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The British at the heart of Rome: Vatican relations

The British at the heart of Rome: Vatican relations

by: Catherine Pepinster-The Tablet in Activities,
If English Catholics were asked to name the most important priest from the Archdiocese of Liverpool, the vast majority would suggest Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster. But eight years after Nichols took holy orders, another Englishman was ordained in that diocese who today holds one of the most influential posts in the Vatican, wielding  considerable soft power across the globe.
Pope's open-air Mass biggest event in Myanmar history

Pope's open-air Mass biggest event in Myanmar history

by: John Zaw and Michael Sainsbury-UCAN in Activities,

Pope Francis celebrated a two-hour open-air Mass for at least 150,000 people in Yangon early on Nov. 29, preaching forgiveness and praising the efforts of small churches across the country. The service, the largest single crowd for an organized event in Myanmar, included about 150 cardinals, bishops and priests on stage. English, Burmese, Latin and Italian were used during Mass.

Pope Francis arrives in Myanmar with a message of hope and love.

Pope Francis arrives in Myanmar with a message of hope and love.

by: UCA News in Activities,

Thousands of excited Catholics and well-wishers gathered on the streets of Yangon as Pope Francis' plane touched down Nov. 27 for the most politically controversial trip of his papacy. The immediate fear of the trip-organizers was not related to the pontiff's possible use of the controversial term 'Rohingya,' but had instead refocused on multiple open-air public events scheduled for his three-and-a-half day visit. 

Commentary to the 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A –

Commentary to the 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A –

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini - http://bibleclaret.org in Activities,

 “Let the heavens rejoice and earth be glad because the Lord judges the world... with his justice.” It is also easy to set the message Jesus wants to convey: the years of man’s life are precious, a treasure to be managed well. No one can go wrong because life is one: Jesus suggests how one must live. 

A Threat to our Decency

A Threat to our Decency

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Activities,

Jesus tells us that in the end we will be judged on how we dealt with the poor in our lives, but there are already dangers now, in this life, in not reaching out to the poor. The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned. We are all implicated when we allow other people to be mistreated.

Vietnam church to be rebuilt half-century after destruction

Vietnam church to be rebuilt half-century after destruction

by: ucanews.com reporter, Hai Duong, Vietnam in Activities,

Bishop Thien said the shrine was a place where many Catholics and missionaries were executed for their faith. Among them were three Spanish Dominicans – Bishops Jeronimo Hermosilla Liem and Valentino Berrio Ochoa Vinh, and Father Pedro Almato Binh – who were killed Nov. 1, 1861 and Vietnamese Dominican Brother Joseph Nguyen Duy Khang who was killed on Dec. 6 of the same year.

Does football make the world a better place?

Does football make the world a better place?

by: Jim Murphy - Catholic Herald in Activities,

Football is infamous for corruption and cheating, but it can also be a powerful force for good. For young boys and girls growing up in the poorest areas of Brazil, Kenya or Liberia, they may not ever become famous footballers, but their love of those and other pursuits – and the lessons they learn while enjoying them in Cafod-funded projects – could be their best hope of surviving and overcoming their troubled childhoods.

(Re)Thinking Europe – a Christian Contribution to the Future of the European Project

(Re)Thinking Europe – a Christian Contribution to the Future of the European Project

by: Pope Francis on the future of Europe in Activities,

We are called to build a Europe in which we can meet and engage at every level, much as in the ancient agorá, the main square of the polis.  The latter was not just a marketplace but also the nerve centre of political life, where laws were passed for the common good.  The presence of a temple dominating the square was a reminder that the horizontal dimension of daily life ought never to overlook the transcendent, which invites us to see beyond the ephemeral, the transitory and the provisional.

Spanish nuns face fine for restoring church organ

Spanish nuns face fine for restoring church organ

by: Alistair Coleman and Martin Morgan in Activities,

A convent of Spanish nuns is facing a steep bill for having a priceless church organ repaired without the state's permission. The sisters of Santa Ines in Seville, southern Spain, decided that the instrument in their convent church needed to be fixed, and accepted an offer from a local charity to have it restored it for free.

