#ShortNews: Pope’s message for Lent: beware false prophets, cold hearts

The Pope’s annual message is a meditation on a verse from St. Matthew’s Gospel (24:12): “Because of the increase in iniquity, the love of many will grow cold.” The message was released by the Vatican on February 6, in anticipation of the penitential season of Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday on February 14.

In his message the Holy Father warns against false prophets, who lead people away from the love of God. “They can appear as snake charmers, who manipulation human emotions,” he writes. “They appeal to our vanity, our trust in appearances, but in the end they only make fools of us.”

Read More: http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2018/02/06/180206c.html

#ShortNews: ‘Be fully Indian, fully Christian’ – Cardinal Oswald Gracias

Bengaluru: Inaugurating the 30th Plenary Assembly of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) of the Latin Church, in Bangalore on Sunday 4 February 2018, His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias, the President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India and the Archbishop of Bombay exhorted the Bishops in India to urge the faithful to become fully Indian and fully Christian.

He said, “The Catholic Church needs our nation and India needs the Church. We will be discussing our role as Indian Christians and be asking our people, also to become better Indian Christians. This is the call of today to be fully Indian fully Christian.”

Read More: https://www.mangalorean.com/fully-indian-fully-christian-cardinal-oswald-gracias/

#ShortNews: English bishop: saving marriage more important than Brexit

Bishop Mark Davies will say that Brexit negotiations were a “small issue” compared with the urgency of repairing marriage and family life in Britain and he will suggest that policies in support of marriage should be at “the very top” of public concerns.

A recent poll by the Centre for Social Justice found that more than 75 per cent of teenagers aspired to be married. Bishop Davies is expected to say that low rates of marriage and high rates of divorce are among trends that undermined “the well-being of society and the health of the family”.

Read More: http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2018/02/08/supporting-marriage-is-more-urgent-than-brexit-says-bishop/