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Pope Francis to address top European Institutions

Pope Francis to address top European Institutions

by: Radio Vatican in Activities,

Pope Francis will travel to Strasbourg to address the European Parliament and the Council of Europe on November 25, 2014. The Council of Europe is the continent's leading human rights organisation.  It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union.

Fr Chavara Elias Kuriakose and Sr Euphraisa to be canonized November 23

Fr Chavara Elias Kuriakose and Sr Euphraisa to be canonized November 23

by: Christopher Joseph, Kochi - Ucanews in Activities,

Blessed Father Chavara Elias Kuriakose (1805-1871) and Blessed Sister Euphraisa of Sacred Heart of Jesus (1877-1952), both from the Syro-Malabar Church based in southern Kerala state, are set be canonized on November 23. The canonizations come six years after the canonization of India's first woman saint, Sister Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception.

Rosetta and Philae: why this space story fills us with so much awe

Rosetta and Philae: why this space story fills us with so much awe

by: Jonathan Freedland - The Guardian in Activities,

“We are on the cutting edge of science,” they say, and of course they are. They are probing the deepest mysteries, including the riddle of how life began...  What the authors of the Book of Genesis understood is that this question of origins is intimately bound up with the question of purpose. From the dawn of human time, to ask “How did we get here?” has been to ask “Why are we here?”

 

Unhappy couples should not be 'held hostage' to their past

Unhappy couples should not be 'held hostage' to their past

by: Fr William Grimm - UCAnews in Activities,

As it stands, the current annulment process is the equivalent of 'marital archeology'  A major dispute at the recently concluded Extraordinary Synod on the Family, described by Tokyo Archbishop Takeo Okada as "white hot", concerned the Church's practice of denying the Eucharist to those who have remarried following a divorce.

Cardinals based in Rome showed ‘lack of awareness’ of what life is really like over homosexuality and divorce

Cardinals based in Rome showed ‘lack of awareness’ of what life is really like over homosexuality and divorce

by: John Bingham - The Telegraph in Activities,

Cardinals closeted in the Vatican are holding out against Pope Francis’s drive to make the Roman Catholic Church more welcoming to gay people and divorcees because of a “lack of awareness” of real life, a leading Anglican bishop has suggested. The Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Paul Butler, one of a handful of non-Roman Catholics invited to take part in a global gathering of bishops in Rome to discuss family issues, said he was “excited and intrigued” by much of what he saw.

Vatican media reform committee to make recommendations next year

Vatican media reform committee to make recommendations next year

by: Andrea Gagliarducci for CNA Vatican in Activities,

 In his interview with Vatican Radio,Chris Patten stressed that some Vatican budgets are “a little more opaque than one might like,” but he insisted the reform's main goal is to listen to peoples’ concerns and to ensure that the different parts of the Vatican's media work more closely and efficiently together.

Pope Francis makes major American Church appointment

Pope Francis makes major American Church appointment

by: Catholic Herald Reporter in Activities,

Pope Francis has named Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Washington, as archbishop of Chicago, succeeding Cardinal Francis George, who has led the archdiocese since 1997. The appointment was announced in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Iran – World’s “Fastest-Growing Church,” Celebrates New Bible Translation.

Iran – World’s “Fastest-Growing Church,” Celebrates New Bible Translation.

by: By Jeremy Reynalds - ASSIST News Service in Activities,

According to a news release from Elam Ministries, the organization behind the translation, at the time of the Islamic revolution in 1979, there were no more than 500 Christians from a Muslim background in the country. Now Iran is thought to have the fastest-growing church in the world. “A very conservative estimate puts the number of Christians in Iran at 100,000”

Chinese authorities demolish two churches on same day

Chinese authorities demolish two churches on same day

by: ucanews.com reporter in Activities,

Two Catholic churches in two neighboring provinces in China were demolished this week while a third in Zhejiang province had its cross removed. On Monday, Jinxi Catholic Church in Hunan province was forcibly destroyed. When the priest tried to block the demolition, he was handcuffed and taken away.

Philippine city officials ordered multiple death squad killings

Philippine city officials ordered multiple death squad killings

by: Fr Shay Cullen - UCN in Activities,

What should be a matter of outrage and great moral concern for every Filipino, and for every decent human being, is the revelation made by Human Rights Watch that a death squad in Mindanao has been on a killing rampage, targeting even street children as young as nine years old. The killings were allegedly carried out on the orders of the former mayor of the city of Tagum in Mindanao.

Helping people in Gaza

Helping people in Gaza

by: SCIAF in Activities,

The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) is sending £30,000 to provide emergency aid to thousands of people caught in the conflict in Gaza.

Pastoral Planning

Pastoral Planning

by: Daniel Ang - www.timeofthechurch.com in Activities,

The experience of Christian communities, Catholic and otherwise, confirms that making no plans for growth results in little or no growth every time and such complacency even places communities at risk of decline as the surrounding culture changes and becomes less open to the offer of faith.

Militants chase all Christians out of Mosul

Militants chase all Christians out of Mosul

by: Catholic News Service in Activities,
As the last Iraqi Christians in Mosul fled the city, Pope Francis urgently called for prayers, dialogue and peace. “Violence isn’t overcome with violence. Violence is conquered with peace,” the pope said before leading thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square in a moment of silent prayer July 20.
Catholic Film Festival Swims Against the Flow

Catholic Film Festival Swims Against the Flow

by: Eponymous Flower in Activities,

The International Catholic Film Festival. The aim of the festival is to give space and visibili The aim of the festival is to give space and visibility to  producers and directors of feature films, documentaries, docu-fiction, television series and short films, to promote  the "positive models and universal moral values”  which are therefore consistent with Christianity. 

The Revolution is Here

The Revolution is Here

by: Carly Andrews - Tony Eccles - Aleteia in Activities,

Invocation: The revolution is here: The organisation’s creator and Executive director Chris Smith speaks to Aleteia about the revolutionary organisation and the secret to its success. “Ultimately what we do is we try to help young people everywhere to hear, recognise, discern and then respond to the call of Christ in their lives.