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Commentary to the 33th Sunday in Ordinary Time -B-

Commentary to the 33th Sunday in Ordinary Time -B-

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Activities,

The anxieties, pains, the groans of the dying prelude the imminent death; the pangs of a woman in labor herald the beginning of a new life. Jesus taught us the proper perspective: “When these things begin to happen, stand erect and lift up your heads, for your deliverance is drawing near” (Lk 21:28). “The fate of the world is in God’s hands, so I look up.” 

Rejoice, be glad, and act

Rejoice, be glad, and act

by: It is a source of great joy when a bishop, priest or religious speaks out in solidarity with victims of human rights abusesRejoice, be glad, and act Religious priests and nuns join a protest march in Manila on Sept. 21. (Photo Vincent Go) Edita Burgo in Activities,

It is a source of great joy when a bishop, priest or religious speaks out in solidarity with victims of human rights abuses. " A few weeks after the abduction of my son Jonas, I joined a group of relatives of victims of enforced disappearances along with a few priests and nuns to have a dialogue with a number of bishops."

Catholic schools celebrate new A level success

Catholic schools celebrate new A level success

by: Ruth Gledhill - The Tablet in Activities,

Catholic schools in both the state and private sectors recorded another exceptional set of A level results yesterday, with many citing students achieving top grades and securing places at universities such as Oxford and Cambridge. In a separate development, there was  a significant drop of 22.8 per cent in the number of young people taking Religious Studies at A level in England and Wales.

Keep the state out of our classrooms

Keep the state out of our classrooms

by: Editor's desk - The Tablet in Activities,

Debates about the religious education of the young are as important as any imaginable. In the Catholic case, however, contributions tend to focus on seeing off threats to Catholic interests represented by the 10 per cent of the state-school system that bear the Catholic brand-name. 

Ampleforth faces possible closure if it fails to improve standards.

Ampleforth faces possible closure if it fails to improve standards.

by: Ruth Gledhill - The Tablet in Activities,

Ampleforth College, one of the country’s top Catholic schools, faces possible closure if it does not improve standards including the safeguarding of pupils and the rigour of its checks on staff. The Department for Education has written to Ampleforth College warning that “the Secretary of State is satisfied…. that any one or more of the independent school standards is or are not being met in relation to the school.”

Italian bishops champion ‘voiceless’ migrants

Italian bishops champion ‘voiceless’ migrants

by: Isabella Haberstock de Carvalho - The Tablet in Activities,

'We feel responsible for this army of the poor, victims of war and hunger, of deserts and of tortures' the bishops wrote. The leadership of the Italian bishops’ conference has pledged its support for migrants arriving in the country while warning against a growing culture of xenophobia across Europe.

Croatia: Where Football Is Much More Than A Game

Croatia: Where Football Is Much More Than A Game

by: Sven Milekic - The Tablet in Activities,

Despite the many disappointments in between these heroics, football has remained sacred in Croatia. As well as being staunch Catholics – 86 per cent of the total population – Croats worship football. And while church attendance is in decline mobilisation for football games remains massive. Football is breakfast, lunch and dinner; alpha and omega.

Time and space in the Eternal City

Time and space in the Eternal City

by: Guillaume Goubert - La Croix Intenational in Activities,

In a series of meetings ranging from the Vatican to the Lateran Emmanuel Macron showed he understood how to communicate a message at the level of this unique world city. In particular, he displayed a keen awareness of the current situation of a Europe that is continuing to tear itself apart over the issue of migration.

Laudato Si' - Major new research institute at Campion Hall

Laudato Si' - Major new research institute at Campion Hall

by: Catholic News in Activities,

The Jesuits in Britain have announced that a new research institute called the Laudato Si' Institute (LSI) is being established at Campion Hall, the Jesuit permanent private hall of the University of Oxford. The LSI will be established during the academic year 2018-2019 and will formally open in September 2019.

Increase in number of Catholics worldwide, according to Vatican stats

Increase in number of Catholics worldwide, according to Vatican stats

by: James Roberts - The Tablet in Activities,

The newly released Annuarium Statisticum Ecclesiae 2016 reports a 1.1 per cent increase in absolute Catholic numbers between 2015 and 2016. In 2015 there were 1,285 million baptised Catholics and in 2016 1,299 million. However the world population increased by 1.14 per cent (from 7.383 billion to 7.467 billion) meaning that as a proportion of world population the proportion of Catholics fell, from 17.73 per cent of the world’s population in 2015 to 17.67 per cent in 2016.


Dictatorships begin with taking over media, warns Pope

Dictatorships begin with taking over media, warns Pope

by: Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service in Activities,

All dictatorships begin the same way: media outlets are put in the hands of "unscrupulous" people who spread lies and weaken democracy, Pope Francis said. Typical standards, norms and laws in regard to communications are first eliminated, the pope said in his homily June 18 during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae.

Cardinal Nichols: Church and police working well together to fight human trafficking

Cardinal Nichols: Church and police working well together to fight human trafficking

by: The Tablet - News in Activities,

The collaboration between the Catholic Church and law enforcement officers to tackle modern slavery is starting to work. Cardinal Vincent Nichols told a UN conference this week that the collaboration between the Catholic Church, through the Santa Marta group, and law enforcement officers to combat human slavery around the world, is starting to work. 

Hebei Diocese bans pilgrimage reports as China steps up repression

Hebei Diocese bans pilgrimage reports as China steps up repression

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

A source who asked to be unnamed told ucanews.com that Hebei Provincial Ethnic and Religious Department had given the company verbal notification that neither its newspaper nor website should report pilgrimages in May. Webmasters in other dioceses told ucanews.com that they had submitted articles on local or inter-provincial pilgrimages to Faith Weekly but none had been published.

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.