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News in the Church | Morning News July 5, 2024

News in the Church | Morning News July 5, 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 5, 2024. Let’s begin with the Saint of the Day.”

“Today, we honor St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, a 16th-century Italian priest and founder of the Barnabites, a religious order dedicated to reforming the clergy and laity. Born in Cremona in 1502, Zaccaria was known for his fervent preaching and emphasis on Eucharistic devotion. He introduced the practice of the Forty Hours’ Devotion and encouraged frequent communion. His tireless work in spiritual renewal and his deep devotion to the Eucharist and the Passion of Christ left a lasting impact on the Church.”

“Our first story takes us to China, where the Catholic Church mourns the passing of a father whose three sons all became priests. This remarkable family is a testament to the deep faith and dedication to the Church that can thrive even under challenging circumstances. The man’s life and legacy are celebrated by the local Catholic community, highlighting the significant role of family in nurturing vocations to the priesthood. His story underscores the powerful influence of familial faith and support in fostering religious vocations, particularly in regions where the Church faces numerous challenges.”

“In Spain, the organizers of ‘Rosario de Ferraz’ have explained why they continue to pray the Rosary despite government prohibitions. The group asserts that their public prayer is a peaceful expression of faith and a response to what they see as unjust restrictions on religious freedom. Despite the legal challenges and potential penalties, they maintain that their commitment to public prayer is a necessary witness to their faith. The government has cited various reasons for the prohibition, but the group believes that these actions infringe upon their rights to religious expression. This situation has sparked a broader debate about the balance between public safety and religious freedom in Spain, drawing attention from various human rights organizations and religious groups. Their resolve to continue praying publicly has also galvanized support from other religious communities and civil rights activists, emphasizing the importance of defending religious freedoms.”

“An editorial from the Settimane Sociali in Italy reflects on the teachings of Pope Benedict XVI, urging Catholics in politics to engage without a sense of inferiority. The piece highlights Benedict’s call for Catholics to be confident and proactive in political discourse, bringing their values and perspectives to the public square. Benedict XVI emphasized that Catholic politicians should not shy away from expressing their faith and principles, but rather see them as a strength in their political endeavors. The editorial underscores the importance of integrating faith with public service, suggesting that Catholic teachings offer valuable insights into social justice, human dignity, and the common good. This message is particularly relevant as Catholics navigate contemporary political landscapes that often challenge their beliefs and principles, encouraging them to influence positive change through active and courageous participation in politics. The article concludes that Catholic engagement in politics can lead to more ethical and compassionate governance, promoting the common good through faith-based values.”

“Pro-life advocates in Germany are pushing back against proposed bans on counseling outside abortion centers. These activists argue that such counseling provides essential support and information to women considering abortion. They contend that the proposed restrictions would undermine free speech and limit the assistance available to those in vulnerable situations. The debate highlights the ongoing clash over abortion rights and the role of advocacy in public spaces. The pro-life counselors emphasize the importance of offering alternatives and support to women facing unplanned pregnancies, arguing that their presence outside clinics can be a source of hope and help. Opponents of the ban assert that these counseling sessions can lead to informed decisions and provide critical emotional and practical support. The proposed legislation has sparked a nationwide conversation about the balance between protecting women’s rights and ensuring that they have access to comprehensive information and support. This contentious issue continues to evoke strong opinions from both sides, underscoring the complex nature of the abortion debate in Germany.”

“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.”

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