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News in the Church: Morning News July 12, 2024

News in the Church: Morning News July 12, 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 12, 2024.

Saint of the Day: St. John Gualbert

Today, we honor St. John Gualbert, an 11th-century Benedictine abbot who founded the Vallombrosan Order. Known for his profound humility and dedication to reforming the Church, St. John Gualbert’s life exemplifies forgiveness and the pursuit of holiness. His commitment to monastic discipline and his work in combating simony left a lasting impact on the Church.

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100 Years After Sigrid Undset’s Conversion: The First Vocation from Lillehammer, Norway

On the centenary of Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset’s conversion to Catholicism, Lillehammer celebrates its first vocation. A young man from the town has decided to dedicate her life to the Church, becoming the first vocation from Lillehammer. This milestone highlights the growing Catholic presence in Norway and the enduring influence of Undset’s legacy. The local community views this as a significant step in their spiritual journey, fostering hope for future vocations. The bishop of Oslo, Bernt Eidsvig, emphasized the importance of Undset’s conversion in inspiring this new wave of faith.

Read more: The First Vocation from Lillehammer, Norway

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20,000 Attend Mass Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Neocatechumenal Way in the U.S.

A Mass celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Neocatechumenal Way in the United States drew a crowd of 20,000. The event, marked by vibrant liturgy and communal prayer, showcased the movement’s impact on fostering faith and community among its members. The Neocatechumenal Way continues to be a vital force in evangelization and catechesis.

Read more: 50th Anniversary of Neocatechumenal Way in the U.S.

Pro-Life Roundup: Arkansas Abortion Amendment Disqualified

In a significant victory for pro-life advocates, an Arkansas abortion amendment was disqualified from the ballot. The proposed amendment sought to expand abortion access but was found to have legal and procedural issues. This development reinforces the ongoing efforts to protect life and uphold pro-life values in the state.

Read more: Arkansas Abortion Amendment Disqualified

Pope Francis Decides to Continue His Visit to Trieste Despite Gun Discovery

Pope Francis has decided to proceed with his planned visit to Trieste, Italy, despite the recent discovery of a gun near the venue. The Pope’s decision underscores his commitment to pastoral outreach and his refusal to be deterred by potential threats. Security measures have been heightened to ensure the safety of all participants. This act of courage and dedication highlights the Pope’s unwavering mission to connect with the faithful, regardless of risks.

Read more: Pope Francis Continues Trieste Visit

ope Francis during his visit to Trieste | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/EWTN News
Catholic Bishop Praises Resilience of Tigray Residents in Ethiopia

A Catholic bishop, Abune Tesfaselassie Medhin, has praised the resilience of the people of Tigray, Ethiopia, amid ongoing conflict and humanitarian challenges. Describing the residents as “wonderful people,” the bishop highlighted their strength and determination in facing adversity. The Church continues to support the Tigrayan community through various relief and development efforts.

Read more: Resilience of Tigray Residents

Zambia’s Former President Lauds Caritas Officials for Addressing Important Issues

Zambia’s former president, Rupiah Banda, has commended Caritas officials for their work in addressing the country’s critical issues. The praise was directed at their efforts in promoting social justice, providing humanitarian aid, and advocating for the marginalized. Caritas Zambia’s initiatives reflect the Church’s commitment to social responsibility and community support.

Read more: Caritas Officials in Zambia

The Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano

There are a number of Eucharistic miracles throughout the world, but the one in the Italian town of Lanciano may be the most remarkable. The 1,300-year-old relics made of human heart muscle and blood are still preserved to this day for the faithful to behold. It is the first recorded Eucharistic miracle and occurred in the 8th century when a monk who doubted the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist celebrated Mass. Br. Santino Verna, OMC Custodian of the relic, says, “The Host turned into a part of the left ventricle, which is a part of the human body essential for the heart’s function. This part of the myocardial tissue was both aching and bleeding. The wine then transformed into human blood and within a few moments changed from a liquid to a solid state, into five coagulated blood drops.” EWTN Vatican Journalist Paola Arriaza has more.

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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