#ShortNews: Spanish cardinal says his diocese will aid 200 rescued refugees

The Archdiocese of Valencia in Spain is willing to accommodate up to 200 people aboard the Aquarius ship in houses, shopping malls, schools, parishes and families. In light of the situation, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera has set up a Coordination Group to identify all available resources in the diocese and assist migrants in their basic needs, education and human development.

“…What is clear is that we want to accommodate up to 200 people. We will try to match reception places with the profile of people”. The Archdiocese of Valencia told SIR news agency.

Read whole article: https://agensir.it/quotidiano/2018/6/13/aquarius-ship-archdiocese-of-valencia-willing-to-receive-200-refugees/

#ShortNews: Skipping Sunday Mass is Serious Sin

In a pastoral letter for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Archbishop Leo Cushley of St. Andrews & Edinburgh stressed the importance of the Sunday Mass obligation for Catholics. “Naturally, it’s good to relax and make time for these things, but our culture has largely forgotten that Sunday is a weekly holiday because of its meaning as the Christian holy day…”

Cushley went on to emphasize the importance of attending Sunday Mass. He noted that missing Mass due to extraordinary circumstance, such as an illness, is acceptable, but under normal circumstances, “attending Mass on Sunday is a solemn and binding obligation.”

“If we deliberately fail in this matter, it is a grave sin and we must go to confession before receiving communion again,” he said.

Read whole article: https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/sunday-mass-is-not-optional-uk-archbishop-reminds-catholics-30711

#ShortNews: Exploiting Women is a Sin Against God, Pope said

The Pope reminded his listeners that women are what men on their own lack to be the image and likeness of God. He explained how Jesus’ words about women were radical and ground-breaking and “changed history.” This was because up until then, a woman was considered “a second class citizen,” she was “enslaved” and “did not even enjoy complete freedom,” he said.

Jesus’ doctrine about women changes history. Before Jesus the view about women was one thing but after Jesus they are another. Jesus dignifies women and puts them on the same level as men because he takes that first word of the Creator, both are “the image and likeness of God”, both of them; not first the man and then a little lower down the woman, no, both are. And a man without a woman beside him – whether as a mother, as a sister, as a bride, as a working companion, as a friend – that man by himself is not the image of God.

Read whole article: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope-francis/mass-casa-santa-marta/2018-06/pope-santa-marta-mass-women-exploitation.html