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Current apostolic nuncio weighs in on unhappiness with Pope Francis (CNN)

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the current apostolic nuncio to the US, said, “At times our feelings are overwhelming, so instead of looking at reality as it is, you know, we judge reality from our own feelings, our resentments, our disappointments. And so, we say, ‘This Pope, I don’t understand him,’ and we dream about the other” (a reference to Pope Benedict).

Chinese Catholics: hope and sadness at China-Holy See agreement (AsiaNews)

“The worst thing about this agreement in my opinion, is the recognition of the seven excommunicated bishops,” one Chinese Catholic said. “They were chosen by the atheist regime against the will of Peter’s successor; some of them have lovers and children; some of them are loyal collaborators of the regime against the Lord.”

Finnish foreign minister survives no-confidence vote over pro-life views (Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination)

During a trip to Canada, Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini, a Catholic, took part in a pro-life vigil.

Hopes rise for release of US pastor being held in Turkey (Wall Street Journal)

Andrew Brunson, a Protestant pastor from North Carolina, has ministered in Turkey since 1993. Imprisoned in 2016, he was released in July 2018, but is under house arrest.

Imitate the Virgin Mary's loving nearness to the suffering, Pope preaches at Latvian shrine (Vatican Press Office)

Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Basilica of the Assumption in Aglona (photograph).

Leading papal adviser analyzes agreement between China, Holy See (La Civiltà Cattolica)

“Some have asked if it is acceptable that the authority to ordain bishops be ceded to the Chinese government,” writes Father Antonio Spadaro. “This question is posed incorrectly. The Church does not cede authority to ordain bishops. The history of the Church is rather to be considered as the history of the search for agreements with political authorities on the nomination of bishops.”

Bangladesh's cardinal links abortion, sexual abuse as violations of children's rights (UCANews)

“Often we are more concerned about sexual abuse of children, but there are other aspects of the violation of children rights such as legalized abortion,” said Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario of Dhaka. “Protection of children must start from their birth in the mother’s womb and needs to include families, schools, the Church and the environment where children grow up.”

India: 3,000 villagers recall 10th anniversary of Odisha persecution (AsiaNews)

Some 100 Christians died, and 50,000 fled their homes, during a 2008 anti-Christian pogrom in the eastern Indian state of Odisha (Orissa). One 22-year-old religious sister recalled, “I saw my people brutally killed for their faith in Christ, but persecution in Kandhamal did not deter me. On the contrary, it pushed me to accept God’s calling.”

Church leaders shrug off Philippine president's statement that 'he is not a Catholic anymore' (Manila Bulletin)

The nation of 104 million is 83% Catholic, 5% Protestant, and 5% Muslim.

Let the music of the Gospel resound in your lives, Pope tells Latvia's Christian leaders (Vatican Press Office)

Speaking at the Lutheran cathedral (once a Catholic cathedral) in Latvia’s capital city of Riga, Pope Francis noted the church’s historic organ as he called Latvia’s Christians not to look upon Christianity as a mere relic of the past, but instead to bring Jesus to “the postmodern society in which we live.”