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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'. 

CAFOD's Pope Paul VI Lecture: A Billion Reasons to Believe in Africa

CAFOD's Pope Paul VI Lecture: A Billion Reasons to Believe in Africa

by: CAFOD in Activities,

Our agency for overseas Aid and Development, CAFOD, hosted its annual Pope Paul VI Memorial Lecture on Friday 18 October, as Fr Agbinkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ, Provincial of the Eastern Africa Jesuit Province, gave a talk entitled A billion reasons to believe in Africa: The long march from ‘the hopeless continent’ to ‘the spiritual lung of humanity'.

Malala meets the Queen as Prince Philip jokes education in Britain is 'to get children out of the house'

Malala meets the Queen as Prince Philip jokes education in Britain is 'to get children out of the house'

by: The Independent in Activities,

The Queen described the campaigning work of Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, as “wonderful” when the pair met at Buckingham Palace. Malala, 16, was shot in the head in Pakistan last October after campaigning for the right of girls to go to school without fear, in a part of the country where Islamic fundamentalists were trying to impose a strict form of Sharia.

Egypt gunmen open fire on Coptic Christian wedding in Cairo

Egypt gunmen open fire on Coptic Christian wedding in Cairo

by: BBC - News in Activities,

Three people, including a girl aged eight, died when gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on a wedding party outside a Coptic Christian church in Cairo. At least nine others were wounded in the attack in Giza, officials said. Egypt's Coptic Christian community has been targeted by some Islamists who accuse the Church of backing the army's overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi in July.

Venerating Fatima statue, pope entrusts world to Mary

Venerating Fatima statue, pope entrusts world to Mary

by: Catholic News Agency in Activities,

“Mary points to Jesus,” he said. “She asks us to bear witness to Jesus, she constantly guides us to her son Jesus, because in him alone do we find salvation. He alone can change the water of our loneliness, difficulties and sin into the wine of encounter, joy and forgiveness. He alone.”

Vatican Takes Fresh Look at 'Woman' and her Role in the Church

Vatican Takes Fresh Look at 'Woman' and her Role in the Church

by: Andrea Michele Piacquadio - Aleteia in Activities,

Thursday morning 10 October, the Vatican began a conference on woman, entitled “God entrusts the human being to the woman”, a phrase taken from Blessed John Paul II’s apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem (1998).  Pontifical Council for the Laity holds a conference with specialists from all over the world, to discuss 'woman' in the 21st Century.

Francis: “The Church is a big and varied orchestra”

Francis: “The Church is a big and varied orchestra”

by: Domenico Agasso - Vatican Insider in Activities,

At today’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said: “Never gossip about one another, never argue. Uniformity kills life” Finally,the Pope said: “the Church is Catholic because it is the “House of Harmony”, where unity and diversity merge together to become a strength.” The Pope used the image of a symphony to illustrate the meaning of harmony. In a symphony, different instruments are played simultaneously; each musician has their own unique timber and the notes of their particular instrument are composed for one common piece of music.

“Richest of Poor Men” Francis of Buenos Aires meets his namesake in Assisi

“Richest of Poor Men” Francis of Buenos Aires meets his namesake in Assisi

by: Fr. Thomas Rosica - Salt + Light in Activities,

Francis’ striking symbolism is becoming substance. Francesco seeks a simpler church, more closely identified with the poor.  He is undoubtedly aware of the scandals, the corruption, the hypocrisy, the challenges, the leaks and the lobbies, and the things that need to be fixed inside the Vatican.  But many around the world, inside and outside the Church, from the left, right and centre of the Church are witnessing something new happening.

African Catholics stress importance of Bible in faith life

African Catholics stress importance of Bible in faith life

by: EWTN News/CNA in Activities,

Catholic African leaders met in Malawi earlier this week for an assembly dedicated to the Bible and to increasing the place of scripture in the lives of the continent’s faithful. “The Word of God serves as a guide for faith and human activities and gives believers a style of life guided by the Holy Spirit in order to live the mystery of Jesus Christ according to Christian vocation,” the assembly observed. 

State-backed faith schools a 'precious' right, says Archbishop

State-backed faith schools a 'precious' right, says Archbishop

by: John Bingham - The Telegraph in Activities,

The Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, will issue an impassioned defence of faith schools after a high profile legal challenge to their admissions policies. He will accuse opponents of church schools, led by secular and humanist campaign groups, of attempting to “sow division” in the community.

Love and faith among pilgrims at Lourdes

Love and faith among pilgrims at Lourdes

by: Scottish Catholic Observer in Activities,

Lourdes attracts pilgrims from all over the world and in these challenging times of practise it is always rewarding to be a part of the Universal Church and witness the number of young people who are actively engaged.

Landmark law to slash food costs for India's poor

Landmark law to slash food costs for India's poor

by: Swati Deb, UCANews in Activities,

India’s Lower House has passed a bill to dramatically lower the price of staple foods for around 800 million poor people across the country. Food Minister K V Thomas admitted there are challenges ahead. “We will need to improve the public distribution system,” he said.