During the Angelus, Pope Francis said that today is the World Day of the Sick. The pontiff also registered via the Internet for World Youth Day in Panama in January 2019, and mentioned that 23 February will be day of prayer and fasting for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Fr Karl-Edmund Prier, a German-born Jesuit, suffered injuries to his back, head and hands. Catholics are urged not to spread panic and tensions via social media. For experts, extremist groups are preparing for upcoming elections by causing ethnic and religious polarisation.
Last year, 53 people were convicted in connection with marriages of convenience. Singapore’s constitution severely restricts access to citizenship. The city-state’s passport is the most powerful in the world. For the first time, an Asian country outranks European nations.
The first "independent" ordination was that of Bishop Bernardino Dong Guangqing, which took place in 1958. The director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, Wang Zuoan, reiterated the independence of China’s Catholic Church and the self-ordination of its bishops. The goals are sinicisation and subordination to the Communist Party. Is a China-Vatican agreement possible by March
The dictator's sister handed the invitation this morning. If it does take place, it would be the third of its kind, after those of 2000 and 2007 in Pyongyang. Meanwhile, Moon pushes for fresh talks between North Korea and the United States.
The Matha Maria Hospital is located in the Bundelkhand’s "tribal belt", about 40 km from Sagar. Only two Christian families live in the area, out of a total of 1200. The hospital specialises in women’s and girls’ healthcare. About 80 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line.
At the Gou Jinja Shinto Shrine, fans of Japanese figures skaters are praying for their victory at the PyeongChang Olympics. In Japan, it is tradition to pray for athletes, “sporting gods”, ahead of important sporting competitions.
AMRAT is an organisation that brings together more than 100 nuns from across India. Founded in 2009, it has established a network of civil and social groups. Yesterday was the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Trafficking in Persons. At least, 18 million people live in slave-like conditions in India.
Extremists’ use of religion and ethnicity has pushed Indonesians into opposing camps. Voters will elect local governments on 27 June this year, and choose a new president and parliament on 17 April 2019.
Some 40 million people are victims each year, including about 150,000 Filipinos. Catholics work closely with government agencies. For Mgr Ruperto Cruz Santos, education, outreach, and policy programmes are among their priorities.