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Harsh new rules in the classroom: the cap on faith-based admissions

Harsh new rules in the classroom: the cap on faith-based admissions

by: Mike Craven - The Tablet in Activities,

The decision to keep the cap marks a crossroads for Catholic education. The Catholic community should be proud of its schools, but if it is to secure their future it has to recognise the new and more hostile political reality. Most crucially, it must make the most of its assets – the communities of people in each school who make them the success they are.

The church should rethink its Sunday rituals

The church should rethink its Sunday rituals

by: t Élodie Maurot - La Croix International in Activities,

For example, it can propose contemplation sessions, a very open prayer with a ritual gesture, where families would be welcomed just as they are today. The spiritual demand is enormous. The need for a break, too.

Chinese-state Protestants plan 'socialist' Christianity

Chinese-state Protestants plan 'socialist' Christianity

by: ucanews.com reporters, Hong Kong in Activities,

China's two main Protestant organizations have launched a five-year blueprint that includes writing a secular version of the Bible. They agreed to cooperate with the principle of Sinicization; to insist on self-government; to reflect the core values of socialism; and to espouse the leadership of the Communist Party.

More Indian or more Christian?

More Indian or more Christian?

by: Jason Keith Fernandes, New Delhi - UCAN in Activities,

There is of course no need for Catholic leaders in India to actively proclaim a refusal to participate in nationalist projects; this would be a foolhardy venture in the current climate. But there is similarly no need for us to contribute to nationalist rhetoric by asking that we become more Indian. Our call is to be more Christian, loving all without distinction.

Vietnam War vets donate bikes to ease kids' plight

Vietnam War vets donate bikes to ease kids' plight

by: ) ucanews.com reporter, Hue - UCAN in Activities,

American veterans who fought in the Vietnam War are offering hundreds of bicycles to poor students as way to ease people's suffering in parts of the country still dealing with the effects of the conflict. "We want to supply these bicycles for Vietnamese students from poor families in remote areas so that they can pursue their studies," said Michael Shuman, a former U.S. Marine.

Bishop pays first Easter visit to remote area in Vietnam

Bishop pays first Easter visit to remote area in Vietnam

by: Yen Bai City Vietnam - UCAN- in Activities,

A bishop visited Catholics — many whom were from ethnic minorities — in a mountainous part of north-western Vietnam over the Easter triduum, a first since Catholicism was introduced to the area over a century ago. Accompanied by two priests and two seminarians, Bishop John Mary Vu Tat of Hung Hoa paid pastoral visits to nine parishes, subparishes and mission stations in Yen Bai province March 28-April 1.

A Woman’s Voice: Conversations of Discernment and Grace

A Woman’s Voice: Conversations of Discernment and Grace

by: Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation in Activities,

“A Woman’s Voice: Conversations of Discernment and Grace” is a very important and timely documentary, to premiere on Easter Sunday 2018 on Salt and Light TV, Canada’s Catholic Television Network. The date was no coincidence: for what better launch date could there be for a documentary about some outstanding and astounding women than Easter? 

The untold story of the role of Catholic nuns during the Troubles in North Ireland

The untold story of the role of Catholic nuns during the Troubles in North Ireland

by: Rosie Dawson - The Tablet in Activities,

Sr Kathleen is one of 20 or so religious sisters who took part in an oral history project – the Witness seminars – initiated by independent scholar Dr Dianne Kirby and Lisa Isherwood, professor of feminist liberation theologies at the University of Winchester. The seminars record the largely untold story of the role of Catholic nuns during the Troubles.

URBI ET ORBI MESSAGE  OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

URBI ET ORBI MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

by: Vatican News in Activities,

Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Easter! Jesus is risen from the dead! This message resounds in the Church the world over, along with the singing of the Alleluia: Jesus is Lord; the Father has raised him and he lives forever in our midst. 

Cardinal Keith O'Brien – the flawed, outspoken Catholic leader who died on Monday 19 March.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien – the flawed, outspoken Catholic leader who died on Monday 19 March.

