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What grace to ask for

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): Pointing to the need to bring the Holy See back from the brink of selling out the Catholic people of China to the government in Beijing, the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, said that the plight of people like 41-year-old Father Wei Heping, who died mysteriously two years ago in Shanxi, must be kept squarely in our consciousness.
 

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Communication of elegance

HONG KONG (SE): Pope Francis has promulgated an apostolic letter which in part focusses on the manner of the translations of the liturgy, but it also implies a strengthening of the role of bishops’ conferences as decision-making bodies in their own areas.
 
Released in September as a motu proprio, which literally translates as on his own impulse, the document has legal effect and applies in all areas to which it is addressed.
 

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The community of communion

Pope Francis referred to All Saints’ Day as a celebration of a family. A priest in Hong Kong echoed a similar sentiment at a Mass on the feast day, calling it a community.
 








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Of ambassadors, war, peace and politics

ROME (SE): Pope Francis has put together two seemingly disconnected issues in the past weeks.
 
He has agreed to accredit the least approved of any ambassador the United States of America (US) has ever offered to the Holy See and chosen the Sicily-Rome American War Memorial Cemetery near Rome, a memorial to some 7,861 US military service personnel who died during World War II, as the site for his Mass for the Faithful Departed on All Souls Day.
 

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A month to get busy on mission

VATICAN (SE): Speaking on World Mission Sunday at the Vatican, Pope Francis said that he is promoting October 2019 as an Extraordinary Missionary Month “to nourish the ardour of the evangelising activity of the Church ad gentes (to the nations).”
 
Mission Sunday, which is celebrated on the second last Sunday of October each year and this year fell on October 22, will become the centre-point of a whole month that will be focussed on the work of missionaries throughout the world.
 

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The pope’s a nice guy but…

BEIJING (AsiaNews): The director of the State Administration of Religious Affairs in Beijing, Wang Zuo’an, sent a written reply to an inquiry from a Hong Kong commercial radio station affirming that the process of Sinicisation of religion espoused by the general secretary of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping, in his epic address to the Nineteenth National Congress of the Party on October 18, is here to stay.
 
However, in his response to the radio station on October 21, Wang was gracious in praising the attitude of Pope Francis.

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The enthusiasm of tiny Churches

HONG KONG (SE): The media office at the Holy See has released details of the much talked about visit by Pope Francis to the Union of Myanmar, which is scheduled to take place from November 30 to December 2, followed by three days in Bangladesh.
 

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A no no word for pope

YANGON (UCAN): The upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the Union of Myanmar and Bangladesh has sparked fears and hopes in both countries.
 
In Yangon, the bishops of Myanmar fear that he will mention the injustices faced by the Rohingya people over attempts to drive them from the country, while leaders of the Islamic faith hope that he will, at least in his articulated prayer.
 

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On World Day of Prayer for Creation

The story of creation presents us with a panoramic view of the world. Scripture reveals that in the beginning God intended humanity to cooperate in the preservation and protection of the natural environment.
 
At first, as we read in Genesis, “no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth and there was no one to till the ground” (2:5).
 

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Joint message from Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for World Day of Prayer for Creation

VATICAN (SE): While joint statements from popes and ecumenical patriarchs have a longish history, the most recent one signed by Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople is the first expressing the concern for the well-being of creation held by the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. 

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