News in Activities

How a Coke machine brought India and Pakistan closer

How a Coke machine brought India and Pakistan closer

by: Daily Mail - UCA News in Activities,

Soft drinks giant does its bit for good relations. They are two neighbouring countries whose relationship has been severely strained for decades. Yet one of the world's biggest multinational companies is trying to change all of that through a new advertising film.

Commentary to the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Commentary to the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

by: Demetrius R. Dumm, OSB in Activities,

We all need to be forgiven at one time or another, and God is more than ready to forgive us also, but the consequence should be loving gratitude and better behavior in the future and especially more ready to forgive others.

Priest for Life Full of Life

Priest for Life Full of Life

by: Stephen Vincent, Register Correspondent in Activities,

In his short time with Priests for Life, Claretian Father Mark Clarke has become convinced that the Gospel of Life must be preached from the pulpit on a regular basis. Since joining the national organization in July as a full-time priest associate, Father Clarke has visited parishes in many parts of the country to celebrate Mass and preach at all weekend Masses.

Francis’ Humility and Emphasis on the Poor Strike a New Tone at the Vatican

Francis’ Humility and Emphasis on the Poor Strike a New Tone at the Vatican

by: Rachel Donadio in Activities,

 “If investments in the banks fail, ‘Oh, it’s a tragedy,’ ” he said, speaking extemporaneously for more than 40 minutes at a Pentecost vigil last weekend, after a private audience with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the architect of Europe’s austerity policies. “But if people die of hunger or don’t have food or health, nothing happens. This is our crisis today.”

‘The Bible is not just for the specialists’

‘The Bible is not just for the specialists’

by: Catholic Herald - Clare Ward in Activities,

Scripture is not just for “specialists” but is a gift for everyone. It affirmed that Scripture is not a scientific document or a historical document at every point, but it’s a saving Word. This has great significance for evangelisation. What we read in the Scriptures is Good News and that is what we’re invited to present to everyone.

Christian Martyrs to Islam, Past and Present

Christian Martyrs to Islam, Past and Present

by: Charlotte Allen - Financial Times in Activities,

The making of the new saints was a vivid reminder of something that many people, including historians, prefer to gloss over: the pattern over the centuries of Islamic persecution of Christians that continues to this day in many Muslim-majority lands.

Family and Giving

Family and Giving

by: UCA News in Activities,

Desmond Tutu: You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. John Paul II: The relationships between the members of the family community are inspired and guided by the law of “free giving.”

The God we believe in, the God we announce

The God we believe in, the God we announce

by: Angel Ochagavia, cmf in Activities,

We are inviting you, and other members of your community, to a two day conference on “The Faith and Mission of those in Consecrated Life in the United Kingdom and Europe” to be held on the 21st and 22nd of May, in Hayes.

Final days of Jesus' life to be performed in St Neots

Final days of Jesus' life to be performed in St Neots

by: Andrew Dickens in Activities,

St Neots Town Council have lent their support to a Passion Play to be performed in the town in 2015. More than 1,000 people are expected to watch the crucifixion of Jesus in St Neots Market Square when the town’s second ever Passion Play is performed on Easter Sunday - in 2015. 

Educating women is the key to lowering maternal mortality

Educating women is the key to lowering maternal mortality

by: Elard Koch - Christian Medical Comment in Activities,

Educating women is the key to lowering maternal mortality, says major new international study. The fifth Millennium Development Goal (MDG) put forward by the United Nations (MDG-5) proposes to reduce the world's maternal mortality ratio by 75%, by 2015.

Same-sex marriages: what do the children think?

Same-sex marriages: what do the children think?

by: Robert Oscar Lopez in Activities,

 A man who was raised by a lesbian couple offers his thoughts. Over the last year I’ve been in frequent contact with adults who were raised by parents in same-sex partnerships. They are terrified of speaking publicly about their feelings, so several have asked me (since I am already out of the closet, so to speak) to give voice to their concerns.

2013 Pontifical Yearbook: Permanent diaconate booms in Europe, U.S.

2013 Pontifical Yearbook: Permanent diaconate booms in Europe, U.S.

by: Vatican Radio Website in Activities,

The number of Catholics globally remains largely unchanged at 1214 million, rising only slightly higher than global population growth for the 2010/2011 period. The number of priests (religious and diocesan) has grown, largely thanks to a rise in vocations in Asia and Africa which has helped balance the continued decline in Europe (-9% in the last decade). 

How one woman's faith survived 23 years of Communist repression

How one woman's faith survived 23 years of Communist repression

by: James Martone - Catholic News Services in Activities,

Maria Dhimitri kept praying while churches were closed and priests abducted or shot. Almost every evening at 6, the sounds of the organ resonate in the brick Catholic church on Kavaja Street. The hymns may vary, but the organist, Maria Dhimitri, is always the same. It has been that way for nearly 23 years and could have been double that, Dhimitri said in a recent interview, if it had not been for a brutally enforced ban on religion in her country in southeastern Europe from 1967 to 1990.

Commentary to the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Commentary to the Fourth Sunday of Easter

by: Demetrius R. Dumm, O.S.B in Activities,

When Jesus says, therefore, that "My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me," he is assuming that the sheep already know how completely he has earned their trust. The sheep hear his distinctive call and follow him, not just because he is an authority figure in their lives, but because he has been such a good shepherd to them.

England and Wales bishops meet Pope during Rome retreat

England and Wales bishops meet Pope during Rome retreat

by: The Tablet in Activities,

The bishops of England and Wales had their first private meeting with Pope Francis today. The bishops are spending the week on retreat in the Villa Palazzola. They travelled to the Vatican today to attend the General Audience and afterwards were granted an impromptu private meeting with Pope Francis in the Paul VI Hall.