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posted Apr 30, 2019, 5:53 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 30, 2019, 5:54 AM ]

Catholic Church cancels Sunday Masses after bombing

With fears of new attacks on Christian places of worship still palpable in Sri Lanka, the Catholic Church in the country decided to cancel Sunday Masses until further notice. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, told journalists on Friday, April 26, that Church officials had seen a leaked security document, describing Catholic churches and other denominations as a major target for attackers. He also asked the faithful to stay home for their own safety. "We don't want repetitions," Cardinal Ranjith said.


Pope sends aid to migrants stranded at US border

Pope Francis has donated 500,000 dollars to assist migrants in Mexico. The funds, from the Peter's Pence collections, will be distributed among 27 projects promoted by sixteen Mexican dioceses and religious congregations, which requested assistance in continuing to provide food, lodging, and basic necessities to the migrants. According to a statement from Peter's Pence, "In recent months, thousands of migrants have arrived in Mexico, having travelled more than 4,000 kilometres on foot, and with makeshift vehicles from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Men and women, often with young children, flee poverty and violence, hoping for a better future in the United States. However, the US border remains closed to them."


Priests told to check churches following quakes

Church leaders in the Philippines have called on Parish Priests to ensure the structural integrity and security of churches, following a series of strong earthquakes in recent days. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila directed priests in his archdiocese to check churches for possible cracks or damage, following a 6.1 magnitude earthquake on April 22, and a 6.4 magnitude quake on April 23. At least 16 people were reported killed, and more than two dozen are missing.


Pope: Word of God must be 'beating heart' of Church

Reading the Bible and praying with it is "the best vaccine" against Catholic communities closing in on themselves or focusing only on self-preservation, said Pope Francis. God wants "a Church that does not speak from itself or about itself, but has in its heart and on its lips the Lord and draws daily from His Word," the Pope told members of the Catholic Biblical Federation.

Greeting 200 Federation members from 68 countries on April 26, Pope Francis said that when Christians basically proclaim themselves instead of Jesus, they transmit nothing to the world."It is the Word of God, not our own," he said, and "it removes us from being at the centre, saves us from self-sufficiency and triumphalism, and calls us continually to go out." 


WCC condemns attack on California synagogue

Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) released a statement April 28, affirming that "people have the right to gather at places of worship in peace, and violence against them is appalling, whatever the motive." One person was killed and three injured on Saturday, 27 April, when a gunman walked into a San Diego-area synagogue, crowded with Sabbath worshippers, and opened fire with an assault-style rifle.


Nuncio tells Youth to be Instruments of Mercy, Peace

The Papal Nuncio to the Philippines encouraged young people on April 27, 2019 "to be the light" of the world, especially to those who suffer, and are longing for love and peace, reported CBCP News. Addressing a huge crowd at the closing Mass of the National Youth Day in Cebu City, Archbishop Gabriele Caccia urged them to never get tired of being instruments of hope among their peers.