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Friar who evangelizes in the mall: 'We are an absolutely passive church'

Friar who evangelizes in the mall: 'We are an absolutely passive church'

by: Ed Langlois - CS in Activities,

Fr. Tony Wall thinks Catholics should spend more time living out their faith in the marketplace. That's why he spent every day, except Sunday, for a month in Portland's Lloyd Center Mall. Father Wall, a priest for 60 years, wore his Roman collar or white friar's habit, simply making himself obvious for those yearning to talk about life's greater issues. 

Presentation of the Year of Faith

Presentation of the Year of Faith

by: VIS in Activities,

The Year of Faith will coincide with two anniversaries: the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of Vatican Council II and the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  The Year of Faith aims, above all, to support the faith of believers who, in their daily trials, never cease to entrust their lives to the Lord Jesus, with courage and conviction.

Olympic Excitement Reaches Whitburn

Olympic Excitement Reaches Whitburn

by: Verity Ward & Angela McGhin (Gazette) in Activities,

There's another snip of news from the NE, says Angela. "I'll have to be up early on Saturday but I only have to look out of the window to see the torch!"  Nicholas Ridgeon, from Westoe Village in South Shields, has the honour of carrying the Olympic Torch through Whitburn on Saturday.

Commentary for the Ascension of the Lord Feast.

Commentary for the Ascension of the Lord Feast.

by: Fr Joseph Pellegrino SJ in Activities,

Then He ascended into heaven.  Peter and the boys didn’t grieve that Jesus was gone.  Mary Magdalene and the girls didn’t resume their crying.   No, they were too busy.  Instead, they got to work and proclaimed the wonders and the beauties of Jesus’s life.

Youth move to preserve Church art, culture in the Philippines

Youth move to preserve Church art, culture in the Philippines

by: UCAnews in Activities,

 Young Catholics from across the country met in Iloilo City last week to discuss ways of preserving the nation’s religious heritage and pilgrimage sites.Called “Angat Kabataan 2012,” the gathering was attended by 39 representatives of dioceses that host cultural and heritage sites.

Sistine Chapel Choir Performs 1st Concert in Britain

Sistine Chapel Choir Performs 1st Concert in Britain

by: Reporter in Activities,

The Sistine Chapel Choir, the Cappella Musicale Pontificia ‘Sistina,’ performed its first ever concert in Britain at Westminster Cathedral last Sunday. 6th of May. The Sistine Chapel Choir is the Holy Father’s personal choir and consists of 20 men and 35 boys (aged 8 to 13) along with its director, Monsignor Massimo Palombella.

Church announces three-year vocations drive in the UK

Church announces three-year vocations drive in the UK

by: Ed West - Catholic Herald in Activities,

The National Office for Vocations has announced the start of an “ambitious” three-year National Vocations Framework. Fr Christopher Jamison, Director of the National Office for Vocations, made the announcement today at a press conference at the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales headquarters in London.

The text of Pope Benedict's Easter message.

The text of Pope Benedict's Easter message.

by: Pope Benedict XVI on Easter Sunday in Activities,

We must seek to be messengers of God's love, declares Pope on Easter Monday. Jesus Christ is “present as a force of hope through his Church,” Pope Benedict XVI announced in his Easter greeting addressed to the city of Rome and the world on April 8. In his noon message, the Pope said the risen Lord inspires his Church to remain “close to all human situations of suffering and injustice,” including the persecution of Christians themselves.

The door can only be opened from the inside

The door can only be opened from the inside

by: L'Osservatore Romano in Activities,

Instead of turning to consumerism, look deep within yourselves in silence and prayer to open the door of the light to Lord. It was Archbishop Vincent Gerard Nichols of  Westminster, President of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, who voiced this invitation to thousands of young people at the Flame National Youth Congress at Wembley Arena.

Augustus Welby Pugin: Architect to the English Catholic revival

Augustus Welby Pugin: Architect to the English Catholic revival

by: Roderick O’Donnell - L'Osservatore Romano in Activities,

A week of celebrations mark the bicentenary of Augustus Welby Pugin, one of Catholicism’s great architects. The 200th anniversary of the birth of Augustus Welby Pugin on 1 March 2012 is being marked in England and Ireland with celebrations of Holy Mass,  book-launches, exhibitions and lectures  in Dublin, Birmingham, Cheadle, Nottingham and Ramsgate.

Responsible Capitalism? New FairTrade Figures Show Business Is Changing for good

Responsible Capitalism? New FairTrade Figures Show Business Is Changing for good

by: Ann Mullaney in Activities,

Ann Mullaney, Fairtrade representative in Hayes, West London, shares some encouraging information echoing the statement from Harriet Lamb, Fairtrade Executive Director:  ‘We believe that responsible businesses are those who don’t just tackle the company bonuses at the top – but take steps to ensure a fairer deal for the workers and farmers at the bottom of the supply chain too. Forward-thinking companies are showing leadership in committing to Fairtrade, realising that  they need to invest in smallholders, developing better, longer-term relationships.

OOBERFUSE Give a Voice to Pakistan's Voiceless Minorities

OOBERFUSE Give a Voice to Pakistan's Voiceless Minorities

by: Cherry Anderson in Activities,

On Saturday 10th March, in the middle of London’s noisy and bustling Trafalgar Square, the electro-pop British band ooberfuse stopped the traffic long enough to tell otherwise indifferent Londoners the harrowing story of persecuted Christians throughout the world. 

Sistine Chapel Choir to perform first British concert at Westminster Cathedral

Sistine Chapel Choir to perform first British concert at Westminster Cathedral

by: http://www.rcdow.org.uk/diocese/ in Activities,

The Sistine Chapel Choir, the Cappella Musicale Pontificia ‘Sistina’ is to perform its first ever concert in Britain at Westminster Cathedral on Sunday, May 6, 2012  The Sistine Chapel Choir is the Pope’s personal choir and sings whenever the Pontiff requests its presence. Consisting of twenty men and circa 35 boys (aged 8 to 13).

Number of seminarians in UK reaches 20-year high

Number of seminarians in UK reaches 20-year high

by: Reporter in Activities,

The number of men training for the priesthood in England and Wales is at its highest level for nearly two decades, according to figures from the bishops' conference. There are now more than 200 seminarians preparing to serve in English and Welsh dioceses - the first time this figure has been reached since 1994.

Headed to the Olympics? Check out London's Catholic history

Headed to the Olympics? Check out London's Catholic history

by: Simon Caldwell - Catholic News Service in Activities,

Visitors to the 2012 Olympic Games might be surprised to discover the extent to which London has been marked by the Catholic faith over the centuries. Here are a number of sites well worth a visit, not listed in order of importance or prominence.

 Vocations, the gift of the love of God

Vocations, the gift of the love of God

by: Pope Benedict XVI - L'Osservatore Romano in Activities,
“Every specific vocation is in fact born of the initiative of God; it is a gift of the Love of God!” The Pope wrote this in the Message for the 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations on the theme: Vocations, the Gift of the Love of God, to be celebrated on 29 April 2012, the Fourth Sunday of Easter. The following is the English text of the Holy Father’s Message. 
The Games are coming and they are a great opportunity.

The Games are coming and they are a great opportunity.

by: Christopher Jamison OSB - The Tablet in Activities,

‘The Games are coming and we need to make the most of this unique opportunity. School sport is a place where so many Christian beliefs can be learnt and expressed but two in particular stand out: communion and integrity. Communion is the central reality of contemporary Catholic theology, a reality much more profound than contemporary understandings of community.