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More church crosses demolished in China

More church crosses demolished in China

by: ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong in Church Issues,

 A source, on condition of anonymity, told ucanews.com that officials determined that, as three local Christian churches already had crosses removed, the Catholic Church should not be exempted. John, a Catholic of China's so-called 'open church', rather than what is known as the 'underground church', said it was depressing that such problems persisted.

Why I Left, Why I Stay

Why I Left, Why I Stay

by: Helene Stapinski and Dorothy Fortenberry - La Croix International in Church Issues,

The complex reasons people join the church and remain in it are as complicated and various as the reasons others leave it....For me, well, I’m not getting up on a Sunday morning and wrestling two kids into Mary Janes before nine o’clock for a metaphor. The enormity, the impossibility of the idea, is the whole freaking point.

Role of lay people was already an issue during the 11th century

Role of lay people was already an issue during the 11th century

by: Julien Tranié - La Croix International in Church Issues,

The Gregorian Reform is key to understanding the relationship between clergy and lay people in the Church today. In an interview with the German monthly, Vatican Magazin, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller has recently written that the present situation in the Church is “comparable to that of the 11th and 12th centuries.”

Authentic Christianity embraces the new

Authentic Christianity embraces the new

by: Eric Hodgens - LaCroix International in Church Issues,

We celebrate Jan. 1 so vigorously because we hope for better things to come. It articulates our Christmas belief that there can be “news of great joy for all the people.” But it only works if we take it on board. Things will change. So, must we. And that makes some people nervous.

Vatican mission oversees Chinese underground bishops stepping aside

Vatican mission oversees Chinese underground bishops stepping aside

by: ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong in Church Issues,

A Vatican delegation has travelled to China to oversee the placement of formerly illicit bishops into dioceses that had been run by underground bishops.The arrangements were made between a Vatican delegation led by Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli and seven former illicit bishops from the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association and two underground bishops from Mindong and Shantou dioceses of eastern China respectively at a Beijing meeting on Dec. 10.

‘It’s my church, too’

‘It’s my church, too’

by: Steven P. Millies - US CATHOLIC in Church Issues,

The pews were emptying even before the Pennsylvania grand jury report, the McCarrick revelations, and Archbishop Viganò’s testimony. We have been through Boston. We have seen consumerism and materialism eat into the church’s grip on Catholics’ imaginations. Polarization has taken a terrible toll.

Jesuit Missions partner murdered in South Sudan

Jesuit Missions partner murdered in South Sudan

by: James Roberts - The Tablet in Church Issues,

A partner of Jesuit Missions in South Sudan was murdered in the early hours of today (15 November) at the Daniel Comboni Jesuit Residence in Cueibet where he lived. Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo SJ was in the TV room when the gunmen broke into the compound. When his companions heard gunshots, they pressed the alarm and the killers ran off leaving Fr Victor-Luke for dead.

14 million new Catholics recorded

14 million new Catholics recorded

by: La Croix International staff - Vatican City in Church Issues,

Despite reports of a shortage of priests and dwindling congregations, the number of new Catholics grew by an estimated 14 million from 2015 to 2016. The news was released just ahead of World Mission Day on Oct. 21 and is based on the “Church’s Book of Statistics,” according to a report by Agenzia Fides, the Vatican news agency.

Young Catholics at Youth Synod: 'We are up for the challenge.'

Young Catholics at Youth Synod: 'We are up for the challenge.'

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Church Issues,

The Tablet sponsored a group of students and their principal from the English Martyrs Catholic School in Leicester to visit Rome for their own "mini-synod" during the last week of the Synod of Bishops on Young People. The aim was for students to engage with the Youth Synod and respond with how relevant the content of the synod was to them; how relevant the Church is to them and to report back about their experience.

On the road to Emmaus

On the road to Emmaus

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Church Issues,

The youngest members of the family are certainly having a say. In the synod hall, a group of 18- to 29-year-olds sit at the back. They cannot vote, but they are making their voices heard. They have developed a “clap-o-meter” where each bishop’s intervention in the gathering is greeted with whoops, cheers or just polite applause. It is a slightly cheeky example of the organic “synodality” in action so loved by this Pope.

Pope calls for new alliance between young and old

Pope calls for new alliance between young and old

by: Carol Glatz - Catholic News Service in Church Issues,

With the launch of a new book, Pope Francis is calling for a new alliance — between young and old — to change the world. In an effort to counteract today's "culture of waste" that too easily marginalizes or ignores the young and the elderly, the book by Loyola Press creates a model of storytelling, dialogue, connection and reflection to help inspire these two groups to come together and rediscover older people's lost "treasure of their wisdom."

The unintended and horrible consequences of bad good intentions

The unintended and horrible consequences of bad good intentions

by: Father Bill Grimm - UCAN in Church Issues,

The only way out of this mess is to admit that Catholicism is not basically about popes and bishops, rules and teachings. It is about Jesus Christ, the love of God incarnate in a human being. And the church itself is not an institution, but the People of God. Like all people, we use institutions to regulate our lives, but the institution is not our definition.

Why two new saints have a special place in Francis' heart

Why two new saints have a special place in Francis' heart

by: Nicolas Seneze - La Croix International in Church Issues,

Pope canonized Paul VI and Oscar Romero on Sunday. Pope Francis often quotes his predecessor in his texts, and considers his apostolic exhortation Evangelii muntiandi as "the greatest pastoral document written to this day." The two men have a great deal in common. Francis also has much in common with Archbishop Oscar Romero, even above and beyond the fact that they both are from Latin America. "What they have in common, above all, is their love for the poor".

A boat in search of safe harbour

A boat in search of safe harbour

by: Card. Vincent Nichols - The Tablet in Church Issues,

 Cardinal Vincent Nichols reflects on lessons from the Synod on Youth. A spirit of humble confession of fault and realism about our failures has marked the first days of the Synod of Bishops on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment, taking place in Rome. There is an undercurrent of anger – especially directed at us bishops – at the damage done to so many and dismay at the many ways in which this is seriously inhibiting the work of the Gospel.

More church crosses demolished in China

More church crosses demolished in China

by: ucanews.com, Hong Kong in Church Issues,

Chinese officials have ordered the demolition of crosses and some other church structures in three dioceses in China. Dioceses in Zhejiang, Henan and Guizhou provinces have this month been subjected to a new campaign to remove public symbols of Christianity.

Help me do whatever it takes to move Vatican II forward, pope says

Help me do whatever it takes to move Vatican II forward, pope says

by: La Croix International staff - Vatican City in Church Issues,

What needs to be done today is to accompany the Church in a deep spiritual renewal and to help in implementing the Second Vatican Council, says Pope Francis. Speaking to Jesuits from the province of Lithuania and Latvia during his visit to the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Francis reiterated the need for prayers to make progress to move the Council forward in the Church.