News in Youth

Catholics stand against Spain's proposed educational reform

Catholics stand against Spain's proposed educational reform

by: Xavier Le Normand - LaCroix International in Activities,

Catholics in Spain have voiced opposition to a proposed law to reform the country's education system, claiming it will limit the rights of parents to choose their children's schools. "It is a partisan and ideological law, without a vision of the State and without response to the demands of citizens and the educational community," says Más Plurales (roughly, "more diversity or choice"), an umbrella group that represents parents' associations, unions, businesses and educators.

Pope says women leaders 'better' than men

Pope says women leaders 'better' than men

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Activities,

Pope Francis says countries with female leaders have handled the Covid-19 pandemic better than others and that he has increased the number of women in decision making roles in the Vatican because they are “much better administrators than men”.

Media Ecology, Church and Pandemic

Media Ecology, Church and Pandemic

by: Paul A. Soukup, SJ / Communication - La Civiltà Cattolica in Articles,

However explained, this ecosystem model describes the communications environment in which the Church has faced the pandemic of Covid-19. But rather than the introduction of a new communication technology, the incursion of the virus has caused the changes.

Can the Ground Cry Out?

Can the Ground Cry Out?

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Articles,

Does the earth feel pain? Can it groan and cry out to God? Can the earth curse us for our crimes? It would seem so, and not just because ecologists, moralists, and Pope Francis are saying so. Scripture itself seems to say so.

Garo Christians defy pandemic to celebrate harvest festival

Garo Christians defy pandemic to celebrate harvest festival

by: Stephan Uttom and Rock Ronald Rozario - La Croix International in Activities,

There won't be huge festivities, sports events, and chu (rice beer) parties, unlike previous years…but will continue to thank God for the blessings and offer Him crops from our fields," Chisim told UCA News. The majority of some 1 million Garo people live in the northeastern Indian states of Meghalaya and Assam, but some 120,000 also live in neighboring Bangladesh. 

The Law of Gravity and the Holy Spirit

The Law of Gravity and the Holy Spirit

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Activities,

God is erotically charged and the world is achingly amorous, hence they caress each other in mutual attraction and filiation. Jewish philosopher Martin Buber made that assertion, and while it seems to perfectly echo the opening line of St. Augustine’s autobiography (“You have made us for yourself, Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”) it hints at something more.

Anything that strengthens love is good

Anything that strengthens love is good

by: Brendan MacCarthaigh - La Croix International in Activities,

 "Let our differences then be simply cultural and local, not cosmic nor eternal". Outside my house when I lived in Kolkata, eastern India, I would see the annual self-flagellation of Muslim men on the street opposite the school gate. The social dimension is of course very important, doing penance that everyone else is sharing is a very bonding experience, and anything that strengthens love is good.

Sarah Crossan: prayers in her bones

Sarah Crossan: prayers in her bones

by: Peter Stanford - The Tablet in Activities,

The award-winning children’s author talks about the poetics of her first novel for adults, and why she remains steeped in the Catholicism of her Irish upbringing. “Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,” begins Sarah Crossan, “Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope.”

Fraternity and Social Friendship

Fraternity and Social Friendship

by: Antonio Spadaro, SJ - The Tablet in Articles,

Eight years after his election, Pope Francis has written a new encyclical that brings together much of his previous teachings (cf. Fratelli Tutti, No. 5). When he began his pontificate, the first idea Francis referred to was “fraternity.” He bowed his head in front of the people gathered in St. Peter’s Square and defined the bishop-people relationship as a “path of fraternity,” stating this desire: “Let us always pray for each other. Let us pray for the whole world, that there may be a great fraternity.”

La Civiltà Cattolica, Digital English Edition

La Civiltà Cattolica, Digital English Edition

by: Fr. Michael Kelly, SJ in Activities,

 Greetings from La Civiltà Cattolica, one of the most respected Catholic journals published from the center of Catholicism: Rome. La Civiltà Cattolica, a publishing project given to the Jesuits by Pope Pius IX in 1850, is one of the oldest and continuously published Catholic journals in the world.