First World Day of the Poor - 19 November 2017

First World Day of the Poor - 19 November 2017

by: Fr. Joseph Santiago CMF in Activities,

This Day is meant, above all, to encourage believers to react against a culture of discard and waste, and to embrace the culture of encounter.  God created the heavens and the earth for all; yet sadly some have erected barriers, walls and fences, betraying the original gift meant for all humanity, with none excluded.

The Tablet 100 (Cont.): Catholics bringing a distinctive slant to politics, society, business, arts and culture

The Tablet 100 (Cont.): Catholics bringing a distinctive slant to politics, society, business, arts and culture

by: Brendan Walsh, Editor - The Tablet in Activities,

 The Tablet 100 is a portrait of a relatively small religious community that gives a distinctive slant to our society and culture. This is more than just a list of interesting people doing interesting things. Some are well known for their faith commitment; some wear it more lightly and tentatively. But there are important values held in common, a shared sensibility: a protectiveness towards the dreams of others, and perhaps the understanding that how the cards fall in this life is not all that matters.

The Tablet 100: Catholics bringing a distinctive slant to politics, society, business, arts and culture

The Tablet 100: Catholics bringing a distinctive slant to politics, society, business, arts and culture

by: Brendan Walsh, Editor - The Tablet in Activities,

The Tablet 100 is a portrait of a relatively small religious community that gives a distinctive slant to our society and culture. This is more than just a list of interesting people doing interesting things. Some are well known for their faith commitment; some wear it more lightly and tentatively. But there are important values held in common, a shared sensibility: a protectiveness towards the dreams of others, and perhaps the understanding that how the cards fall in this life is not all that matters.

Commentary to the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A –

Commentary to the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A –

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini - http://bibleclaret.org in Activities,

When the wind of test blows “the lamp of the godless is extinguished, the light of the virtuous is bright” (Pro13:9).  “Grant, O Lord, that on the last day, I can repeat, like Paul, ‘I have finished my course, I have kept myself faithful."

Catholics encouraged by Cursillo Movement in Vietnam

Catholics encouraged by Cursillo Movement in Vietnam

by: UCA News in Activities,

“The Cursillo Movement is a spiritual way that helps laypeople live out their ministry like yeast, salt and light for the world,” said Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Tran Van Toan of Long Xuyen. He called on participants to love and serve people in need in their daily life.

Before pope's visit, Suu Kyi govt holds prayers for peace

Before pope's visit, Suu Kyi govt holds prayers for peace

by: John Zaw, Mandalay & Michael Sainsbury, Bangkok - UCAN in Activities,
Pope Francis' visit to Myanmar and neighboring Bangladesh has coaxed an overdue show of compassion from Aung San Suu Kyi for her Muslim Rohingya countrymen. In tandem with confirmation of the typically packed papal itinerary that begins in Yangon Nov. 27 and winds up in Dhaka six days later, Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party is launching an unprecedented interfaith peace prayer rally across the country.
Catalan has always meant Spaniard

Catalan has always meant Spaniard

by: Angela McGhing - Rorate Coeli in Activities,

The seeds of the problem that ecloded this Friday, the pseudo-independence of the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia, were all present in that Statut, whose most radical ideas would end up being declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court.

German bishops abandon controversial Missal translation

German bishops abandon controversial Missal translation

by: Christa Pongratz-Lippitt-The Tablet in Activities,

The German bishops appear to have abandoned a controversial new German translation of the Missal that was based on Liturgiam authenticam, the Congregation for Divine Worship’s 2001 document that insisted on greater fidelity to the Latin original in liturgy translations. 

'Party girls' sent to rural Norfolk convent in new reality TV series

'Party girls' sent to rural Norfolk convent in new reality TV series

by: Rose Gamble - The Tablet in Activities,

A convent in rural Norfolk will feature in a new reality TV documentary following five 'party girls' who spend two weeks living with the Daughters of Divine Charity in Swaffham. 'Bad Habits, Holy Orders', aired by Channel 5 in four parts, follows the girls - amongst them a lingerie model, nightclub hostess and self-proclaimed party girl - as they swap social media, alcohol and make up for prayers and helping the sisters with community outreach.