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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.

Church of England publishes social media guidelines

Church of England publishes social media guidelines

by: Rose Gamble - The Tablet in Activities,

The Church of England on Monday published its first ever set of social media guidelines aimed at encouraging a more positive atmosphere online. “Social media has transformed the way we live our lives. As Christians we are called to engage in a way which is shaped by the example of Jesus. As we respond to the call on each of us to be witnesses to Jesus Christ, I encourage all of us to consider how we live our lives as witnesses online..."

South Korean Mass for peace attracts 20,000 faithful

South Korean Mass for peace attracts 20,000 faithful

by: ucanews.com reporter, Seoul in Activities,

The Committee for the Reconciliation of the Korean People of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (CBCK) held a special Mass on June 25 at Peace World Park in Imjingak, near the demilitarized zone dividing North and South Korea.

Lessons can be learned from Aeta people's organic mangoes

Lessons can be learned from Aeta people's organic mangoes

by: Father Shay Cullen, Manila - UCAN in Activities,

Fair Trade is a boon for indigenous Philippine people and for those who consume the fruits of nature and their labor. Buying the produce of the hard work of the poor for higher fair trade prices is one way to support them and reduce poverty. They struggle to survive in their remote villages without electricity, roads or nearby schools. There are few social services or government assistance to help them make a life of dignity for themselves and their children.

Mass held after Hong Kong protest turns violent

Mass held after Hong Kong protest turns violent

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

The Colloquium of Six Religious Leaders of Hong Kong, which comprises representatives of the Catholic Church, Protestant Church, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam and Confucius, also released a statement calling on the government and the public to seek a solution in a restrained and peaceful manner.

Europe must rediscover 'its own identity, its own unity', says Pope Francis.

Europe must rediscover 'its own identity, its own unity', says Pope Francis.

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Activities,

Speaking on the Papal plane returning from Romania to Rome, the Pope pointed out that the global financial system, which leaves many young people unemployed and others discarded, makes it difficult for individual countries to solve problems alone. Solidarity, where poorer countries received support from wealthier ones, is vital for the common good.

New blow to Steve Bannon's plans for monastery

New blow to Steve Bannon's plans for monastery

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Activities,

President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist plans to convert the former Carthusian monastery of Trisulti, near Frosinone, 47 miles south-east of Rome, into an academy for defenders of Judaeo-Christian values.

Francis approves revised translation of Italian Missal

Francis approves revised translation of Italian Missal

by: La Croix International staff - Vatican City in Activities,

According to the new translation, the Lord's Prayer will no longer say "and lead us not into temptation" but will become "do not let us fall/be abandoned into temptation." The Holy See no longer gives a recognitio by which it approves vernacular translations; it now gives a confirmatio that confirms decisions made by the bishops' conferences.

Preaching the truth is not enough, media-savvy priest says

Preaching the truth is not enough, media-savvy priest says

by: Rock Ronald Rozario, Dhaka - UCAN in Activities,
A prominent Catholic media expert has called on Catholics to become "modern missionaries" by "proclaiming truth and the Good News" through the media armed with both "knowledge and commitment." 
They should learn to utilize the media by following Jesus' advise to be "Simple as a dove but cunning as a serpent," said Father Raymond Ambroise.
New Spanish president for the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

New Spanish president for the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

by: La Croix International staff in Activities,

 Pope Francis has opted for continuity with Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, who died last July, in his appointment of Spanish Bishop Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot to head the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Born in Seville, Southern Spain in 1952, Bishop Ayuso discovered his religious vocation at an early age, deciding to join the Combonian missionaries, a congregation of Italian origin that is particularly active in eastern Africa.

Philippines declares Virgin Mary's birthday a national holiday

Philippines declares Virgin Mary's birthday a national holiday

by: Joe Torres, Manila - UCAN in Activities,

"I only wish [the politicians'] apparent devotion to Mary translates into genuine service to people and actual practice of Christian values in their personal and official lives," said Benedictine nun Mary John Mananzan. Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga said what the legislators did was "very inspiring and interesting good news" and spoke of the Filipino culture of being "pro-God" and "pro-mother."

Cardinal turns on the lights and raises ire of Italian politician

Cardinal turns on the lights and raises ire of Italian politician

by: Catholic News Service in Activities,

Back in Rome less than 24 hours after visiting refugees in camps in Greece, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski turned on some lights and found himself being threatened by Italy's deputy prime minister. Salvini said the occupants of the building owed the electric company 300,000 euros and he would be sending the cardinal the bill.

Vietnam cathedral's demolition

Vietnam cathedral's demolition

by: ucanews.com reporter, Hanoi in Activities,

Architects have asked church leaders in Vietnam’s oldest diocese to conserve an iconic cathedral instead of pulling it down for a new one. But local Catholics and government authorities have backed the diocese’s plan to demolish 134-year-old Bui Chu Cathedral on May 13. Bui Chu Cathedral is as old as Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City and St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hanoi.