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Tradition forces girls into prostitution

Tradition forces girls into prostitution

by: CNN in Activities,

  In some Indian villages, girls are sent into prostitution by their families - a tradition that began as religious obligation but is now continued for money. In "Trapped by Tradition," which airs Saturday and Sunday on CNN International, "Slumdog Millionaire" star Anil Kapoor shows how Indian charities are trying to stop the tradition

September 21: International Day of Peace

September 21: International Day of Peace

by: USG in Activities,

 On September 21, 2011, a variety of groups, organizations and people worldwide will host and attend International Day of Peace.   In 2002, the U.N. General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.  The JPIC commission of the General Superiors invites all of us to be part of this action for peace in a prayerful way. This prayer material was prepared to be used by your communities, houses, groups, parishes and dioceses.

Putting the celibacy debate into context

Putting the celibacy debate into context

by: Father Mike Kelly SJ - UCA News in Activities,

The rule of celibacy for the diocesan clergy is strangling the Catholic Church in many parts of the world. Dr Daley is the latest to say so, but perhaps the most well-known to nail his colours to the mast. The issue clouds discussion of the need for more fundamental changes in the Church.

Aimee Keate shares her experience of WYD in Madrid

Aimee Keate shares her experience of WYD in Madrid

by: Aimee Keane in Activities,

 Evening all, my name is Aimee and I attended my very first World Youth Day in Madrid this year with the Claretian family. I didn't really know what to expect as I had read and heard about previous WDYs but was still not entirely sure what it was all about. Happy to say I was presently surprised. 

World Youth Day: the most surreal experience of my life

World Youth Day: the most surreal experience of my life

by: Michael Thompson in Activities,

Michael Thompson is a twenty-year old mathematics student at the University of Edinburgh originally from Newcastle. He was involved with CAFOD’s ‘Step into the Gap’ gap year programme in 2009-10 and is passionate about issues of social justice and fighting for inequality in our world. He tells us about his experience in World Youth Day in Madrid. 

Pope announces theme for next World Youth Day in Brazil

Pope announces theme for next World Youth Day in Brazil

by: David Kerr - CNA in Activities,

 “The motto will be the command of Jesus: 'Go and make disciples of all peoples.' Even now I entrust to the prayers of all the preparation of these very important appointments,” said the Pope in his August 24 general audience at the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo.

WYD: Welcome celebration at the Plaza de Cibeles

WYD: Welcome celebration at the Plaza de Cibeles

by: Pope Benedict XVI in Activities,

I extend an affectionate greeting to the many English-speaking young people who have come to Madrid. May these days of prayer, friendship and celebration bring us closer to each other and to the Lord Jesus. Make trust in Christ's word the foundation of your lives! Planted and built up in him, firm in the faith and open to the power of the Spirit, you will find your place in God's plan and enrich the Church with your gifts. Let us pray for one another, so that we may be joyful witnesses to Christ, today and always. God bless you all!

WYD: Pope Benedict's welcome address at Madrid-Barajas airport

WYD: Pope Benedict's welcome address at Madrid-Barajas airport

by: Pope Benedict XVI in Activities,

I have come here to meet thousands of young people from all over the world, Catholics committed to Christ searching for the truth that will give real meaning to their existence. I come as the Successor of Peter, to confirm them all in the faith, with days of intense pastoral activity, proclaiming that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life; to motivate the commitment to build up the Kingdom of God in the world among us; to exhort young people to and so, rooted in his person, to become faithful followers and valiant witnesses.

World remembers Hiroshima and Nagasaki

World remembers Hiroshima and Nagasaki

by: ICN in Activities,

 Over the next few days, around the world, Pax Christi members will be remembering the anniversaries of the first use of nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki through prayer, discussion and action. In the UK, vigils, exhibitions and stalls will be held in London, Coventry, Oxford, Abingdon and Aylesford, inviting people to work to reverse Government policies on the renewal of Trident.

The Church and the 2012 games

The Church and the 2012 games

by: Sam Adams - The Tablet in Activities,

 With a year to go before the London Olympic Games, the Catholic Church’s plan to provide spiritual and practical support to spectators and athletes alike is well advanced. But there are even more ambitious plans to promote peace and build a new sports club in every parish.

Students sleep in the slums

Students sleep in the slums

by: Catholic Herald in Activities,

 About 70 young people from St Dominic’s Sixth Form College in Harrow, north-west London, took part in a Fair World Week, co-ordinated by college chaplain Angela Clapham in response to the Pope’s call for Catholics to be concerned with social justice. 

Homily for Pentecost Sunday

Homily for Pentecost Sunday

by: Fr. James Gilhooley in Activities,

Today is a good day to blow the dust off our spirits and play sweet music. The Spirit will assist us. He is the master of surprises making the impossible possible. He reminds us it does not require great people to do great things - just unselfish ones.

Butterflies close wings to avoid sex

Butterflies close wings to avoid sex

by: By Victoria Gill, Science reporter, BBC Nature in Activities,

In the fleeting existence of a female small copper butterfly, sex is a one-time affair. And scientists in Japan have observed that the butterflies have a simple way to avoid the unwanted attention of persistent males; they close their wings.

What the Church has given the world

What the Church has given the world

by: Fr Andrew Pinsent in Activities,

“What has the Church ever done for us?” Fr Andrew Pinsent is a priest of the diocese of Arundel and Brighton and Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University. He was formerly a particle physicist at CERN. He is co-founder, with Fr Marcus Holden, of the Evangelium Project, which is dedicated to improving the quality of Catholic education.

The splendour of God

The splendour of God

by: Osservatore Romano in Activities,

Benedict XVI delivers the traditional Message and ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Blessing
May Christ’s Resurrection mark the beginning of a new springtime for humanity. And “may people of good will open their hearts” in welcome to those fleeing war and to refugees. At the end of the Mass the Pope greeted the faithful in 65 languages.

A lot of Art for World Youth Day

A lot of Art for World Youth Day

by: in Activities,

Madrid, April 12, 2011.Today, the cultural program for World Youth Day (WYD) has officially been unveiled. There will be over 300 activities from 37 countries from every continent, of all artistic categories: movies, music, exhibitions, theater, and cultural tours of Madrid.