#ShortNews: 700 churches closed in Rwanda

Rwanda has ordered 700 churches in Kigali Province to suspend activities from today (1 March) because of concerns over health and safety.

Professor Anastase Shyaka, Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), which monitors public and private organisations, told reporters on 19 February: “Some churches conduct their worship services in shoddy and unclean structures – to the detriment of people’s health and safety. Cases of noise pollution have also been reported, while some operate without the required operation permits.”

Church representatives said the authorities were being too strict. “Those that failed to implement a few requirements should be reopened and allowed to work while fixing the problems raised,” said Bishop Innocent Nzeyimana, president of the Churches’ Forum in Nyarugenge district, as reported by AFP.

Read More: https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/coe/rwanda-700-churches-closed-down-in-just-one-province/

#ShortNews: Catholic men’s movements are on the rise

The rise in men’s movements within the Church is both a reaction to cultural confusion and a support and formation for what it means to be a man of God. The Church teaches the complementarity of men and women, the idea of different strengths, perspectives and roles, while advocating for the equal worth and dignity of both. There is a natural strength in relationships when lived out in union with God. Women can wholeheartedly support Catholic men’s programs because they are about men becoming Christlike for the benefit of their wives, children and communities.

Sam Guzman said, being a Catholic gentleman means that you are faithful and a man of virtue. “We must practice things like self-control, honesty and self-discipline,” he said. “We find that the happiest people are the holiest people.” Guzman points out that we have daily opportunities to choose between selfishness and selflessness and to follow Christ, which is what being a Catholic gentleman is about.

Read More: https://www.osv.com/Article/TabId/493/ArtMID/13569/ArticleID/24352/Catholic-men%E2%80%99s-movements-are-on-the-rise.aspx

Read more about how to be a Catholic Gentleman: https://www.catholicgentleman.net/

#ShortNews: “Faith is not a spectacle, but conversion to Christ”

According to Pope Francis, faith and religion are not a “show”, but a way of converting our thoughts to the ways of Christ. Delivering a homily at his morning Mass on Monday at the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta chapel, Pope Francis said that through the readings of the day, the Church wants us to reflect on the conversion of our thoughts, way of thinking, as well as our actions and feeling in conformity with Christ.

Pope Francis said that the Church urges us to convert our actions through fasting, almsgiving and penance. Our actions, he said must be like Christ, in the spirit of the Beatitudes.

Pope Francis said one can recite the entire Creed or the dogmas of the Church but unless one does it with a “Christian spirit”, it means nothing. The Pope thus asked Christians to pray for the grace of discernment and conversion of thought.

Read More: http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope-francis/mass-casa-santa-marta/2018-03/pope-francis-homily-santa-marta-spectacle-thinking-like-christ.html