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In Brief The Caritas education project 'Lighthouse' in Bangladesh is ending due to lack of donors
Remember God’s love to endure hard times says Pope

Being a Christian does not mean life will be just a big endless party, Pope Francis has said.

There will be good times and bad as well as moments of isolation, anguish or confusion, the Pope said in a homily last week during morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

Being a Christian, he said, means having encountered Jesus, feeling his love and choosing to believe in his hope and promise.

The Pope’s homily focused on the day’s first reading from the Book of Hebrews, in which the author urges his readers to “not throw away your confidence” and reminds them that perseverance and endurance are needed “to do the will of God and receive what he has promised”.


Indian nun in adoption case denied bail

India’s Supreme Court has rejected bail for a Missionaries of Charity nun arrested nearly seven months ago on suspicion of child trafficking.

The top court turned down the plea of Sr Concilia on grounds that police had not yet pressed charges in the case. However, the court left the door open for her to file another application and told the police to file formal charges soon.

On July 5, Sr Concilia (61), who headed a home for unmarried mothers in Jharkhand’s state capital, Ranchi, was arrested along with a staff member following complaints that the staff member accepted money from a childless couple to give them a baby and then failed to do so.


China recognises underground bishop in controlled Mass

An underground bishop in the Chinese province of Henan has become a coadjutor bishop recognised by the government at a ceremony tightly controlled by the authorities.

Underground Bishop Jin Lugang of Nanyang Diocese in Henan province was openly installed at St Joseph’s Church last week.

He is the first underground bishop to be openly installed since the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement was signed in September 2018.

Over 250 people attended the Mass at which Bishop Jin (63) read his oath, saying he would assist Bishop Zhu Baoyu “to lead all clerics and Catholics in the diocese to comply with the state constitution; safeguard national unity and social stability and solidarity; love the country and love the Church; adhere to the direction on the Sinicisation of the Catholic Church in China”.


Caritas forced to end Bangladesh school scheme

Catholic charity Caritas has closed a major education scheme for poor and underprivileged children in Bangladesh after the project’s term ended and donors decided to discontinue funding.

In 2012, Caritas received funding of €10 million from the EU and Caritas France to offer basic education to thousands of poor children.

The project was called Aloghor (Lighthouse).


Venezuelan cardinal hopes Maduro will step down

The Archbishop Emeritus of Caracas has expressed his hope that Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro would step down from office, heeding the Pope’s call for peace in the country.

Maduro was sworn in for a second term as president on January 10, after winning an election in which opposition candidates were barred from running or imprisoned. Venezuela’s bishops have called his new term illegitimate, and opposition leader Juan Guaido has declared himself the country’s interim president.

“I hope Maduro, who always appeals to the Pope’s words, heeds those calls, and steps down from office since his administration has been absolutely harmful for the Venezuelan people,” Cardinal Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino said.

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