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#ShortNews: A true Christian can see God present in a needy man

“Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

“Nowadays the poor are often called,” says the Head of the Church, “socially unprotected people, and modern society, economy, politics regard them as a problem. Politicians often try to use or buy those people, so they could build their political success on their grief. Very often success of a society is measured, first of all, by the fact to which degree both the law and authorities defend the needs of poor people. But we, Christians, in a needy man must see not a problem but the Living God present among us – our Savior Jesus Christ Who Himself said about Himself: I am a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense,” asks to ponder the Head of the Church.

“We, Christians,” emphasized the hierarch, “regard it as a duty to serve the poor, not because of some ideological, economic or other human motives. Our ministry to the neighbor, in particular, to the needy is a necessary part of the Divine Liturgy – our ministry to God. A true Christian can see God present in a needy person. A wise Christian can see that a stretched arm of a beggar is God’s hand of mercy, which is stretched towards us.”

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#ShortNews: Study: prayer ‘may be an effective, safe way’ to cope with anger

There are moments in life when some believers are just so angry that the only person they feel safe talking to is God. And that may be a healthy response, new research suggests. A study exploring how prayer is used to cope with hostility found that talking to God appeared particularly effective when dealing with intense, lasting anger involving family members.

When a sense of anger seems overpowering, “prayer may be an effective, safe, and easily accessible way for adults to manage these negative emotions,” researchers from Northern Illinois University and Boston University reported in the Review of Religious Research.

Researchers in the Northern Illinois and Bosnia studies encouraged physicians and pastoral and secular counselors to be sensitive to religious and spiritual issues such as the role of prayer that may need to be addressed to promote healing.

And while scriptural authors may not have anticipated the often ill-considered, hateful and divisive nature of much of the commentary on social media today, research on the value of talking to God first during times of rage may also give new relevance to the advice in the well-known biblical proverb:

“He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.”

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#ShortNews: Joint Catholic-Muslim conference issues statement affirming religious freedom

The Catholic-Muslim Forum, established in 2008 by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (P.C.I.D.) and the Signatories of the “Open Letter” (A Common Word) to Pope Benedict XVI and other Christian Leaders, held its Fourth Seminar in Berkeley (CA, USA), from 6th to 8th November 2017 on the theme, “Integral Human Development: Growing in Dignity. Catholic and Muslim perspectives.”

The Seminar, hosted by Zaytuna College, was held under the patronage of HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan, Coordinator of the Muslim side of the Forum, and that of His Eminence Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the P.C.I.D.

The theme was studied under three sub-themes, treated respectively from the Catholic and the Muslims viewpoints: 1) “What does it mean to be human?”; 2) “Integral human development”; and 3) “Obstacles and opportunities to integral human development.”

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#ShortNews: Catholic conference in Rome highlights positive impact of migrants

There are currently over 65 million refugees and internally displaced people in the world, half of whom are minors. That’s roughly the population of the United Kingdom. Activists, academics, and religious from all over the globe have been meeting in Rome Nov. 1-4 to discuss the role of universities and educators in offering help to the ever-growing numbers of migrants and displaced persons in the world.

Once the situation of crisis is mitigated and their basic needs are met, immigrants and refugees don’t want handouts: They want an education. Professionally-oriented courses in teaching, nursing, IT, translation, hospitality and management have proved to be the most effective in helping migrants and refugees hone their skills and generate income, which in turn opens the door for further education.

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#ShortNews: Caritas Venezuela warns that 280,000 children could die of malnutrition

According to a Caritas report, the quantity and quality of food had dropped across Venezuela, due to the chronic shortage of products available and high inflation rates.

The Caritas report stated that each week five or six children die of malnutrition. Caritas projects that 280,000 children could eventually die from hunger. In addition, 63% of public hospitals do not have potable water, and 64% do not have milk for children, 51% do not have sufficient facilities for operations, Caritas warned.

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#ShortNews: New Chinese leadership seen no friendlier to Church

Beijing (AsiaNews) – The Communist Party of China has unveiled its new top leadership a day after with the closing of the weeklong 19th National Congress that ended on Oct 24. Several Catholics and opinion leaders are skeptical of the possibilities for an improvement for the life of the Church. And Wang Zuoan, the director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, ruled out that Pope Francis could visit China any time soon.

As for religious affairs, some Chinese Catholics who are active on social media think Wang, as shown from his career path, does not seem to be familiar with religion, an issue that the Communist Party regards as sensitive, with former President Jiang Zemin once described as “no small matters” in 1993.

Though media outside China labeled Wang Yang as a liberal, they said the thinking of an official would be affected by the position he or she held and thus Wang may not be as liberal on religious affairs like when he was a vice premier dealing with economic affairs. “After all, things are not decided by him alone. The new leadership is unlikely to bring change to the current situation of the church,” said Joseph, a lay Catholic who only gives his baptismal name.

#ShortNews: ‘A new era of hope opens up’: Marawi bishop reacts to defeat of Islamists

Marawi (Agenzia Fides) – “Today we have mixed feelings. We are happy for the end of the conflict in Marawi, because a new era of hope opens up. We are mourning for the deaths of two Catholic students who were taken hostage and died while being held prisoners, in airborne bombings on the city. Other three Catholic women, captured with Fr. Chito Soganub while they were in the cathedral, have been released and are safe.We will now think of the reconstruction of the cathedral but above all of the physical, psychological and spiritual reconstruction of our Catholic community: the lives of the faithful have been devastated, families are displaced and must rebuild houses and recover the livelihoods.

We will search for our 2,000 Catholic faithful in Marawi to help them organize their return to the city in order to resume their lives”: is what Bishop Edwin de la Pena, who heads the Apostolic Prelature of Marawi says to Agenzia Fides in the aftermath of the siege where the Philippine army fought against 800 militant jihadists who on May 23 invaded the city, causing the escape and displacement of more than 200,000 people.