The last taboo – loneliness: increasing numbers of people experience its debilitating effects

The last taboo – loneliness: increasing numbers of people experience its debilitating effects

Maggie Fergusson - The Tablet - Articles

Today, increasing numbers of lonely people are experiencing something close to this hell. The United Kingdom’s statistics are overwhelming. In the past two years, Childline counsellors have noticed a rise in the number of children – some as young as six – contacting them to complain of loneliness, with triggers including feeling “invisible”, feeling “ugly and unpopular” as a result of comparing themselves with others on social media, and having an illness or disability.

More church crosses demolished in China

More church crosses demolished in China

ucanews.com, Hong Kong - Church Issues

Chinese officials have ordered the demolition of crosses and some other church structures in three dioceses in China. Dioceses in Zhejiang, Henan and Guizhou provinces have this month been subjected to a new campaign to remove public symbols of Christianity.

Help me do whatever it takes to move Vatican II forward, pope says

Help me do whatever it takes to move Vatican II forward, pope says

La Croix International staff - Vatican City - Church Issues

What needs to be done today is to accompany the Church in a deep spiritual renewal and to help in implementing the Second Vatican Council, says Pope Francis. Speaking to Jesuits from the province of Lithuania and Latvia during his visit to the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Francis reiterated the need for prayers to make progress to move the Council forward in the Church.

Pope says synod aims to identify how to support the faith of youth

Pope says synod aims to identify how to support the faith of youth

Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service - Church Issues

The goal of the synod, Pope Francis said, is not to prepare a document — synod documents, he said, generally are "only read by a few and criticized by many " — but to identify "concrete pastoral proposals" that would help all church members reach out to, walk with and support the faith of young people.

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