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Hong Kong cancels church gatherings, Ash Wednesday liturgy

Hong Kong cancels church gatherings, Ash Wednesday liturgy

by: Bo Fan, Hong Kong - UCAN in Activities,

The next two weeks are crucial to suppress the epidemic, says Cardinal John Tong. The threat of spreading the coronavirus has forced Catholic officials in Hong Kong to suspend all church programs for the next two weeks and cancel the Ash Wednesday liturgy that marks the beginning of the Lent season.

The Rosary: The Spiritual Sword of Mary

The Rosary: The Spiritual Sword of Mary

by: Donald Calloway, MIC - Catholic Exchange in Activities,

The rosary was forged in an age of chivalry.  It is a spiritual weapon, a heavenly sword, fashioned by the hands of a Divine Craftsman. It has the power to slay dragons (demons), converts sinners, and conquer hearts.  The blade of this sword was forged in the living Word of God, shaped by the hammer of divine inspiration, and entrusted to the Queen of Heaven and her chosen servants.

Cardinal Tagle thanks Manila Catholics in farewell Mass

Cardinal Tagle thanks Manila Catholics in farewell Mass

by: UCA News reporter, Manila in Activities,

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila gave thanks to Catholics in his archdiocese as he prepares to take on a new role as head of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in the Vatican. .. He told the gathering he would soon be "an overseas Filipino worker" and appealed for prayers.

 
When Chinese Christians adapt Lunar New Year

When Chinese Christians adapt Lunar New Year

by: Michel Chambon - China: Churches in Asia in Activities,

Among Hong Kong Christians, practices vary. The overwhelming majority of Hong Kong Protestants do not use parallel sentences and consider that this tradition is no longer theirs. As for Catholics, many priests encourage it and distribute new small formats on which one can read, for example: “The family is filled with the love of the Lord; Society is filled with harmony."

How storytelling can save our churches

How storytelling can save our churches

by: Steve Morris - The Tablet in Activities,

The power of storytelling refuses to let us go.That great Literature scholar Frank Kermode pointed out that we need stories. We need a sense of beginning, middle and end to make sense of our lives and the world we live in. It’s telling that the Bible is really a collection of stories about dysfunctional families.

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.