News in Vocations

London Bridge attack 'skateboard hero' is on path to sainthood

London Bridge attack 'skateboard hero' is on path to sainthood

by: Bess Twiston Davies - The Tablet in Lay,

A 39-year-old Spaniard known as the “skateboard hero” for his acts of valour during the 2017 London Bridge attack is on the path to sainthood.On June 3, 2017, Ignacio Echeverría ran towards terrorists who were wielding 12-inch knives in Borough Market. Earlier they had driven into the crowds in a van.

Catholic bishop criticises 'sinful' gender ideology

Catholic bishop criticises 'sinful' gender ideology

by: Michael Sean Winters - The Tablet in Discernment,

 A US Catholic bishop has criticised Catholic organisations that allow “gender ideology” and the use of preferred pronouns, arguing that it is “sinful” and against the best interests of young people. Bishop Thomas Daly, chair of the US bishops’ conference’s education committee, told the National Catholic Register he considered it “tragic” and “sinful” that some Catholic institutions permitted “preferred pronouns” when someone asks to be identified by a gendered pronoun different from their biological sex. Daly said this was part of the “gender ideology.”

Asian bishops’ federation: Hopes of a lay woman

Asian bishops’ federation: Hopes of a lay woman

by: Virginia Saldanha - UCANews in Lay,

 At the end of my term, as I looked back over the 15 years since the start of the Women’s Desk in 1995 following the resolution of the Bishops at the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC) Plenary Assembly VI, of which I was the first executive secretary, I was happy that several conferences had set up some structure to deal with issues of women in their country.

St. Mother Teresa lives on 25 years after her death

St. Mother Teresa lives on 25 years after her death

by: John Dayal - UCANews in Religious,

If I may gloat, I am a member of the Mother Teresa Parish in India’s Delhi Archdiocese. I knew the Saint of Calcutta as a journalist in her lifetime, even argued with her on her position on abortion, and defended her in print when the editor of the country’s biggest English language newspaper sought to castigate her for supporting the cause of the Dalit Christians in the 1990s when they launched a national campaign for the restoration of their constitutional rights.

CELEBRATING FIFTY YEARS OF ORDINATION

CELEBRATING FIFTY YEARS OF ORDINATION

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Priests,

Fifty years ago, on an overcast, cold, fall day in the gymnasium of the local public high school, I was ordained to the priesthood. Beyond the grey sky, another thing marked the event. This was a tender season for my family and me. Both our parents had died (and died young) within a year and a half just prior to this and we were still somewhat fragile of heart. In that setting, I was ordained a priest.

Freeing Hearts From Hatred’: Pope Francis meets the Jesuits of the Russian Region

Freeing Hearts From Hatred’: Pope Francis meets the Jesuits of the Russian Region

by: Antonio Spadaro, SJ - Laa Civiltà Cattolica in Religious,

On Thursday, September 15, 2022, during his apostolic journey to Kazakhstan, Pope Francis met with 19 Jesuits working in the Russian Region of the Society of Jesus. The appointment was set for 9 a.m. at the apostolic nunciature, but the pope showed up early at 8.45 a.m. In the hall, where chairs were placed in a circle, the regional superior, Fr. Bogus?aw Steczek, presented the activities of the Jesuits.

Why all the people of God must take some responsibility for clericalism

Why all the people of God must take some responsibility for clericalism

by: Hatty Calbus - The Tablet in Lay,

 Clericalism is a distortion of true priesthood – and it is an abuse of authority found in every institution, not just in the Catholic Church. It is certainly a major factor in the misuse of power that is at the root of the sexual abuse of children by priests. But all the people of God – bishops, clergy and lay people – have to take some responsibility for clericalism in the Church.

The love of my life

The love of my life

by: Sister Therese Nguyen Thi Giang - UCANews in Religious,

 In life, everyone has romantic love for one or some persons and they enter into marriage with one of them. I also enjoy a romantic relationship with a man named Jesus. He is the love of my life and changes my life by his love that is so strange, strong and extraordinary that there cannot be a second person in this world because he is the absolute and only love.

Theologians must listen to families, says Rome official

Theologians must listen to families, says Rome official

by: Loup Besmond de Senneville - Vatican City in Married,

Pope Francis opend the 10th World Meeting of Families on Wednesday evening at the Vatican.The event, which John Paul II created in 1994 and takes place every three years, runs through Sunday.The theme this time is "Family Love: A Vocation and a Path to Holiness".Delegates of the world's bishops' conferences and representatives of international movements that are involved in the pastoral care of the family will be on hand for the main gathering in Rome.

The Meaning of Catholic Education in the 21st Century

The Meaning of Catholic Education in the 21st Century

by: Álvaro Lobo Arranz, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Lay,

 Throughout history, the education of Catholics has been largely entrusted to religious. This has been the case since schools arose around monasteries, and then universities were established.   Numerous religious congregations, devoted to education, appeared, especially during the 19th century. Many saints have dedicated themselves to educating young people, such as Saint Marcellin Champagnat, Saint Joseph Calasanz and Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac. Thousands of religious and lay people have spent their lives offering a good education and in this way expanding the Kingdom of God.