#ShortNews: Intercommunion is ‘not possible,’ says Cardinal Müller

His Eminence, who is a member of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, underlined the impossibility of intercommunion between Protestants and Catholics, which is being debated in Germany.

“Intercommunion is not possible, absolutely, objectively, is not possible because the Communion is the sacramental representation of the communion in the Faith. If you don’t have full communion in the Faith, it’s not possible to have full communion in the sacramental expression, especially in the Eucharist.”

“The Pope, according to the Catholic Faith, is the universal principle of the unity of the Church, not political unity but the unity in the revealed Faith. The Faith, the doctrine of the Catholic Church regarding the Eucharist and the Eucharist’s belonging to the full communion of the Church under the Pope and the episcopacy is very clear. It cannot be changed.”

Read full interview script: https://catholicoutlook.org/exclusive-first-australian-interview-with-cardinal-muller/

#ShortNews: Chinese churches get ready for ‘Sinicization’

Churches in Hebei province and in Yibin Diocese of Sichuan province have held training seminars on the five-year plan to promote Sinicization of the Chinese Catholic Church. Professor Ying Fuk-tsang, director of the divinity school at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said Sinicization had become an unavoidable mission for all religions in China since President Xi Jinping proposed the plan in 2015.

The Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China (BCCCC) and the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA) issued the Five-Year Plan on Promoting the Chinese Catholic Church’s Adherence to Sinicization (2018-22) in June to all dioceses, asking them to formulate and report their own five-year plans to the CCPA and BCCCC before the end of August.

“Sinicization is the Communist Party’s effort to strengthen its control of religions in terms of ideology and system. Politically, religion must be in line with the party’s socialist core values, conform to Chinese society and be compatible with traditional Chinese culture,” Ying said.

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#ShortNews: Amid hardships, Syriac Catholic young people attest to their faith

Driven by a zeal and strong ties to the roots of their faith, 450 young people from all over the world gathered in Lebanon for the first Syriac Youth International Convention, open to people 18-35.

In Lebanon, Christians account for approximately 40 percent of the population. The country’s president is a Maronite Catholic, and half of the country’s 128 parliamentary seats are reserved for Christians.

“In Iraq, Christians feel like strangers in our own country. The Muslims make us feel like we don’t belong,” said Shahad, an Iraqi. “Here, we have something in common,” she said of the gathering. “And I can see that Christians will always be united by our faith. This gives me hope for our future.”

Rear full article: https://cruxnow.com/global-church/2018/07/24/amid-hardships-syriac-catholic-young-people-attest-to-their-faith/