Catholics in Spain have voiced opposition to a proposed law to reform the country's education system, claiming it will limit the rights of parents to choose their children's schools. "It is a partisan and ideological law, without a vision of the State and without response to the demands of citizens and the educational community," says Más Plurales (roughly, "more diversity or choice"), an umbrella group that represents parents' associations, unions, businesses and educators.
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Pope Francis says countries with female leaders have handled the Covid-19 pandemic better than others and that he has increased the number of women in decision making roles in the Vatican because they are “much better administrators than men”.
There won't be huge festivities, sports events, and chu (rice beer) parties, unlike previous years…but will continue to thank God for the blessings and offer Him crops from our fields," Chisim told UCA News. The majority of some 1 million Garo people live in the northeastern Indian states of Meghalaya and Assam, but some 120,000 also live in neighboring Bangladesh.
God is erotically charged and the world is achingly amorous, hence they caress each other in mutual attraction and filiation. Jewish philosopher Martin Buber made that assertion, and while it seems to perfectly echo the opening line of St. Augustine’s autobiography (“You have made us for yourself, Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”) it hints at something more.
"Let our differences then be simply cultural and local, not cosmic nor eternal". Outside my house when I lived in Kolkata, eastern India, I would see the annual self-flagellation of Muslim men on the street opposite the school gate. The social dimension is of course very important, doing penance that everyone else is sharing is a very bonding experience, and anything that strengthens love is good.
The award-winning children’s author talks about the poetics of her first novel for adults, and why she remains steeped in the Catholicism of her Irish upbringing. “Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,” begins Sarah Crossan, “Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope.”
Greetings from La Civiltà Cattolica, one of the most respected Catholic journals published from the center of Catholicism: Rome. La Civiltà Cattolica, a publishing project given to the Jesuits by Pope Pius IX in 1850, is one of the oldest and continuously published Catholic journals in the world.
Eric Hodgens recently painted a pandemic lament of the "grieving parish" – an institution on its knees. His article was not a maudlin piece of despondent personal opinion, but a reasoned expression of realism and sadness about what has occurred and how some see the outcome of isolation.
Media ecology, a subset of communication studies, approaches communication as an ecosystem. Borrowing the metaphor of a natural ecosystem, this type of study imagines communication as an environment in which many different elements interact. The environment contains not only different communication media but also people, ideas, cultures, historical events, and so on.
Darkness descends over Parliament at sunset on 1 November, as the nation acclimatises to the coming of a second lockdown.
The coronavirus pandemic first brought society together but is now exacerbating inequality and harming the poorest, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has warned.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has excommunicated Tomislav Vlasic, a former Franciscan from Croatia who had been spiritual director of the alleged visionaries of the Virgin Mary at Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Bishops must now obtain written permission from the Holy See if they want to establish religious congregations in their dioceses. New institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life must receive written approval by the Holy See, which alone has final judgment as regards their erection, decreed Pope Francis.
In a letter to the Prime Minister sent on Tuesday, a day before Parliament was due to debate the new restrictions, Cardinal Nichols argues that public worship has an invaluable role to play in supporting vulnerable people, both by improving social cohesion and mental health.
Pope Francis has condemned a terrorist attack at a Catholic church in the French Riviera city of Nice that killed three people, adding his voice to a chorus of world leaders who have denounced the attack and expressed solidarity and support for France.
The World Food Programme (WFP), a Rome-based United Nations agency that Pope Francis has on many occasions praised, won the Nobel Peace Prize 2020 for its efforts to combat hunger, food insecurity and improve conditions for peace in conflict areas.
Jesuits worldwide are mobilising in protest after an 84-year-old Jesuit priest and human rights activist was arrested in India accused of terrorist links. Fr Stan Swamy SJ, a prominent and popular human rights activist, was arrested by the National Investigation Agency for alleged Maoist links on October 8.
A London-born teenager beatified in Italy yesterday showed that heaven is an “attainable goal”, according to the cardinal who read the papal letter proclaiming him “blessed”. Carlo Acutis was born on 3 May 1991 to Italian parents and was baptised at Our Lady of Dolours in Fulham on 18 May 1991 by Fr Nicholas Martin OSM. Soon afterwards, the family moved to Milan, Italy. He died of leukaemia in 2006.
It’s now six months since the lockdown began, and a second wave of the coronavirus may be upon us. We have learnt that in a crisis what makes the difference is not algorithms or protocols, but virtue and character. One of the things we have witnessed over the past months – clearer, perhaps, than for a generation – has been the virtues in full swing.
If you want to understand Pope Francis, it helps to know tango, soccer lingo, and colloquial Argentinian Spanish. Making sense of Francis, I propose, also requires an ability to think in hyperlinks. In other words, what he says opens paths to multiple references that further enrich and expand possibilities for interpretation. Francis plays with language and space.