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Pope to Diplomatic Corps: Uphold human rights, defend family

Pope to Diplomatic Corps: Uphold human rights, defend family

by: Vatican News in Activities,

Speaking to members of the Diplomatic Corps on Monday, Pope Francis devoted this New Year's address to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was adopted 70 years ago. The Pope told the dignitaries gathered that from a Christian perspective, there was a significant relationship between the Gospel message and the recognition of human rights in the spirit of those who drafted the document.

News Briefing: From Britain and Ireland

News Briefing: From Britain and Ireland

by: The Tablet - 5 Jan, 2018 in Activities,

The leader of the Irish Church has said he is “deeply troubled” by the recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on the Eighth Amendment which call for a repeal of the pro-life constitutional article and unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks.

Manila: Black Nazarene devotees told not to forget Marawi

Manila: Black Nazarene devotees told not to forget Marawi

by: Joe Torres - UCANews in Activities,

Do not forget those who suffer from war and disasters. This was Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle’s message to a sea of Black Nazarene devotees during a pre-dawn Mass in Manila on Jan. 9. The Archbishop of Manila told Catholics to remember those displaced by war in the southern Philippine city of Marawi and who suffered devastation from typhoons in the Mindanao and Visayas regions.

The world's first Christian country?

The world's first Christian country?

by: Amanda Proença Santos & Rodolfo Contreras - BBC in Activities,

Armenia is a small country in south-west Asia with a population of only 3 million people. But it has a sizable place in spiritual history: most historians believe that in 301 AD, it became the first country in the world to adopt Christianity.

For New Year, pope urges help for refugees, respect for life

For New Year, pope urges help for refugees, respect for life

by: The Tablet- January 1, 2018 in Activities,

Entrusting the needs of migrants and refugees to the maternal concern of Mary, the pope led the crowd in reciting a traditional Marian prayer: "Under thy protection we seek refuge, holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our needs, but from all dangers deliver us always, Virgin, Glorious and Blessed."

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.