English students: 
four new recordings with text each day
See below
The Book Blog

Use to/from school/work ! 

(see: need to cancel "archive" in some search results) V2Catholic.com   A voice for the poor 
Edited by Hong Kong prison chaplain Fr John Wotherspoon O.M.I. 
胡 頌 恆 神 父   

DV  A new menu 7 days a week to encourage people who are trying
 to follow the example of Pope Francis by concern for issues like these

DG - Since August 3, 2013, this website has saved many dozens of Africans from going to prison in HK.  See "Drugs", below.    

V2Catholic now on Facebook.
God bless kind FB editor  in Melbourne 

Archive of articles and many other items linked at the bottom of this page


 
Imitating Pope Francis Franc




HK Democracy File
 - essential reading


Gaza File - essential reading

 

IS (ISIS) File - Essential Reading

 

The Virgin Mary and Catholic Identities in Chinese History

Reviewed by Gianni Criveller
 c.f.
Amazon

The Dreams of the Melancholic Are True. Matteo Ricci’s Ascent to Beijing 
by Gianni Criveller

 

UK Blogger Chris McDonnell:
But This
  
I do not know how to manage evil staring at me from the front pages of newspapers
 

 

A really important article: 

Islam: What Can be Done?

What can we do about Islam and the threat that it poses to Western values?

Do NOT hate or harass Muslims

The key to stopping Islam is education because the more that is known about this 7th century religion the less appeal it will have in today’s world.  Muslim defenders know this, which is why they hide behind censorship and book banning in the Islamic world and desperate but comical appeals to political correctness and multiculturalism in the West.  


The Book  Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

 

Nehemiah 7-13: 

The wall of Jerusalem was finally rebuilt and doors were set in place in the wall.

In the seventh month of the lunar calendar Nehemiah assembled all the people and read to them the Book of the Law of Moses.

This was the first time that most of the people had heard the words of Moses' Book.

The people were grateful to God
and praised him with great happiness.


Dear God, may we find joy and strength in reading the Bible
and may the world have more good leaders like Nehemiah


Recording of this reading
for English students

Psalm 149-150:

Sing a new song to the Lord.
Let the praise of God be always on our lips.
Praise God in his holy temple. Praise him in the heavens.

O praise him with sound of trumpet. Praise him with lute and harp. Praise him with drums and dancing. Praise him with strings and pipes.

Let everything that lives and breathes, give praise to the Lord our Creator.  Alleluia!

Lord, may there be more musical instruments in church to help us praise you


Recording


Acts 9:

Paul began preaching in the prayer halls that Jesus is the Son of God. People were amazed at Paul's conversion

As time passed, the Jews planned to kill Paul. Paul heard of this and decided to leave the city. The Jews kept watch at the city gates to stop him leaving

Then one night some disciples lowered him in a basket from the city wall

He went to Jerusalem and began preaching boldly in the name of the Lord

Soon another plot was made to kill him. Therefore the disciples sent him to Tarsus

After this the churches throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria were left in peace. They steadily grew, strengthened by the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, please strengthen me, as you strengthened Paul and the first believers

Recording

Matthew 21:

Jesus sat on a donkey colt for the trip down the hill from the Mount of Olives to the city of Jerusalem.

This was as a prophet had predicted: "Look, your king is coming, humbly riding a peaceful donkey".

Big crowds accompanied Jesus down the hill. People spread their clothes on the road as a sign of honor.

People cut branches from the trees and waved them singing "Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest!"

People in the city asked "Who is he?" The crowd answered "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee".

Jesus, may you be warmly welcomed by every place and every person in the world

Recording

 


Border dispute in Assam forces 10,000 Indians to flee homes

c.f.  India's Untold Genocide of the Nagas


Pope & President  phoned family of executed US journalist

Grim parody of a golden age
The jihadist group now calling itself the Islamic State, which has terrorised religious minorities in Syria and Iraq, has declared its intention to restore the caliphate. Yet the extremists’ aims are remote from those of earlier Islamic rulers


 Pell compares priests to truckers as victims given apologies
-recommended by a reader, with the comment:
"Pell has just alienated God knows how many more thousands of people and given them plausible reason to leave the Church"

c.f. Tablet report:
Cardinal angers abuse victims by suggesting Church is not responsible for priests’ crimes


Bruce Duncan C.Ss.R.
When does silence over asylum seekers become complicity?

There are currently about 659 children in Australian detention centres

Michael Mullins:  
Controlling information about child abuse


Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed
- The Underrated Saudi & Pakistan Connections

Let's talk about how we talk about China

From A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power
by former US president Jimmy Carter:

Page 165:
 (continuing from yesterday's menu, below):  At that time the primary obstacle in nominating qualified women (as federal judges) was the relatively few female graduates of law schools, and not many of those had acquired enough seniority to become leaders in law firms or deans in university law schools. 

Another persistent problem was that many senators had close friendships and political obligations to men who occupied those positions. There was even an argument between my White House staff members and the attorney general I appointed, who claimed that there were very few qualified women and minority candidates. There was also some blatant prejudice against women serving as judges, and a few senators were able, through "senatorial courtesy", to block my choices.

Page 166: There has been an encouraging increase in the number of women judges chosen by my successors, and the total in the US is now at about 25%, compared to a worldwide average of 27%.


At yesterday's weekly prayer service in a detention centre, a bishop attended and addressed the group. He displayed great understanding of prison life, and easily held the inmates' attention. He himself is an inmate at the detention centre. His first name is   .... bishop!


Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel    Full text     Summary

258. Starting from certain social issues of great importance for the future of humanity, I have tried to make explicit once again the inescapable social dimension of the Gospel message and to encourage all Christians to demonstrate it by their words, attitudes and deeds

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)


John W  mini-Blog:

 

Article at top of today's menu encourages us to learn more about Islam, and help others do the same, as a practical way to understand and take action about the rapidly deteriorating world political situation.

 

Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day of the week:

Sun: Africa        Mon: Europe & Russia     Tues: South Asia      Wed: East Asia  
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific    
   Frid: South America       Sat: Central & North America 
  

Jesus, today, Saturday,  please bless the people of Central & North America

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:

On this 23rd of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of Guangxi



 

 

Is it Goodbye to
the 'Barren Rock?'

Hong Kong’s values under threat

HK Democracy File
- essential reading

 

 Friday August 22

 

Gaza File - essential reading

IS (ISIS) File - Essential Reading

As you might have seen on previous menus, I've been in two minds for a long time about helping Muslim prisoners obtain copies of the Quran and other items.
Well, from now on, no more help. Reason? What does the Religion of Peace teach about violence?
On future menus I'll try to put more about this very important topic that is radically impacting our world each day
     

Matteo Ricci: what legacy?

During a press conference on board the plane flying back from Korea, Pope Francis said he could not help but think of the figure of Matteo Ricci while flying over China

The Guardian view on the murder of James Foley by Isis
If we target Islamic State, they will target us: that is the lesson of this horrific video

 

The second half of this article is most important reading:
Conflict Resolution 101- Talking With Hamas
- by a U.S. Jewish feminist!


The Book Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

Readings for Queenship of Mary

Isaiah 9: 

The people that walked in darkness has seen a great light;
on those who live in a land of deep shadow a light has shone.

For there is a child born for us, a son given to us, and dominion is laid on his shoulders

And this is the name they give him: Wonder-Counsellor,  Mighty-God, Eternal-Father, Prince-of-Peace.

Recording of this reading
for English students

Psalm 112:

Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord! May the name of the Lord be blessed both now and for evermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting, praised be the name of the Lord!

From the dust he lifts up the lowly, from the dungheap he raises the poor, to set him in the company of princes, yes, with the princes of his people.


Recording

Luke 1:

The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’ 

She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.’    Recording 01

Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?’ ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you’ the angel answered ‘and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God’

‘I am the handmaid of the Lord,’ said Mary ‘let what you have said be done to me.’ And the angel left her                Recording 02

           YouTube: Hail Mary, Gentle Woman


Recommended by readers

YouTube: The four-fingered Korean 20 year old woman pianist 

Superheroes? None compare to our heroic nuns, the first frontline feminists


Gaza priest:
Violence resumes in Gaza. Israel "is not defending itself, it's defending its occupation”
(jw: Whatever the rights and wrongs on both sides, even the great injustice to the Palestinians by the Israeli occupation, violence is not the answer. It just makes things worse. Palestinians need a Gandhi!)


Ferguson, 11 days on: ‘We are sitting on a powder keg’

The killing of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson has sparked violent confrontations and shattered any illusions of racial harmony in Barack Obama’s US. As the standoff continues, the deep grievances fuelling the protests have been laid bare


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Islamic State-loyal militants plotted to blow up brewery in Kuala Lumpur

Islamists target Indonesia’s most important Buddhist temple

(Jesus, please protect Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and other places from Muslim extremists!)


Why the West needs to fight the Islamic State
Greater US and NATO intervention against the Islamic State is not a perfect solution to the crisis, but it is the best of a poor set of policy options.
(or is there another way, a non-violent way of conflict resolution?)

Iraqi Christian leaders demand protection as Pope warns we are in midst of World War Three


Asylum seekers seek what in Hong Kong?
- and see the 8 excellent comments by local HK people


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Christians should ask themselves: what would I die for?
Pope's challenge to Korean youth holds true for all, including Filipinos


Conversation translator needed - fluent in Chinese and English - for an Australian university researcher based in HK from now until end of September. Researcher will pay for help. He has just published a book on refugees in HK.  jdwomi@gmail.com  


From A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power
by former US president Jimmy Carter:

Page 165:
 As with racial discrimination, it is very difficult to change historical societal patterns even when there is a desire to do so. I experienced this problem as president in overcoming the exclusion of women from service inthe federal district courts and the more senior appellate courts. When there is a vacancy, White house staff members usually consults with the U.S. senators from the state involved, then give the president a list of potential appointees; then the president's nomination for judge is submitted to the Senate for confirmation.

Prior to my election, only 8 women had been appointed to the federal bench, and I was determined to correct this inequity. By the end of my term, I had a chance to fill about 45% of the seats in the federal courts. 
(to be continued on tomorrow's menu)


A few days ago when I was waiting for an electronically controlled gate to open and let me into a prison dayroom, I noticed the guard on duty was "meditating" .... so I half-jokingly put my hand through the gate grill and put my hand over his head as for a blessing, which made the inmates smile....but then as I looked up to "heaven" I saw what I should have remembered: a security camera recording the service!


Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel    Full text     Summary

257.  As believers, we also feel close to those who do not consider themselves part of any religious tradition, yet sincerely seek the truth, goodness and beauty which we believe have their highest expression and source in God.

 We consider them as precious allies in the commitment to defending human dignity, in building peaceful coexistence between peoples and in protecting creation

A special place of encounter is offered by new Areopagi such as the Court of the Gentiles, where “believers and non-believers are able to engage in dialogue about fundamental issues of ethics, art and science, and about the search for transcendence”. This too is a path to peace in our troubled world.

