|Pope mourns Lithuanian victims of Soviet oppression (Vatican Press Office)|
Pope Francis visited the <a target="_blank" href="http://genocid.lt/muziejus/en/"> Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights</a>, which commemorates the victims of oppression during the years of the Soviet occupation of Lithuania (1940-90, apart from the Nazi occupation of 1941-44).
|Patriotic Association promises to promote 'sinicization' of faith in China (AsiaNews)|
China’s government-backed Catholic Patriotic Association has welcomed an accord between Beijing and the Holy See. The Patriotic Association released a statement vowing that it will “carry forward the principle of independence and the concept of the sinicization of religion while remaining on the path that leads to socialist society.”
|Chicago cardinal removes priest who burned rainbow flag, orders psychiatric evaluation (LifeSite News)|
Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich has removed from ministry a priest who burned a rainbow flag, and ordered the priest to undergo psychiatric evaluation. Father Paul Kalchik—who is himself a victim of sexual abuse—was ordered to leave his parish immediately, and threatened with arrest, just before he was due to preside at a wedding. The priest has reportedly gone into hiding.
|Pope, at Sunday Mass, challenges Lithuanians to sacrificial service (Vatican Press Office)|
On the second day of his <a target="_blank" href="http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/travels/2018/outside/documents/papa-francesco-paesi-baltici_2018.html"> apostolic journey to Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia</a>, Pope Francis celebrated an outdoor Mass in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second-largest city.
|Pope establishes new Chinese diocese (Vatican Press Office)|
Chengde (<a target="_blank" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chengde#/media/File:Location_of_Chengde_Prefecture_within_Hebei_(China).png">map</a>) is a city of 450,000 in northeastern China. Within the boundaries of the new Diocese of Chengde, there are 3.7 million people, 25,000 of whom are Catholic. The new diocese has 12 parishes, seven priests, and 12 women religious.
|German magazine dossier raps Pope's handling of abuse complaints (Catholic Herald)|
The German magazine <I>Der Spiegel</I> has published an extensive, 19-page dossier on the handling of abuse complaints by Pope Francis, reaching back to his years as Archbishop of Buenos Aires. The report charges: “During Bergoglio’s time as cardinal, many of the abuse victims in Buenos Aires had turned to him for help; nobody was permitted access to him.”
|Trust in Jesus, swim against the tide of individualism, Pope tells Lithuanian youth (Vatican Press Office)|
Pope Francis addressed young people in <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lithuania.travel/en-gb/attractions/vilnius-cathedral/17149"> Cathedral Square</a> in Vilnius.
|Vatican-China pact includes good and bad: analysis (AsiaNews)|
An AsiaNews editorial details the positive and negative aspects of the Vatican’s pact with China, based on the few available details. The government-approved Church will now recognize that Catholic bishops must be in union with the Holy See, but it is not clear what authority the Pope will retain in naming new bishops. The faithful are concerned that bishops who were illicitly ordained—and may have wives and children—may not be required to repent. And the accord makes no mention of government repression and persecution of Catholics.
|'Take the road of mercy to God's heart,' Pope preaches at weekday Mass (Vatican News)|
Pope Francis preached on the calling of St. Matthew on September 21, the saint’s feast day.
|Mary, Mother of Mercy, teaches us be open to others, love the poor, Pope says at Lithuanian shrine (Vatican Press Office)|
On September 22, Pope Francis visited the Shrine of the Mother of Mercy, <a target="_blank" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_the_Gate_of_Dawn"> Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn</a>, in Vilnius, Lithuania.
|Vatican official: opponents of China pact are trouble-makers (Global Times)|
Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, the chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, has dismissed critics of a Vatican-China agreement as “a little minority group of people, people who wanted to create trouble.” In an exclusive interview with the Chinese government-controlled <I>Global Times</I>, he said that China “observes the common good and it has proved its ability to great missions like fighting against poverty and pollution.” Earlier this year Bishop Sorondo said: “Right now, those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese.” He was in China this week for a conference on organ donation—a field in which he has praised Chinese leadership.
|Dozens of Nigerian Christians drown in river attempting to escape Fulani attackers (World Watch Monitor)|
The attack took place in Adamawa State (<a target="_blank" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adamawa_State#/media/File:Nigeria_-_Adamawa.svg">map</a>) in eastern Nigeria.
|Nigerian priest dies after escape from kidnappers (Fides)|
A Nigerian priest who had escaped from kidnappers last week has died. Father Louis Odudu died at a hospital in Warri, in the country’s south, four days after his escape. The Fides news service reports: “The immediate cause of his death could not be ascertained, it was gathered that the incident was not unconnected with his abduction.”
|Holy See, China reach accord on appointment of bishops (CWN)|
<p>The Vatican has signed an agreement with China, giving the Beijing government a role in the appointment of new bishops.</p>
|Indian bishop, accused of rape, interrogated in court (AsiaNews)|
Bishop Franco Mulakkal, 54, was appointed bishop of Jullundur in 2013.
|Pope arrives in Lithuania, pays tribute to nation's sufferings (Vatican Press Office)|
At the beginning of his 4-day <a target="_blank" href="http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/travels/2018/outside/documents/papa-francesco-paesi-baltici_2018.html"> apostolic journey to Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia</a>, Pope Francis encouraged Lithuanians to remember the sufferings of the past century and praised the nation for accepting people of different religions and ethnicities. Lithuanian, a nation of 2.8 million, is 77% Catholic and 4% Russian Orthodox.
|Cardinal Zen says Secretary of State should resign for 'betrayal' of Church in China (South China Morning Post)|
Cardinal Joseph Zen has accused Cardinal Pietro Parolin of an “incredible betrayal” of the Church in China, and said that the Vatican Secretary of State should resign. “They’re giving the flock into the mouths of wolves,” Cardinal Zen said, regarding a pending diplomatic agreement between the Vatican and Beijing. He voiced his concern that many Catholics of the “underground” Church would reject the agreement and “make rebellion.”
|Muslim leaders call for release of priest kidnapped in Niger (Fides)|
Muslim leaders in Niger have joined in public calls for the release of Father Pierluigi Maccalli, an Italian missionary who was kidnapped last week. The abduction has been attributed to a jihadist group.
|Papal telegram following death of Vietnam's president (Vatican Press Office)|
Tran Dai Quang was president of the Communist nation from 2016 to 2018.
|Cardinal Parolin defends deal with China (Reuters)|
Cardinal Pietro Parolin has defended the Vatican against charges that a deal with China, allowing the Beijing regime to appoint bishops, is a “betrayal.” Without naming Cardinal Joseph Zen, who had made that charge, Cardinal Parolin said: “There is no need to be drastic in condemning and rejecting.” <br><br> Cardinal Parolin said that the pact would be signed “in the not-too-distant future,” and Vatican sources told Reuters the signing could come next week. The terms of the agreement will not be made public.