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“Youcat”, the catechism for the young

“Youcat”, the catechism for the young

by: ANS –Vatican City in Church News,

In view of the next World Youth Day planned for Madrid between 16 and 21 August 2011, a handbook “Youcat” has been prepared intended to help young people in a clear and modern way to know the principal themes of the Catholic Faith.

Vatican Holds Brief, Yet Intense, Blogger Event

Vatican Holds Brief, Yet Intense, Blogger Event

by: Edward Pentin in Church News,

Opening the gathering of around 150 bloggers from around the world, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli stressed that the meeting was aimed at reaching a "broader and deeper understanding" between blog writers and the Vatican. Father Lombardi Encourages Open and Frank Dialogue on Faith

Beatification of Pope John Paul II

Beatification of Pope John Paul II

by: Rome Reports in Church News,

Sunday's beatification is scheduled for10 a.m.Rome time at Saint Peter's Square. Once the Pope announces the beatification, a large tapestry with the smiling face of John Paul II will shine from the basilica.

Osservatore Romano: Italian daily and English edition online

Osservatore Romano: Italian daily and English edition online

by: Osservatore Romano in Church News,

At the beginning of the seventh year of Benedict XVI's Pontificate, on 19 April 2011, L'Osservatore Romano launched its new site. The various editions are now accessible (in addition to the Italian daily, the weekly editions in Italian, English, German, French, Spanish and Portuguese, and the monthly in Polish).

Japanese bishops to set up center to coordinate operations in Sendai

Japanese bishops to set up center to coordinate operations in Sendai

by: Catholic News Service in Church News,

Japan's bishops, meeting in Sendai March 16, decided to establish the center and initiate additional relief efforts under the supervision of Caritas. "Young people are continually coming to Caritas from all the dioceses to offer their availability as volunteers to bring aid to the areas most affected by the disaster,"

Cardinal Keith O'Brien: "The provision of aid must require a commitment to human rights."

Cardinal Keith O'Brien: "The provision of aid must require a commitment to human rights."

by: BBC in Church News,

The church highlighted the assassination of Pakistani minority affairs minister Shahbaz Bhatti at the start of March. Mr Bhatti was the only Christian member of the cabinet in Pakistan. Cardinal O'Brien said: "To increase aid to the Pakistan government when religious freedom is not upheld and those who speak up for religious freedom are gunned down is tantamount to an anti-Christian foreign policy.

Conclusions of Inter-Religious Meeting in Tehran

Conclusions of Inter-Religious Meeting in Tehran

by: Vatican Information Service (VIS) in Church News,

The Centre for Inter-Religious Dialogue of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organisation (Tehran, Iran) and the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.

" It is necessary for Christians and Muslims as well as all believers and persons of good will, to co-operate in answering modern challenges, promoting moral values, justice and peace and protecting the family, environment and natural resources"