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)


John W  mini-Blog:

Just as I started recording "The people that walked in darkness has seen a great light" (The Book Blog, above) my phone went. Call was from a man out of prison yesterday after serving 32 months for minor drug trafficking. He's been in prison more than 40 times. But this is the first time he's ever gone to the government rehabilitation accommodation centre on release. DG!  After walking in darkness for so many years he has started to see the light! Jesus, please help A-Cheung live in your light!

Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day of the week:

Sun: Africa        Mon: Europe & Russia     Tues: South Asia      Wed: East Asia  
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific    
   Frid: South America       Sat: Central & North America 
  

Jesus, today, Friday,  please bless the people of South America

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:

On this 22nd of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of Zhejiang



 

HK Democracy File - essential reading

 Thursday

  August 21

Gaza File - essential reading

IS (ISIS) File - Essential Reading

In South Korea, Francis displayed a truly globalized papacy

   

In a speech to Asian Catholic youth, the Pope urged them to build  “a holier, more missionary and humbler church,” one that 
loves and worships God
by seeking to serve the poor, the lonely, the infirm and the marginalized
.” 

Asia situation has parallels with World War One

There are alarming similarities between Germany’s aims in the run-up to WWI and China today


The Book Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

Nehemiah 6: 

As Nehemiah and the Jews rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem, some people continued to obstruct them.

But with God's help the wall was finished  in 52 days.

Dear God, please help me do my work, despite difficulties

 


Recording of this reading
for English students

Psalm 148:

Praise the Lord from the heavens,
praise him in the heights. Praise him all his angels, praise him all his spirits.

Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, shining stars. Let them praise the name of the Lord. His word gave life to all of them.

Praise the Lord from the earth, sea creatures and all oceans. Praise him fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy winds that obey his word.

Praise him all mountains and hills,
all fruit trees and cedars. Praise him all animals, wild and tame,
and birds in the air.

Praise him all earth's kings and peoples, earth's princes and rulers. Praise him young men and maidens, old people together with children.

Lord our God and Creator, you are worthy of all praise




Recording

Acts 4:

Paul kept up his campaign against the Lord's disciples. He got the ok to arrest followers of the Way in Damascus

But on his way to Damascus, a light from heaven surrounded him.
He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying "Paul, Paul, why are you persecuting me?"

He said "Who are you, Lord?" The voice replied "I am Jesus, and you are persecuting me. Go into Damascus and you will be told what to do"

Paul's eyes were open, but for more than a day he was without his sight, and he ate and drank nothing

The Lord got Ananias, a disciple in Damascus, to visit Paul and pray for him. The Lord said to Ananias "Paul  is my chosen instrument to bring my name to non-Jews and Jews. He will suffer much for me"

Ananias went to Paul and prayed for him with the laying on of hands. Straight away, Paul could see again. Then Ananias baptized him

Jesus, please help me understand
how unkindness to others is unkindness to you


Recording

Matthew 20:

As  Jesus was leaving Jericho on his way to Jerusalem, many people followed him along the road.

Sitting by the road were two  men who had become blind. When they heard that Jesus was going past,
they called out "Son of David, have pity on us."

Some people tried to stop them from calling out, but they shouted even more loudly " Son of David, have pity on us."

Jesus stopped and said to them "What do you want me to do for you?"  They replied "Lord, let  us see again".

Jesus felt sorry for them. He touched their eyes, and straight away their sight returned.

Jesus, please heal my blind friend ....(name)....

 


Recording



David Timbs Australia

The Parish - a Community of Evangelisation   
(theological and historical context and perspectives)
- published on website of Catholics for Renewal

World leaders 'failing to help' over Ebola outbreak in Africa
Médecins Sans Frontières chief claims response to catastrophe is 'almost zero',
with nations most concerned with self protection

Gaza, Ebola, Iraq ... are we approaching disaster overload?


Indonesian family reunited with daughter after 2004 tsunami also finds long-lost son

Inequality matters
Inequality remains the greatest danger of our century, both in Australia and overseas. According to Oxfam, as of June 2014, sixty-six 'devils' control the same amount of wealth as three and a half billion people, half the world’s population


Francis' support for Romero cause is exciting because of its urgency
 - could he be beatified by end of 2015?

Chinese authorities target church-run kindergartens 
- Scope of anti-Christian crackdown widens

From A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power
by former US president Jimmy Carter:

Page 165:
 When I was elected president in 1976, there were only 18 women in the U.S. Congress (about 3%), but the number has increased steadily to 102 elected in 2012. This amounts to only 18% of the total, far below the world average, and leavding our nation ranked 78th in women's participation in government. 

In Los Angeles, a community of almost 10 million people, there is only one woman in the entire government, a position in the city council. She recently commented "When I was in elementary school, there were 5 women on the city council"


Last year on a mini-bus leaving from a women's prison, I met a man who had just visited his wife.
Last week inside a men's detention centre, I met the same man. He said his wife was released from detention at the time he was arrested. She now visits him. He said this is not the first time for such timing.  Has happened before. He hopes that some day they can both be "outside" at the same time!


Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel    Full text     Summary

256. When considering the effect of religion on public life, one must distinguish the different ways in which it is practiced. Intellectuals and serious journalists frequently descend to crude and superficial generalizations in speaking of the shortcomings of religion, and often prove incapable of realizing that not all believers – or religious leaders – are the same.  Some politicians take advantage of this confusion to justify acts of discrimination.

 At other times, contempt is shown for writings which reflect religious convictions, overlooking the fact that religious classics can prove meaningful in every age; they have an enduring power to open new horizons, to stimulate thought, to expand the mind and the heart

This contempt is due to the myopia of a certain rationalism. Is it reasonable and enlightened to dismiss certain writings simply because they arose in a context of religious belief? These writings include principles which are profoundly humanistic and, albeit tinged with religious symbols and teachings, they have a certain value for reason.

