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News in the Church | Evening News July 8, 2024

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, presides over a press conference on Friday, May 17, 2024, on the Vatican’s new document on Marian apparitions. | Credit: Rudolf Gehrig/EWTN News

News in the Church | Evening 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 Evening News for July 8, 2024. Let’s begin.”

Vatican Validates Apparitions of Maria Rosa Mystica

“The Vatican has validated the apparitions of Maria Rosa Mystica in Italy. This recognition acknowledges the spiritual significance and authenticity of the apparitions, which have inspired devotion and prayer among the faithful. The validation is expected to increase pilgrimage and devotion at the site, further enriching the spiritual life of the Church. The recognition also emphasizes the importance of Marian apparitions in fostering faith and devotion among Catholics. This validation process involved thorough investigation and discernment by Church authorities, affirming the genuine nature of these mystical experiences.”

Eucharistic Marian Youth Day in Covadonga, Spain

“Thousands of young people participated in the Eucharistic Marian Youth Day in Covadonga, Spain. The event, marked by prayer, reflection, and celebration, highlighted the importance of Eucharistic adoration and Marian devotion in the lives of young Catholics. Participants engaged in various activities designed to deepen their faith and foster a sense of community. The gathering aimed to inspire the youth to live out their faith more fully and to recognize the centrality of the Eucharist and Mary in their spiritual journey. The event included workshops, confessions, and a procession, culminating in a solemn Mass that underscored the spiritual vitality of the youth.”

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Bishops in East Africa Commit to Child Protection

“Bishops in East Africa have committed to creating a safe and nurturing Church environment for minors. This pledge is part of a broader initiative to enhance child protection measures and ensure that the Church remains a secure place for all young people. Led by Bishop Charles Kasonde, President of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA), the bishops emphasized the need for continuous education, vigilance, and strict adherence to safeguarding protocols. This commitment underscores the Church’s dedication to preventing abuse and promoting the well-being of children within its communities. The bishops aim to build trust and provide a model for child protection that can be emulated globally.”

Biden Administration Releases LGBTQI+ Policy Agenda Report

“The Biden administration has released a report on its worldwide LGBTQI+ policy agenda. The report outlines various initiatives and policies aimed at promoting LGBTQI+ rights globally. This comprehensive document reflects the administration’s commitment to advancing equality and addressing discrimination against LGBTQI+ individuals worldwide. The report highlights ongoing efforts to integrate LGBTQI+ rights into broader human rights and foreign policy strategies, underscoring the importance of inclusivity and non-discrimination in international relations.”

Pope Francis’ Message on St. Rosalia’s Relics

“Pope Francis has sent a message on the 400th anniversary of the discovery of St. Rosalia’s relics. In his message, the Pope highlighted St. Rosalia’s enduring legacy and her role as a model of holiness and devotion. He encouraged the faithful to draw inspiration from her life and to seek her intercession in their spiritual needs. The Pope’s message underscored the significance of saints’ relics in connecting the faithful with the broader communion of saints and the history of the Church.”

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Bishop Joseph Mlola’s Message on Priestly Anniversary

“At a priestly anniversary celebration, Bishop Joseph Mlola of Tanzania emphasized the importance of love and cautioned against selfishness. The bishop’s message centered on the need for selfless service and dedication in the priesthood, reflecting Christ’s example of love and sacrifice. He urged priests to prioritize the needs of their congregations and to embody the virtues of humility and compassion in their ministry. The bishop’s remarks were a call to deeper spiritual commitment and pastoral care.”

Bishop Felix Genn on Global Political Instability

“In Germany, Bishop Felix Genn has spoken about the alarming political situation in the world. He expressed concerns over rising tensions and the impact of political instability on global peace and security. Bishop Genn’s comments highlight the Church’s role in advocating for justice, peace, and the common good amid challenging political landscapes. His remarks serve as a reminder of the Church’s commitment to being a voice for moral guidance and ethical leadership in times of crisis.”

“That brings us to the end of today’s episode. Thank you for joining us on News from the Church. Remember to tune in tomorrow for the Morning 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 evening.”

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