Camille's editorial of September 20: Freedom for Christian journalist Zhang Zhan!

Zhang Zhan is a Christian journalist and lawyer, who had traveled to Wuhan to cover the subject of the Covid-19 epidemic.

In May 2020, after posting a critical video on China's response to the pandemic, she was missing, before being tried in December 2020, then detained on charges of "causing quarrels and causing unrest ". The Christian journalist was sentenced to four years in prison.

On September 17, 44 NGOs including China Aid and Amnesty International sent a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping asking for his release and exoneration.

Like this outpouring of solidarity, today's news invites us to reach out to our neighbor. 

En Argentina, Salesian missionaries launched a campaign of solidarity entitled “The emergency continues: infants and educates”, to help families affected by the economic consequences of the pandemic.

In this country where “sixty percent of the population lives in poverty” according to Salesian Ariel Fresia, their objective is “to provide assistance to families all over the country, to continue to provide food aid to more than 150 families. and to support the education of thousands of children and young people ”.

Au Lebanon, as the health system collapses, the president of Caritas Lebanon, Father Michel Abboud calls for help. “There are no medicines” in the country, says the cleric.

“We must stand firm and be united, keep hope that one day this crisis is behind us. »Continues Father Abboud who works with Caritas to take care of the population.

It is in solidarity with victims of sexual abuse perpetrated by representatives of the Church that Pope Francis sent a video message to the European bishops gathered in Poland.

In this message, the Argentine pontiff said that "it is only by facing the truth of this cruel behavior and humbly seeking forgiveness from the victims and survivors that the church can find a way to be considered again. and trustworthy as a place of welcome and security for those who need it ”.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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