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)




John W  mini-Blog:

It's interesting that in his interview on the plane going back to Rome from Korea, Pope Francis said how he had thought of possibly going to Iraq after Korea.

Not unlike his name sake Saint Francis of Assisi who once bravely ventured into Muslim territory to visit the caliph of Egypt

Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day of the week:

Sun: Africa        Mon: Europe & Russia     Tues: South Asia      Wed: East Asia  
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific    
   Frid: South America       Sat: Central & North America 
  

Jesus, today, Thursday,  please bless the people of S.E. Asia & Pacific

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:

On this 21st of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of Yunnan



 

Best article so far about the August 17 "pro-Beijing" march in HK:
The Anti-Occupy Central Demonstration and its Contradictions
- free transport, shirts, food 
and money!


HK Democracy File - essential reading

 Wednesday

  August 20


Gaza File - essential reading

IS (ISIS) File - Essential Reading

Pope says he would go to China 'tomorrow' if invited

During his five-day visit to South Korea, Francis sent several signals to China,  saying the communist government there should not fear Christians because they did not want to "come as conquerors" but be integral parts of local cultures.

He said the Vatican was always open to dialogue with Beijing, calling the country "noble and wise", but said that the church needed to carry out its mission in freedom

      

Two lovely reports about a Mass
at Tihar Jail in Delhi, India:

Taken to Tihar jail
by Sr Catherine FC

The inmates (almost half of them were Africans) were ready in the hall with hymn sheets and the musical instruments. The chief celebrant for the Mass was the Archbishop of Delhi

Great Day for Confined
by Anthony, an African inmate

I, on behalf of our Church in jail, would like to extend my deepest sentiments of appreciation and gratitude to Sr. Inigo for facilitating the visits of a large group of visitors 

Photos of the Tihar jail Mass:

 

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The Book Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

Nehemiah 5: 

The people were very  poor and could not pay their debts. Therefore Nehemiah cancelled all debts owed by poor people.

Nehemiah was a just and kind leader. He even used his own money to pay his expenses, and never took the salary that he could have claimed.

Dear God,  please give our world
 more leaders like Nehemiah

Recording of this reading
for English students

Psalm 147:

Praise the Lord for he is good.
Sing to our God for he is loving. 
To him our praise is due.

He heals the broken-hearted
and binds up all their wounds.

The Lord raises the lowly
and humbles the wicked.

He fixes the number of the stars.
He calls each one by name.

The Lord delights in those who love and honor him, in those who wait for his love.

God of the universe, please help me think more about your love for me



Recording

Acts 8:

The apostles in Jerusalem heard that people in Samaria had accepted the word of God. Peter and John went to Samaria to pray for the Samaritans to receive the Holy Spirit.

So far the Samaritans had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. The Holy Spirit had not come down on them

When Peter and John prayed over them with the laying on of hands, the Samaritans received the Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit. Come down on me. Please help me understand the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation



Recording











Matthew 20:

Jesus said to his disciples "The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them the normal daily wage.

Then about 9am he went again to the market place. He saw more men without a job.  He got them also to go to his vineyard. He promised to pay them a fair wage.

About noon and again about 3pm he once more went to the market place and employed two more groups of men.

About 5pm he went one final time and employed one last group of men.

At sunset when the men came to be paid, the owner paid everyone a normal day's wage.  This made the dawn group unhappy.

They grumbled and said "We have done a full day's work in the heat. Yet we got the same as those who did only one hour's work. This is not fair!"

The owner replied "I am paying you what we agreed to. Why do you begrudge my generosity?"

Jesus, please help me not to be jealous of your gifts to others

Recording


Chris McDonnell (Wed UK blogger)

A place set apart

We live in a largely noise-filled world where the anxiety of living creates a continuous backdrop to the daily pattern of our experience. The urge to get away, to seek the experience of quiet solitude is strong, a necessary refreshment after the hubbub of the City


Click here for front cover of the book

The recently printed Indonesian edition of Doctor Jesus was translated by an Oblate team in Indonesia and then edited by Sr Anastasia MM, a Maryknoll Indonesian based in HK.   Sr Anastasia asked that some copies of the new edition be sent to the Trappistine Monastery in Macau which has some Indonesian sisters. 
Yesterday I checked this YouTube video about  the monastery - very moving, espcially item No. 3:  Monastery vs Casinos! Also inspiring is Sr Anastasia's own website which describes her beautiful ministry in Shenzhen


Pope says he expects to live two or three more years, and may retire

Pope's relatives die in crash   (ABC can report this, but almost nothing about Korea trip)


Brendan Hoban 

Positive engagement of rank and file priests cannot be dismissed as negative

Iraqi prelate's chilling warning to western Christians 
'Our sufferings are the prelude of those you will also suffer'
(This is also the theme of From the Holy Mountain by William Dalrymple 
- and see my comments in "Mini-blog", below)

Yesterday I went to Logos Book Store in Mong Kok to get some books for prisoners .....Probably the largest Christian book store in Hong Kong....a huge range of religious books ....mainly in Chinese but many in English. An Evangelical store, but many Catholic books. I recommend HK friends to check it out:  10/F, Mong Kok Christian Centre, 56 Bute Street, near Exit B2 of Prince Edward MTR (Ph 23963528). Also a branch on HK island:  15/F, Congregation House, 119 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay (29965299)


From A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power
by former US president Jimmy Carter:

Page 164:
 Globally, women first won the right to vote early in the 20th century, beginning with New Zealand, Australia and the Scandinavian countries. The Arab nations were the last to grant this privilege, and Saudi Arabian women are still not permitted to vote.   (c.f. China ...no vote for men or women!)

