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Rowan Williams criticises Duncan Smith's attack on food banks

Rowan Williams criticises Duncan Smith's attack on food banks

by: Elena Curti - The Tablet in Activities,

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has rebuked the Works and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith for his recent attack on the food bank charity, the Trussell Trust. Dr Williams, who is patron of the Cambridge City Food Bank reportedly said Mr Duncan Smith's criticism of the charity was "disturbing" and amounted to an attack on its volunteers.

Claretians in South Sudan

Claretians in South Sudan

by: Fr. Callistus, cmf in Activities,

Juba, South Sudan. South Sudan, the "world's youngest country" - which attained its independence in July 2011 – lives in a bloody conflict that faces the main ethnic groups in the territory. So far the official media speak of 600 people dead, but it is feared that their number could be even higher

Time Magazine's Man of the Year is Pope Francis

Time Magazine's Man of the Year is Pope Francis

by: Tim Stanley - The Telegraph in Activities,

There are two Popes. One is Francis as he actually is: spiritual shepherd of the Catholic faithful, the man chosen to defend and articulate the beliefs of the Church. The other is Francis as the liberal establishment would have him be: a crusading humanist on the verge of making the Catholic Church socially acceptable at Manhattan dinner parties. Guess which Pope Francis Time Magazine just made Man of the Year?

Pope Francis, The People’s Pope

Pope Francis, The People’s Pope

by: Howard Chua-Eoan and Elizabeth Dias - The Time in Activities,

 He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing. The first non-European pope in 1,200 years is poised to transform a place that measures change by the century.

Pope blesses sculpture of Jesus as a homeless man

Pope blesses sculpture of Jesus as a homeless man

by: Tim Schmalz in Activities,
For two years, it was the sculpture nobody would take: a life-sized Jesus sleeping on a park bench with his bare feet, wounded from his crucifixion, poking out from under a blanket. But now Jesus the Homeless and its Canadian sculptor have a new fan in the Vatican: Pope Francis. 
The liturgy that got lost in translation

The liturgy that got lost in translation

by: Fr William Grimm MM, - UCA News in Activities,

German bishops are leading a move to ditch the latest version. This past Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent, was to be the day on which German-speaking Catholics would begin using a new translation of the liturgy. However, the German bishops recently announced that they would not introduce the new version because of wide opposition to the translation’s sins against the German language. 

Filipino priests ordained amid typhoon ruins

Filipino priests ordained amid typhoon ruins

by: UCA News in Activities,

 "No trial or storm or typhoon can destroy our resolve". Seven Catholic priests were ordained on Monday amid the ruins of the centuries-old cathedral in the archdiocese of Palo, Leyte province, which was devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan on November 8. 

The First Sunday of Advent: Preparing for What Matters

The First Sunday of Advent: Preparing for What Matters

by: Fr. Joseph Pellegrino SJ in Activities,

This is the First Sunday of Advent.  Advent is the season of preparation.  Only, unlike the shopping sprees we go on, or the other parts of Christmas preparation, like cards and parties and gift wrap, we are not preparing for just one day, or even a week. Advent is the season of preparation for the rest of our lives.

NHS wants 'samaritan army' to help elderly

NHS wants 'samaritan army' to help elderly

by: Laura Donnelly - The Telegraph in Activities,

The NHS is calling for an “army of good Samaritans” to check on lonely, elderly neighbours in cold weather, amid fears that too many pensioners end up in hospital because they have been neglected.

Bay Psalm Book: Why the £18m price tag?

Bay Psalm Book: Why the £18m price tag?

by: Aidan Lewis / BBC in Activities,

The first book printed in what later became the United States of America is expected to set a world record at auction on Tuesday. The Bay Psalm Book is valued not only as an object of extreme rarity, but also as a symbol of a future nation's identity.

HMS Illustrious sails off on aid mission to Philippines

HMS Illustrious sails off on aid mission to Philippines

by: Dan Rivers - BBC in Activities,

Packed with half the rice in Singapore, HMS Illustrious is now steaming as fast as she can towards the carnage left by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. This has been an extremely rapid change of plans for the almost 956 crew and other personnel aboard, many of whom hoped to be home for Christmas.

Feast of St. Cecilia, patron of musicians

Feast of St. Cecilia, patron of musicians

by: James MacMillan in Activities,
James MacMillan is a Scottish composer whose symphonies, concertos, operas, sacred music and many orchestral and instrumental works are strongly influenced by his Catholic faith. His St John Passion was premiered by Sir Colin Davis and the LSO in 2008; his specially commissioned congregational Mass was performed when Pope Benedict XVI beatified Cardinal Newman during his visit to Britain in 2010.
Can Chris Christie become the next Catholic U.S. President?

Can Chris Christie become the next Catholic U.S. President?

by: ark Bonamo - PolitickerNJ.com| in Activities,

According to a priest shaking hands after Sunday Mass in St. Joseph's Church, Mendham, the parish has seen the governor's face in the pews before. There is no question that Christie, of half-Irish, half-Sicilian descent, is Catholic. The question is, can Christie be the next Catholic president? 

Why even atheists should be praying for Pope Francis

Why even atheists should be praying for Pope Francis

by: Jonathan Freedland - The Guardian in Activities,

That Obama poster on the wall, promising hope and change, is looking a little faded now. The world's liberals and progressives are searching for a new pin-up to take the US president's place. As it happens, there's an obvious candidate: the head of the -Catholic church. The obvious new hero of the left is the pope.

Philippines typhoon: UK commits extra £30m in aid

Philippines typhoon: UK commits extra £30m in aid

by: BBC - News in Activities,

The UK government is to give an extra £30m in emergency aid following the devastating Philippines typhoon, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced. The pledge takes British government assistance following Typhoon Haiyan to a total of £50m. 

UK medical team off to Philippines

UK medical team off to Philippines

by: Press Association in Activities,

A team of British medical experts and the first consignment of UK aid will leave shortly for the disaster-hit Philippines, David Cameron has said. The Prime Minister said the scenes of devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan were "heart-breaking" as he announced that a 12-strong team of paramedics and surgeons would help the relief effort. 

Typhoon Haiyan won't keep us Filipinos down for long

Typhoon Haiyan won't keep us Filipinos down for long

by: Rachel Obordo in Activities,

 The Philippines is used to natural disasters and extreme hardship. After this latest tragedy we'll come back fighting. Such a tragedy is not enough to keep us down. Filipinos are used to hardship, and for those who have survived this terrible disaster they will stand up and come back fighting– although it may be difficult – with the resilience that has always shaped us.

Facts about November in England

Facts about November in England

by: Angela McGhin - Reporter in Activities,

Few people find November pleasant. The Anglo-Saxons called November 'Wind monath', because it was the time when the cold winds began to blow. They also called it 'Blod monath', because it was the time when cattle were slaughtered for winter food. The poet T.S. Elliot called it 'Sombre November'.