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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.

Prison premiere for Turnage's Olympic music

Prison premiere for Turnage's Olympic music

by: Ian Young - BBC in Activities,

Prison director Gareth Sands said music was among a number of activities the inmates take part in. "We see changes in them and music is part of that driver for change," he said."Music and the arts can play a part in their rehabilitation and we hope the Turnage project will be successful in helping prisoners raise their aspirations so they don't return to a life of crime," he said. 

Invoking the Gift of Unity Among Christians

Invoking the Gift of Unity Among Christians

by: VIS in Activities,

"This spiritual event, which unites Christians from all traditions, increases our awareness of the fact that the unity we strive for cannot result merely from our own efforts; rather, it is a gift we receive and must constantly invoke from on high".

Dickens and Christmas

Dickens and Christmas

by: Joe Unsworth in Activities,

As we approach the bicentenary of Charles Dickens (born in February 1812) we will get the chance to see many productions of his famous stories on TV, as well as in our theatres and cinemas. Now during Christmas, we can remember perhaps his most famous Christmas story as it is revealed here by Mr. Joe Unsworth writing in Sursum Corda, the Magazine of St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Constructing History by Uniting Faith and Culture

Constructing History by Uniting Faith and Culture

by: Pope Benedict XVI in Activities,

The Lord asks each of you to collaborate in constructing the city of man, uniting faith and culture with seriousness and passion. Therefore I invite each of you to seek the true Face of God with patient constancy. ... Announce to everyone that the true Face of God is in the Baby of Bethlehem, so close to each of us that no one can feel excluded.

Let's end the global food waste scandal

Let's end the global food waste scandal

by: Tristram Stuart - CNN in Activities,

If we could hypothetically save all the food wasted across the UK on any one day, there would be enough to feed 60 million people. In straitened times it becomes ever more important to address the chronic problem of wastage in food production on farms, in factories, in supermarkets, restaurants, and in homes all across the world. Saving food really does help alleviate hunger, in rich countries as in poor ones.

What's with the youth?

What's with the youth?

by: Angela McGhin in Activities,

This month, from Nov. 17th- 19th, the Indianapolis Catholic Youth Conference has seen a gathering of Bishops, priests and religious, together with guest speakers, musicians and artists to work and pray with 25,000 young Catholics from both America and abroad.

PIED BEAUTY

PIED BEAUTY

by: Gerald Manley Hopkins in Activities,


Glory be to God for dappled things  -
For skies of couple - colour as a brinded cow;
For rose - moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh - firecoal chestnut - falls; finches' wings;..

Eleven Eleven Eleven: 11,000 Pangasinan youth to pray the rosary for world peace

Eleven Eleven Eleven: 11,000 Pangasinan youth to pray the rosary for world peace

by: Eva Visperas -The Philippine Star in Activities,

Dagupan City, Philippines  – About 11,000 youth will simultaneously pray the rosary for world peace at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 in an event called “Eleven Eleven Eleven” here. The youth will gather for a Marian procession from the De Venecia Highway towards the Dagupan Cathedral where the archbishop together with the priests and the youth will pray the rosary for peace in the world.

Pupils join bid to halt knife crime

Pupils join bid to halt knife crime

by: Press Association in Activities,

 Inner-city teenagers are swapping ideas with police as part of a fresh bid to beat the capital's knife crime problems. More than 90 schoolchildren are taking part in the new scheme aimed to shape the way youth violence is tackled. Barry Mizen, whose 16-year-old son Jimmy was murdered in 2008, is among a panel of experts speaking to 14 and 15-year-olds at City Hall.