Pope announces that Mary will be the focus of WYD 2017

Pope announces that Mary will be the focus of WYD 2017

Catholic News Service - Missions

Pope Francis has chosen a focus on Mary for the next World Youth Day celebrations, which will be held in dioceses in 2017 and 2018 and with an international gathering in Panama in 2019. The Pontiff said that the Mother of Jesus is 'a role model to be imitated'.

Commentary to the 2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

Commentary to the 2nd Sunday of Advent (A)

Fr. Joseph Pellegrino, SJ - Homilies

A great Christmas present, an experience of God. You and I need to do this, because we have the blessing of being called into the Kingdom of God. Not by appearances does the Lord judge, but by justice, and kindness, and the determination to let the presence of God prepare others to enter His Kingdom. This is justice. And this justice will transform the world. That is our Advent Hope.

 Church 'faces religious persecution' in the Philippines and in the world

Church 'faces religious persecution' in the Philippines and in the world

Mark Saludes,- UCA News Manila - Activities

Archbishop Villegas said even people within the church "try to silence the institution" in its promotion of social justice and human rights.  According to a report released by the organization, religious freedom has "deteriorated or was drastically hampered in 82 countries" between 2012 and 2014. The report also showed that Christians are currently the "most persecuted minority" in the world. 

The Future is More: 500 Years of Utopia

The Future is More: 500 Years of Utopia

Laura Gascoigne - The Tablet - Articles

If you are English you may be unaware that 2016 is the quincentenary of the publication of Thomas More’s Utopia. In More’s native London, the anniversary has passed almost unnoticed, apart from a few low-key events at Somerset House. But the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Flanders has gone to town on it, with a programme of no less than 78 Utopia-themed projects.

The US Presidential 2016 Election. What they stand for?

The US Presidential 2016 Election. What they stand for?

Charles C. Camosy - The Tablet - World Issues

2016 Election: The US presidential circus has highlighted the fact that no one knows what the two main parties stand for anymore  For many years, a simple choice between two alternatives dominated the US political agenda. But the 2016 presidential campaign marked a turning point, especially in the loyalties of pro-lifers. Their new support and new thinking means no party can take them for granted any more

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