#ShortNews: Fundraising starts to aid victims of Southern California fires

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has started a fund for victims of the wildfires that have raced through the archdiocese and were threatening to spread to locations in the nearby Orange and San Diego dioceses.

“Friends, as the wildfires continue, the needs of our neighbors continue to increase,” said Archbishop Jose H. “In this season of giving, let us open our heart to our brothers and sisters in need,” he added. “Let us keep praying for an end to the fires and let us keep praying for the safety of our police, fire and emergency workers — and all those who are in harm’s way.”

Please Donate to Thomas Fire victims: https://secure2.convio.net/aola/site/Donation2?df_id=1960&mfc_pref=T&1960.donation=form1

Read More: http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2017/prelates-ask-prayers-for-families-firefighters-facing-devastating-blaze.cfm

#ShortNews: Pope begs forgiveness for suffering of Rohingya

After meeting several Rohingya Muslims and hearing their stories in Bangladesh on 1st December 2017, Pope Francis uttered a moving prayer from the heart, affirming their dignity and asking forgiveness on behalf of all who persecute the Burmese minority.

“In the name of all who have persecuted you and persecute you, that have done you harm, above all, the world’s indifference, I ask for forgiveness. Forgiveness,” the Pope said Dec. 1.

Read More: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/with-plea-for-forgiveness-pope-embraces-rohingya-in-bangladesh-68560

#ShortNews: Pope signals opposition to Trump plan for Jerusalem embassy

Speaking after his catechesis to the crowds in the Paul VI Hall during the weekly General Audience, the Pope said “my thoughts go to Jerusalem and I cannot keep silent my deep concern for the situation that has been created in the past days”.

“At the same time, he continued, I would like to make a heartfelt appeal for everyone’s commitment to respect the city’s status quo, in conformity with the pertinent United Nations Resolutions”.

Listen to the report by Philippa Hitchen and read more http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/12/06/pope_francis_general_audience_appeal_jerusalem/1353163