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The Seven Corporal Works of Charity

The Seven Corporal Works of Charity

by: Angela McGhin in Activities,

To feed the hungry; to give drink to the thirsty; to clothe the naked; to visit and ransom the captive (prisoners); to shelter the homeless; to visit the sick; and to bury the dead. The scriptural text is  Matthew 25:35-6

Pope Francis celebrates first Palm Sunday

Pope Francis celebrates first Palm Sunday

by: The Guardian in Activities,

 Pontiff urges crowd of thousands in St Peter's Square to lead simple lives as he marks start of Holy Week. Recalling the triumphant welcome into Jerusalem, Francis said Jesus "awakened so many hopes in the heart, above all among humble, simple, poor, forgotten people, those who don't matter in the eyes of the world".

Interview with Claretian Fr. Gustavo Larrazábal, personal friend of Pope Francis I

Interview with Claretian Fr. Gustavo Larrazábal, personal friend of Pope Francis I

by: Fr. Alberto Rossa, cmf in Activities,

Fr. Gustavo Larrazabal, an Argentine Claretian missionary, has been the publisher of the books of Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francisco, during all his years as Archbishop of Buenos Aires. "Editorial Claretiana" Buenos Aires, belongs to Claret Publishing Group. The writings of this unknown Pope are now being made available to the rest of the world.

Myanmar pilgrims reach for the heights in Lent

Myanmar pilgrims reach for the heights in Lent

by: Thomas Toe - UCA in Activities,

More than 2,000 join bishop for Mass on a mountaintop. Pilgrims take part in a Way of the Cross at the foot of the mountain. Nyi Soe is one of the 2,000 pilgrims who recently participated in a trek up a popular mountaintop shrine for a Mass in the run-up to Easter. The 185-meter climb up Cross Mountain in east-central Myanmar helps Catholic pilgrims reflect on Jesus´ passion.

Cardinal Tagle on Social Media, Human Connection, and Silence

Cardinal Tagle on Social Media, Human Connection, and Silence

by: Reporters - Whitburn in Activities,

An ordinary man engages the circumstances of daily life, seeking to draw closer to the Mystery who gives meaning to everything. The purpose of this post is not to engage in conclave speculation. It is just a coincidence that the texts below are from a talk by someone who might be the next pope. I have been interested in the Cardinal Archbishop of Manila, Luis Antonio Tagle, for some time.

Prayer and trembling: Cardinals recount experience of conclave

Prayer and trembling: Cardinals recount experience of conclave

by: Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service in Activities,

The time in the chapel includes prayer, writing names on ballots and counting them. But when casting each vote, each cardinal must stand and publicly swear, in Latin, that he is voting according to his conscience. With 115 cardinal-electors expected, that will take time.

Catholic Directory of India

Catholic Directory of India

by: Alberto Rossa, cmf in Activities,

Fr. Benny, cmf, Director of Claretian Publications in India has offered to the Indian Bishops Conference the Church Directory for India. The releasing of The Catholic Directory of India was held in New Delhi and was attended by cardinals and bishops. 

 

Peace: Catholicism’s Not in Total Crisis

Peace: Catholicism’s Not in Total Crisis

by: Robert Royal in Activities,

It’s emblematic of where we are at present that something that is going beautifully right, as many things are in the Catholic Church, gets no attention while many people, including many Catholics, are obsessed with the things that have been going wrong. Scandal sells papers, and always will, of course. Still, there’s much else happening out there that needs to be reckoned with if you really want a full picture of Catholicism at this special moment in Church history.

Pope: 'I've had moments of joy and turbulent seas'

Pope: 'I've had moments of joy and turbulent seas'

by: Reporters in Rome in Activities,

The pope has basked in an emotional send off at his final general audience in St Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" but also times of great difficulty.  "To love the church means also to have the courage to take difficult, painful decisions, always keeping the good of the church in mind, not oneself," he said to thundering applause.

The Catholic church's pope-driven peace won't last for long

The Catholic church's pope-driven peace won't last for long

by: Andrew Brown - UCA in Activities,

When Pope Benedict's successor is chosen, the civil war between conservatives and liberals will resume with ferocity. Pope Benedict's resignation has brought about a brief truce in the civil war that rages through the Catholic church worldwide, but hostilities will resume as soon as his successor is chosen.

Benedict's Act of Humility - Now It's Rome's Turn

Benedict's Act of Humility - Now It's Rome's Turn

by: Joseph A. Komonchak - Commonweal in Activities,

There is potentially great significance in Benedict’s action, and it may be that his resignation will be his greatest contribution to ecclesiology. He has so subordinated his person to the office that he could renounce it. 

Not so fast, Leicester Cathedral - Richard III was a Catholic

Not so fast, Leicester Cathedral - Richard III was a Catholic

by: Elena Curti - The Tablet in Activities,

Historians argue endlessly about whether Richard III was a hero or a villain, but what can be said with confidence is that he was a Catholic. If it is established that the remains recently disinterred from a Leicester car park are indeed those of the last Plantagenet king, then a final resting-place should be in a Catholic church. 

Debate: Religion has a place in the 21st century.

Debate: Religion has a place in the 21st century.

by: The Telegraph - Reporters in Activities,

 In his address, Lord Williams said: ''Religion has always been a matter of community building, a matter of building relations of compassion, fellow-feeling and, dare I say it, inclusion. ''The notion that religious commitment can be purely a private matter is one that runs against the grain of religious history.''

Prudence, not prurience

Prudence, not prurience

by: The Tablet in Activities,

The Catholic school system in the United Kingdom is one of the success stories of which the various Catholic communities of these islands can feel rightly proud. Usually such schools are in demand, sometimes oversubscribed; frequently their success outshines that of other schools in the neighbourhood.

Census 2011: Maerdy, Rhondda among least religious areas in Wales

Census 2011: Maerdy, Rhondda among least religious areas in Wales

by: BBC Wales in Activities,

The Friends of All Saints Church in Maerdy had tried to save it from closure, but failed. A village where parishioners fought to save their church is one of the least religious places in Wales and England, the 2011 Census shows. Residents of Maerdy, Rhondda, staged a sit-in at All Saints Church after it was threatened with closure, before it eventually shut its doors last July. 

Bishops to send out a million postcards on marriage

Bishops to send out a million postcards on marriage

by: Catholic Herald in Activities,

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales is sending out a million postcards calling on MPs to oppose the Government’s redefinition of marriage. The postcards will be sent to parishes next week. Each card will have a space for people to sign their name so they can post it to their MP.