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On St. Joseph feast day, pope prays for workers, employers

On St. Joseph feast day, pope prays for workers, employers

by: Cindy Wooden - CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE in Activities,

Pope Francis ended his homily praying for all workers, for all who fight for justice for workers and for all employers who treat their workers fairly, even if it costs them some money. And pointing to the statue of St. Joseph “with his work tools in hand,” Pope Francis prayed that the saint would “help us fight for the dignity of labor so that there is work for all and that it would be worthy labor, not slave labor. May this be our prayer today.”

Nothing can ever be the same again

Nothing can ever be the same again

by: Jonathan Tulloch - The Tablet in Activities,

 Will the terror of Covid-19 be the celebrated point when we realise that we simply can’t go back to our habitat-destroying, air-polluting, pandemic-encouraging ways? The point when we accept that our species is committing suicide. The point when we all become radicalised and decide to take action. These words are hard to write at a time of international emergency, but we must act on them. Whichever choice we make, things will not go back to how they were.

Pope Francis says pandemic can be a ‘place of conversion’

Pope Francis says pandemic can be a ‘place of conversion’

by: Austen Ivereigh - The Tablet in Activities,

In an exclusive interview recorded for The Tablet – his first for a UK publication – Pope Francis says that this extraordinary Lent and Eastertide could be a moment of creativity and conversion for the Church, for the world, and for the whole of creation.

 

Now is time to build new world without inequality, says pope.

Now is time to build new world without inequality, says pope.

by: Carol Glatz - Catholic News Service in Activities,

As the world slowly recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a risk it will be struck by an even worse virus – that of selfish indifference, Pope Francis said today. This dangerous virus is "spread by the thought that life is better if it is better for me and that everything will be fine if it is fine for me. It begins there and ends up selecting one person over another, discarding the poor and sacrificing those left behind on the altar of progress," he said in his homily at a Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday.

Cross and Resurrection

Cross and Resurrection

by: La Civiltà Cattolica in Activities,

“Before the festival of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end” (John 13:1). With these words John’s Gospel opens its account of the Passion, the fulfillment of a life spent for humankind in sharing and in loving in total obedience to the Father to the extreme gift of himself.

Isolated but not alone

Isolated but not alone

by: Sara Maitland - The Tablet in Activities,

A writer who has lived alone and far from the nearest village for many years – and who has just turned 70 – has words of advice and encouragement for those who might feel frightened by the prospect of enforced solitude and silence.

Pope Francis tells Catholics to confess directly to God

Pope Francis tells Catholics to confess directly to God

by: Eldred Willey - East Anglia Diocese in Activities,

Pope Francis, in his homily, pointed people to the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.The Catechism of the Catholic Church, N. 1452, says: “When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called ‘perfect’ — contrition of charity. Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible.”

God's love in the time of Covid-19

God's love in the time of Covid-19

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Activities,

“Do what the catechism says. It's very clear. If you don't find a priest to go to confession, speak to God. He's your Father. Tell Him the truth: ‘Lord. I did this and this and this. Pardon me.’ Ask His forgiveness with all your heart with an act of contrition, and promise Him, ‘afterward I will go to confession.’ You will return to God's grace immediately.”

Saint Joseph, the just man, spouse of the Virgin Mary

Saint Joseph, the just man, spouse of the Virgin Mary

by: Congregation for Divine Worship in Activities,

In activating His plan of salvation, God, in His sapient providence, assigned to Joseph of Nazareth, "the just man" (cf. Mt 1, 19), and spouse of the Virgin Mary (cf. ibid; Lk 1, 27), a particularly important mission: legally to insert Jesus Christ into the line of David from whom, according to the prophets, the Messiah would be born, and to act as his father and guardian.

Vatican and China hold top-level talks

Vatican and China hold top-level talks

by: Michael Sainsbury - China UCAN in Activities,

The foreign ministers of the Vatican and China have met to reaffirm the willingness of both sides to continue executing the September 2018 provisional deal on the appointment of bishops in what was the highest-level meeting between the two states for 70 years.

 
Coronavirus Policy: Activating the antibodies of Catholicism

Coronavirus Policy: Activating the antibodies of Catholicism

by: Antonio Spadaro, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Activities,

The coronavirus COVID-19 is spreading around the world, generating a syndrome of universal contagion. Humanity’s system of worldwide interconnection gives us a paradoxical experience: the more connected we are, the more contact can turn into contagion, communication into contamination, influences into infections.

Vatican sees intense interest in opening of Pius XII archive

Vatican sees intense interest in opening of Pius XII archive

by: NICOLE WINFIELD,Associated Press in Activities,

More than 150 historians and researchers have signed up to access the soon-to-open Vatican archives of Pope Pius XII, evidence of the intense scholarly interest into the World War II-era pope and his record during the Holocaust, officials said Thursday.

Hong Kong cancels church gatherings, Ash Wednesday liturgy

Hong Kong cancels church gatherings, Ash Wednesday liturgy

by: Bo Fan, Hong Kong - UCAN in Activities,

The next two weeks are crucial to suppress the epidemic, says Cardinal John Tong. The threat of spreading the coronavirus has forced Catholic officials in Hong Kong to suspend all church programs for the next two weeks and cancel the Ash Wednesday liturgy that marks the beginning of the Lent season.

The Rosary: The Spiritual Sword of Mary

The Rosary: The Spiritual Sword of Mary

by: Donald Calloway, MIC - Catholic Exchange in Activities,

The rosary was forged in an age of chivalry.  It is a spiritual weapon, a heavenly sword, fashioned by the hands of a Divine Craftsman. It has the power to slay dragons (demons), converts sinners, and conquer hearts.  The blade of this sword was forged in the living Word of God, shaped by the hammer of divine inspiration, and entrusted to the Queen of Heaven and her chosen servants.

Cardinal Tagle thanks Manila Catholics in farewell Mass

Cardinal Tagle thanks Manila Catholics in farewell Mass

by: UCA News reporter, Manila in Activities,

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila gave thanks to Catholics in his archdiocese as he prepares to take on a new role as head of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in the Vatican. .. He told the gathering he would soon be "an overseas Filipino worker" and appealed for prayers.