At this time there are 14 female heads of state......There are about 46,500 parliamentarians in the world, and women occupy 21% of the seats. Rwanda ranks first with 64%; Cuba has 49%; the 5 Scandinavian countries average 42%; the parliaments in the Western Hemisphere have 25%, Europe 23%, Sub-Saharan African 25% (but Nigeria only 7%), Asia 19%, and the combined Arab states 16%. This is inadequate progress.


Last Sunday's "pro-Beijing" march in HK is now the joke of the town:
...free return coach services ....free lunches....free T-shirts.....free money!
For Beijing to use such tactics ....a big blunder.
Shows how out of touch they are with the real world on the ground in HK (see article at top of this menu)

Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel    Full text     Summary

Social dialogue in a context of religious freedom

255 The Synod Fathers spoke of the importance of respect for religious freedom, viewed as a fundamental human right.

 This includes “the freedom to choose the religion which one judges to be true and to manifest one’s beliefs in public”.

 A healthy pluralism, one which genuinely respects differences and values them as such, does not entail privatizing religions in an attempt to reduce them to the quiet obscurity of the individual’s conscience or to relegate them to the enclosed precincts of churches, synagogues or mosques.

 This would represent, in effect, a new form of discrimination and authoritarianism. The respect due to the agnostic or non-believing minority should not be arbitrarily imposed in a way that silences the convictions of the believing majority or ignores the wealth of religious traditions. In the long run, this would feed resentment rather than tolerance and peace.

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)









John W  mini-Blog:

What should be our attitude to Muslims? This question has been on my mind a lot in the past couple of years as I met hundreds of Muslim inmates in prison. I have often helped them obtain copies of the Quran and other items, and I've  joined them in the background as they observe their prayer times. And I've even paid bail for a few of them!

But Islam's basic goal of world domination, by force if  necessary, is frightening ....c.f. the article above by the Iraqi prelate

Even Pope Francis seems to be in two minds: positive in his letter "The Joy of the Gospel" about how to relate to Muslims (Nos. 252 & 253), but saying on the plane from Korea that violent extremists need to be stopped

Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day of the week:

Sun: Africa        Mon: Europe & Russia     Tues: South Asia      Wed: East Asia  
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific    
   Frid: South America       Sat: Central & North America 
  

Jesus, today, Wednesday,  please bless the people of East Asia

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:

On this 20th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of Sichuan



 


HK Democracy File
 - essential reading

 Tuesday   August 19

World Humanitarian Day

National Day: Afghanistan

Gaza File - essential reading

IS (ISIS) File - Essential Reading

 

Prominent Aug 18 story in Hong Kong's Apple Daily 
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Again I ask: why such abysmal coverage in Western media of Pope's visit to South Korea? 
ABC Australia? Murdoch media?   Fairfax media?  The Guardian
Anyone notice lack of coverage in other countries?  Anyone think of a reason?
 
See yesterday's menu, below, for my theory

Pope in South Korea: 
UCANEWS reports


One of many great photos here
- linked in John Allen's report
S. Korea confirms Francis
 as the 'Teflon Pope'

Making bad situations worse in the Middle East

The heart-wrenching tragedies throughout the Middle East are not the United States' fault; that is, at least not entirely

 

Beware: Syrian war is going global

All this delivers the salutrary message that a long-running civil war in just about any country with a Sunni Muslim majority, may eventually be infected with the jihadist plague


The Book Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

Nehemiah 1-4: 

Nehemiah was cupbearer for the king of Persia. He heard how the Jews who had returned to Jerusalem from Babylon were facing many difficulties.

Nehemiah received permission from the king to go to Jerusalem and help rebuild the city.

Nehemiah then supervised the re-building of Jerusalem's wall,
even though some foreigners in Jerusalem made fun of him.

When the workers were ridiculed by foreigners, Nehemiah said to the workers: "Do not be afraid of them. Just keep your mind on the Lord."

Dear God, please help us to do what is right, even if we meet  ridicule and opposition

Recording of this reading
for English students

Psalm 146:

My soul, give praise to the Lord.
I will praise the Lord all my days.

Put no trust in princes, in mortal men in whom there is no help. Take their breath, they return to clay and their plans that day come to nothing.

They are happy who are helped by Jacob's God, who alone made heaven and earth, the seas and all they contain.

It is he who gives bread to the hungry, the Lord, who sets prisoners free. It is the Lord who gives sight to the blind, who raises up those who are bowed down.

It is the Lord who protects the stranger, and upholds the widow and orphan. It is the Lord who loves the just, but thwarts the path of the wicked.

God, we trust in you

Recording

Acts 8:

The believers who escaped from Jerusalem went from place to place spreading the Good News

One of these believers was Philip. 
He preached about Jesus in a Samaritan town

The Samaritans welcomed Philip's message because of the miracles he worked

Unclean spirits came out of many possessed people, and a number of handicapped people were cured

Such miracles caused great rejoicing in that town

Jesus, let there be more miracles in our day, especially the healing of handicapped people


Recording

Matthew 19:

On behalf of all the disciples, Peter asked Jesus "What about us?  We have left everything to follow you."

Jesus replied "You will be leaders in the church on earth.

Anyone who has left home, family or country for the sake of my name, will receive a 100-fold blessing in this life, and will also receive eternal life in Heaven."

