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Cristina Odone is creating a network of support for parents

Cristina Odone is creating a network of support for parents

by: Peter Stanford - The Tablet in Activities,

Cristina Odone is reinventing herself with an initiative creating a network of support for parents. Odone will, from Sep-tember, be piloting a scheme in Surrey with 400 parents, where existing 12-week courses will segue into self-help groups run by a facilitator, supported by written materials that the think tank has prepared. If the trial works, the plan is to roll it out nationwide.

Papal surprise: Laos gets its first cardinal

Papal surprise: Laos gets its first cardinal

by: ucanews.com reporter, Bangkok in Activities,

Bishop Ling, 73, is an ethnic Khamu, a hill tribe from northern Laos and southern China.  In 2000, Pope John Paul made him apostolic vicar of Pakse in southern Laos. Catholics in Laos told ucanews.com that Bishop Ling is both diligent and kind to the local community. As head of Pakse Vicariate, Bishop Ling has taken a keen interest in environmental issues, opposing the rapid deforestation by well-connected companies that pushed villagers from their land and created a spiral of social problems.

Bishops of Europe meet Pope Francis in Rome

Bishops of Europe meet Pope Francis in Rome

by: Nicolas Senèze - La Croix International in Activities,

The new CCEE leadership group, which was elected in October 2016, is planning to focus on “the issue of secularization, which presses us towards a renewed evangelization of our Churches and our countries", explained Cardinal Bagnasco.

“The Church in Europe believes deeply in the European continent,” he said. Youth issues were also raised as part of a symposium organized by the CCEE in preparation for the Synod on Young People.

Philippine ban on rosaries in vehicles draws ire

Philippine ban on rosaries in vehicles draws ire

by: UCA News in Activities,

"The LTFRB is absolutely missing the point by prohibiting the display of small religious images in cars," said Father Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines' permanent committee on public affairs.

 Jesuits sell prime London Heythrop site to a developer

Jesuits sell prime London Heythrop site to a developer

by: Carina Murphy - The Tablet in Activities,

Heythrop College, the 400-year-old Jesuit-run institution in London which specialises in theology and philosophy, has been sold. The Society of Jesus this week confirmed the sale of the premises and the 2.7 acre site in Kensington Square, West London to property developer Jonathan Sanderson, reportedly for over £100 million. 

Desert fathers - Biggest Catholic Parish

Desert fathers - Biggest Catholic Parish

by: Elena Curti - The Tablet in Activities,

What is thought to be the biggest Catholic parish in the world is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary next week. It is in Dubai, now a glittering city in the desert built by foreign workers

Honor the believing, tender Mary, not a 'plaster statue'

Honor the believing, tender Mary, not a 'plaster statue'

by: Junno Arocho Esteves - Catholic News Service International in Activities,

Pope recites prayer he wrote at 100th anniversary celebrations of apparitions at Our Lady of Fatima shrine in Portugal. Honor the believing, tender Mary, not a 'plaster statue'. Mary's example of believing and following Jesus is what matters most; she cannot be some image "of our own making" who Christians barter with for mercy, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis visit to Fatima: A pilgrimage of peace and hope

Pope Francis visit to Fatima: A pilgrimage of peace and hope

by: Catholic News Service in Activities,

 "I come to you in the joy of sharing with you the Gospel of hope and peace," the pope said in the message released by the Vatican on 10 May. Pope Francis was to embark on a two-day visit to Fatima 12-13 May to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions, which began 13 May, 1917, when three shepherd children reported seeing the Virgin Mary.

Bangladeshi young Catholics encouraged to be writers

Bangladeshi young Catholics encouraged to be writers

by: UCA News in Activities,

The Catholic Bishops' Commission for Youth and the Christian Communication Center is organizing a workshop to encourage young Catholics to take up writing and journalism. Some 41 young Catholics from eight dioceses will participate in the 25th National Writers Workshop at the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Bangladesh center on May 9-13.

