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Francis on giving up television and speaking from the heart

Francis on giving up television and speaking from the heart

by: Reporters Catholic News Service - The Tablet in Reporters,

Pope Francis said he wants to be remembered as “a good person who tried to do good. I cannot ask for anything more than that.” The statement, as well as comments about his life as pope and situations that move him to tears, were part of an interview he gave in late May to La Voz del Pueblo, a newspaper from Argentina.

I'd rather be a Catholic than be 'respectable'

I'd rather be a Catholic than be 'respectable'

by: Catherine Pepinster - The Guardian (16 May 2012) in Reporters,

The author of Wolf Hall and the newly published Bring Up The Bodies told interviewer Lynn Barber that Catholics weren't quite the ticket. "I think that nowadays the Catholic church is not an institution for respectable people", she said. When Lynn Barber got Mantel to expand, she discovered that much of her remark was down to the abuse crisis. But there was more, with Mantel going on to damn priests and nuns for being "among the worst people I knew".

China's oldest priest dies at age 105

China's oldest priest dies at age 105

by: ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong in Reporters,

During a period when churches were rebuilt across China, Father Ye eagerly joined in the effort, declining repeated chances offered by relatives to emigrate overseas. “China needs priests,” Sister Chen quoted him as saying.

England 'divided into readers and watchers'

England 'divided into readers and watchers'

by: Hannah Richardson - BBC News education reporter in Reporters,

England is suffering from a "worrying cultural divide" with poor adults much less likely to read books than their richer neighbours, a report says. The country is divided into two nations, those who read weekly or daily, and those who prefer TV and DVDs, it says. The research, from charity Booktrust, is based on a survey of 1,500 adults.

Explainer: who are the Roma?

Explainer: who are the Roma?

by: Philip Brown - The Conversation in Reporters,

Once again Roma people are in the news and, as ever, they are the focus of prejudice and vilification. The most recent story surrounds alleged child abduction in Greece, following a raid on a Roma encampment. The narrative plays to some familiar stereotypes: allegations of criminal activities, welfare scrounging - and even that age-old fairytale so popular in Victorian times of children being stolen by Gypsies.

Woolwich heroine says Catholic faith inspired her to confront attackers

Woolwich heroine says Catholic faith inspired her to confront attackers

by: Madelaine Teahan - C. Telegraph in Reporters,

A mother of two who calmly confronted the Woolwich attackers on Wednesday has attributed her courage to her Catholic faith. Ingrid Loyau-Kennet, a practising Catholic, told the Daily Telegraph: “I live my life as a Christian. I believe in thinking about others and loving thy neighbour. We all have a duty to look after each other.

What it's like to be a Catholic in the Arabian Gulf

What it's like to be a Catholic in the Arabian Gulf

by: Luca Rolandi for Vatican Insider in Reporters,

Sunday Mass in Dubai is surprisingly exuberant. The popular neighbourhood of Bur Dubai is home to Saint Mary’s Church. Faithful arrive just before 19:00. One would expect them to receive a sober welcome. But they would be wrong. Mass celebrations in this church are the fruit of meticulous and painstaking organisation.

Why our turbulent weather is getting even harder to predict

Why our turbulent weather is getting even harder to predict

by: Robin McKie - The Observer in Reporters,

 It's lovely to see the daffodils everywhere, 'fluttering and dancing in the breeze', as Wordsworth wrote. This is an interesting article from the Guardian about our increasingly unpredictable weather. In church last night it was freezing cold ! Thank. God that spring is here at last.  (Angela McGhin, North East Reporter)

Venerable English College: a significant milestone

Venerable English College: a significant milestone

by: Vatican Radio in Reporters,

Monday 3rd December students of the College will cross the Tiber River and make their way to the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. There they will be received in Private Audience by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. They will bring with them to the Audience a relic of their proto-martyr, St Ralph Sherwin.

Sri Lanka draws up healthy menu for monks

Sri Lanka draws up healthy menu for monks

by: BBC in Reporters,

By tradition, the monks do not cook or have food prepared for them in their temples. Buddhist devotees in Sri Lanka who traditionally give food to monks are to be given special menus in an attempt to stop the clergy becoming sick. Reports suggest increasing numbers of Buddhist monks are contracting diet-related diseases such as diabetes because of fatty, sugary gifts.

Jose Mujica: The world's 'poorest' president

Jose Mujica: The world's 'poorest' president

by: Vladimir Hernandez - BBC in Reporters,

It's a common grumble that politicians' lifestyles are far removed from those of their electorate. Not so in Uruguay. Meet the president - who lives on a ramshackle farm and gives away most of his pay.

Richmond Catholic school fight goes to the High Court

Richmond Catholic school fight goes to the High Court

by: Angela Harrison - BBC Education in Reporters,

A legal challenge over plans for two new Catholic schools in the London Borough of Richmond is being heard at the High Court. The British Humanist Association and another group claim Richmond Council broke laws in approving new schools which can prioritise Catholic children.

 Swiss bishops against the logic of financial markets

Swiss bishops against the logic of financial markets

by: Swiss Bishops' Conference - L'Osservatore Romano in Reporters,

In a pastoral letter the bishops encourage the community to follow the simple but fundamental advice that “money is at the service of man and man is not a slave of money”. Money, the prelates say in particular, “is not made to be increased by itself. It is not an end in itself”.

Chinese Government punishes Heilongjiang priests

Chinese Government punishes Heilongjiang priests

by: UCAnews - Harbin in Reporters,

Reprisals against clergy who resisted illicit ordination. The Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Harbin where the illicit ordination took place on July 6. The government is exacting revenge against seven priests in Heilongjiang province who resisted the illicit episcopal ordination of Father Joseph Yue Fusheng in Harbin earlier this month, local Church sources say.