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Activities,

Ordained in 1965, the young Fr O’Brien worked in parishes before becoming spiritual director at St Andrew’s College, Drygrange, a seminary that closed in 1986, and then Rector at St Mary’s College, Blairs, another seminary that has since closed. He was installed as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh in 1985 and appointed to the College of Cardinals in 2003.

Murdered gendarme hailed as hero of selfless service

Murdered gendarme hailed as hero of selfless service

by: Tom Heneghan - The Tablet in Activities,

'I think that only his Christian faith, animated by love, could have demanded of him this superhuman sacrifice' With a rare act of bravery that ended in tragedy, Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame has become a hero to the French and a symbol of selfless service inspired by his patriotism and Christian faith.

Paying tribute to our martyrs through love

Paying tribute to our martyrs through love

by: Mary Aileen Bacalso - UCAN in Activities,

Christians are obliged during Lent to honor those who have suffered as a result of gross rights violations. During this season of repentance for Christians, there is a need to really reflect on Jesus' passion and death. He has become a paragon of selflessness and genuine love. He challenges everyone to a supreme sacrifice.

Leading Vatican Observer claims "Francis revolutions almost over".

Leading Vatican Observer claims "Francis revolutions almost over".

by: James Roberts - The Tablet in Activities,

Massimo Franco, the political editor of Corriere della Sera and widely respected commentator on the Vatican, said this week (Wednesday) that he believes the “revolutionary appeal of Pope Francis is almost over”. There was, Franco said, growing resentment over the contrast between Francis’ easy and direct contact with ordinary people and his less happy and often fractious relationship with his “ecclesiastical army”.

Indian Catholics should not let Lent divide them

Indian Catholics should not let Lent divide them

by: Fr Paul Thelakat - UCAN in Activities,

Indian Catholics have begun Lent by asserting the different ways in which they observe the period. For most Catholics in India, as in other parts of the world, Lent runs for 40 days from Ash Wednesday, which this year fell on Feb. 14. But the two Eastern Catholic churches in India start Lent on a Monday, two days earlier to Ash Wednesday, making Lent a 50-day season.

When yes means yes

When yes means yes

by: Fr Hugh - Dominus Mihi Adjutor in Activities,

It really has been a turbulent time for sexual politics this past six months. Weinstein is but the tip of the iceberg. We have the #MeToo movement, and a growing list of prominent peopleaccused of various degrees of sexual misconduct, though it is often hard to distinguish these degrees and so gain a proper perspective and sense of proportion.

Esercizi spirituali, la sete di Dio tra Ionesco e “Il piccolo Principe”

Esercizi spirituali, la sete di Dio tra Ionesco e “Il piccolo Principe”

by: Salvatore Cernuzio – Vatican Insider in Activities,

L’invito è quindi a rallentare il «nostro passo» e prendere «coscienza dei nostri bisogni». A riporre in Dio la nostra sete «di relazioni, di accettazione e di amore», «un patrimonio biografico», afferma il teologo portoghese, che è presente in ogni essere umano dall’infanzia alla vecchiaia e che «siamo chiamati a riconoscere e ringraziare».

Philippine Senate approves National Bible Day observance

Philippine Senate approves National Bible Day observance

by: Joe Torres, Manila-UCANews in Activities,

The Philippine Senate has approved a bill that will declare the last Monday of January each year as "National Bible Day" to celebrate the Christian faith and reflect on the Scriptures.The bill was tabled by boxing champion-turned-senator Manny Pacquiao. "National Bible Day" would allow Christians "to unite and celebrate the Holy Bible as the cradle of the Christian faith," said the senator.

Indonesian TV celebrity guided by Catholic values

Indonesian TV celebrity guided by Catholic values

by: Konradus Epa, Jakarta - UCANews in Activities,

Popular Indonesian television presenter Daniel Mananta has put his Catholic faith into practice in a far-flung corner of the sprawling archipelago. The TV celebrity was impressed by the way local Catholics would walk many kilometers to attend services in the run-down chapel in Ruteng Diocese. "I was touched by the experience and wanted to fix the church," said Mananta, 36, the first of two brothers from a family of retail merchants.