News in Church

Jesuit Missions partner murdered in South Sudan

Jesuit Missions partner murdered in South Sudan

by: James Roberts - The Tablet in Church Issues,

A partner of Jesuit Missions in South Sudan was murdered in the early hours of today (15 November) at the Daniel Comboni Jesuit Residence in Cueibet where he lived. Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo SJ was in the TV room when the gunmen broke into the compound. When his companions heard gunshots, they pressed the alarm and the killers ran off leaving Fr Victor-Luke for dead.

Vietnam interfaith gathering commemorates three ancestors

Vietnam interfaith gathering commemorates three ancestors

by: ucanews.com reporter, Ho Chi Minh City in Ecumenism,

Participants in an interfaith gathering in Vietnam complimented religious leaders and Catholic intellectuals on their contributions to serving people. Some 300 leaders and followers from seven religions attended the annual interfaith gathering at the Pastoral Center in Ho Chi Minh City on Oct. 27.

Commentary to the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – November 11, 2018 – Year B

Commentary to the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – November 11, 2018 – Year B

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Even one who is poor, like the widow in today’s Gospel, is called to give everything. There is no one so poor that they don’t have something to offer, and no one so rich that they don’t need to receive from others. God has lavished gifts on his children, following the example of the Father who is in heaven, they do not retain them for themselves but put them at the disposal of others.

14 million new Catholics recorded

14 million new Catholics recorded

by: La Croix International staff - Vatican City in Church Issues,

Despite reports of a shortage of priests and dwindling congregations, the number of new Catholics grew by an estimated 14 million from 2015 to 2016. The news was released just ahead of World Mission Day on Oct. 21 and is based on the “Church’s Book of Statistics,” according to a report by Agenzia Fides, the Vatican news agency.

Commentary to the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

Commentary to the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Only after realizing this everlasting and free love, Israel felt the need to respond to it and understood that a God who loves so unconditionally, has the right to control even the heart and also to demand what seems humanly impossible, “If your enemy is hungry, give him something to eat; if thirsty, something to drink” (Pro25:21).

Young Catholics at Youth Synod: 'We are up for the challenge.'

Young Catholics at Youth Synod: 'We are up for the challenge.'

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Church Issues,

The Tablet sponsored a group of students and their principal from the English Martyrs Catholic School in Leicester to visit Rome for their own "mini-synod" during the last week of the Synod of Bishops on Young People. The aim was for students to engage with the Youth Synod and respond with how relevant the content of the synod was to them; how relevant the Church is to them and to report back about their experience.

Catholic leader backs plans for Orthodox independence

Catholic leader backs plans for Orthodox independence

by: Jonathan Luxmoore - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

The head of Ukraine's Greek Catholic church has endorsed calls for a single independent Orthodox church in his country, as Russian Orthodox leaders denounced a decree by Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, recognising two breakaway communities and opening his own official mission in Kiev. 

Commentary to The Feast of All Saints

Commentary to The Feast of All Saints

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

In the past, the Saints have enjoyed a tremendous popularity: the churches were full of their statues and recourse to them was perhaps more than to God. The saints—Mary too—are rightly regarded as sisters and brothers who, with their lives indicate a path to follow Christ and invite us to pray all the time, along with them, to the one Father.

On the road to Emmaus

On the road to Emmaus

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Church Issues,

The youngest members of the family are certainly having a say. In the synod hall, a group of 18- to 29-year-olds sit at the back. They cannot vote, but they are making their voices heard. They have developed a “clap-o-meter” where each bishop’s intervention in the gathering is greeted with whoops, cheers or just polite applause. It is a slightly cheeky example of the organic “synodality” in action so loved by this Pope.

Bible is most read book among Filipinos

Bible is most read book among Filipinos

by: Jose Torres Jr. - UCAN in Spirituality,

"If families have an average number of five members, 50 million Filipinos have a chance to read, pray and share their insights of the Bible," said Bishop Bastes. "The Bible is indeed the most read book in our country. By the power of the Word of God, may the Philippines be transformed into a real Christian nation."