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Celebrating Peace Sunday on 19 Jan

Celebrating Peace Sunday on 19 Jan

by: Ellen Teague - The Tablet in Activities,

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.

Benedict defends clerical celibacy

Benedict defends clerical celibacy

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Activities,

Benedict XVI is arguing that celibacy must remain the condition for ordination to the priesthood just as Pope Francis considers whether to allow married men to be ordained to serve in parts of the Amazon.

Hindu opposition stalls India's tallest Christ statue

Hindu opposition stalls India's tallest Christ statue

by: ucanews reporter, Karnataka in Activities,
Opposition from Hindu groups has forced the Archdiocese of Bangalore to halt a project to erect what is billed as India’s tallest statue of Jesus Christ on a hilltop in Karnataka state. The southern state's government led by the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asked for work to be suspended until a government probe establishes the ownership of the land, church officials told ucanews on Jan. 7.
The secret lives of Vietnam's Catholic mothers

The secret lives of Vietnam's Catholic mothers

by: ucanews.com reporter, Ho Chi Minh City in Activities,

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. 

Cardinal Tagle named head of Propaganda Fide

Cardinal Tagle named head of Propaganda Fide

by: Joe Torres, Manila - UCAN in Activities,

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.

Is religious life accountable for dwindling vocations?

Is religious life accountable for dwindling vocations?

by: Father Jose Thayil - UCAN in Activities,

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.

Evangelization happens in Philippine shopping malls, Tagle says

Evangelization happens in Philippine shopping malls, Tagle says

by: Joe Torres, Manila - UCAN in Activities,

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.

Do we really want Brexit for Christmas and Boris forever after?

Do we really want Brexit for Christmas and Boris forever after?

by: Clifford Longley - The Tablet in Activities,

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.

Life issues dominate bishops’ election guidance

Life issues dominate bishops’ election guidance

by: Liz Dodd - The Tablet in Activities,

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.

Massive march for law to manage church assets in Kerala

Massive march for law to manage church assets in Kerala

by: ucanews reporter, Kochi, India in Activities,

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.

Get Brexit undone

Get Brexit undone

by: Nicholas Boyle - The Tablet in Activities,

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.

Pope says tech firms must address child exploitation on the internet

Pope says tech firms must address child exploitation on the internet

by: James Roberts - The Tablet in Activities,

Speaking at a seminal conference at the Vatican on children and the internet, Pope Francis has said that while digital technologies have made invaluable advances in education and communication, they have also exposed children to abuse and exploitation on a scale that is increasing “exponentially”.

Vietnamese Catholics urged to pray for late clergy

Vietnamese Catholics urged to pray for late clergy

by: ucanews reporter, Ho Chi Minh City in Activities,

On Nov. 12, hundreds of Catholics attended a special Mass at Chi Hoa Church in Ho Chi Minh City to venerate late bishops and priests who had devoted their lives in service, and they prayed for them to be in heaven. Ho Chi Minh City Archdiocese has one million Catholics who are served by 830 religious and diocesan priests.

End arms race for nuke-free world, pope says in Nagasaki

End arms race for nuke-free world, pope says in Nagasaki

by: ucanews reporter, Nagasaki in Activities,

He said that "a world without nuclear weapons is possible and necessary" and urged political leaders not to forget that "these weapons cannot protect us from current threats to national and international security." He wanted world leaders to reflect on how the world's resources can be used for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to achieve integrated human development.

Pope Francis praises Buddhist 'brothers and sisters'

Pope Francis praises Buddhist 'brothers and sisters'

by: ucanews reporter, Bangkok in Activities,

Pope Francis today praised Thailand for how it had allowed minority Christians to live in harmony with Buddhists for more than four centuries. He was speaking at a meeting with Buddhist Supreme Patriarch Ariyavongsagatanana IX at Wat Ratchabophit Sathit Maha Simaram on the second day of his seven-day trip to Thailand and Japan. 

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.