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Faith, not efficiency, is heart of mission, says CardinalTagle

Faith, not efficiency, is heart of mission, says CardinalTagle

by: Junno Arocho Esteves - Catholic News Service in Activities,

Filipino cardinal says the Church's most important task is to proclaim the Gospel.Pope Francis' recent message to the pontifical mission societies is a reminder that the Church's primary mission is to proclaim the Gospel, not run institutions with businesslike efficiency, said Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.

Higher education changed ‘forever’

Higher education changed ‘forever’

by: Liz Dodd - The Tablet in Activities,

With all the major Catholic higher education institutions moving to online tuition, the new vice-chancellor of St Mary’s University, Anthony McClaran, warned that higher education could be changed forever by the pandemic.

Digital Celebrations

Digital Celebrations

by: Nikolaas Sintobin, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Activities,

With the advent of Covid-19, Facebook and similar digital platforms seem to have become liturgical spaces. Every kind of celebration is transmitted through them: “home-made” liturgies are held, retreat houses offer online activities, spiritual assistance is offered through a computer screen and so on.

Pandemic and Freedom of Religion

Pandemic and Freedom of Religion

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

Followers of all religions have found themselves in an unprecedented situation because of the Covid-19 pandemic. In particular, believers of the monotheistic faiths were unable to celebrate with their own communities in the time-honored way the great feasts that fell in April: the Jewish Passover, the Catholic Easter, the Orthodox Easter, and Ramadan.

Vietnamese Catholics urged to increase faith practices after Covid-19

Vietnamese Catholics urged to increase faith practices after Covid-19

by: UCA News reporter, Ho Chi Minh City in Activities,

Vietnamese bishops have called on Catholics to foster the spirit of faith practices and build a better society in the post-Covid-19 period. They said preventative measures have forced the cancellation of social and religious activities over the past month, but now social distancing measures are gradually being relaxed and some dioceses are preparing to resume religious services.

Forgive us our debts: the case for a Jubilee

Forgive us our debts: the case for a Jubilee

by: Clifford Longley - The Tablet in Activities,

There is such an idea around, and it is beginning to surface both on the left and right of the political debate. It is the idea of Jubilee, of wiping the slate clean and starting again afresh. The main argument for Austerity II will be that there is no alternative. Jubilee is an alternative.

Catholic and Buddhist leaders meet for Vesak in Vietnam

Catholic and Buddhist leaders meet for Vesak in Vietnam

by: UCA News reporter, Ho Chi Minh City in Activities,

Catholic and Buddhist leaders teamed up in southern Vietnam to promote religious values as they met for Buddhism’s Vesak festival. Archbishop Joseph Nguyen Chi Linh of Hue, who led a nine-member delegation from Hue Archdiocese, paid an official visit to the Buddhist Sangha Executive Committee based in Thua Thien Hue on May 6.

Priests doing 'car park confessions' during lockdown

Priests doing 'car park confessions' during lockdown

by: Ruth Gledhill - The Tablet in Activities,

Bishop O'Toole said his mother recently became very sick with Covid-19, and described the care she received. He said: “It is doctors, nurses, cleaners, carers, the Catholic chaplain, and support staff, who are presenting the face of Christ the Servant to our family in these days.”

Confusion in Portugal over Fatima celebrations

Confusion in Portugal over Fatima celebrations

by: Filipe Avillez - The Tablet in Activities,

There will be no public Masses or other religious services before 30 May in Portugal, even though other confinement measures have started being overturned as numbers of dead and infected by Covid-19 begin to dwindle. Some confusion has arisen, however, about the possibility of 13 May celebrations in Fátima, which usually draws hundreds of thousands of pilgrims. 

Europe and the Virus

Europe and the Virus

by: Card. Jean-Claude Hollerich - La Civiltà Cattolica in Activities,

Mortality was a world away, disasters were elsewhere, far from our own world that seemed to keep us safe. Death was present, but consumerism and the good life distracted us, suppressing the fear of death in our hearts. An entire generation in Europe grew up in this shallow world and knew no other.

Changing 'normal' for the better after Covid-19

Changing 'normal' for the better after Covid-19

by: Cindy Wooden, Carol Glatz, Junno Arocho Esteves, CNS - The Tablet in Activities,

Pope Francis has expressed his hope that the post-pandemic world would be marked by more solidarity, concern for others, care for the environment, an appreciation of the church as a community and a sharpening of people's listening skills.

An Easter love letter to Pope Francis

An Easter love letter to Pope Francis

by: Claire Henderson Davis - The Tablet in Activities,

I have spent many years in the Anglican Church, which has become my adopted house of worship, but I am called home by your encyclical Laudato Si’, with a desire to return not as a child or as a supplicant, but as an heir coming into my inheritance, and as an adult with much to offer.

South Korean Catholics resume church services

South Korean Catholics resume church services

by: UCA News reporter, Seoul in Activities,

"I'm very happy to celebrate Mass with you beloved people after missing Masses for two months, including Easter Mass," said Auxiliary Bishop Benedict Son Hee-song. Large indoor spaces such as churches are still high-risk areas for Covid-19 to spread, say authorities. Precautions include checking the body temperature of attendees to make sure they do not have a fever.

We do not have to be in church in order to pray well.

We do not have to be in church in order to pray well.

by: Sara Maitland - The Tablet in Activities,

We know we do not have to be in church in order to pray well. I cannot work out whether I am more baffled or appalled by the suggestion that we Catholics ought somehow to be exempted from having our places of worship closed down and should be allowed to go and pray in them regardless. 


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.