News in Vocations

Pope Francis equates gossip in religious life to terrorism

Pope Francis equates gossip in religious life to terrorism

by: Joe Torres - UCAN in Religious,

Pope Francis has compared the mentality of religious men and women who engage in gossip to that of terrorists. He elaborated that such people are “enemies” of religion. The pope was speaking to men and women religious and seminarians in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, towards the end of a three-day visit to the populous Muslim-majority nation.

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.
Murdered Clarist nun who worked for tribals beatified in India

Murdered Clarist nun who worked for tribals beatified in India

by: Saji Thomas - UCAN in Religious,

Blessed Rani Maria was stabbed to death Feb. 25, 1995 as she traveled from her mission area in Udainagar village to Indore town to board a train for her home state of Kerala in southern India. Her mission work was part of Indore Diocese.Powerful money lenders and landlords who opposed the nun's work among villagers to make hem financially self-sufficient hired Samandar Singh to assassinate her. 

Filipino nun brings hope to disaster-scarred communities

Filipino nun brings hope to disaster-scarred communities

by: Mark Saludes, Iligan City - UCAN in Religious,

For two months now, Sister Betsy Espana has brought food aid to displaced families, some of the almost 400,000 people affected by armed clashes between government troops and terrorist gunmen. The nun from Our Lady of Triumph of the Cross congregation said she wants to perform her mission "out of the spotlight," saying that she is there with the people "to serve them."

Mother Teresa's birth anniversary celebrated

Mother Teresa's birth anniversary celebrated

by: Anne Nigli, Kolkata - UCA News in Religious,

The Missionaries of Charity congregation that St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta founded continues to grow even in difficult areas, says its present superior as they celebrated the 107th birth anniversary of the saint, the first such celebration after her canonization.

Apology to Cardiff priests over stag party mix-up at pub

Apology to Cardiff priests over stag party mix-up at pub

by: BBC - News in Priests,

The seven Roman Catholic priests had gone to The City Arms to toast Father Peter McClaren being ordained when they were initially asked to move on. Pub bosses have apologised after asking a group of priests to leave their Cardiff venue, mistaking them for a stag party in fancy dress.

Nun offers lifeline to refugees who fled Timor Leste

Nun offers lifeline to refugees who fled Timor Leste

by: Konradus Epa, Atambua - UCA News in Religious,
Former refugees of Timor Leste share in the life-giving love of Indonesian nun Nun offers lifeline to refugees who fled Timor Leste. Holy Spirit Sister Sisilia Ketut together with a group of women to whom she loaned money to start small businesses in Atambua, western Timor. Rostiana Bareto, 49, experienced tough living conditions as a refugee when she and her family settled in Atambua, western Timor, on the border with Indonesia.
Former Manchester United footballer ordained as priest

Former Manchester United footballer ordained as priest

by: BBC - News in Priests,

The former Northern Ireland footballer Philip Mulryne has been ordained a Roman Catholic priest in the Dominican Order. Fr Mulryne, who is reported to have once earned £600,000 a year, has also taken a vow of poverty. He was ordained in Dublin on Saturday 8 July by Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia. 

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."