News in Church Issues

Religious education in schools is 'a priority' say Members of Parliament.

Religious education in schools is 'a priority' say Members of Parliament.

by: Judith Burns - BBC Education in Church Issues,

Members of Parliament have set up a new group to safeguard the teaching of religious education to pupils in England. The new group of MPs believe it is essential children are taught about different cultures and religions. The all party parliamentary group on Religious Education wants the subject to be treated as a priority.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols: secularists are holding back the faithful

Archbishop Vincent Nichols: secularists are holding back the faithful

by: Madelaine Teahan - The Catholic Herald in Church Issues,

Speaking after an official state visit to the Holy See, Archbishop Vincent Nichols said that secularists, “with a kind of stubbornness, with a dogmatism, want to isolate faith and privatise it”, adding: “It is often that kind of intolerance of the reality of faith which is holding back some of the best contributions that can be made to the common good.”  

We stand side by side with the Pope in fighting for faith

We stand side by side with the Pope in fighting for faith

by: Baroness Warsi - The Daily Telegraph in Church Issues,

 When I met the Holy Father in 2010 he told me that he had heard what I had been saying and urged me to carry on making my case robustly.  I will be arguing that to create a more just society, people need to feel stronger in their religious identities and more confident in their creeds. In practice this means individuals not diluting their faiths and nations not denying their religious heritages.

Church treasures - Heritage for sale

Church treasures - Heritage for sale

by: Sam Adams - The Tablet in Church Issues,

Moves by two Catholic cash-strapped religious communities to sell off valuable collections of  ancient artefacts, some of them unique, in their care have led to growing concern among conservationists about the protection of the Church’s sacred history.

The situation of the church in Egypt

The situation of the church in Egypt

by: Zenit.org in Church Issues,

Father Antoine Rafic Greiche, official spokesman for the Catholic Church in Egypt, warned that the success of the Salafists was a grave concern for Christians. "We were expecting the Muslim Brothers to do well but we did not expect at all the success of the Salafists," he said.

Anglican Archbishop says “Cameron is a dictator if he says yes to gay marriage”

Anglican Archbishop says “Cameron is a dictator if he says yes to gay marriage”

by: Giacomo Galeazzi in Church Issues,

In March the British government will start an in depth consultation on gay marriage and PM David Cameron has already declared he wants it to be an important part of his mandate. But now it is not just the Catholic Church protesting to the English government against gay marriage. The Anglican Archbishop of York John Sentamu also warned David Cameron: “Do not legalize gay marriage.”

The Gospel in the time of Facebook

The Gospel in the time of Facebook

by: Cristian Martini Grimaldi in Church Issues,

Facebook, the most popular social network in the world, has several tools to maintain and enrich mutual friendship: this is well-known. However, in general, no one asks themselves how come the dynamics of relationships are exclusively based on positive feedback (thumbs up, sharing) and there are no instant options for disapproval

Bills put thousands of families at risk, warns archbishop

Bills put thousands of families at risk, warns archbishop

by: Archbishop Peter Smith in Church Issues,

 Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark has highlighted his concern for the ‘thousands of families’ who would be adversely affected by proposed changes to benefits and Legal Aid. In a letter to the Times, the archbishop commented on the Welfare Reform Bill and the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill being debated in the House of Lords

The Bible that made England.

The Bible that made England.

by: Prime Minister David Cameron in Church Issues,

The 400th anniversary of the English translation of the Bible, named after King James, was recently celebrated in the Cathedral of Canterbury. The following is a speech given by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to mark the occasion.

In England and Wales: 'Parishes are enriched by migrant communities'

In England and Wales: 'Parishes are enriched by migrant communities'

by: Bishop Patrick Lynch in Church Issues,

In a statement released to coincide with the World Day for Migrants and Refugees celebrated on Sunday January 15, Bishop Patrick Lynch said that parishes have been greatly enriched by “the strong sense of community and commitment to family life within many of our migrant communities, by their love for the Scriptures, by their devotion to Our Lady and especially by their joyful participation in the celebration of the Eucharist.

Fruits of family prayers seen in children

Fruits of family prayers seen in children

by: CBCP - Manila in Church Issues,

Though praying as a family normally involves at least one parent and the children, and sometimes with elderly relatives such as grandparents joining in, some little ones can easily carry out the practice even in the absence of the senior family members as long as the habit has been instilled in them.

We are living through a time of great transition for the Church

We are living through a time of great transition for the Church

by: Bishop Michael Campbell OSA in Church Issues,

New Year Pastoral Letter from the Bishop of Lancaster. "At the beginning of this New Year I would ask you to join me in grappling with the two-fold task of planning how our diocese’s parishes and schools adapt to these new circumstances and secondly to make ourselves ready to launch into the challenge of the New Evangelisation."

Pope's Message for World Peace Day

Pope's Message for World Peace Day

by: VIS in Church Issues,

 Cardinal Peter Turkson and Bishop Mario Toso, from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace have released Pope Benedict XVI's Message for the World Day of Peace 2012, which will be celebrated om 1 January. The theme of this year's message is: 'Educating Young People in Justice and Peace'. Extracts from the message are given here.