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Hong Kong symposium raises religious rights awareness

Hong Kong symposium raises religious rights awareness

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

"We hoped the event would give young Catholics here more information about the church in China and transform their concern into prayers," he said. Tsang said many young Catholics are satisfied participating in parish activities but not engaging in issues on social justice and religious freedom. The symposium aimed to change that prevailing attitude, he said.

Angelican Centre in Rome Marks 50 Years

Angelican Centre in Rome Marks 50 Years

by: Catherine Pepinster - The Tablet in Activities,

It has become one of the most regular events of the papal calendar: a visit by the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Pope. But in 1966, Anglican-Catholic relations took a huge leap forward when Archbishop Michael Ramsey visited Pope Paul VI – the first encounter between pope and primate of England since the Reformation.

UK University opens Benedict XVI centre

UK University opens Benedict XVI centre

by: Madeleine Teahan - Catholic Herald in Activities,
St Mary’s University Twickenham has established a “Benedict XVI Centre” for research into religion and social sciences. On its website St Mary’s said the centre was an “international hub for research and engagement activities in the area of religion and the social sciences (primarily economics, sociology, and political science).” 
Pope tells us all to practice mercy daily

Pope tells us all to practice mercy daily

by: Reporters - Vatican Radio in Activities,

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has told members of the Curia to tend to their flocks with generosity and mercy and has urged them to become a ‘model’ for all. The Pope was speaking during his homily at Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on Monday morning, as he celebrated the Feast of the Chair of Peter and the Jubilee of Mercy.

Forever Being Ahead of our Souls

Forever Being Ahead of our Souls

by: Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I. in Activities,

Sometimes nothing is as helpful as a good metaphor. In his book, The God Instinct, Tom Stella shares this story: A number of men who made their living as porters were hired one day to carry a huge load of supplies for a group on safari. Their loads were unusually heavy and the trek through the jungle was on a rough path. 

Theologian tells Catholics not to lose hope amid terrorism

Theologian tells Catholics not to lose hope amid terrorism

by: Joe Torres, UCAN Manila Philippines in Activities,

In the wake of recent terror attacks, a leading theologian has urged Catholics not to lose hope and to continue holding on to their faith. Speaking during the first day of a three-day theological symposium in Cebu City on Jan. 20, Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe blamed the rise of terrorism for causing a "crisis of hope." 

Filipinos' devotion is heroic but it needs to be purified.

Filipinos' devotion is heroic but it needs to be purified.

by: Joe Torres, UCA News Manila Reporter in Activities,

There is no stopping Julian Vincent Mendoza, a 30-year-old father of three, from fulfilling a vow he made seven years ago. He, along his wife and three children, wade through a sea of bodies, all devotees of the Black Nazarene in Manila’s Quiapo district.Julian’s aim, like that of the mammoth crowd of about nine million at this year's feast, is to touch the statue

Pope Francis pushed open the great bronze doors to launch the Holy Year of Mercy.

Pope Francis pushed open the great bronze doors to launch the Holy Year of Mercy.

by: Nicole Winfield - Associated Press in Activities,
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis pushed open the great bronze doors of St. Peter's Basilica on Tuesday to launch his Holy Year of Mercy, declaring that mercy trumps moralizing in his Catholic Church. Francis stood in prayer on the threshold of the basilica's Holy Door then walked through it, the first of an estimated 10 million faithful who will pass through over the course of the next year in a rite of pilgrimage dating back centuries.
The Year of Mercy and the importance of conversion

The Year of Mercy and the importance of conversion

by: Vatican Radio in Activities,

(Vatican Radio) Before the recitation of the Marian Prayer on the second Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis referred to Sunday’s liturgy in which John the Baptist, preaches "a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins". The Holy Father pointed out that conversion is not just for atheists but also for those who already consider themselves Christians.

Cardinal Nichols opens Bible Society conference

Cardinal Nichols opens Bible Society conference

by: Rose Gamble - The Tablet in Activities,

Speaking to biblical scholars and local church leaders from across England and Wales, Cardinal Nichols said: “Dei Verbum encourages all Christians to treasure the pages of Scripture, to learn from them, to pray with them, and to live according to their teaching.”

Missionary spirit means giving witness, not proselytizing, Pope Francis says

Missionary spirit means giving witness, not proselytizing, Pope Francis says

by: Junno Arocho Esteves, for Catholic News Service in Activities,

The pope appealed to all young people, calling on them to reflect on their vocation and "to not exclude the possibility of becoming a missionary" and to preach with their lives, not by proselytizing. "Those who are looking for something else are the ones that [proselytize]," he said. "Faith is preached first through witness then with words — but slowly." 

Asia and the synod on the family

Asia and the synod on the family

by: Jayeel Serrano Cornelio, - UCAnews Manila in Activities,
Sensational issues aside, global gathering held deeper meaning. Most of the prominent reports on the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family were prepared by Western journalists. Many of us in Asia had to rely on these writings to keep ourselves abreast of the discussions as they were happening. The reports, however, have been generally preoccupied with the most controversial issues. In a way, this is not surprising.
"Belief in God is shown in respect, unity, service", Pope Francis

"Belief in God is shown in respect, unity, service", Pope Francis

by: Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service in Activities,

 People of all religions must be 'prophets of peace. Kenya, which has more than 13.8 million Catholics, is served by more than 5,300 religious women, close to 800 religious brothers, some 2,700 diocesan priests, just over 900 religious-order priests and four permanent deacons.