News in Activities

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.

A dirty war with innocents caught in the middle

A dirty war with innocents caught in the middle

by: UCA News in Activities,

Estrella said the incident has instilled fear in her local community. She said her son, her nephew and the entire Agusanon tribal community have become victims of the government’s war against communist insurgents. 

'Ciao Michele, it's Pope Francis'

'Ciao Michele, it's Pope Francis'

by: The Telegraph - Josephine McKenna in Activities,

An Italian man whose brother was shot dead in June has spoken of his shock when he answered the phone to Pope Francis, calling this week to offer his condolences. Michele Ferri is the brother of 51-year-old Andrea, a petrol station manager who was allegedly gunned down by two men including one young employee he treated like a son.

Jersey Shore Nuns Find Salvation in Surf, T-Shirts

Jersey Shore Nuns Find Salvation in Surf, T-Shirts

by: The Wall Street Journal - Jo Piazza in Activities,

Each summer, teaching nuns from the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary recuperate from months spent in the classroom at their Jersey Shore retreat. Along a certain stretch of the Jersey Shore, the t-shirts seen advertising Nuns’ Beach seem to be just another bit of satirical beachwear targeted at the tourist trade.

Group calls for the spiritual preservation of the Santiago pilgrimage trail

Group calls for the spiritual preservation of the Santiago pilgrimage trail

by: UCA News in Activities,

The experience of the Way is a treasure of great value that includes the propagation and celebration of the faith, the exercise of charity, familiarity with the artistic styles of the history of the Church in Spain, appreciation of local customs and more. Seeing only its touristic and ecological value strips it of 'authentic meaning'

The Way of the Cross during World Youth Day 2013 in Rio

The Way of the Cross during World Youth Day 2013 in Rio

by: Via Crucis Rio WYD in Activities,

Held before a crowd estimated at 1.5 million on "Popeacabana" beach, while on-demand video is pending, here's the English translation of the Pope's concluding reflection at this WYD Friday's traditional Way of the Cross (ritual text), the talk given as "three questions" from Francis in lieu of his customary "three words":

Nelson Mandela: an appreciation

Nelson Mandela: an appreciation

by: Rampe Hlobo SJ in Activities,

 As Mandela remains in critical condition, Rampe Hlobo SJ writes from South Africa. As the end of life approaches, one’s thoughts turn inevitably to what lies ahead and also to what has gone before, to the experiences that made that life what it was. It is not only the departing individual that ponders such things, but friends and foes of that person, too.

Bishops of England and Wales about passage of same-sex ‘marriage’

Bishops of England and Wales about passage of same-sex ‘marriage’

by: RC Bishops of England and Wales in Activities,

Statement by the President and Vice-President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales. In receiving Royal Assent, the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act marks a watershed in English law and heralds a profound social change. This fact is acknowledged by both advocates and opponents of the Act. 

Leandro, the Bike Guy who visited the Pope

Leandro, the Bike Guy who visited the Pope

by: Leandro in Activities,

My "Pope plan" started before the beginning of this trip. I knew that meeting the Pope is not a simple task, if you ask the one billion people who have the Pope as their leader if they want to meet him, you will never hear "No" as an answer.

Bishop Alan Hopes installed as new Bishop of East Anglia

Bishop Alan Hopes installed as new Bishop of East Anglia

by: BBC - East in Activities,

The new Roman Catholic Bishop for the diocese of East Anglia, who previously served as a Church of England priest, has been installed. The Right Reverend Alan Hopes, 69, was welcomed at the West Door of the Catholic cathedral in Norwich before the two-hour Mass of Installation.

Teachers who view child pornography to be banned from the profession

Teachers who view child pornography to be banned from the profession

by: The Telegraph - Steven Swinford in Activities,

A Department for Education Spokesman said: "We want to ensure that in future anyone cautioned or prosecuted for offences related to child pornography is prohibited from teaching. "We are taking steps to revise the guidance the independent panel uses to make a decision on whether a teacher should be barred.”

Concern at ‘three-parent' embryos

Concern at ‘three-parent' embryos

by: The Tablet in Activities,

Catholic ethicists have voiced concerns at news that the Government intends to legalise a form of IVF that creates embryos using genetic material from three different people.

Hume knew Alan Hopes would one day be bishop

Hume knew Alan Hopes would one day be bishop

by: Fr Mark Woodruff - The Tablet in Activities,

As the first English Catholic diocesan with a background in Anglican ministry since Gordon Wheeler of Leeds, Alan Hopes brings to bear not only the articulation of the clear and joyful Catholic faith of someone whose personal pilgrimage has been put to the test, but a rare insight into how different kinds of Anglicans think and converse with each other in their Church as well as in encounter with ecumenical partners.

Children's train coming to the Vatican

Children's train coming to the Vatican

by: Vatican Radio Website and North East Reporter in Activities,

The project will be a trip made by 450 children of various nationalities with their teachers, family members, and volunteers, in a train made available just for them by the Italian Railway System, starting from Milan on 23 June arriving at the Vatican train station where they will be received by Pope Francis himself, who will be awaiting them at the station.