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Cardinal and Welby launch joint Lent prayer week

Cardinal and Welby launch joint Lent prayer week

by: Liz Dodd - The Tablet in Activities,

Cardinal Vincent Nichols and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, announced that a week of ecumenical prayer for social action would take place at the end of Lent, from Passion Sunday on 6 April to Palm Sunday on 13 April. 

After the music: Maria von Trapp, lay missionary, dies

After the music: Maria von Trapp, lay missionary, dies

by: James Macintyre - The Tablet in Activities,
Maria von Trapp, the last surviving member of the singing family immortalised in the Sound of Music, died at the age of 99 last weekend. She was a devout Catholic and former missionary. The Von Trapp family escaped from Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938, to New York, where they were a hit with concert audiences.
Lovers flock to St. Peter's for Valentine's meeting with pope

Lovers flock to St. Peter's for Valentine's meeting with pope

by: REUTERS-Tony Gentile in Activities,

 Signs of affection were as common as signs of the cross in St. Peter's Square on Friday as couples from around the world attended a special Valentine's Day gathering with Pope Francis. Some 25,000 people engaged to be married were invited to the unprecedented event. But as news of the gathering spread, couples of all ages, including many elderly who have been married for decades, flocked to the square.

The Christian Roots of the Olympics

The Christian Roots of the Olympics

by: Brantly Millegan in Activities,

The ancient Olympics were pagan, but are the modern Olympics Christian? Now that you’re taking a break from perusing the crazy pictures coming out of Sochi, here’s some trivia about the Christian roots of the modern Olympics.

‘Give them something to eat’: The Christian approach to food aid

‘Give them something to eat’: The Christian approach to food aid

by: Paul Chitnis in Activities,

The growth in the number of food banks in the UK in recent years has been something of a divisive issue. ‘A food bank is, and always should be, a short term response to a particular crisis,’ says Paul Chitnis – so what is the long term solution, and how should Christians be addressing this crisis?

Vatican trove shows Catholic persecution in samurai-era Japan

Vatican trove shows Catholic persecution in samurai-era Japan

by: Hiroshi Hiyama, Tokyo AFP in Activities,

 A trove of ancient documents unearthed at the Vatican could shed light on the brutal crackdown on Christianity in isolationist Japan under its samurai rulers, scholars say. The hoard contains about 10,000 pieces of paper, collected by an Italian priest who lived in Japan last century, mostly dating from the "Edo" period (1603-1867), when the country shut itself off from the outside world and declared Western religion illegal.

Through the looking glass of an iPhone

Through the looking glass of an iPhone

by: Brett T. Robinson - L'Osservatore Romano in Activities,

The call of Pope Francis to take the Gospel to the streets also includes the digital ones. The first message of Pope Francis for World Communications Day is consistent with the Holy Father’s concern for reaching individuals where they are. Today that often means the virtual confines of the digital environment.

Young women religious reflect on their transformation

Young women religious reflect on their transformation

by: The Catholic Sun Reporter in Activities,

Giving Voice, a peer-led organization of women religious, is using regular retreats and networking to improve peer support among young discerners. The latest retreat, held Jan. 17-19 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery in west Phoenix, was aimed at women in their 20s and 30s. The retreat drew 23 women, all at various stages of discernment, who are living vowed religious life with 12 different communities. 

In sign of a stronger bond, Kerry visits Vatican

In sign of a stronger bond, Kerry visits Vatican

by: Matt Viser - The Boston Globe in Activities,

Secretary of State John Kerry, whose political career has at times put him publicly at odds with Catholic Church leadership, traveled to the Vatican in a visit that demonstrated a reinvigorated relationship between the world’s most powerful country and one of its most powerful institutions. The meeting – which the former altar boy deemed “a thrill” – marks a new, deeper alignment between Washington and the Vatican. 

A now global crisis - Threats to religious freedom

A now global crisis - Threats to religious freedom

by: Baroness Sayeeda Warsi in Activities,

Since taking on my role in 2012 as the first ever UK Minister for faith, I have made the issue of religious freedom a personal priority. The threat to religious freedom, I believe, has become a global crisis. As a result, the UK government has elevated it to a key priority in our human rights work.

Rape victim meets attacker to forgive him

Rape victim meets attacker to forgive him

by: BBC - News in Activities,

A rape victim has met her attacker in prison to tell him she has forgiven him - and called it a "great" experience to seek "peace and forgiveness together". Katja Rosenberg, 40, from London, said she felt she could forgive soon after the 2006 rape, believing things must have gone wrong in her attacker's life. "You wouldn't ever do that if you felt happy," she told BBC Radio 5 live.

USA Today to Obama Admin: Leave Little Sisters Alone

USA Today to Obama Admin: Leave Little Sisters Alone

by: Donald Vish/Louisville Ky - CNA in Activities,

The publication's editors argue the administration's move is “a political loser,” “constitutionally suspect” and “ultimately unproductive.” The editors of USA Today have urged the Obama administration to stop trying to require the Little Sisters of the Poor to abide by the federal contraception mandate in violation of their religious beliefs.

Vatican encourages renewed missionary zeal in Catholic schools

Vatican encourages renewed missionary zeal in Catholic schools

by: Kerri Lenartowick - UCA News in Activities,

 “Today, due to the advanced process of secularization, Catholic schools find themselves in a missionary situation, even in countries with an ancient Christian tradition,” reads the congregation's “Educating To Intercultural Dialogue in Catholic Schools.”