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Vietnamese bishops console relatives of truck victims

Vietnamese bishops console relatives of truck victims

by: ucanews reporter, Tuy Hoa - Vietnam in Activities,

Bishops of a Vietnamese diocese that is home to many migrants found dead in England have called on people to express their solidarity with the victims and their relatives. The illegal migrants — 31 men and eight women — were found dead in the back of a container truck in Essex on Oct. 23. Reportedly most of them are from the two dioceses of Vinh and Ha Tinh in Vietnam.

Four Criteria to Interpret the Amazon Synod

Four Criteria to Interpret the Amazon Synod

by: Antonio Spadaro, SJ - La Civiltá Cattolica in Activities,

The Synod the Amazon is called to be an occasion for “conversion.” Ecclesial events need to be reflected upon and a historical reading made to perceive how God breaks into history even in contradictory conditions and to experience this action powerfully in the present ecclesial moment (cf. Evangelii Gaudium no. 25). A wise reading of the signs of the time confirms that the call to conversion often comes from the “peripheries,” including geographical ones.

Vietnam’s largest pastoral center inaugurated

Vietnam’s largest pastoral center inaugurated

by: ucanews reporter, Hai Phong - Vietnam in Activities,

A centuries-old diocese in northern Vietnam that has suffered much religious persecution has officially opened its first pastoral center to meet religious needs for local Catholics. The newly built Pastoral Center of Hai Phong Diocese was formally inaugurated on Oct. 4 by Archbishop Joseph Nguyen Chi Linh, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam.

India cracks down on foreign donations

India cracks down on foreign donations

by: ucanews.com reporter, New Delhi in Activities,

Christian leaders in India are complaining that the nation's pro-Hindu government is placing unfair restrictions on voluntary organizations receiving foreign funding. Christian leaders see the move as a bid to brand humanitarian help as a cover for religious conversions.

New headquarters for Vietnam's Catholic university

New headquarters for Vietnam's Catholic university

by: ucanews.com reporter, Ho Chi Minh City in Activities,
The national Catholic university in Vietnam has begun its fourth year by moving into brand-new headquarters. Some 150 bishops, priests, religious and other people attended a special ceremony Sept. 14 in Ho Chi Minh City to inaugurate the Catholic Institute of Vietnam’s new facility.
How 'spiritual tourism' destroys church

How 'spiritual tourism' destroys church

by: Junno Arocho Esteves - CNS in Activities,

People "who are always passing by but never enter the church" in a fully communal way of sharing and caring engage in a sort of "spiritual tourism that makes them believe they are Christians but instead are only tourists of catacombs," the pope said Aug. 21 during his weekly general audience.

Face to face with London’s cleaners

Face to face with London’s cleaners

by: Magdalen Evans - The Tablet in Activities,

Each belongs to one of the City of London’s most familiar yet overlooked group of workers – that amorphous community responsible for cleaning the City, mostly in the small hours, long after everyone else has gone home or before even the earliest of starters arrives to switch on their computer.

Italian bishops provide $1.1 million in humanitarian aid to South Sudan

Italian bishops provide $1.1 million in humanitarian aid to South Sudan

by: Catholic News Service in Activities,

An infusion of $1.1 million will benefit humanitarian programs, the resettlement of refugees and internally displaced people, and peace building efforts in violence-ravaged communities in South Sudan under a program initiated by the Italian bishops conference. The program will be coordinated through Caritas South Sudan and the church's umbrella humanitarian aid agency, Caritas Internationalis.

Notre-Dame: the wounded beauty is recovering well

Notre-Dame: the wounded beauty is recovering well

by: Élodie Maurot - La Croix International in Activities,

 Time seems to have suspended itself at Notre-Dame. If you enter it through the small entrance on the Seine side, near the sacristy rebuilt by Viollet-le-Duc, you will encounter loads of candles surrounded by paper corollas. These candles, usually distributed during the Easter Vigil and then lit to celebrate the Resurrection, are still waiting for the faithful, among other objects of a daily life that is for the time being interrupted.

Vietnam monks rehabilitate drug addicts

Vietnam monks rehabilitate drug addicts

by: ucanews.com reporter, La Vang - Vietnam in Activities,

The priest, who offers spiritual advice to drug victims, said they are also given chances to join in with social life by visiting religious sites and going on sightseeing tours. n the past seven years, the retreat has looked after some 400 drug abusers for periods of four to eight months. Many have since married and obtained steady jobs. Ten of them joined a Benedictine monastery based in the central city of Hue.

A woman's place is … not in the Vatican

A woman's place is … not in the Vatican

by: Robert Mickens, Rome - The Croix International in Activities,

Each year on July 22, the Catholic Church throughout the world celebrates the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, "the first witness of the Lord's resurrection and the first evangelist". But celebrating the woman known as the "Apostle of Apostles" with the exalted rank of "feast" is a very recent development. In fact, it dates only to 2016. That's when Pope Francis decreed that her liturgical commemoration would be elevated from being a mere "memorial".

Catholic musical tells life of China missionary saint

Catholic musical tells life of China missionary saint

by: ucanews.com reporter - Hong Kong in Activities,

A video of a musical depicting the history of the first saint to have been based in Hong Kong is now available online with new subtitles in a bid to reach a broader audience. The video of St. Joseph Freinademetz: The First Saint to Ever Serve in Hong Kong can now be watched via YouTube.

Ampleforth head steps aside as inspection finds more safeguarding failures

Ampleforth head steps aside as inspection finds more safeguarding failures

by: Liz Dodd - The Tablet in Activities,

Ampleforth College is in crisis after an inspection report found it was failing to reach child protection standards, and its acting head is stepping down. The Tablet can reveal that Deirdre Rowe will be leaving after just ten months in post ... after a highly critical inspection report that found the school did not meet standards for safeguarding, leadership, behaviour, bullying and complaints handling.