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Happiness has become an industry that is selling all of us.

Happiness has become an industry that is selling all of us.

by: Richard Leonard - The Tablet in Activities,

Australians are encouraged to contact someone they know who might be going through a difficult patch and ask: “Are you OK?” The simplicity of the challenge combined with the complexity of our contemporary mental-health culture has struck a chord. R U OK? has taken off, and not just on one day of the year.

Church Summit to tackle online abuse of chidren

Church Summit to tackle online abuse of chidren

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Activities,

A Church-sponsored summit on how to protect children from online sexual exploitation will take place in Rome next week, culminating in a meeting between Pope Francis and participants from across the world. The conference, organised by the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Centre for Child Protection, is happening just weeks after the Vatican recalled one of its priest diplomats from Washington for allegedly accessing child pornography.

St Francis of Assisi

St Francis of Assisi

by: Catholic Online in Activities,

Francis' conversion did not happen over night. God had waited for him for twenty-five years and now it was Francis' turn to wait. Francis started to spend more time in prayer. He went off to a cave and wept for his sins. Sometimes God's graceoverwhelmed him with joy. But life couldn't just stop for God. There was a business to run, customers to wait on.

Rohingya crisis top of pope's agenda during upcoming visit

Rohingya crisis top of pope's agenda during upcoming visit

by: Rock Ronald Rozario, - UCAN in Activities,

Pope Francis is to visit Myanmar and Bangladesh Nov. 27-Dec. 2 and already Myanmar bishops have issued warnings that he should not use the term Rohingya as it is sensitive in their country. Bishop Gervas Rozario of Rajshahi, chairman of the Bangladeshi Catholic bishops' Justice and Peace Commission, told ucanews.com that the Rohingya crisis would surely be discussed with government leaders in private, more than it being made a public issue.

Pope issues decree of major significance in Asia

Pope issues decree of major significance in Asia

by: ucanews.com reporter, Bangkok in Activities,

The decree, or motu proprio as it is called in church parlance, enables local churches across the world to take a more direct hand in developing and approving the texts used in the celebration of sacraments. The control of liturgical texts and sacramental formulas has been a matter of considerable controversy to many throughout the church, including bishops' conferences in Asia such as in Japan. 

Police arrest lawmaker over school arson attacks

by: Konradus Epa, Jakarta - UCANews in Activities,

A lawmaker in Indonesia’s Central Kalimantan province has been arrested for allegedly orchestrating a string of arson attacks on elementary schools..Yansen Alison Binti, 60, a Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerinda) politician and member of the Central Kalimantan Provincial Legislative Council, was arrested on Sept. 10.

Catholic TV network opens first UK studio at Walsingham

Catholic TV network opens first UK studio at Walsingham

by: Keith Morris - East Anglia News in Activities,

International Catholic TV network EWTN has opened its first studio and office in the UK in Walsingham. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster wrote: “Over the last 950 years Walsingham has been a place of pilgrimage, proclaiming the joy of the Annunciation; in this new chapter of its history, I welcome the opportunity for the Shrine and EWTN to work together as servants of the New Evangelization.”

The manuscript that defies science

The manuscript that defies science

by: Marie Verdier, Burgos - La Croix International in Activities,

 “Yale University also took us for crackpots!” Juanjo Garcia said with a smile. But to protect the manuscript from the risk of degradation or disappearance, Yale ended up consenting to have it reproduced. For this, they selected the masters of the tailormade facsimile, publishers Garcia, and Molinero, creators twenty years ago of the small Siloé publishing house based in Burgos, in northwest Spain.

Cardinal Tagle wants end to parochial church

Cardinal Tagle wants end to parochial church

by: Roy Lagarde, Manila - UCAN in Activities,

"I hope that every parish really becomes a communion where we open doors, where we surpass our fears, and we see a brother or a sister whose wounds are my wounds too," said Cardinal Tagle. "New evangelization is fundamentally about the encounter with Jesus and without this there can be no other communion, communion without mission is unhealthy."

A catholic woman is appointed master of Balliol College, Oxford

A catholic woman is appointed master of Balliol College, Oxford

by: Catherine Pepinster - The Tablet in Activities,

Helen Ghosh was born in 1956 and had a schooling typical of middle-class Catholic girls of the time; she was educated by nuns at Farnborough Hill Convent School in Hampshire. From there, she went to Oxford where she read history and met her husband, the historian Peter Ghosh. It was also there that she first encountered the Dominicans at Blackfriars, who have provided her with spiritual nourishment ever since.

