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News in the Church: Morning News July 11, 2024

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News in the Church: Morning News July 11, 2024

By Pål Johannes Nes

Welcome to the Morning News from the Church, your trusted source for Catholic news and updates from around the world. This edition is brought to you by EWTN Norway and edited by Pål Johannes Nes. Here are the top stories for July 11, 2024.

Saint of the Day: St. Benedict

Today, we honor St. Benedict, widely recognized as the father of Western monasticism. St. Benedict’s ‘Rule of St. Benedict’ established essential guidelines for monastic life, emphasizing prayer, work, and community living. His contributions have profoundly shaped Christian monastic practices and continue to influence spiritual life worldwide. St. Benedict’s enduring legacy highlights the timeless values of discipline, humility, and devotion in the pursuit of holiness.
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The Blessings of St. Gerard Majella in Miraculous Operations

In a heartwarming development, many believers are attributing the success of numerous miraculous medical operations to the intercession of St. Gerard Majella. Known as the patron saint of mothers and expectant mothers, St. Gerard’s intercessory prayers are credited with bringing about healing and positive outcomes in critical medical procedures. Numerous testimonies have highlighted extraordinary recoveries and renewed faith, reinforcing the deep spiritual connection between prayer and healing.
Read more: The Blessings of St. Gerard Majella

Bishops’ Committee Faces Backlash Over Call for Cuba to Be Removed from Terrorism Sponsor List

The U.S. Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace is facing criticism after advocating for Cuba’s removal from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. Critics argue that this move could undermine efforts to hold the Cuban government accountable for human rights abuses. Concerns have been raised that delisting Cuba might send the wrong message about addressing political repression and violations of freedoms. However, the committee asserts that delisting Cuba could foster better diplomatic relations and aid in addressing humanitarian issues.
Read more: Bishops’ Committee and Cuba

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops headquarters in Washington, D.C. | Credit: Farragutful, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Radio Maria in Nicaragua Shut Down by Government

Radio Maria, a prominent Catholic radio station in Nicaragua, has been shut down by the country’s government, a move seen as part of a broader crackdown on freedom of expression and religious liberties. The station has been a crucial source of spiritual guidance and community connection for many Nicaraguans. Its closure has sparked significant concern and condemnation from international observers and human rights organizations, highlighting the increasing restrictions faced by religious and media institutions in the country.
Read more: Radio Maria in Nicaragua Shut Down

Catholics Played an Important Role in the French Elections

Catholics played a significant role in the recent French legislative elections. Supporters of the center-left parties celebrated their victory in the second and final run-off last weekend. Now, the government faces the challenge of governing with a mixed coalition. Senior Vatican Analyst for EWTN News, Frank Rocca, highlights the importance of the Catholic vote in French politics. Rocca discusses how Catholics voted in the recent elections and notes the growth in Catholic support for the populist right in France. This shift indicates a changing political landscape and the increasing influence of Catholic voters in shaping French politics.

Bishop Zaidan Condemns Targeting of Civilians at Holy Family School in Gaza

Bishop A. Elias Zaidan has condemned the targeting of civilians, specifically referring to a recent incident at the Holy Family School in Gaza. The school, serving as a refuge for many during conflicts, was reportedly damaged in recent attacks. Bishop Zaidan’s statement calls for an end to violence and a renewed commitment to peace and the protection of innocent lives in conflict zones.
Read more: Bishop Zaidan on Gaza

Catholic Archbishop in Angola Warns Scout Coordinators About Jealousy and Envy

During a gathering of scout coordinators in Angola, Catholic Archbishop Filomeno do Nascimento Vieira Dias warned against the dangers of jealousy and envy. He emphasized the importance of unity, cooperation, and the positive values that scouting promotes among the youth. The archbishop’s message aimed to strengthen the moral and ethical foundation of the scouting movement within the country.
Read more: Catholic Archbishop in Angola

Credit: Archdiocese of Lubango
Catholic Charity Lauds U.S. Legislators for Approving Bill Supporting Religious Freedom in Nigeria

Catholic Relief Services has praised U.S. legislators for passing a bill supporting religious freedom in Nigeria. The legislation aims to address and mitigate religious persecution faced by various communities in Nigeria. This support is seen as a crucial step in promoting peace and protecting the rights of religious minorities in the region.
Read more: Catholic Charity on U.S. Bill for Nigeria

That concludes this morning’s edition of News from the Church. Thank you for joining us. Remember to tune in this evening for the Evening News, where we will 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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