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.
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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/
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.
Cardinal from Manila was in Britain for the Flame 2 Youth Congress at Wembley. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, has lamented the “harsh words” that the Church used about gay and divorced people in the past, saying it left them feeling “branded”
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.
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.
Impressive liturgy, solid teaching and social engagement are essential elements of any Catholic community, and these already draw in some people who go on to be received into the Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). But most people cannot find a door into the church that attracts them.
Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he first has loved us” (1 Jn 4:19). He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in his heart.
Wolf Hall is filmed and acted in such a naturalistic style, you might be fooled into thinking it was true. There were abuses, but we know that monasteries were much valued as centres of pilgrimage and sources of spiritual help as well as education and health care. But Cromwell cared nothing for the truth. He was a fanatic. He and his agents made up revolting lies about monks which they spread in lip-smacking pornographic pamphlets, notably The Black Book.
Thanks to Wolf Hall, more people have now heard of Thomas Cromwell whose life it chronicles, he comes across as a plucky, self-made Englishman, whose quiet reserve suggests inner strength and personal nobility. Back in the real world, Cromwell was a “ruffian” (in his own words) turned sectarian extremist, whose religious vandalism bears striking comparison with the iconoclasm of Islamic State or the Afghani Taliban.
You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.” Cautioning against provocation he said the right to liberty of expression came with the obligation to speak for “the common good”.
Arriving in Sri Lanka, a country recovering from two-and-a-half decades of ethnic and religious civil war, Pope Francis said reconciliation would require its people to explore their painful recent history and accept persistent differences within their multicultural society.
Speaking to a crowd in St. Peter's Square, the pontiff named each cardinal, noting they came from every continent and "show the inseparable tie with the church of Rome to churches in the world." Five of the cardinals are from Europe, three from Asia, three from Latin America and two each from Africa and Oceania.
School league tables show that two-thirds of the best primaries in 2014 are faith-based institutions, even though they represent just a third of all schools nationally. More faith schools are dominating places at the top of primary league tables.
The Year of Consecrated Life has begun. From 30th November to 2nd February 2016 we will evoke the memory of consecrated life, celebrate its present and dream of its future. We have organised seminars, retreats and encounters. Let's share our lives and awake the world.
A three-year Vatican investigation into America’s 50,000 nuns, which inspired comparisons with the Inquisition, produced an unexpectedly benign report on Tuesday, with a mild rebuke and calls for a careful review of their spiritual practices.
To hand down the amazing gift of prayer to the family, we can start with our own example of praying in the company of our family, showing them that we can offer up prayers at any time, whether there is a particular need or just a desire to thank God for his many blessings.