeev), who was also Bloom’s disciple.