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Indian Catholics should not let Lent divide them

Indian Catholics should not let Lent divide them

by: Fr Paul Thelakat - UCAN in Activities,

Indian Catholics have begun Lent by asserting the different ways in which they observe the period. For most Catholics in India, as in other parts of the world, Lent runs for 40 days from Ash Wednesday, which this year fell on Feb. 14. But the two Eastern Catholic churches in India start Lent on a Monday, two days earlier to Ash Wednesday, making Lent a 50-day season.

When yes means yes

When yes means yes

by: Fr Hugh - Dominus Mihi Adjutor in Activities,

It really has been a turbulent time for sexual politics this past six months. Weinstein is but the tip of the iceberg. We have the #MeToo movement, and a growing list of prominent peopleaccused of various degrees of sexual misconduct, though it is often hard to distinguish these degrees and so gain a proper perspective and sense of proportion.

Esercizi spirituali, la sete di Dio tra Ionesco e “Il piccolo Principe”

Esercizi spirituali, la sete di Dio tra Ionesco e “Il piccolo Principe”

by: Salvatore Cernuzio – Vatican Insider in Activities,

L’invito è quindi a rallentare il «nostro passo» e prendere «coscienza dei nostri bisogni». A riporre in Dio la nostra sete «di relazioni, di accettazione e di amore», «un patrimonio biografico», afferma il teologo portoghese, che è presente in ogni essere umano dall’infanzia alla vecchiaia e che «siamo chiamati a riconoscere e ringraziare».

Philippine Senate approves National Bible Day observance

Philippine Senate approves National Bible Day observance

by: Joe Torres, Manila-UCANews in Activities,

The Philippine Senate has approved a bill that will declare the last Monday of January each year as "National Bible Day" to celebrate the Christian faith and reflect on the Scriptures.The bill was tabled by boxing champion-turned-senator Manny Pacquiao. "National Bible Day" would allow Christians "to unite and celebrate the Holy Bible as the cradle of the Christian faith," said the senator.

Indonesian TV celebrity guided by Catholic values

Indonesian TV celebrity guided by Catholic values

by: Konradus Epa, Jakarta - UCANews in Activities,

Popular Indonesian television presenter Daniel Mananta has put his Catholic faith into practice in a far-flung corner of the sprawling archipelago. The TV celebrity was impressed by the way local Catholics would walk many kilometers to attend services in the run-down chapel in Ruteng Diocese. "I was touched by the experience and wanted to fix the church," said Mananta, 36, the first of two brothers from a family of retail merchants. 

The Power of Pastoral Care

The Power of Pastoral Care

by: The Tablet in Activities,

Pastoral care does include patterns of regular visiting, the encounters around baptisms, weddings and funerals and so forth. But it is by no means confined to this and fundamentally needs to take seriously that clergy are not chaplains to a gathered community but priests for a parish.

Message for the XXVI World Day of the Sick

Message for the XXVI World Day of the Sick

by: Pope Francis - Vatican.va in Activities,

To Mary, Mother of tender love, we wish to entrust all those who are ill in body and soul, that she may sustain them in hope.  We ask her also to help us to be welcoming to our sick brothers and sisters.  The Church knows that she requires a special grace to live up to her evangelical task of serving the sick.

A Late-Night Counsel to the Bold and the Beautiful

A Late-Night Counsel to the Bold and the Beautiful

by: l Fr Hugh - Dominus mihi adjutor blog in Activities,

We must not bludgeon those who cannot see what we see; we must gently guide to them the truth we see, and win them over not only by clarity of argument but also by force of charity. Truth without charity becomes ideology in the eye of those looking on from outside. We have had enough of ideology, surely.

Vatican delegation visits Vietnam

Vatican delegation visits Vietnam

by: ucanews.com reporter, Hanoi in Activities,

The source said Vatican delegates also worked with Vietnamese officials on the possibility of establishing educational centers run by the Catholic Church in the country. Religious organizations are now only allowed to manage nursery schools.

Organ petition to cardinal Sarah close to 10,000 signatures

Organ petition to cardinal Sarah close to 10,000 signatures

by: Megan Cornwell - The Tablet in Activities,

Nearly 10,000 people have signed the online petition set up by the Association of Italian Organists and addressed to the head of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Cardinal Robert Sarah. It calls on “the whole cultural world” to express regret for “the presence of the surrogate of an authentic musical instrument within the most important home of Catholicism”. 

Pope to Davos Economic Forum

Pope to Davos Economic Forum

by: Vatican News in Activities,

Pope Francis in a message for the opening of the World Economic Forum in Davos, says it is vital to safeguard the dignity of the human person, in particular by offering to all people real opportunities for integral human development.

Holiness is for everybody

Holiness is for everybody

by: Fr William J. O’Malley, S.J in Activities,

Jesus’ invitation to the kingdom—to a personal relationship with God here and now—was in no way restricted to the special few. In the parable, when the original guests declined, the host ordered: “Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in” (Luke 14:23). The invitation was not restricted to the already righteous: “It is not the healthy who need a physician but those who are sick” (Matthew 9:12).

Building the Family of God: what do young people look for in church?

Building the Family of God: what do young people look for in church?

by: The Tablet - 7 Jan. 2018 in Activities,

Just-completed surveys of young Africans and young Americans have highlighted the challenges facing the Church’s Youth Synod taking place in October this year, and the contrasting views and experiences that young people will bring to the synod, entitled “Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment”.

Pope to Diplomatic Corps: Uphold human rights, defend family

Pope to Diplomatic Corps: Uphold human rights, defend family

by: Vatican News in Activities,

Speaking to members of the Diplomatic Corps on Monday, Pope Francis devoted this New Year's address to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was adopted 70 years ago. The Pope told the dignitaries gathered that from a Christian perspective, there was a significant relationship between the Gospel message and the recognition of human rights in the spirit of those who drafted the document.

News Briefing: From Britain and Ireland

News Briefing: From Britain and Ireland

by: The Tablet - 5 Jan, 2018 in Activities,

The leader of the Irish Church has said he is “deeply troubled” by the recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on the Eighth Amendment which call for a repeal of the pro-life constitutional article and unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks.

Manila: Black Nazarene devotees told not to forget Marawi

Manila: Black Nazarene devotees told not to forget Marawi

by: Joe Torres - UCANews in Activities,

Do not forget those who suffer from war and disasters. This was Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle’s message to a sea of Black Nazarene devotees during a pre-dawn Mass in Manila on Jan. 9. The Archbishop of Manila told Catholics to remember those displaced by war in the southern Philippine city of Marawi and who suffered devastation from typhoons in the Mindanao and Visayas regions.

The world's first Christian country?

The world's first Christian country?

by: Amanda Proença Santos & Rodolfo Contreras - BBC in Activities,

Armenia is a small country in south-west Asia with a population of only 3 million people. But it has a sizable place in spiritual history: most historians believe that in 301 AD, it became the first country in the world to adopt Christianity.

For New Year, pope urges help for refugees, respect for life

For New Year, pope urges help for refugees, respect for life

by: The Tablet- January 1, 2018 in Activities,

Entrusting the needs of migrants and refugees to the maternal concern of Mary, the pope led the crowd in reciting a traditional Marian prayer: "Under thy protection we seek refuge, holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our needs, but from all dangers deliver us always, Virgin, Glorious and Blessed."