Jesus, please bless all Gospel workers










 

 

Recording


March organiser denies paying marchers

Marching to Limit Hong Kong’s Electoral Franchise
Photos from the protest confirm that this was hardly a spontaneous outburst of patriotism

For Chinese readers: this Apple Daily video report


New film addresses taboo subject: China's Great Famine
 Mao's 'Great Leap Forward'  blamed for starvation of tens of millions

From A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power
by former US president Jimmy Carter:

Page 164:
 One of the subjects that I cover (in lectures at Emory University) is human rights, often involving gender discrimination, and a "trick" question I ask is "when did women gain the right to vote in the US?"

 Hands shoot up and someone always offers the standard reply: "With the passage of the 19th Amendment .. in 1920".

I point out that this amendment applied only to white women, and that it was with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 under President Lyndon Johnson that all black women gained this privilege. This makes the point that racial, religious and gender discrimination are often interrelated


From a reader in Australia
- thank you!

A man suffered a serious heart attack and had open heart bypass surgery. He awoke to find himself in the care of nuns at a Catholic hospital. As he was recovering, a nun came in to ask how he was going to pay for services. He was asked if he had health insurance.

”No health insurance,” he replied weakly.

The nun asked if he had money in the bank. He replied, “No money in the bank.” The nun then asked, “Do you have a relative who could help you?”

He said, “I have only a spinster sister, and she’s a nun.”

The nun got a little perturbed and announced loudly. “Nuns are not spinsters! Nuns are married to God,”

“Yes, that’s right!” said the patient, perking up. “Send the bill to my brother-in-law.”


Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel    Full text     Summary

254Non-Christians, by God’s gracious initiative, when they are faithful to their own consciences, can live “justified by the grace of God”, and thus be “associated to the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ”.

 But due to the sacramental dimension of sanctifying grace, God’s working in them tends to produce signs and rites, sacred expressions which in turn bring others to a communitarian experience of journeying towards God.

 While these lack the meaning and efficacy of the sacraments instituted by Christ, they can be channels which the Holy Spirit raises up in order to liberate non-Christians from atheistic immanentism or from purely individual religious experiences. 

The same Spirit everywhere brings forth various forms of practical wisdom which help people to bear suffering and to live in greater peace and harmony.

 As Christians, we can also benefit from these treasures built up over many centuries, which can help us better to live our own beliefs.

Cornered in a drug raid - Beijing style

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)






John W  mini-Blog:

Yesterday's Apple Daily had many photos and stories about people being paid or coerced into taking part in the "pro-Beijing" march last Sunday. 
Beijing supporting such an orchestrated march is another example of how out of touch with real life in HK the Beijing leadership is. 

Text and recording:
My weekly article
in today's Ming Pao newspaper.
Topic: Lost in Hong Kong
(on Ming Pao website - click "Australian in HK")

Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day of the week:

Sun: Africa        Mon: Europe & Russia     Tues: South Asia      Wed: East Asia  
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific    
   Frid: South America       Sat: Central & North America 
  

Jesus, today, Tuesday,  please bless the people of South Asia

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:

On this 19th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of Shanxi



 

Pope in 
South Korea

BBC report 

UCANEWS - many stories

 

 Monday

  August 18


HK Democracy File - essential reading

Gaza File - essential reading

IS (ISIS) File - Essential Reading

It's Francis the healer in Korea
Francis' repeated acts of simplicity and humility are offering Koreans a model of new leadership

Pope's homily at Youth Mass
- simple and beautiful 

Pope poses for selfie - with HK liturgy leader! – video

Francis makes anti-abortion gesture during Korea trip  

Shame, ABC Australia. Only one miserable report these past few days on Pope in Korea. Nothing on Sunday main webpage. Nothing either on Sunday main webpages of The Australian and other Murdoch media

My ongoing theory: ever since Pope's visit to Holy Land in which he referred to Palestine as a state, certain media have greatly downgraded him.

Contrast this with large p. 3 coverage (including big photo) in Sunday
South China Morning Post printed edition, and this story on Sunday  webpage: Pope Francis extends another olive branch to China, urging ‘fraternal’ dialogue

Dutchman returns Holocaust medal after family deaths in Gaza  (BBC)

10,000 protest in Tel Aviv for a just peace, end to occupation

What does Gaza look like when the soldiers and media leave?

Truce Fading?

Indications are mounting that the indirect Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire talks in Cairo could be heading for failure. J.J. Goldberg blames extremists on both sides.


The Book Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

Ezra 8: 

Before the Jews  left Babylon to return to Jerusalem after their 70 years of captivity, Ezra got them to pray and fast for a safe journey.

Dear God, please help us to remember to pray for safety each time we set out on a journey

Recording of this reading
for English students




On the journey from Babylon
to Jerusalem

Psalm 145:

I will give you glory, O God my king. I will bless your name day after day.

The Lord is great, worthy of all praise. His greatness cannot be measured.

Age to age shall proclaim your works, shall speak of your splendor and glory.

The Lord is kind and full of compassion, slow to anger, abounding in love.

How good is the Lord to all,
compassionate to all his creatures.

All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord, and tell all the world of your love.

The Lord is faithful in all his words and loving in all his deeds.

The Lord supports all who fall
and raises all who are bowed down.

The eyes of all creatures look to you and you give them their food each day.

The Lord is close to all who call him, who call on him from their hearts.

Let the whole world bless the Lord's holy name, for ever, for ages unending.

