- Jan 18, 2020
China “hopes the Vatican takes an even more flexible and pragmatic attitude, and takes actual steps to create beneficial conditions for improving relations,” Wang Zuoan, head of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, told the state news agency Xinhua.
The Knights of Malta have stated that the decision regarding the recent dismissal of the order’s former Grand Chancellor was an internal matter. The statement arrived two days after the announcement that Pope Francis has established a select group to look into the matter.
“I am from India and not considered. Dear people, I pray you all, ask you all, beg you all to do your mightiest to help me to save my life. I need hospitalization soon. Please come to my help quickly,” Father Thomas Uzhunnalil said in a video uploaded to Facebook the day after Christmas. Uzhunnalil was abducted in Yemen on March 4.
We’re so accustomed to seeing the buoyant, beaming Francis in public, hugging the elderly, kissing babies, slapping backs and issuing memorable one-liners, that it’s always arresting to catch him in those more somber moments, when his aim isn’t so much to buy the world a coke but to wake it up.
Of today’s new Christian martyrs, Pope Francis said Monday: “Hardships and dangers notwithstanding, they offer courageous witness … and they live the Gospel committing themselves in favor of the least, of the most overlooked, doing good to all without distinction.”
Pope Francis used his traditional ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing on Christmas to review the global situation, and judging by what seemed to be on his mind, it’s a good bet that ending what he’s called a “Pieacemeal Third World War” will loom just as large for this pope in 2017 as it did in 2016.