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THE GOSPEL IN ACTION: Cathy Corcoran, Head of the CARDINAL HUME CENTRE

THE GOSPEL IN ACTION: Cathy Corcoran, Head of the CARDINAL HUME CENTRE

by: Peter Stanford - The Tablet in Activities,

They are busy preparing for Christmas at the Cardinal Hume Centre, which stands in the shadow of Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, and its founder back in 1986, the late, much-missed Basil Hume. For weeks chief executive Cathy Corcoran has only been able to get into her bright, airy, upper-ground-floor office in the former convent that houses the centre by climbing over piles of gifts, donated by local schools, businesses, parishes and individuals.

GOD WITH US

GOD WITH US

by: The Tablet - Christmas 2017 in Activities,

This Christmas, those who can rely on warmth and shelter are perhaps especially ready to give thanks. For the bleakness of life has encroached on an ever greater number of their neighbours. In Britain, the number forced to live on the streets is rising as is the number of families that rely on food banks. 

What Rohingya rape victims told the pope

What Rohingya rape victims told the pope

by: UCAN -Rock Ronald Rozario, Stephan Uttom, and Joe Torres Cox's Bazar in Activities,

The Rohingya, people of the medieval Arakan kingdom, have been complaining of persecution in their own homeland due to ethnic, religious, and cultural differences with the predominantly Buddhist people of Myanmar. The kingdom became a province of the then Burma in 1784. The Rohingya people have been living in western Myanmar since ancient times. In 1982, however, the government stripped them of citizenship, leading to the growing persecution they are experiencing now.

We must take heat out of debate around Brexit, warns archbishop

We must take heat out of debate around Brexit, warns archbishop

by: Belfast Telegraph - 26-12-2017 in Activities,

"On the Brexit discussions, once again I would urge caution," Archbishop Martin added. "We talk a lot about hard borders and soft borders economically, but sometimes the language we use, the positions, the moral high ground we take on either side can be inflammatory when it comes to people on the ground."

POPE CELEBRATES 81ST BIRTHDAY WITH CHILDREN AND A 13-METRE PIZZA

POPE CELEBRATES 81ST BIRTHDAY WITH CHILDREN AND A 13-METRE PIZZA

by: Catholic News Service in Activities,

Celebrating his 81st birthday, Pope Francis blew out the candles on a 13-foot long pizza after being serenaded with song and dance by children and employees from a Vatican paediatric clinic. A group of children receiving assistance from the Vatican's St. Martha Dispensary, a maternal and paediatric clinic, had given the pope a birthday party on 17 December.

Nearly 100, but still spreading the faith in Vietnam

Nearly 100, but still spreading the faith in Vietnam

by: ucanews.com reporter, Yen Bai Vietnam in Activities,

For 94-year-old Joseph Tran Minh Nhu helping ethnic villagers in remote mountainous areas of northwest Vietnam learn about Catholicism is one of the most satisfying things in his life. With his gentle sense humor, Nhu regularly visits villages in Yen Bai province providing villagers with Catholic material and invitations to attend Mass. 

The British at the heart of Rome: Vatican relations

The British at the heart of Rome: Vatican relations

by: Catherine Pepinster-The Tablet in Activities,
If English Catholics were asked to name the most important priest from the Archdiocese of Liverpool, the vast majority would suggest Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster. But eight years after Nichols took holy orders, another Englishman was ordained in that diocese who today holds one of the most influential posts in the Vatican, wielding  considerable soft power across the globe.
Pope's open-air Mass biggest event in Myanmar history

Pope's open-air Mass biggest event in Myanmar history

by: John Zaw and Michael Sainsbury-UCAN in Activities,

Pope Francis celebrated a two-hour open-air Mass for at least 150,000 people in Yangon early on Nov. 29, preaching forgiveness and praising the efforts of small churches across the country. The service, the largest single crowd for an organized event in Myanmar, included about 150 cardinals, bishops and priests on stage. English, Burmese, Latin and Italian were used during Mass.

Pope Francis arrives in Myanmar with a message of hope and love.

Pope Francis arrives in Myanmar with a message of hope and love.

by: UCA News in Activities,

Thousands of excited Catholics and well-wishers gathered on the streets of Yangon as Pope Francis' plane touched down Nov. 27 for the most politically controversial trip of his papacy. The immediate fear of the trip-organizers was not related to the pontiff's possible use of the controversial term 'Rohingya,' but had instead refocused on multiple open-air public events scheduled for his three-and-a-half day visit. 

