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Facing the future for religious in Southeast Asia

Facing the future for religious in Southeast Asia

by: Joe Torres, Manila- UCA in Activities,

 Education, attracting young people are key challenges in the region. This week, members of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences are gathering in Thailand. The symposium’s theme is “consecrated life at the service of new evangelization”. The discussion comes at a pivotal time for religious men and women in Southeast Asia. Religious have always been at the forefront of the Church’s mission in many parts of the region. Yet today, religious men and women find themselves facing new challenges to their lives and missions.

Sunday shop closing was once regarded as socially progressive

Sunday shop closing was once regarded as socially progressive

by: Christopher Howse-The Tablet in Activities,

Sunday trading laws will be relaxed,” said a line in The Guardian. It was referring not to plans by George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced in the Budget, but to one of the demands made on Greece by the pursuing Furies of the Troika.

Indian children spread pope’s message on climate change

Indian children spread pope’s message on climate change

by: Ritu Sharma, New Delhi-UCAnews in Activities,

Supporting Pope Francis’ global call for urgent action on climate change, children in New Delhi took to the streets to create awareness for the environment. “People tend to ignore the need to preserve the environment and carry on with their lives. I hope they will take into consideration what the pope has said on the issue,” 

Vatican prefect calls on religious to recommit themselves

Vatican prefect calls on religious to recommit themselves

by: Ivan Fernandes, Pattaya-UCA in Activities,

The head of the Vatican congregation of consecrated life has called on religious to undergo a holistic recommitment to the people they serve in order to better serve the Church in Asia. "We cannot evangelize using weapons or politics. We have to live in such a way that we love the people we serve with a passion by making Christ the center of our lives. 

Paeans from Paraguay

Paeans from Paraguay

by: Margaret Hebblethwaite-The Tablet in Activities,

The overwhelming sensation of someone who has attended a papal event on this Paraguayan visit (and I have been present at three) is one of huge, excited crowds, chants and shouting, climbing up to get a better view, and the waving of flags and balloons. It is also, for those few who are close enough, stretching out to touch the man whose goodness and compassion is so much greater than their own, in the hope that something will rub off. I will never read the gospels in the same way again.

Commentary to the Sixteenth Sunday of the Year - Cycle B

Commentary to the Sixteenth Sunday of the Year - Cycle B

by: Fr James Gilhooley in Activities,

Today's Gospel gives us a good start. Jesus must have been exhausted. Presumably He was running on empty. So, He decides on a weekend pass for Himself. Obviously He believed in the law that unless you come apart and rest awhile, you may just come apart. 

Americas trips show heart of pope's faith

Americas trips show heart of pope's faith

by: Cindy Wooden for Catholic News Service in Activities,

The poor and disadvantaged remain focal point of pope's pastoral mission. With almost every step Pope Francis takes on his foreign trips and with his every embrace, he pleads for dialogue and inclusion. His denunciations of a "throwaway culture" — cultures in which certain people and most material goods are deemed disposable — are passionate and well-explained in his speeches and writings.

Proclaim 15 - Spread the word

Proclaim 15 - Spread the word

by: Nicholas Hudson-The Tablet in Activities,
Last Saturday 11th July saw the launch in Birmingham of Proclaim ’15, the response of the bishops of England and Wales to Evangelii Gaudium, in which Pope Francis urged the faithful to open ‘a new chapter of evangelisation’
Be bold and creative in the way you evangelise!
Firm faith: The company bosses who pray

Firm faith: The company bosses who pray

by: Katie Hope- BBC News in Activities,

Religion or spirituality is often seen as a taboo topic at work, with many believing mixing the two simply doesn't work. Yet at Chinese real estate giant Tentimes Group, that is exactly what they do in the boardroom before making important decisions.Saying prayers with colleagues and turning to the Bible when the company has to make difficult decisions.

Giant cross raises Christian spirits in Karachi

Giant cross raises Christian spirits in Karachi

by: ucanews.com reporter, Karachi in Activities,

Pakistan’s tiny and downtrodden Christian community are taking heart from the construction of Asia’s tallest cross in the country’s most populous yet violent city of Karachi. A 42.6-meter-tall concrete and steel cross is being erected at the entrance of Karachi’s largest cemetery — Gora Qabristan — containing thousands of tombstones and graves. 

Cardinal Burke warns Oxford audience of dictatorship of relativism

Cardinal Burke warns Oxford audience of dictatorship of relativism

by: Katherine Backler-The Tablet in Activities,

Cardinal Raymond Burke preached yesterday against a “dictatorship of relativism” which brands Christians“fundamentalists and extremists”. Cardinal Burke is on a short visit to Oxford. He will also address the Newman Society (the Catholic Society of the University of Oxford) on the intellectual legacy of Pope Benedict XVI.

Raised to the altars: one who fell for the poor

Raised to the altars: one who fell for the poor

by: Robert Ellsberg-The Tablet in Activities,

Romero, the late Archbishop of San Salvador, was a fearless defender of the poor. He was assassinated by a right-wing death squad while celebrating Mass in 1980 as his country began to descend into civil war. At a press conference in San Salvador on Monday, church spokesman Mgr Rafael Urrutia said that among the 300,000 people expected to attend.

Who are the women entering religious life and what draws them?

Who are the women entering religious life and what draws them?

by: Sr Cathy Jones - The Tablet in Activities,

 In England and Wales we have gone from an all-time low of seven in 2004 to 45 in 2014, the highest number in 25 years. A wide variety of types of religious congregations is attracting postulants: enclosed nuns and apostolic sisters, habited and non-habited sisters, those with common ministries and those where sisters tend to exercise individual ministries.

Church agencies rush to respond as second earthquake hits devastated Nepal

Church agencies rush to respond as second earthquake hits devastated Nepal

by: Liz Dodd- The Tablet in Activities,

 Church agencies have warned that the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Tuesday could have a devastating impact on the crippled country. Catherine Cowley, Protection Coordinator for the Catholic aid agency Cafod, said that the second disaster could have immense impact. To donate to Cafod click here http://www.cafod.org.uk/

Reception of the Remains of King Richard III

Reception of the Remains of King Richard III

by: Card. Vincent Nichols - Westminster Archdiocese in Activities,

On Sunday 22 March, Cardinal Vincent preached at a service of Compline for the reception of the remains of King Richard III at Leicester Cathedral. Cardinal Vincent joined the Bishop of Leicester, Rt Rev Tim Stevens, as well as representatives of other Churches and religions from across Great Britain at the reception of the king's remains.

Filipino running priest urges Canada to take back toxic waste

Filipino running priest urges Canada to take back toxic waste

by: ucanews.com reporter, Manila in Activities,

A Filipino Catholic priest led a protest run on Monday to urge Canada to take back 50 shipping containers loaded with toxic waste that are sitting at the Port of Manila. The shipments — which were labeled as recyclable plastics — were discovered to contain hazardous waste materials. "These toxic wastes are the worst form of expressing friendship between our two countries," said Fr Robert Reyes.

China church demolitions may be slowing down

China church demolitions may be slowing down

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

In the most comprehensive summary to date on what has been among Asia’s most destructive anti-Christian campaigns of recent times, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) recorded at least 400 crosses removed, and a further 35 churches wholly or partially destroyed in Zhejiang.