The sociology of French Catholics

The sociology of French Catholics

by: Anne-Bénédicte Hoffner and Gauthier Vaillant - La Croix International in Activities,

A wide-ranging sociological study commissioned by the Bayard group and published jointly by La Croix and Pèlerin sheds unprecedented light on the makeup of French Catholicism. The two authors have distinguished six profile types, which provide tools for understanding the logic of a Catholic world that is far more diverse than may have appeared.

They promise to use social media to share the Word of God and inspire others

They promise to use social media to share the Word of God and inspire others

by: Katharina R. Lestari and Konradus Epa Yogyakarta - UCAN in Activities,

More than 2,000 young people from 21 Asian countries have committed to use social media to spread positivity and share the Word of God to inspire others. Their commitment was read out by two representatives of the young people during a closing ceremony of the 7th Asian Youth Day festivities in Yogyakarta Aug. 6.Asian Youth Day participants commit to wisely use social media 

Which way will church-state relations turn in Hong Kong?

Which way will church-state relations turn in Hong Kong?

by: La Croix International - John Mok Chit-wai, Hong Kong in Activities,

Carrie Lam, a practicing Catholic, was sworn in as the Chief Executive of Hong Kong on July 1. In early August, Coadjutor Bishop Michael Yeung, former chief executive of Caritas Hong Kong, will be installed to succeed Cardinal John Tong as Bishop of Hong Kong. The relations between the church and the government will likely grow closer.

Martyrs honored as Vietnamese diocese celebrates 400 years

Martyrs honored as Vietnamese diocese celebrates 400 years

by: ucanews.com reporter, Qui Nhon City in Activities,

More than 20,300 Catholics killed during the 17th to 19th centuries Martyrs honored as Vietnamese diocese celebrates 400 years. About 10,000 Catholics attended the opening celebration on July 26 to mark the 400th anniversary of Catholicism being introduced in Qui Nhon Diocese.

CARING FOR CREATION - Parish Practice

CARING FOR CREATION - Parish Practice

by: Ellen Teague - The Tablet in Activities,

Pope Francis does not seem to have trouble getting directly into parishes. For example, as well as activity in his own parish, Mike McLoughlin of St Elphege’s, Wallington, in Southwark Diocese, has run Laudato Si’ study programmes at five deanery meetings and at diocesan level. He and other parishioners are also active with the local group Sutton for Justice and Peace, which recently promoted the message for Refugee Week of “Refugees welcome here”.

 
Vatican turns off fountains as Rome gasps in drought

Vatican turns off fountains as Rome gasps in drought

by: Reuters - July 2017 in Activities,

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Vatican authorities began on Monday to turn off some 100 fountains, including two Baroque masterpieces in St. Peter's Square, due to a prolonged drought affecting the tiny city state and the city of Rome which surrounds it. Caring for the planet and its resources is an important issue for Pope Francis, who demanded swift action by world leaders in the first ever papal document dedicated to the environment.

 
A prominent French Philosopher drowns trying to rescue children near St Tropez

A prominent French Philosopher drowns trying to rescue children near St Tropez

by: Rory Mulholland - The Telegraph in Activities,
A prominent French philosopher, psychoanalyst and newspaper columnist best known for her work on risk-taking has drowned after she swam out to try and save two children who were in trouble in the sea at a beach near Saint-Tropez. Anne Dufourmantelle was apparently swept away by a strong current at the weekend when she intervened to help the children at Pampelonne beach on the French Riviera. 
Understanding Grace more deeply

Understanding Grace more deeply

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Activities,

The mark of genuine contrition is not a sense of guilt, but a sense of sorrow, of regret for having taken a wrong turn; just as the mark of living in grace is not a sense of our own worth but a sense of being accepted and loved despite our unworthiness. We are spiritually healthy when our lives are marked by honest confession and honest praise.

 
Catholic volunteers foster peace in Mindanao, Philippines.

Catholic volunteers foster peace in Mindanao, Philippines.

by: UCA News in Activities,

Catholic laypeople from across the Philippines have gone to live in Muslim communities in Mindanao for a year to foster "peace through intercultural dialogue." The volunteers are serving as assistant teachers of subjects mandated by the education department in Islamic schools in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The program is an initiative of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines implemented by the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Davao.