- Oct 25, 2020
As the Vatican prepares to renew its historic agreement with China on the appointment of bishops later this month, one leading expert on Chinese affairs has argued that while the desire for dialogue with China is understandable, there is still nothing to show for the deal two years later.
Cardinal Joseph Zen, archbishop emeritus of Hong Kong, has said a new security law puts the city’s autonomy at risk, and condemned the Vatican’s silence on the issue as political pandering with disregard to the faith.
On his return from a trip to Asia last month, Pope Francis was asked about protests in Hong Kong. He answered by saying there are many places today facing social revolt, citing Chile, France, Spain, Nicaragua and “other Latin American countries.”
“It’s something general,” he said. “How does the Holy See handle it? It calls for dialogue, for peace.”
As neighboring countries try to use regional weight to mediate an ongoing trade war between Japan and South Korea, one bishop has stepped into the ring urging both sides to use “rational dialogue” in solving their problems without further escalation.
Eritrea under President Isaias Afwerki is an old-style secular police state that tolerates religion when it’s perceived to be socially useful, but that represses it if it ever becomes a threat.
The Community of Sant’Egidio and the United States Agency for International Development have signed an agreement to collaborate in promoting peace, interreligious dialogue and anti-poverty efforts in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.