Thank you, Lord, for your love. Thank you for your love

Recording


Acts 7-8:

Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked up and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at God's right hand

"I can see heaven thrown open", he said, "and Jesus standing at the right hand of God"

At this, the religious leaders at the meeting covered their ears with their hands. They sent Stephen out of the city and stoned him. The false witnesses (who were required to throw the first stones) put down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Paul

As they were stoning him, Stephen prayed "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit". Then he knelt down and prayed "Lord, do not hold this sin against them". Then he died. Paul entirely approved of the killing

That day a bitter persecution started against the church in Jerusalem, and everyone except the apostles fled to the countryside

Paul  began working for the destruction of the church. He went from house to house arresting men and women and sending them to prison

Jesus, thank you for the example of Stephen who, like yourself, forgave those who were killing him

Recording

Matthew 19:

A young man asked Jesus
"Master, what do I have to do to get to Heaven?"

Jesus replied "Keep the commandments: do not kill;  do not commit adultery; honor your father and mother; care for others as much as you care about yourself".

The young man said "I have kept all these commandments. What else do I need to do?"

Jesus said "If you want to do something really special with your life, go and sell all your possessions, give the money to the poor, then come and follow me as one of my disciples".

When the young man heard these words he went away sad, because he was very rich.

Jesus then said to his disciples
"It is hard for a rich person to get to Heaven".

Jesus,  don't let riches endanger my eternal life

 Recording



YouTube: the stoning of Stephen


Darlene Starrs (Blogger from Canada)

Is there really such a thing as "Eucharistic Famine

How can the Universal Church grow and move forward in Christ,
if our leadership are politicians and we cannot meet together on the same Vatican II pages?


Thousands rally in Hong Kong against pro-democracy campaign 
 (the "pro-Beijing" rally)
 c.f.r. July 1 pro-democracy march (scroll down to menu of July 2

In this video of yesterday's march, notice the age of the marchers ... a much older group than that of July 1.   July 1 was a spontaneous group. Yesterday was an arranged group, many of whom were rounded up for the occasion by pro-Beijing forces. 
c.f
this report:
But there are questions whether lots of them were manipulated

Also in HK: South Asians being smuggled into HK via Shenzhen 
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Glasgow's offer of sanctuary gives the rest of Scotland a lesson in compassion

The first city in the world to stand beside Nelson Mandela has long opened its doors to victims of the world's worst conflicts


I watched the western media turn away from explaining the world

Anjan Sundaram shared the lives of the Congolese to report one of the worst human disasters. Now, he says, journalists focus on an ever-narrower agenda ... and miss the real stories


"They Pulled Me Back In"

All three US networks and the increasingly shackled BBC were ordered to drop Gaza reporting and refocus their camera teams on the suffering Yazidis and, all of a sudden, Iraq's fleeing Christians


Anglican Church launches bitter attack on UK PM's 'incoherent' Middle East policy

Bishop of Leeds slams failure over Islamist extremism in scathing letter backed by the archbishop of Canterbury


Interactive Bible Quiz - Esther
Based on the actual words of the Bible. 
How many times can you get 3/3 ?!
   

From A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power
by former US president Jimmy Carter:

Page 159:
 There are proven disadvantages for child brides concerning their health, education, safety, and loss of the basic human right of making decisions about their own lives.

Young brides under 15 are five times more likely to die in childbirth than women in their twenties, and when a woman is under 18, her baby is 60% more likely to die in its first year of life than a baby born to a woman just two years older. 

Few child brides are permitted to remain in school, which deprives them of the ability to support themselves or a family. In addition, they are more likely to suffer domestic violence and sexual abuse. All these statistics are derived from ....UN agencies. This mistreatment contravenes both the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.


Had meeting yesterday with young couple preparing for wedding.
Man was wearing T-shirt with the word "OBEY"  !

Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel    Full text     Summary

253 In order to sustain dialogue with Islam, suitable training is essential for all involved, not only so that they can be solidly and joyfully grounded in their own identity, but so that they can also acknowledge the values of others, appreciate the concerns underlying their demands and shed light on shared beliefs. 

We Christians should embrace with affection and respect Muslim immigrants to our countries in the same way that we hope and ask to be received and respected in countries of Islamic tradition.

 I ask and I humbly entreat those countries to grant Christians freedom to worship and to practice their faith, in light of the freedom which followers of Islam enjoy in Western countries! 

Faced with disconcerting episodes of violent fundamentalism, our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalisations, for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.

 

New letter (in Swahili) from a Tanzanian inmate in a HK prison
- commenting on this story:
Tanzania President: My son was not arrested in China for drug trafficking

This website's Tanzania File
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)


John W  mini-Blog:

A man whose son died in the South Korea ferry tragedy has been fasting for 34 days, seeking a better investigation of the tragedy. He had a brief meeting with the Pope on Friday, and took the opportunity to ask the Pope to baptise him. So Francis got up early yesterday (Sunday) morning and did the baptism (and confirmation) in a 7am ceremony

- one of many moving stories coming from South Korea these day.  Let's make the effort to try to keep up with them!

Jesus, thank you for blessing Francis' visit to Korea!

Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day of the week:

Sun: Africa        Mon: Europe & Russia     Tues: South Asia      Wed: East Asia  
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific    
   Frid: South America       Sat: Central & North America 
  

Jesus, today, Monday,  please bless the people of Europe & Russia

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:

On this 18th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of Shandong



 

Pope in 
South Korea

 

 Sunday

  August 17

National Day of
Gabon and
Indonesia

 

HK Democracy File - essential reading

IS (ISIS) File - Essential Reading

 

Man holding camera is a HK liturgy leader!  - see  this report

Photo from this Korea report     

Pope in Korea
 - stories you haven't read

Wealthy Korea needs a jolt from Pope Francis

Excellent RTHK report on Korea

The Pope denounced the growing gap between the haves and have nots, urging people in affluent societies to listen to "the cry of the poor" among them.

