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Saint John Henry Newman: Faith, Holiness and Imagination

Saint John Henry Newman: Faith, Holiness and Imagination

by: Nicolas Steeves, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Ecumenism,

Newman’s holiness calls for a “broadening of the mind,” a use of the imagination that is also truly Christian. It requires being imaginative. Newman’s holiness therefore comes into contact with our imagination at various levels. This article will try to briefly show some of them, to awaken today our faith in Christ.

On the trail of St John Henry Newman

On the trail of St John Henry Newman

by: Bernadette Kehoe - The Tablet in Ecumenism,
The stained glass window at Oriel College, Oxford, depicting Newman with extracts from his work. The pilgrim path to the places that shaped St John Henry Newman: Trinity College, Oxford - Oriel College, Oxford - Holy Trinity Church, Over Worton - The University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford - St Mary and St Nicholas Church, Littlemore - The College, Littlemore - Maryvale, Old Oscott, Birmingham
Lead us, kindly light, into community and communion

Lead us, kindly light, into community and communion

by: Robin Gibbons - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

Canon Robin Gibbons preached at the special Newman Matins held at Christ Church, Oxford on the day of the canonisation of St John Henry Newman in Rome. In many ways this was an historic moment, a recognition by the Anglican community of their receptivity and love of one who did so much for Anglicanism but also who is bringing the two churches closer together.

Newman the parish pastor

Newman the parish pastor

by: Teresa Morgan - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

The church of St Mary and St Nicholas in Littlemore, just outside Oxford, is to this day much as Newman designed it in the 1830s. Parishioners still remember their preacher and benefactor in vivid stories passed down through the generations from those who knew him. 

Newman: Lessons from a journey to faith

Newman: Lessons from a journey to faith

by: Roderick Strange - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

A leading scholar describes a complex character and a life punctuated by conversions – that saw humiliation and vindication, darkness and joy, doubt and assurance. When Newman heard that a woman had described him as a saint, his reaction was crisp: “I have nothing of a saint about me.” Now the Church has decided otherwise.

Woman's death ends chapter of Jewish history in India

Woman's death ends chapter of Jewish history in India

by: Shawn Sebastian, Kochi - UCAN in Ecumenism,

She was the oldest of three Jews left in the once popular Jewish trade center on the coast of the Arabian sea in Kerala. Only two Sephardi Jews, who’s ancestors migrated from the Spanish Iberian Peninsula in the 16th century, are left in Mattancherry. Both do not wish to interact with media or strangers, unlike Cohen.

Muslim teen set ablaze by Hindu mob

Muslim teen set ablaze by Hindu mob

by: ucanews.com reporter, New Delhi in Ecumenism,

In the latest mob attack in India, a 17-year-old Muslim boy in northern Uttar Pradesh state was allegedly set ablaze by a Hindu mob after he refused to chant a slogan hailing the Hindu faith's Lord Ram. .... Hindus form 966 million, or 80 percent, of India's population of 1.3 billion. Muslims account for 172 million, or 14 percent, while Christians comprise 29 million, or 2.3 percent.

Frans van der Lugt: Bridge Builder and Martyr

Frans van der Lugt: Bridge Builder and Martyr

by: Jan Stuyt, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Ecumenism,

Fr. Frans van der Lugt was killed in Homs five years ago. Since then, every day, Christians and Muslims have visited the garden of the Jesuit residence to pray at his tomb. Fr. Frans – in Arabic Abuna Francis – was a Jesuit priest originally from the Netherlands. He died in Homs, Syria, on April 7, 2014, a few days before his 76th birthday.

Ramadan 2019: Fasting, prayer and how Muslims celebrate the revelation of the Koran

Ramadan 2019: Fasting, prayer and how Muslims celebrate the revelation of the Koran

by: Rozina Sabur - The Telegraph in Ecumenism,

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims across the globe and throughout the UK endure a period of daily fasting – the largest act of religious observance of its kind. For the Britain's 3.1 million-strong Muslim community, the annual event represents a time to fast and devote a particular focus to prayer, purification and charitable acts.

Former Anglican vicar is ordained as Catholic priest

Former Anglican vicar is ordained as Catholic priest

by: Keith Morris - Catholic Diocese of East Anglia in Ecumenism,

Australian former Anglican vicar, Dcn Sam Randall, was ordained to the Catholic priesthood by Bishop Alan Hopes at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich on Friday March 15. In his homily, Bishop Alan said: “Samuel, you responded to God’s invitation many years go. You said ‘Yes’ to God.  “Now in recent years you have said ‘Yes’ again to another invitation – to come into full communion with the Catholic Church. 

Religious leaders pray for victims of New Zealand attacks

Religious leaders pray for victims of New Zealand attacks

by: Ruth Gledhill - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

In a telegram, Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said on behalf of Pope Francis: "His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life caused by the senseless acts of violence at two Mosques in Christchurch, and he assures all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his heartfelt solidarity in the wake of these attacks.

Pope Francis in UAE: 'Look at how Jesus lived'

Pope Francis in UAE: 'Look at how Jesus lived'

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Ecumenism,

Pope Francis completed his two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates by celebrating an historic public Mass in Abu Dhabi.The Mass marked the end of a visit remarkable in its frequent affirmation of fraternity between Christianity and Islam.

Christians in the Emirates, freedom in the shadow of Islam

Christians in the Emirates, freedom in the shadow of Islam

by: Gauthier Vaillant, Abu Dhabi and Dubai - La Croix International in Ecumenism,

There are no old stones, no belfry, no courtyard opening out onto the outside in a church in the United Arab Emirates, but modern building complexes enclosed by high walls behind which Catholic communities bubble with life.

Welby says it is 'wonderful' to convert to Catholicism

Welby says it is 'wonderful' to convert to Catholicism

by: Ruth Gledhill-The Tablet in Ecumenism,

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is perfectly happy if members of the Church of England convert to Catholicism, and that it can even be "wonderful". In an interview with Fraser Nelson, editor of The Spectator, the Most Rev Justin Welby says he does not mind at all that many of Church of England clergy defected to Rome after the ordination of women priests.