View from Rome

View from Rome

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Activities,

Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland next year and the appointment this week of a new papal ambassador to Great Britain throws into the spotlight an unresolved and potentially awkward diplomatic question: does the Holy See recognise the United Kingdom? 

 
Pope launches attack on nuclear weapons

Pope launches attack on nuclear weapons

by: UCA News in Activities,

 World peace cannot be based on false sense of security these weapons provide, he tells UN conference. Today's threats to global peace and security must be countered through dialogue and development, not nuclear weapons, Pope Francis told the United Nations.

Assisting people in distress, his foremost duty as priest

Assisting people in distress, his foremost duty as priest

by: Stephanand Rock Rozario - UCA News in Activities,

Father Philip D'Rozario considers assisting people in distress as his foremost duty as priest.  Bangladesh's senior priest talks 50 years of service. Father Philip D'Rozario is a man full of life. He has a welcoming face and a strong, energetic posture as if he could attend a new mission tomorrow.

Love Jesus in all who suffer, Pope Francis says

Love Jesus in all who suffer, Pope Francis says

by: Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service in Activities,

Pontiff uses Palm Sunday Mass to decry Sweden, Egypt attacks Love Jesus in all who suffer, pope says. Jesus does not ask that people only contemplate his image, but that they also recognize and love him concretely in all people who suffer like he did, Pope Francis said.

The fiesta of biblical colour that saved a Basque country village

The fiesta of biblical colour that saved a Basque country village

by: Katy Hounsell-Robert - The Tablet in Activities,

The tiny village of Antezana de Foronda in the green countryside of the Basque country, Spain, has only 100 inhabitants but its sixteenth-century church St Michael the Archangel has made news headlines by undergoing a miraculous transformation from a dull neglected space into a palace illuminated from floor to ceiling with vibrant biblical and historical murals.

Filipinos mark 496th year of Christianity's arrival

Filipinos mark 496th year of Christianity's arrival

by: Mark Saludes - UCAN - Homonhon Island in Activities,

Through an interpreter, Magellan told the natives that the expedition was sent by the king of Spain to "spread the Catholic faith" and convert people to the "true religion." Some historical accounts indicated that on March 19, the Spaniards celebrated Mass and planted a cross near the shores of Homonhon. 

Make confession more available

Make confession more available

by: Carol Glatz - Catholic News Service in Activities,

Hear confession every time someone asks, Pope Francis said, and don't ever put limited hours on the sacrament of reconciliation. "Please, let there never be those signs that say, 'Confessions: Mondays and Wednesdays from this time to that time,'" he told hundreds of confessors and other participants attending an annual course sponsored by the Apostolic Penitentiary, a Vatican court that handles issues related to the absolution of sin.

How far can we go in welcoming migrants?

How far can we go in welcoming migrants?

by: Nathalie Birchem - La Croix International in Activities,

The migration crisis that has brought thousands of migrants to the gates of Europe is far from over. The incoming French government will need to imagine new solutions to avoid multiplying camps such as those at Calais and Paris

The child abuse scandal of the British children sent abroad

The child abuse scandal of the British children sent abroad

by: Tom Symonds - BBC Feb 2017 in Activities,

 For several decades, the UK sent children across the world to new lives in institutions where many were abused and used as forced labour. It's a scandal that is still having repercussions now. Imagine the 1950s, imagine being a child an orphan perhaps, living in an British children's home; imagine being told that shortly you would board a ship for somewhere called Australia, to begin a new life in a sunlit wonderland. For good. No choice. It happened to thousands of British children in the decades immediately following World War Two.

The church at the crossroads

The church at the crossroads

by: Archbishop Socrates Villegas, Manila - UCAN in Activities,

A shift in pastoral approaches is needed to keep up wih the transitions of modern society The church at the crossroadsWe are seeing a world in transition and the church in transition with society. There are essential things; there are accidentals. Spiritual wisdom is knowing what we can change and what we cannot change.