Splendor, drama, mystery: with these three words Pope Francis offers to the people of God and all persons of goodwill his post-synodal apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazon), on the special synod for the Amazon, which took place in Rome, October 6-27, 2019.
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The next two weeks are crucial to suppress the epidemic, says Cardinal John Tong. The threat of spreading the coronavirus has forced Catholic officials in Hong Kong to suspend all church programs for the next two weeks and cancel the Ash Wednesday liturgy that marks the beginning of the Lent season.
The rosary was forged in an age of chivalry. It is a spiritual weapon, a heavenly sword, fashioned by the hands of a Divine Craftsman. It has the power to slay dragons (demons), converts sinners, and conquer hearts. The blade of this sword was forged in the living Word of God, shaped by the hammer of divine inspiration, and entrusted to the Queen of Heaven and her chosen servants.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila gave thanks to Catholics in his archdiocese as he prepares to take on a new role as head of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in the Vatican. .. He told the gathering he would soon be "an overseas Filipino worker" and appealed for prayers.
The painting, by Amanda de Pulford, will return to Walsingham for the rededication of England as Mary's Dowry on 29 March 2020. After the rededication the Dowry Painting will begin a journey to every Catholic parish in England.
Among Hong Kong Christians, practices vary. The overwhelming majority of Hong Kong Protestants do not use parallel sentences and consider that this tradition is no longer theirs. As for Catholics, many priests encourage it and distribute new small formats on which one can read, for example: “The family is filled with the love of the Lord; Society is filled with harmony."
By papal decree, the third Sunday in Ordinary Time — Jan. 26 this year — is to be observed as a special day devoted to "the celebration, study and dissemination of the word of God."
The power of storytelling refuses to let us go.That great Literature scholar Frank Kermode pointed out that we need stories. We need a sense of beginning, middle and end to make sense of our lives and the world we live in. It’s telling that the Bible is really a collection of stories about dysfunctional families.
Pax Christi, the UK branch of the international Catholic peace organisation, reports keen interest in this year’s Peace Sunday on 19 January, reporting that nearly 20,000 prayer cards have been sent out by request around England and Wales. Many Pax Christi members are giving talks in their parishes, providing bidding prayers, and supporting children's activities, such as decorating the Peacemaker greeting card.
Mary Nguyen closes the door carefully and says evening prayers with her two children in her room whenever her husband comes home late from work. And Nguyen, who lives in the house of her Buddhist parents-in-law, quietly takes them to weekend Masses once or twice a month at a church near her own parents’ home in Vietnam’s southern Ho Chi Minh City.
The Association, "Solidarity with South Sudan", a collaborative commitment of religious institutes offering aid, in many forms, to the world's youngest nation, has just concluded its General Assembly in Rome.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila has been appointed the new prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the Vatican announced on Dec. 8. The 62-year-old Philippine prelate is only the second Asian to lead the congregation, popularly known by its old name of Propaganda Fide.
The number of people joining religious life is fast dwindling. There are some sociological reasons for this, such as fewer children in families and growing job opportunities for women. However, some other reasons could be seen in the way religious life is carried out now.
Many [at the Vatican] cannot believe that in the Philippines there is a chapel in a mall," he said during the celebration of the second of nine-days of early morning Christmas Masses in the Philippines.
"They cannot believe that evangelization can happen in commercial centers," "They cannot believe that every first Friday there is a Mass in offices, banks," he said.
Opinion polls show a majority in favour of remaining in the EU, yet also show a majority in favour of Boris Johnson- Let's take seriously for a moment the idea that lies behind calling the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum "the will of the people". It presupposes some sort of collective mind, which can think through all the options and make a decision.
The Bishops of England and Wales have urged Catholics to engage in the General Election, not to “watch from the balcony”, and in particular to ask candidates where they stand on issues such as abortion and euthanasia, climate change and care for migrants.
An estimated 50,000 Christians cutting across denominations, including the Catholic Church, demonstrated near the state secretariat in capital Thiruvananthapuram on Nov. 27, demanding a law to administer all Christian properties in a participatory and transparent manner.
Next week’s ballot could decide whether the UK is set upon an internationalist future of peace and progress, or a nationalist future of slump and war. The stakes for the country, Europe and indeed the world could not be higher, argues a leading academic.