The "Future Policy" award is given to policies that "create better conditions for present and future generations". Agro-ecology has increased farmers' earnings and tourism.
Percival Holt is the only young Indian invited to the bishops' meeting. He speaks of a new model of youth, born of the digital revolution and the imitation of Western models. A "generational transition" that upsets patterns and poses new challenges. "Faith in action" next to prayer.
The air defence missile system comes with a US$ 5.4 billion price tag. Russia’s technology was successfully tested in Syria’s war. Big power strategic and geopolitical relations are at stake.
The elections will take place between April and May. Pastors are accused (without evidence) of extorting forced conversions. The priests are depicted as descendants of the British colonizers. The media used to spread "fake news". Missionaries who work to emancipate Dalit and tribal become uncomfortable people because they subvert the social order of the caste system.
Already two episodes of violence since the beginning of the month. The church of Saint Thomas vandalized in Varanasi; in Assam a statue of Don Bosco desecrated. The climate of impunity "encourages extremist groups".
The archdiocese of Bombay (Mumbai) will hold a meeting with young people on 7 October, inspired by the Synod of Bishops currently underway in the Vatican. About 800 young people are expected from various parishes. The event will allow the Church “to be a young and vibrant” like during the time of “early Christians in the Acts of the Apostles.”
The opening Mass of the Synod was held in St Peter’s Square. Young Indians want young people to become more involved because they are responsible for the Church. The number of vocations is down, but young people helped out recent flood victims in Kerala.
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.