#ShortNews: ‘Walking Priest’ Pursues Street Evangelization Hoping Listeners Seek God

Known as the “walking priest,” Father Carney brought his message of street evangelization to Sts. Peter and Paul Church in the north central Iowa town of West Bend in early July. Armed with a rosary in one hand and a large crucifix in the other, the tall priest in a black cassock and wide-brimmed clerical hat known as a “saturno” shares the Gospel with anyone who approaches.

“Three years ago, I was approached by a non-Catholic family who insisted their home was possessed by demons; the children were saying they saw red eyes in the house,” he said. “They asked me to pray for them and I did.”

When he later saw the family, Father Carney asked about the house. “‘Oh, Father, after you prayed and left, the devils left,’ the mother reported,” he said. “After one year of instruction, they were received into the church and one of the sons is discerning a vocation to the priesthood.”

Meanwhile, Father Carney “walks the walk and talks the talk” to about 10 people a day, about 2,000 to 5,000 folks in the last four years. “The best part of the walking is I get to contemplate God,” he said. “I pray the rosary, get some exercise, look at nature and someone might talk to me and then, I share my contemplation with them.”

Read more about Father Carney: http://www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2018/walking-priest-pursues-street-evangelization-hoping-listeners-seek-god.cfm

#ShortNews: In North Korea, despite hostile regime, the faith clings to life

The Catholic Church in North Korea founded the “Chosun Catholic Members Association” along with the completion of the Changchung Cathedral in 1988. With the Changchung Cathedral in Pyongyang and the Association thus established, they began to represent North Korean Catholics, while the Church in South Korea began a series of efforts for the sake of inter-Korean exchange and support.

Over the past 20 years, those priests and Catholics in the South who have visited North Korea through various channels had opportunities to visit Changchung Cathedral and to attend Mass together with the North Korean faithful. Humanitarian exchanges and aid have also been going on through the Changchung Cathedral. However, the reaction toward the North Korean Church varies among South Korean priests and faithful. Some of them were impressed by the liturgy in which they participated, while others have come to have suspicions. It is understandable that some would have such suspicions, asking: “Are the North Koreans who come to Mass at Changchung Cathedral true believers?”

Read full conversation with Father Kang Ju-Seok, director of the Catholic Northeast Asia Peace and Cooperation Institute, (South Korea), https://www.churchinneed.org/in-north-korea-despite-hostile-regime-the-faith-clings-to-life/

#ShortNews: Mother Teresa’s successor: baby-sale charges based on ‘false news’

The “sale” of a newborn by an employee of the nuns of Mother Teresa in Ranchi (Jharkhand) has led to the recent arrest of a nun and to an inquiry into all the homes where the Missionaries of Charity take care of the children. According to some observers, the case is being politically exploited.

The Missionaries of Charity following the footsteps of our foundress St. Mother Teresa is caring for the poor, destitute and the afflicted since 1950. They vows to continue their whole-hearted and free service to the poorest of the poor, by serving the needy and vulnerable even in the middle of the unprecedented and unfounded criticism that it faces today.

We pray for all those who have been hurt by the recent developments and we ask God to bless all those who are standing by us in these painful and difficult moments, and we lift up to God in prayer all people of goodwill.

May our Mother, St. Teresa of Calcutta intercede for us before our Almighty Father.

Read full article: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sr.-Mary-Prema,-superior-of-the-Sisters-of-Mother-Teresa,-speaks-out-on-child-trafficking-44454.html