While tensions with the Chinese mainland have existed since the handover, in recent years pro-democracy advocates have voiced increasing concerns that the city’s autonomy is in jeopardy.
The new law aims to show that Pope Francis is serious about his frequently stated commitment to internal reform.
The bishops noted that the lockdown and social distancing have "managed to stop the spread of the disease for a time," but in the last week, "the number of those infected has increased alarmingly."
In his message dated May 31, Pentecost Sunday, the pope reflected on the theme of this year’s observance, “Here am I, send me,” taken from Isaiah 6:8.
The child, nine-month-old Lucas Pearson, has a cardiac condition that has led to feeding issues.
In his homily, the pope reflected on “the secret” of the Church’s unity.
The basilica will livestream a “Pentecost Evening Prayer for Justice and Peace” Sunday evening, at 5:30pm Central.
The decision responded to an emergency appeal from the South Bay United Pentecostal Church and its senior pastor Bishop Arthur Hodges III, who had challenged California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order limiting churches to 25% of their normal maximum capacity, with 100 people maximum at any service.
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