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The Archdiocese of Kisumu has formed a group called “St. Monica Widows” for women who have lost their husbands “because the other option is they are inherited” by a male relative of the deceased husband, Archbishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba said. | Credit: “EWTN News in Depth”/Screenshot

News in the Church: Morning News July 8, 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 8, 2024. Let’s begin with the Saint of the Day.

Saint of the Day: Sts. Aquila and Priscilla

Today, we honor Sts. Aquila and Priscilla, a married couple who were close collaborators with St. Paul. They are celebrated for their work in spreading the Gospel and for their hospitality, offering their home as a meeting place for early Christians. Their dedication to the early Church serves as an enduring example of Christian service and fellowship.

Pope Francis on Democracy and Public Engagement

Pope Francis has defended the role of democracy in politics, stating that Catholics cannot live a private faith but must engage in the public sphere to promote justice and the common good. In a recent address, he emphasized the importance of active participation in democratic processes as a means to uphold human dignity and moral values.

Pope Francis on the Dignity of Migrants and Prisoners

Pope Francis also highlighted the dignity of migrants and prisoners, stating that God is hidden in human misery. He called for greater compassion and understanding towards those suffering from marginalization and urged the faithful to recognize the presence of Christ in the least among us. This message aligns with the Church’s longstanding advocacy for the vulnerable and oppressed. The Pope emphasized that recognizing the inherent dignity in every person, regardless of their circumstances, is fundamental to Christian faith. By doing so, he encourages the faithful to take actionable steps in supporting marginalized communities, advocating for policies that protect human rights, and extending love and mercy to those in dire situations.

St. Monica Widows Apostolate in Kenya

In Kenya, the St. Monica Widows Apostolate is working to reduce polygamy through support and education. The Catholic initiative aims to empower widows, promote monogamous relationships, and provide moral and spiritual guidance. This effort reflects the Church’s commitment to upholding the sanctity of marriage and supporting those affected by challenging social practices.

Youth Gathering in Nairobi Amid Protests

The Nairobi Archdiocese will gather youths on Saba Saba Sunday for a Holy Mass, voicing concerns amid anti-government protests. The event is intended to foster dialogue and encourage peaceful expressions of dissatisfaction while highlighting the role of faith in addressing societal issues. Church leaders hope this gathering will promote unity and constructive engagement. By bringing together young people, the Church aims to provide a platform for them to voice their concerns in a respectful and peaceful manner, reinforcing the importance of dialogue and mutual understanding in resolving conflicts and advancing social justice.

Archbishop Scicluna on the Role of a Coadjutor Bishop

Archbishop Scicluna has recently commented on what it means to be a coadjutor bishop, emphasizing the role as a supportive and collaborative leader within the Church hierarchy. He highlighted the importance of working alongside the diocesan bishop to ensure continuity and effective pastoral care, particularly in times of transition or challenge. Archbishop Scicluna stressed that a coadjutor bishop must be a source of support and stability, helping to manage diocesan affairs smoothly and maintaining pastoral outreach to the faithful. His remarks underscore the collaborative spirit necessary within Church leadership to address both ongoing and emerging challenges effectively.

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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The Archdiocese of Kisumu has formed a group called “St. Monica Widows” for women who have lost their husbands “because the other option is they are inherited” by a male relative of the deceased husband, Archbishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba said. | Credit: “EWTN News in Depth”/Screenshot

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