Albanian Church to Celebrate Martyrs’ Legacy November 5
During 40 years of communist rule in Albania–which, in 1967, declared itself the first completely atheist country in the world–praying, making the sign of the cross, wearing a crucifix around one’s neck, or any other evidence of being a believer in God were treated as crimes. Churches, mosques and other places of worship were used as shopping centers, sports halls, or theaters. That too was the fate of the cathedral of Shkodër, which was turned into a sports arena. But on November 5, it will be the site of the beatification of 38 Albanian martyrs.
Xi Jinping Warns Communist Party Would Be “Overthrown” If Taiwan’s Independence Push Left Unchecked
Zhuang Pinghui, SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
Mainland China’s Communist Party would be overthrown by the people if it failed to properly deal with Taiwanese pro-independence, Communist leader Xi Jinping told the head of the Kuomintang party in Beijing this week. The reports quoted Xi as saying Beijing’s opposition to Taiwanese independence was “based on the prospect of the great rejuvenation of the China nation.”
The Vatican’s Illusions About Chinese Communism
David Feith, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Cardinal Joseph Zen, the most senior Chinese cleric in the Catholic Church, believes the Vatican is fast approaching a tragic mistake in China. Within days, church leaders could conclude a landmark agreement with the Chinese government after 65 years of acrimony and persecution. Pope Francis isn’t known to have signed off, and before he does Cardinal Zen prays to be heard.
Beijing to Intervene in Hong Kong Lawmaker Oath Dispute
Kelvin Chan, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Beijing plans to intervene in a Hong Kong political dispute over two young, newly elected separatist lawmakers being fought in the city’s courts, in a rare move that is stoking fears the Chinese-ruled city’s considerable autonomy and independent judiciary are under threat. The move comes in response to a provocative display of anti-China sentiment by the two lawmakers, Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching, at their swearing-in ceremony last month.
On This Day In 1956, the Soviet Union Totally Crushed Hungary’s Hope for Freedom and Independence
November 4th, 1956, is one of the most tragic days in Hungary’s history. After briefly expelling the Soviet Union from the country, Soviet forces returned to crush the Hungarian Revolution. Over 200,000 Hungarians fled across the border into Austria and the West until the escape route was sealed off. Thousands were executed or imprisoned.
Ukraine Commemorates Executions of Prominent 20th Century Cultural Figures
On November 3rd, 1937, Les Kurbas and Mykola Kulish, two of the paramount figures of Ukrainian culture, were executed. In the culminating days of Stalin’s Great Terror in mid-1930s, the two were executed along with hundreds of thousands cultural, scientific, and religious figures throughout the Soviet Union.
Venezuela Opposition Gives Maduro Until November 11 to Meet Demands
Andreina Aponte and Anggy Polanco, REUTERS
Venezuela’s opposition exhorted President Nicolás Maduro on Thursday to set an election and start releasing jailed activists within days, while students opposed to Vatican-led talks protested in the streets. The opposition coalition drew hundreds of thousands into the streets when authorities quashed its drive for a referendum against Maduro last month in the country of 30 million people.