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News in the Church: Morning News July 23, 2024

News in the Church: Morning News July 23, 2024

By Pål Johannes Nes

Welcome to News from the Church, your source for Catholic news and updates from around the world. This edition is edited by Pål Johannes Nes for EWTN Norway. Here is the Morning News for July 23, 2024.

Saint of the Day: St. Bridget of Sweden

Today, we honor St. Bridget of Sweden, a 14th-century mystic and founder of the Bridgettine Order. Known for her visions of Christ and her profound spiritual writings, St. Bridget played a significant role in the religious life of her time. She is one of the patron saints of Europe, recognized for her dedication to prayer, charity, and reform within the Church.
Read more: St. Bridget of Sweden

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Vatican Secretary of State Visits Ukraine with Pope Francis’ Message of Closeness

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, recently visited Ukraine, bringing a message of closeness and support from Pope Francis. During his visit, Cardinal Parolin met with local Church leaders, government officials, and families affected by the ongoing conflict. The visit aimed to show solidarity with the Ukrainian people and to promote peace and reconciliation in the region.
Read more: Vatican Secretary of State in Ukraine

First Ordinations in Nicaraguan Diocese Since Exile of Bishop Alvarez

In Nicaragua, the diocese of Matagalpa celebrated its first ordinations since the exile of Bishop Rolando Alvarez. The ordination ceremony, led by a visiting bishop, was a moment of joy and hope for the local Catholic community. The event highlighted the resilience and faith of the Nicaraguan Church amidst ongoing political and social challenges.
Read more: Nicaraguan Ordinations

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Church leaders in Pakistan have praised a recent amendment that raises the legal age for marriage of Christians. The new legislation, which sets the minimum age at 18, is seen as a significant step towards protecting the rights and welfare of young girls in the country. This move aligns with the Church’s advocacy for human dignity and the protection of vulnerable populations.
Read more: Pakistan Amendment on Marriage Age

Young Adults Defying Secularism Trend in Canadian Church

An encouraging trend is emerging in Canada, where young adults are increasingly defying secularism and embracing their Catholic faith. Many young Catholics are actively participating in Church activities, seeking deeper spiritual experiences, and forming faith-based communities. This resurgence of faith among young people is seen as a hopeful sign for the future of the Canadian Church.
Read more: Canadian Young Adults

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Families with Children Encouraged by National Eucharistic Congress: ‘The Church is Young’

The National Eucharistic Congress in the United States has brought renewed encouragement to families with children. Many attendees expressed a sense of hope and rejuvenation, noting that the presence of so many young families signifies a vibrant and growing Church. The Congress emphasized the importance of passing on the faith to the next generation and fostering a strong, supportive community.
Read more: National Eucharistic Congress

New Hampshire Becomes Latest State to Restrict Sex-Change Surgeries for Minors

New Hampshire has become the latest state to enact legislation restricting sex-change surgeries for minors. The new law, which aims to protect children from making irreversible medical decisions at a young age, has sparked debates on medical ethics and parental rights. The Church has expressed support for the legislation, aligning with its teachings on the sanctity of the human body and the need to protect vulnerable individuals.
Read more: New Hampshire Law

Marcial Maciel, Founder of Legionaries of Christ, Nearly Expelled from Priesthood in 1950s

New revelations have emerged about Marcial Maciel, the controversial founder of the Legionaries of Christ, who nearly faced expulsion from the priesthood in the 1950s. Documents recently uncovered indicate that serious allegations against Maciel were considered by the Vatican, but he was ultimately allowed to continue his ministry. This information adds to the complex history of Maciel and the ongoing efforts to address the abuses associated with his legacy.
Read more: Marcial Maciel

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Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Bishop Oscar Munera Ochoa of Colombia

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Oscar Munera Ochoa of Colombia. At 62, Bishop Munera cited health reasons for his early retirement. The Vatican has expressed gratitude for his years of service and commitment to the Church in Colombia, and a successor is expected to be appointed soon.
Read more: Bishop Munera Ochoa

Pioneer Bishop’s Installation for South Sudan’s Newest Catholic Diocese

Preparations are underway for the installation of the pioneer bishop for South Sudan’s newest Catholic diocese. The new diocese, established to better serve the growing Catholic population in the region, marks a significant milestone in the Church’s mission in South Sudan. The installation ceremony is expected to draw numerous clergy, faithful, and dignitaries.
Read more: South Sudan Diocese

Credit: Catholic Radio Network South Sudan

How the Catholic Church in Australia Supports Its Needy Members

In a special report, we explore how the Catholic Church in Australia is supporting its needy members. Through various initiatives and programs, the Church provides essential services such as food, shelter, education, and counseling to those in need. These efforts are part of the Church’s broader mission to serve the marginalized and uphold the dignity of every person.
Read more: Australian Church Support

Efforts in Syria to Foster Spiritual Cohesion Among Youth

In Syria, efforts are being made to foster spiritual cohesion among youth amidst the ongoing conflict. Church leaders and organizations are focusing on providing spiritual guidance, educational programs, and community support to help young people navigate the challenges of living in a war-torn country. These initiatives aim to strengthen the faith and resilience of the younger generation, ensuring they remain connected to their spiritual roots.

Christian Migrants from Middle East Gather in Australia and New Zealand

Christian migrants from the Middle East have gathered in Australia and New Zealand for a series of faith-based events. These gatherings provide an opportunity for migrants to connect with one another, share their experiences, and strengthen their faith. The events highlight the importance of community and support for migrants as they navigate new lives in foreign countries.

Optimizing Theological Studies: Rector of KHK†T Speaks on New Initiatives

The rector of the Catholic University of Applied Sciences in Germany, Father Thomas Frings, has announced new initiatives to optimize theological studies. These initiatives aim to provide students with better resources, modern teaching methods, and a supportive learning environment. Father Frings emphasized the importance of theological education in preparing future Church leaders and fostering a deeper understanding of the faith.
Read more: Optimizing Theological Studies

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