Krum

Registration open for school supply program

Krum First United Methodist Church is hosting its annual school supply drive for students in Krum ISD who are registered for the free lunch program in the district.

Krum families must turn in their applications for the school supply program to the church Friday.

The church assembles backpacks full of supplies, and in the past has done so with help from Krum First Baptist, First United Bank of Krum, Walmart and Braum’s Ice Cream Shop & Burger Restaurant.

Backpacks full of supplies will be distributed Aug. 4 at the church, 1001 E. McCart St. in Krum.

For more information about the event, call the church at 940-205-4080 or visit https://bit.ly/2lnwV2K.

— Staff report

Geneva

Pope: Christians must work together on peace

Pope Francis journeyed Thursday to the well-heeled city of Geneva to encourage all Christians, despite their differences, to join in efforts to foster justice and fight poverty while the rich grow “ever more wealthy.”

The pontiff’s day-long “ecumenical pilgrimage” to the lakeside Swiss city that embraced the Protestant Reformation was aimed at stressing what can unite, rather than divide, Christians.

During his visit, Francis met with a group of Korean Protestants, four from the North and four from the South.

Their handshakes and smiles built on the pontiff’s oft-voiced hopes for peace and unity on the Korean Peninsula, especially with the recent summit of U.S. and North Korean leaders.

Francis pitched for greater togetherness at an ecumenical prayer service hosted by the World Council of Churches, which is marking its 70th anniversary this year.

The WCC is a fellowship of 350 churches that aims to show the unity of the Christian faith. The Roman Catholic Church is not a member.

— The Associated Press

The Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, a Lutheran minister from Norway who is the WCC’s general secretary, told reporters he hoped the pope’s greeting will be a “gesture that will inspire” the Koreans.

Korean Protestants regularly attend the Council’s meetings, but the show of unity comes amid a thaw in relations between the two Koreas and between the United States and North Korea.

A day earlier, Chairman Myong Chol Kang of the Korean Christian Federation, which has the stamp of approval from Kim Jong Un’s regime, told WCC’s central committee: “Peace has begun to emerge on the Korean peninsula, which has been struggling with nuclear confrontation and war.”

He said the world welcomed “the dramatic events that could not even be imagined until just a few months ago on the Korean peninsula and the surprise of the new era of peace,” before quoting from Matthew: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

The council describes the KCF as “post-denominational” but with Protestant roots, particularly the Methodist and Presbyterian faiths.

Addressing an ecumenical gathering, Francis said Christians were called to “respond to the cry of all those, in every part of the world, who suffer unjustly from the baleful spread of an exclusion that, by generating poverty, foments conflicts.”

“The more vulnerable are increasingly marginalized, lacking their daily bread, employment and a future, while the rich are fewer and ever more wealthy,” the pope said. “Let us see what we can do concretely, rather than grow discouraged about what we cannot.”

LUCINDA BREEDING can be reached at 940-566-6877 and via Twitter at @LBreedingDRC.

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