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New Delhi: Archbishop, priests and sisters arrested

INDIA New Delhi: Archbishop, priests and sisters arrested during peaceful demonstration Mgr Anil JT Couto, along with other members of the local clergy, was taking part in a protest for the rights of Dalit Christians and Muslims. Police apparently beat the religious leaders present, charging the crowd with water cannons. Several people have been injured. For Card Gracias, “violence on priests, religious and nuns” is a disgrace for India. The country “cannot move forward as long as one part of society is discriminated and deprived of something on religious grounds.”New Delhi (AsiaNews) – Police in New Delhi arrested Archbishop Anil JT Couto, as well as priests and nuns from his diocese, during a peaceful march for the rights of Dalit Christians and Muslims.According to eyewitnesses, police agents beat vested priests and nuns who are presently being held at a...

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The Cancer of Corruption

The Cancer of Corruption It is right to call corruption a cancer. When it grows in the body politic, sometimes imperceptibly, it has the ability rapidly and insidiously to infiltrate and destroy the organs of the state. Once embedded, it is very difficult to cut out. Metastasis across society is common. It prevents countries from developing and reaching their full potential, and destroys the ethical and moral foundation of a state. And as the UK International Development Secretary, Justine Greening, said in a joint statement with Foreign Secretary William Hague and UK International Anti-Corruption Champion Ken Clarke to mark Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December: “When corruption happens in developing countries, it is the very poorest people who foot the bill. It deters investment, cheats citizens out of the services and support they need to develop their economies and end...

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Vatican STAMPS 2014

Vatican STAMPS 2014 1. Easter of Resurrection 2. Pope Francis II Year – MMXIV 3. 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall 4. Europa 2014 – “Instruments of national music” 5. Canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II 6. Centenary of the death of St. Pius X 7. 400th Anniversary of the death of El Greco 8. 500th Anniversary of the death of Bramante 9. 450th Anniversary of the death of Michelangelo 10. 1200th Anniversary of the death of Charlemagne 11. 150th Anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss 12. 150th Anniversary of the birth of Charlie Chaplin 13. The international Journeys of Pope Francis in 2013 14. 400th Anniversary of the death of St. Camillo de Lellis 15. 400th Anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare 16. Holy Christmas...

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Mosaic of Pope Francis

Mosaic of Pope Francis ready to be placed inside St. Paul Outside the Walls   This will be the new face that adorns the magnificent walls inside the Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.    More than nine months after his election, Archpriest James Michael Harvey presented the mosaic of Pope Francis to the Holy Father, before Wednesday General Audience.   The mosaic of Pope Francis will be placed alongside those of Benedict XVI and John Paul II, at the gallery inside the Basilica. The gallery is well known for its mosaics of all the Popes elected in the Church’s history.   This particular mosaic was built by workers at Fabric of St. Peter, inside the Vatican.

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Evangelii Gaudium extracts on Vocations

Evangelii Gaudium Pope Francis has recently released an Apostolic Exhortation entitled Evangelii Gaudium.  Msgr Francis Bonnici has extracted the Pope’s section on vocations, which you can read here....

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Catholic numbers and identities

Catholic numbers and identities We all know the phrase about lies, damned lies and statistics. I often think this is particularly applicable when trying to identify and quantify people’s religious identity. How do we count the number of Anglicans, Catholics or Muslims? For Christians, is it based on baptism, whether they go to church every week, or what they write in the national census? Do we assume that once a Muslim, from birth, always a Muslim? How do we differentiate between a devout and a secularised Jew? I have come across people who call themselves atheist Catholics or agnostic Jews. Into which box do they fit? Perhaps we should not be so hung up about numbers. But identity does matter, even when we have to recognise that we can all hold multiple identities (for the record, I am British,...

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Prior of Taizé met with Pope Francis

Brother Alois meets Pope Francis in Rome On 28 November Brother Alois, the Prior of Taizé, met with Pope Francis in a private audience. As far as we knew, the Pope had no contact with Taizé beforehand, but early on in their meeting, he said to Brother Alois, “You do such good work for young people, and for Christian unity. I know students in Argentina who have visited Taizé.” Earlier this autumn, Brother Alois was in Korea, both to participate in an international youth meeting in Daejon and to visit the Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan. With another brother of the Community he was also able to spend 3 days in North Korea at the invitation of the local Red Cross. Lenten Prayers and Meetings in Britain One of the brothers of the community will be...

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Clutha Tragedy

Clutha Tragedy The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, the Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael and Council Leader Gordon Matheson visited St Andrew’s Cathedral to view the nine candles which have been lit in memory of those who died in the Clutha tragedy and came to the Curial offices to meet representatives of the emergency services, chaplains and volunteers. Earlier His Grace Most Reverend  Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop of Glasgow, was able to visit and pray at the crash site, to thank in person the emergency teams and to convey to them the Pope’s message of support. The Cathedral remains open all day for private visits during this 40 Hours’ Adoration period.  ...

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Pope’s Message to the People of Glasgow

His Holiness Pope Francis has sent a message expressing his “closeness” to the people of Glasgow following the Clutha helicopter tragedy. The message was conveyed to Archbishop Philip Tartaglia by the Papal Nuncio Archbishop Antonio Mennini. The text reads: Your Grace, Having learned the sad news of the tragic accident which occurred in Glasgow when a police helicopter crashed into Clutha Vaults pub, close to the Cathedral, causing the death of several people and numerous injured, I would like hereby to convey to you, as Archbishop of Glasgow, the closeness of the Holy Father as well as my most sincere sympathy in these difficult moments. I assure you of my prayers for those who have tragically lost their lives or have been injured as well as their relatives. May the Lord grant eternal rest to those who have died...

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