As for religious education, state schools are required to offer the subject, but parents may keep their children away; and significantly, the content (ie, which faiths are explained) is determined by agreements with local authorities in which faith groups are consulted.
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A worldwide Catholic network has teamed up with Google to find out what it is Catholics want from the Web. What does the Web say about the Catholic Church? What do Catholics - and not only – want from the Web? And which ethical and spiritual issues are most widely discussed by Internet users?
Authors, poets, sales directors, librarians, booksellers, technology developers, publicists and literary agents gathered at Foyles’s flagship bookstore at 113-119 Charing Cross Road in London in order to share ideas about what its new bookshop should look like and the nature of future bookshops in general.
The Catholic school system in the United Kingdom is one of the success stories of which the various Catholic communities of these islands can feel rightly proud. Usually such schools are in demand, sometimes oversubscribed; frequently their success outshines that of other schools in the neighbourhood.
The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales is sending out a million postcards calling on MPs to oppose the Government’s redefinition of marriage. The postcards will be sent to parishes next week. Each card will have a space for people to sign their name so they can post it to their MP.
The husband must put his wife before himself. The wife must put her husband before herself. The needs of their children must come before the needs of the parents. This is sacrificial love, expressed countless times in the daily routine of the Catholic family.
Representation in Venice is as important for nations as for artists. A pavilion at the Biennale is a sign that a state, no matter how troubled or politically backward, has joined the Western cultural consensus. It’s six years since the first whispers of a plan for a Vatican pavilion at the fifty-fourth Biennale followed the appointment in 2009 of the art-loving Gianfranco Ravasi as President of the Pontifical Council for Culture.
The report said half the food bought in Europe and the US ended up in the bin. As much as half of the world's food, amounting to two billion tonnes worth, is wasted, a UK-based report has claimed. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers said the waste was being caused by poor storage, strict sell-by dates, bulk offers and consumer fussiness.
So why are we still waiting for Godot? How has Samuel Beckett's play grown from a tiny avant garde performance in Paris to become part of the West End theatre coach party circuit? It asks all the big philosophical questions - about life and death and the uncertain purpose of what goes on in between - but in a way that isn't limited to a particular place or era.
Almost two-thirds of adults say they support the teaching of Christianity in schools, according to a survey by Oxford University. In the poll of 1,800 people, two-fifths said teaching about the faith needed more attention in religious education lessons.
More than 500 people gathered together to demonstrate against the Government’s decision to take back most of the land that has been given to the Sumanahalli Society for the care of the leprosy patients at the Town Hall in Bangalore. (This is the mail from George Kannamthanam, CMF, the director of the Sumanahalli Society.)
Hope you have visited Sumanahally in Bangalore. Now the govt which had given the land does not want to renew the land liscence and so we are asked to vacate most of the land. in the following link you can see a writeup about the issue.
Artist says he did not want to hurt feelings. However Damodar Gautam, the second leader of the national office, urged caution on the part of artists working on controversial themes. “Artists should be careful not to hurt the religious sentiments of any religion,” he said. “The rights of any artist are not limitless in that sense.”
Once a central part of Catholicism, Confession has declined almost to vanishing point. Researching a book on confession these past two years, I have found it difficult to ascertain reliable figures. Questionnaires on religious practice in the UK and Europe no longer even itemise the rate of attendance.
They will be looking for work. But as they sleep in the bed that was theirs when they were ten, and eat "a proper" breakfast made by their mother, they must wonder how to reconcile their return to a childish life with appearing autonomous and ambitious in job interviews.
The Education Secretary talks about the bishops, free schools and his admiration for the Pope. “Education Secretaries come and go,” he says, “but the Catholic Church’s role in education is global and enduring.”
Mis-selling of higher education is one of the least remarked upon scandals of our time.To listen to ministers talk about university education, it is as if Britain has entered an academic arms race with the rest of the world.
Multi-culturalism is not, as its detractors claim, an ideology. It is simply a fact. It is not an aim, but a description. London has 300 languages spoken inside its vast boundaries. It gets along, by and large, without any particularly violent consequences from this unparalleled amalgamation of cultures.
Watching the Olympics this week? If you tune into the men’s 800-meter track final on Thursday, pay attention to Kenya’s David Rudisha, the current world record holder and favorite to win gold. Rudisha’s coach happens to be a Catholic priest originally from Ireland.