Commentary to the 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A –

Commentary to the 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A –

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini - http://bibleclaret.org in Activities,

 “Let the heavens rejoice and earth be glad because the Lord judges the world... with his justice.” It is also easy to set the message Jesus wants to convey: the years of man’s life are precious, a treasure to be managed well. No one can go wrong because life is one: Jesus suggests how one must live. 

A Threat to our Decency

A Threat to our Decency

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Activities,

Jesus tells us that in the end we will be judged on how we dealt with the poor in our lives, but there are already dangers now, in this life, in not reaching out to the poor. The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned. We are all implicated when we allow other people to be mistreated.

Vietnam church to be rebuilt half-century after destruction

Vietnam church to be rebuilt half-century after destruction

by: ucanews.com reporter, Hai Duong, Vietnam in Activities,

Bishop Thien said the shrine was a place where many Catholics and missionaries were executed for their faith. Among them were three Spanish Dominicans – Bishops Jeronimo Hermosilla Liem and Valentino Berrio Ochoa Vinh, and Father Pedro Almato Binh – who were killed Nov. 1, 1861 and Vietnamese Dominican Brother Joseph Nguyen Duy Khang who was killed on Dec. 6 of the same year.

Does football make the world a better place?

Does football make the world a better place?

by: Jim Murphy - Catholic Herald in Activities,

Football is infamous for corruption and cheating, but it can also be a powerful force for good. For young boys and girls growing up in the poorest areas of Brazil, Kenya or Liberia, they may not ever become famous footballers, but their love of those and other pursuits – and the lessons they learn while enjoying them in Cafod-funded projects – could be their best hope of surviving and overcoming their troubled childhoods.

(Re)Thinking Europe – a Christian Contribution to the Future of the European Project

(Re)Thinking Europe – a Christian Contribution to the Future of the European Project

by: Pope Francis on the future of Europe in Activities,

We are called to build a Europe in which we can meet and engage at every level, much as in the ancient agorá, the main square of the polis.  The latter was not just a marketplace but also the nerve centre of political life, where laws were passed for the common good.  The presence of a temple dominating the square was a reminder that the horizontal dimension of daily life ought never to overlook the transcendent, which invites us to see beyond the ephemeral, the transitory and the provisional.

Spanish nuns face fine for restoring church organ

Spanish nuns face fine for restoring church organ

by: Alistair Coleman and Martin Morgan in Activities,

A convent of Spanish nuns is facing a steep bill for having a priceless church organ repaired without the state's permission. The sisters of Santa Ines in Seville, southern Spain, decided that the instrument in their convent church needed to be fixed, and accepted an offer from a local charity to have it restored it for free.

First World Day of the Poor - 19 November 2017

First World Day of the Poor - 19 November 2017

by: Fr. Joseph Santiago CMF in Activities,

This Day is meant, above all, to encourage believers to react against a culture of discard and waste, and to embrace the culture of encounter.  God created the heavens and the earth for all; yet sadly some have erected barriers, walls and fences, betraying the original gift meant for all humanity, with none excluded.

The Tablet 100 (Cont.): Catholics bringing a distinctive slant to politics, society, business, arts and culture

The Tablet 100 (Cont.): Catholics bringing a distinctive slant to politics, society, business, arts and culture

by: Brendan Walsh, Editor - The Tablet in Activities,

 The Tablet 100 is a portrait of a relatively small religious community that gives a distinctive slant to our society and culture. This is more than just a list of interesting people doing interesting things. Some are well known for their faith commitment; some wear it more lightly and tentatively. But there are important values held in common, a shared sensibility: a protectiveness towards the dreams of others, and perhaps the understanding that how the cards fall in this life is not all that matters.

The Tablet 100: Catholics bringing a distinctive slant to politics, society, business, arts and culture

The Tablet 100: Catholics bringing a distinctive slant to politics, society, business, arts and culture

by: Brendan Walsh, Editor - The Tablet in Activities,

The Tablet 100 is a portrait of a relatively small religious community that gives a distinctive slant to our society and culture. This is more than just a list of interesting people doing interesting things. Some are well known for their faith commitment; some wear it more lightly and tentatively. But there are important values held in common, a shared sensibility: a protectiveness towards the dreams of others, and perhaps the understanding that how the cards fall in this life is not all that matters.