The history of Christianity in Korea is unique in that it was not founded by Western missionaries. Korean intellectuals in the late 18th century heard about it through literature that had arrived in the country from China and developed their own community

(this literature was written by Matteo Ricci!)

UCANEWS - many reports

25 minute film - very powerful:

 

Gaza Cease-Fire Agreement Will Be Signed This Week (DV!)

Gaza File - essential reading


The Book Blog

Four readings 
with recordings

Readings for "20th Sunday"

Isaiah 56: 

Non-Jewish people who love and serve the Lord - these I will bring to my holy mountain, says the Lord.

I will make them joyful in my house of prayer, for my house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations

Lord, please help all peoples of the world know that you are their loving Creator

Recording of this reading
for English students



Psalm 66:

O God, be gracious and bless us, and let your face shed its light upon us. So will your ways be known upon earth, and all nations learn your saving help

Let the nations be glad and exult, for you rule the world with justice. You guide the nations on earth

Let the peoples praise you, O God, let all the peoples praise you. May God still give us his blessing till the ends of the earth revere him

O God, let all the nations praise you!

Recording


Romans 11:

Let me tell you non-Jewish people  this: I have been sent to non-Jewish people as their apostle, and I am proud of being sent, but the purpose of it is to make my own people envious of you, and in this way save some of them

Jesus, please help the Jewish people accept you as their Saviour

Recording

Reflection by Daniel Daring:
Refuge under God's wings

There is a huge difference between a life in Christ and a life outside of Christ. No wonder there are more and more “Canaanite women” who, overcoming many challenges, want to become Christians

Archive of previous reflections



Matthew 15:

Jesus went to the coastal district near Tyre. A non-Jewish woman followed him and shouted "Sir, Son of David, have pity on me. My daughter is tormented by an evil spirit."

At first Jesus did not answer her, so his disciples said to him "Help her, because she keeps shouting after us."

Jesus replied "I was sent only to the people of Israel". The foreign woman by now was kneeling at Jesus' feet. "Lord, help me" she pleaded.

Jesus said to her "Woman, you have great faith. Your wish is granted".  At that very moment, her daughter was healed.

Jesus, please give sick people great faith in you

Recording


This Pope means business

A long way to go 
-  by an African asylum seeker in HK

The Crass and the Noble Sides of Journalism

This is a turbulent and exciting time in journalism. Traditional media organizations are struggling to adapt to the digital era, while new outlets and new forms of storytelling are emerging, many of them quite promising. In the frantic effort to attract large volumes of traffic, however, and to in turn bring in advertisers, websites often turn to all manner of SEO manipulation and sensational, empty-calorie fare. 


Recommendations by the Broadcast Regulator an 'Indictment of Indian Media'

A spectre is haunting Big Media in India — the spectre of transparency. And the latest manifestation of this terrifying spirit is a document issued by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) with the innocuous title, ‘Recommendations on Media Ownership’


Two articles in HK's English Catholic paper criticising the bishop of Macau for compromising with Beijing:
Questions about fired staff at Macau's Catholic University 

The Church in Dark Times

While in Macau: Why a little less gambling these days?


From A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power
by former US president Jimmy Carter:

Page 126:
 Another serious and pervasive example of gender abuse is the marriage of young girls, often without their consent and contrary to their best interests. There are an estimated 14 million girls married every year before they reach the age of 18, and 1 in 9 of these are younger than 15. This includes 48% of young brides in South Asia; 42% in Sub-Saharan Africa; 29% in Latin America and the Caribbean; and 18% in the Middle East and North Africa.

Page 127: A traditional practice that has become subject to serious abuse is the payment of a dowry by the bride's family. ....India and other countries have outlawed the practice, but the law is widely ignored ....

In January 2012, the Times of India reported an increase in the killing of brides by greedy husbands and in-alws when they don't receive enough money and jewelry from the bride's parents ....."dowry death" ....In the year 2000,  6,995 dowry deaths were reported ....


   

Pope  Francis: The Joy of the Gospel    Full text     Summary

252Our relationship with the followers of Islam has taken on great importance, since they are now significantly present in many traditionally Christian countries, where they can freely worship and become fully a part of society. 

We must never forget that they “profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, who will judge humanity on the last day”. 

The sacred writings of Islam have retained some Christian teachings; Jesus and Mary receive profound veneration and it is admirable to see how Muslims both young and old, men and women, make time for daily prayer and faithfully take part in religious services

Many of them also have a deep conviction that their life, in its entirety, is from God and for God. They also acknowledge the need to respond to God with an ethical commitment and with mercy towards those most in need.

This website's Tanzania File (updated today, Aug 17))
(stopping Africans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)

- letters  from Tanzanian inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's South America file 
(stopping South Americans from being tricked into bringing drugs to HK)
- letters  from South American inmates  in Hong Kong prisons

This website's Hong Kong file
(encouraging local drug addicts to come off drugs)


John W  mini-Blog:

Jesus, please bless the visit of Pope Francis to South Korea
.... and the visit of Cardinal Filoni to Iraq!

----

For HK readers: Tonight, about 9.15pm, AM 1044,
"Brother" Bruce will phone me for a little chat about prison ministry

Please join me in praying for one part of the world each day of the week:

Sun: Africa        Mon: Europe & Russia     Tues: South Asia      Wed: East Asia  
Thurs: S.E. Asia & Pacific    
   Frid: South America       Sat: Central & North America 
  

Jesus, today, Sunday,  please bless the people of Africa

And praying for prisoners in one part of China each day of the month:

On this 17th of the month,  Jesus please bless the prisoners of Shaanxi



 




Pope Francis:
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