#ShortNews: Pope reflects on Ninth, Tenth Commandments

On Wednesday morning 21/11/18 General Audience took place at 9.20 a.m. in Saint Peter’s Square, where the Holy Father Francis met with groups of pilgrims and faithful from Italy and all over the world.

In his address in Italian the Pope continued his cycle of catechesis on the Ten Commandments, focusing on the theme “You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife; or anything that belongs to your neighbour” (Bible reading: from the Book of Exodus, 17).

After summarising his catechesis in several languages, the Holy Father addressed special greetings to the groups of faithful present. He then invited those present to remember cloistered religious communities today, Pro Orantibus Day.

The General Audience concluded with the recital of the Pater Noster and the Apostolic Blessing.

To read full Pope’s reflection here: http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2018/11/21/181121a.html

#ShortNews: Caritas Philippines has built 30,000 homes for typhoon victims

The social action arm of the Catholic Church in the Philippines says it has spent about US$60 million building houses for victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan that devastated the central part of the country in 2013. Aside from shelters, Caritas Philippines has also trained 2,653 local artisans, 16,354 people in safe building awareness, and formed 147 homeowners’ associations.

The church project was implemented by Caritas Philippines with the help of the Catholic Organization for Relief and Development Aid and Caritas Internationalis member organizations in the United States, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Canada, and Austria.

The priest said building more than 30,000 houses “speaks of the dedication and commitment of the Catholic Church to better the lives and restore the dignity of the most vulnerable communities and families affected by typhoon Haiyan.”

Read full article here: https://www.ucanews.com/news/caritas-philippines-builds-30-000-homes-for-typhoon-victims/83898

#ShortNews: Over 1,000 churches around the world go red in support of religious freedom

Thanksgiving DAY, in Rome, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) will launch its 2018 Religious Freedom in the World report. Accompanying the publication of the report—which examines the state of religious freedom in each of the world’s 196 countries—will be a host of prayer meetings and special gatherings around the world, organized by the various national offices of ACN.

“As an organization committed to helping persecuted Christians, ACN has a particular duty to uphold the basic human right of religious freedom,” said George Marlin, chairman of ACNUSA. He added: “Sadly, there are more and more infringements of this basic human right, which affect all religions. Though, by far, most of the victims of religious persecution are Christians.”

“We are therefore inviting people throughout the world to stand up together with ACN in defense of religious freedom and make a visible gesture of solidarity,” Marlin said.

Read full article here: https://www.churchinneed.org/churches-around-the-world-go-red-in-support-of-religious-freedom/