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News in the Church | Evening News July 10, 2024

The front of the Phat Diem Cathedral, Vietnam. | Credit: Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

News in the Church | Evening News July 10, 2024

By Pål Johannes Nes

Welcome to “News from the Church,” your source for Catholic news and updates from around the world. This is the Evening News for July 10, 2024. Let’s begin.

Pope Francis on AI and Human Life

Pope Francis has delivered a powerful message to AI leaders in Hiroshima, asserting that no machine should ever have the authority to take a human life. In his address, the Pope stressed the moral and ethical responsibilities accompanying advancements in artificial intelligence. He called for a human-centered approach to technology that respects human dignity and life, reinforcing the Church’s commitment to guiding technological progress with a moral compass and safeguarding fundamental human rights.

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Twin Brothers Ordained in Aleppo, Syria

In a remarkable event in Aleppo, Syria, twin brothers have been ordained as priests, each following different paths to their shared vocation. This inspiring occasion highlights the resilience and faith of the Christian community in a region that has faced significant adversity. The ordination ceremony served as a potent symbol of hope and renewal for the local Catholic Church.

Vietnamese Christians Missing Amid Religious Freedom Concerns

Concerns over religious freedom in Vietnam have intensified following reports of 11 Vietnamese Christians missing from detention. These individuals were detained during ongoing government crackdowns on religious groups. Advocacy groups are alarmed by the disappearances and are calling for urgent action to locate the missing and address broader issues of religious persecution in Vietnam. The international community is urged to pressure Vietnamese authorities to respect religious liberties and ensure the safety of detained individuals.

Preparing the Catholic Church for the Next Pandemic

Recent discussions have centered on how the Catholic Church can better prepare for future pandemics. Experts emphasized the need for robust health protocols, improved communication strategies, and the continuity of pastoral care during crises. Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic highlight the importance of preparedness in protecting both the physical and spiritual well-being of the faithful. Proactive measures are being considered to enhance the Church’s response to future health emergencies.

Spanish Soccer Coach Clarifies Religious Gesture

The coach of Spain’s national football team has clarified that his gesture of making the sign of the cross before games is an expression of faith, not superstition. This statement came in response to public curiosity and highlights the intersection of personal faith and public life. The coach’s openness about his beliefs has sparked conversations about religious expression in sports.

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Backlash Against Kenya’s Catholics Over Same-Sex Blessings

Kenya’s Catholic community has faced backlash following the Fiducia Supplicans declaration permitting the blessing of same-sex couples. This controversial decision has sparked intense debate and opposition within the Church and broader society. Church leaders are navigating these challenges while upholding their pastoral responsibilities and addressing the concerns of both supporters and opponents. The declaration reflects broader global tensions within the Church regarding LGBTQ+ issues and the push for inclusivity.

Archbishop Philip Subira Anyolo of the country’s Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi (ADN) (center), Archbishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba of Kenya’s Catholic Archdiocese of Kisumu (right) and Bishop Cleophas Oseso Tuka of the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru (right) interviewed by EWTN’s Colm Flyn. Credit: EWTN News In Depth
Listening to Women to Strengthen African Marriages

Catholic marriage expert Fr. John Gakumba has emphasized the need to listen to women at the grassroots level to address issues leading to the breakdown of marriages in Africa. Fr. Gakumba highlighted the importance of understanding the lived experiences of women to create supportive and resilient marital communities. This approach aims to foster stronger and more equitable relationships within the Church and society.

Pope Francis Supports Apostolic Mission to Mexico

Pope Francis has shown his support for an apostolic mission to Mexico aimed at honoring the legacy of Lebanese Maronite martyrs. This mission underscores the Pope’s commitment to interfaith dialogue and the recognition of diverse cultural contributions within the Catholic Church. The initiative seeks to strengthen the bonds between different Catholic communities worldwide.

Former Cologne Cathedral Master Builder on Church Closures

Barbara Schock-Werner, the former master builder of Cologne Cathedral, has criticized the ease with which church closures are happening. Schock-Werner expressed concerns about the loss of cultural and spiritual heritage due to the closing of historical churches. She argued that these closures are often decided too lightly, without considering their long-term impact on communities and the preservation of ecclesiastical architecture. This issue highlights the tension between maintaining religious sites and addressing practical considerations within the Church.

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That brings us to the end of today’s episode. Thank you for joining us on “News from the Church.” Remember to tune in tomorrow for the Morning 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 evening.

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The front of the Phat Diem Cathedral, Vietnam. | Credit: Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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