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News in the Church | Morning News 02.07.2024

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News in the Church | Morning News 02.07.2024

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 2, 2024. Let’s begin with the Saint of the Day.”

“Today, we honor St. Otto, the Bishop of Bamberg. Born in 1060, St. Otto was a significant figure in the Christianization of Pomerania. Known for his missionary zeal and diplomatic skills, he was instrumental in spreading Christianity in the region. St. Otto’s dedication to his faith and his efforts in building churches and monasteries left a lasting impact on the Church. Let us remember his contributions and seek to emulate his commitment to spreading the Gospel.”

“Our first story today comes from the Vatican, where Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Reinaldo Nann of Peru. At 63, Bishop Nann’s resignation comes as a surprise to many. He has been known for his pastoral work and dedication to the people of his diocese. The Vatican has yet to announce his successor, but the faithful in Peru are already expressing their gratitude for Bishop Nann’s years of service and commitment to the Church.”

“In other Vatican news, new guidelines have been issued for Vatican employees, prohibiting visible tattoos and piercings. These guidelines aim to maintain the decorum and dignity of the Vatican’s image. Employees are expected to present themselves in a manner that reflects the values and traditions of the Church. The new rules have sparked discussions on personal expression versus institutional standards, but the Vatican stands firm in its decision to uphold a professional and respectful environment.”

“Shifting our focus to Africa, Kenyan youths have taken a strong stance against corruption and are advocating for a ‘clean temple of democracy.’ The Apostolic Nuncio praised the youth for their active participation in anti-tax protests, emphasizing the importance of their role in shaping the future of the nation. He highlighted that the younger generation’s determination to fight for transparency and accountability is a powerful force for positive change. The Church continues to support these efforts, encouraging peaceful and constructive advocacy.”

“In Italy, the appeal case of former Vatican auditor Libero Milone, who claims wrongful termination, has taken a significant turn. The actions of Cardinal Angelo Becciu are now a key focus in the proceedings. Milone alleges that his termination was influenced by political and personal motives within the Vatican hierarchy. The case is being closely watched as it sheds light on the internal dynamics of Vatican administration and the challenges of enforcing transparency and accountability within the Church’s governance.”

“In a call for respect and adherence to religious norms, the Superior General of the Franciscan Order has requested former Poor Clare nuns in Belorado, Spain, to cease wearing the religious habit. The ex-nuns had left the order but continued to wear the habit, which has caused confusion and concern within the community. The Superior General emphasized the importance of maintaining the integrity and distinctiveness of the religious garb, urging the former nuns to respect the symbolism and tradition associated with the habit.”

“Turning to South America, a shocking incident occurred in Argentina where the image of the Virgin of Luján was stolen from a basilica. The statue holds great cultural and spiritual significance, and its theft has deeply saddened the local community. Authorities are conducting a thorough investigation to recover the revered image. The Church has called for prayers for its safe return, highlighting the deep connection and devotion of the faithful to the Virgin of Luján.”

“Finally, in a positive development, Russian forces have released two Ukrainian Catholic priests who were captured in 2022. The release of the priests, who had been held for nearly two years, brings relief and joy to their families and communities. The Church has expressed gratitude for their release and continues to pray for peace and reconciliation between Russia and Ukraine. The priests’ return is a symbol of hope amidst ongoing conflict and a testament to the power of faith and perseverance.”

“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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