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An altar boy and a priest on leave become bishops

An altar boy and a priest on leave become bishops

by: Joe Torres, Manila - UCAN in Church News,

He was an altar boy who dreamt of becoming a priest when he saw Jesuit priests visiting hinterland villages in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao. Bishop Jose Ramirez Rapadas, who at 46 years old became the country's youngest bishop, said he found his vocation when he went with the priests to the villages. 

Chesterton deserves to be made a saint, say supporters

Chesterton deserves to be made a saint, say supporters

by: Liz Dodd - The Tablet in Church News,

Fans of the Catholic author GK Chesterton have spoken of their frustration and disappointment at the decision not to open his cause for sainthood. Last week the Bishop of Northampton, Peter Doyle, wrote to the President of the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Dr Dale Ahlquist, stating that following a year-long investigation into the cause, much prayer, and a visit to the Congregation for the Cause of Saints in Rome, he was unable to promote Chesterton’s canonisation.

Macau to host seminary for Asian evangelization

Macau to host seminary for Asian evangelization

by: ucanews.com reporter, Macau in Church News,

A new seminary to train priests for the whole of Asia will open in the Chinese territory of Macau in September. The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples has entrusted management of the Redemptoris Mater College for Evangelization in Asia to the Neocatechumenal Way.

Filipino elected first Asian head of Dominican Order

Filipino elected first Asian head of Dominican Order

by: ucanews.com reporter, Manila Philippines in Church News,

A Filipino priest was elected head of the Order of Preachers, also known as the Dominican Order, during the congregation's general chapter in Vietnam on July 13. Father Gerard Francisco Timoner OP became the 88th master of the 800-year-old mendicant religious order and the first Asian to hold the post.

Henry Newman canonisation date announced for October

Henry Newman canonisation date announced for October

by: Christopher Lamb , Ruth Gledhill - The Tablet in Church News,

The Blessed John Henry Newman, one of the most significant figures of the 19th century, will be declared a saint on 13 October 2019. Pope Francis made the announcement of the date today during a public consistory for the causes of canonisations in the Vatican on 1 July. 

Vatican's women journalists resign in protest

Vatican's women journalists resign in protest

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

The founder and all-women editorial board of the Vatican's women's magazine have tendered their resignation over what they allege was a Vatican campaign to discredit them and put them "under the direct control of men."

Pope Francis names new bishops for southern Philippines

Pope Francis names new bishops for southern Philippines

by: Joe Torres, Manila - UCAN in Church News,

Father Leo Dalmao, CMF, left, has become bishop of Isabela, while Father Cosme Almedilla has been named the new prelate in Butuan. Pope Francis named this week two new Filipino bishops who will serve in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao.

Dioceses see rise in number of people preparing to become Catholics

Dioceses see rise in number of people preparing to become Catholics

by: Liz Dodd - The Tablet in Church News,

More than a thousand people took part in Rites of Election at cathedrals and churches across England and Wales last weekend, declaring their hope to become Catholics at Easter. The Rite of Election usually takes place at the beginning of Lent, and is one of the final stages in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) through which converts prepare for Confirmation or reception into full communion with the Church at the Easter Vigil.

Pope Francis canonises Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI

Pope Francis canonises Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI

by: Christopher Lamb in Rome - The Tablet in Church News,

One was a bishop who gave his life in defence of the suffering people of El Salvador. The other was a career Vatican diplomat who rose to the Chair of St Peter and carved out a blueprint for the modern papacy.  On Sunday 14 October, in a ceremony in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis canonised Archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI cementing these new saints as pillars of contemporary Catholicism. 

Paul VI - The suffering Pope

Paul VI - The suffering Pope

by: Margaret Hebblethwaite - The Tablet in Church News,

Canonisation - Popoe Paul VI: Although I am not particularly happy with the canonisation of popes until they have been dead at least 50 years, I am sure that St Pope Paul VI – as he will be proclaimed tomorrow – was a holy man. I met him, and felt it.

Synod on the Young People: No ordinary Synod, no ordinary time

Synod on the Young People: No ordinary Synod, no ordinary time

by: Robert Mickens - La Croix International in Church News,

Pope Francis will convene the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops next Wednesday, focusing on the theme “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” But there is nothing at all “ordinary” about this Oct. 3-28 gathering for a whole host of reasons. Not least is the fact that it’s taking place at an extraordinary and particularly historic moment in the life of the Catholic Church.

Synod assembly on young people

Synod assembly on young people

by: Robert Mickens, Rome - UCAN in Church News,

 Preparation for Synod assembly on young people was marked by far greater inclusion of non-bishops than previous gatherings. Pope Francis will convene the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Oct. 3, focusing on the theme "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment."Vatican City.

Papal visit: Young people look ahead to Ireland visit

Papal visit: Young people look ahead to Ireland visit

by: BBC News in Church News,

Pope Francis will be in Dublin this week for the World Meeting of Families, an international Catholic event that is staged every three years. The last pontiff to visit the Republic of Ireland was Pope John Paul II in 1979 - he drew crowds of over 2.5 million. But what does meeting the Pope mean to younger people in Ireland?

Death of atheist Indian politician saddens church people

Death of atheist Indian politician saddens church people

by: ucanews.com reporter, Chennai in Church News,

Five-time Tamil Nadu chief minister was a champion of religious minorities and oppressed groups. Church leaders in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu have expressed condolences at the death of Muthuvel Karunanidhi, a five-time state chief minister who supported freedom of religion despite being an atheist.

 
News Briefing: From Britain and Ireland

News Briefing: From Britain and Ireland

by: Rose Gamble - The Tablet in Church News,

The Vatican’s director of astronomy and Tablet columnist Br Guy Consolmagno SJ has called on Scottish Catholics to take back science from atheists and secularists. In a talk entitled “Adventures of a Vatican Astronomer” at the Lauriston Jesuit Centre in Edinburgh, Consolmagno reminded his audience of Scotland’s long history in science.