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New Horizons in Consecrated Life

New Horizons in Consecrated Life

by: Fr. Angel Ochagavia, cmf in Religious,
With this anthology of texts the four Institutes of Consecrated Life run by the Claretian Missionaries want to offer to the English speaking public some of its practical theological reflections. There are nine articles, wirtten by eight different authors; 242 pages of solid and inspiring reflections. Price: £8. We hope that these reflections also serve as a stimulus to continue the task of “practical theology” of a consecrated life called to be innovative from its extraordinary tradition.
The 'fatherhood of a priest'

The 'fatherhood of a priest'

by: Father Amado Picardal C.Ss.R, Manila - UCANews in Priests,

The 'fatherhood of a priest' Instead of forming a family, a priest forms and leads a Christian community The 'fatherhood of a priest'. There was a flood of "Happy Father's Day" greetings on social media this week. One message I received reads: "Though biologically you are not, but in all aspects truly you are. This day belongs to you too."

African nun shares 'goodness of life' with Filipino poor

African nun shares 'goodness of life' with Filipino poor

by: Mark Saludes - UCAN Manila in Religious,

Sister Isabel's experiences in Mozambique civil war inspire her to help Manila's needy African nun shares 'goodness of life' with Filipino poor. Born in 1969 to parents who lost three older children to sickness, Isabel views life as a gift. 

Precarious situation of the 800 monasteries in Spain

Precarious situation of the 800 monasteries in Spain

by: Vida Nueva in Religious,

 In Spain, a cloistered monastery is closed every month, mainly due to the advanced age of the nuns and economic difficulties. The lack of young vocations and the lack of income precipitate closures and force some communities to ask for help from food banks, according to a report prepared by Vida Nueva magazine. 

Spanish cloistered nuns see surge in vocations

Spanish cloistered nuns see surge in vocations

by: Catholic News Agency in Religious,

The Spanish daily El Pais, could not resist publishing an extensive report on Sr. Veronica.  According to the newspaper, she “has become the biggest phenomenon in the Church since Teresa of Calcutta,” as “she has made the old convent of Lerma into an attractive recruiting banner for female vocations, with 135 professional women with a median age of 35.

 Nun working in Aleppo says families all over city live in fear

Nun working in Aleppo says families all over city live in fear

by: Simon Caldwell - Catholic News Service in Religious,

A religious sister working with Christian families in Aleppo, Syria, has criticized Western media for their allegedly biased coverage of the six-year conflict. Sister Annie Demerjian, a member of the Sisters of Jesus and Mary, questioned why Western journalists focused on the plight of people in areas held by rebels and jihadis but seldom those in regions controlled by the government of Bashar Assad.

Mother Teresa: ‘An extraordinary witness to fidelity’

Mother Teresa: ‘An extraordinary witness to fidelity’

by: James Martin - The Tablet in Religious,

Much of her story is familiar. But there is one facet of her life, revealed only after her death, that astonished even those who knew her well. And it is this hidden aspect that makes her an even more compelling figure, a saint for our times. The great secret was that shortly after her momentous train ride to Darjeeling, after a time of feeling intensely close to God, Mother Teresa experienced a spiritual darkness for the rest of her life.

10 of Mother Teresa’s most inspirational quotes

10 of Mother Teresa’s most inspirational quotes

by: Megan Griffiths - Catholic Herald in Religious,
  1. “Yesterday is gone and tomorrow has not yet come; we must live each day as if it were our last so that when God calls us we already, and prepared, to die with a clean heart.” – A Simple Path, 1995  “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”