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Pope Francis tells Catholics to confess directly to God

Pope Francis tells Catholics to confess directly to God

by: Eldred Willey - East Anglia Diocese in Activities,

Pope Francis, in his homily, pointed people to the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.The Catechism of the Catholic Church, N. 1452, says: “When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called ‘perfect’ — contrition of charity. Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible.”

God's love in the time of Covid-19

God's love in the time of Covid-19

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Activities,

“Do what the catechism says. It's very clear. If you don't find a priest to go to confession, speak to God. He's your Father. Tell Him the truth: ‘Lord. I did this and this and this. Pardon me.’ Ask His forgiveness with all your heart with an act of contrition, and promise Him, ‘afterward I will go to confession.’ You will return to God's grace immediately.”

Saint Joseph, the just man, spouse of the Virgin Mary

Saint Joseph, the just man, spouse of the Virgin Mary

by: Congregation for Divine Worship in Activities,

In activating His plan of salvation, God, in His sapient providence, assigned to Joseph of Nazareth, "the just man" (cf. Mt 1, 19), and spouse of the Virgin Mary (cf. ibid; Lk 1, 27), a particularly important mission: legally to insert Jesus Christ into the line of David from whom, according to the prophets, the Messiah would be born, and to act as his father and guardian.

Vatican and China hold top-level talks

Vatican and China hold top-level talks

by: Michael Sainsbury - China UCAN in Activities,

The foreign ministers of the Vatican and China have met to reaffirm the willingness of both sides to continue executing the September 2018 provisional deal on the appointment of bishops in what was the highest-level meeting between the two states for 70 years.

 
Coronavirus Policy: Activating the antibodies of Catholicism

Coronavirus Policy: Activating the antibodies of Catholicism

by: Antonio Spadaro, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Activities,

The coronavirus COVID-19 is spreading around the world, generating a syndrome of universal contagion. Humanity’s system of worldwide interconnection gives us a paradoxical experience: the more connected we are, the more contact can turn into contagion, communication into contamination, influences into infections.

Vatican sees intense interest in opening of Pius XII archive

Vatican sees intense interest in opening of Pius XII archive

by: NICOLE WINFIELD,Associated Press in Activities,

More than 150 historians and researchers have signed up to access the soon-to-open Vatican archives of Pope Pius XII, evidence of the intense scholarly interest into the World War II-era pope and his record during the Holocaust, officials said Thursday.

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.