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News in the Church | Morning News 01.07.2024

News in the Church | Morning News 01.07.2024

By Pål Johannes Nes

“Welcome to News from the Church, your source for Catholic news and updates from around the world. The news is edited by Pål Johannes Nes, and you’re listening to EWTN Norway. This is the Morning News for July 1, 2024. Let’s begin with the Saint of the Day.”

“Today, we honor St. Junípero Serra, a Spanish Franciscan friar who founded a mission in Baja California and the first nine of 21 Spanish missions in California from San Diego to San Francisco. St. Junípero is celebrated for his dedication to evangelizing the native peoples of the Americas and for his role in the spread of Christianity in the New World. His legacy is marked by his deep faith, tireless missionary work, and the establishment of communities that have lasted for centuries. Let us remember his contributions to the Church and his commitment to spreading the Gospel.”

“Our first story today comes from the Vatican, where Pope Francis recently emphasized that God does not discriminate against anyone because He loves everyone. In his address, the Pope highlighted the universal love of God, stressing that every individual, regardless of their background or circumstances, is precious in the eyes of the Lord. He called on the faithful to reflect this divine love in their interactions, promoting inclusivity and compassion in their communities.”

“In the Middle East, a unique initiative has emerged in the form of a fasting and prayer event held in the Syrian city of Douma. This event is aimed at seeking divine intervention for the Christian community and the wider region. Participants are dedicating their fasts and prayers to ask for protection and blessings, highlighting the power of faith and unity in times of adversity. The organizers hope that this spiritual effort will bring about peace and healing in a region long afflicted by conflict.”

“Turning to Lebanon, the churches have announced a special campaign of prayer for peace and the protection of families. In response to the ongoing crises, including economic instability and political unrest, Lebanese Christians are coming together to pray for divine guidance and support. This initiative underscores the crucial role of prayer in seeking solutions to societal challenges and fostering a sense of hope and solidarity among the faithful.”

“In New York, a controversial Pride Mass was held at the historic Stonewall Inn, sparking debate within the Catholic community. The Mass, aimed at the LGBT Catholic community, was seen by some as a step towards inclusivity and reconciliation, while others viewed it as a departure from traditional Church teachings. The event has ignited discussions on how the Church can balance its doctrines with the need to embrace and support all its members.”

“Lastly, we have an inspiring story from California, where the relics of St. Jude are currently on tour. This tour provides the faithful with an opportunity to venerate the relics of the saint known for his intercession in desperate situations. The tour has attracted large crowds, with many believers seeking solace and miracles through St. Jude’s intercession. This event not only strengthens the faith of individuals but also brings communities together in a shared expression of devotion.”

“That brings us to the end of today’s episode. Thank you for joining us on News from the Church. Remember to tune in this evening for the Evening News, where we’ll bring you more updates and stories from the global Catholic community. God bless you all, and may your faith continue to inspire and guide you. This is EWTN Norway, wishing you a peaceful and blessed day.”

Photo credit:
A family venerates the relic of St. Jude at Christ Cathedral in the Diocese of Orange, California, at the end of April. (photo: Bradley Zint / Diocese of Orange)

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