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Pope Francis: teach your children to pray, to make the Sign of the Cross

Pope Francis has urged parents to teach their children to pray, saying that children should learn prayer with the same spontaneity as when they learn to say “daddy” and “mummy”. The pope made the remarks during his latest General Audience in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday.
 
 
He said: “There are children who have not learned to make the Sign of the Cross.  You, mother, father: teach your children how to pray, how to make the Sign of the Cross.”
 
 
The pope continued: “It is beautiful when mothers teach their little children to blow a kiss to Jesus or to Our Lady.

US conference urges Catholic youth to live their faith openly and warns against cherry-picking

Cardinal TImothy Dolan
 
A number of distinguished speakers including Cardinal Timothy Dolan descended on the Steubenville youth conference in New York earlier this month to speak to 2,000 young people about the Catholic faith.
 
 
The youth were encouraged to live their faith openly and to be prepared to make more difficult decisions as they get older, including whether or not to have a relationship with God. They were also warned against cherry-picking their faith in order to try and justify their behaviour.

Struck by a Beautiful Faith

GK Chesterton's powerful quote could be our inspiration
 
I had cause to be in a Catholic secondary school recently and was immediately struck by the show of faith in the school’s main halls.  Numerous crucifixes hung from the walls and there were posters detailing the Beatitudes and other teachings of the Catholic faith.
 
 
And perhaps the most striking thing about all of this was simply the incredible beauty of our faith and how lucky and blessed we are to have it.

Why does the Catholic Church not ordain women as priests? Here's seven good reasons why not...

Catholic Answers' director of apologetics Tim Staples considers the question of women priests in the Catholic Church and reveals seven reasons why this is not possible.
 
The seven reasons are:
 
1. The Church has definitively declared it
 
2. The Church's constant Tradition for 2,000 years cannot err
 
3. The attitude of Christ
 
4. The practice of the Apostles
 
5. The permanent value of the attitude of Jesus Christ and the Apostles
 
6. The ministerial priesthood in the light of the mystery of Christ

New Education Guidance on Same-Sex Marriage Seeks to Protect Religious Views

 
New Equality and Human Rights Commission guidance on how same-sex marriage should be taught in schools appears to offer protection to those who believe that marriage should only be between one man and one woman.
 
The guidance makes the following important points:
 
No school, or individual teacher, is under a duty to support, promote or endorse marriage of same sex couples.
 
Teachers and other school staff, parents and pupils are all free to hold personal opinions on the marriage of same sex couples, including a view that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

Abstinence the way forward for African nations in fight against AIDS

 
In the face of increased sexualisation and increased use of contraception across the world, some African nations are resorting to more traditional means of disease control.
 
In 2002, aHarvard University Studyrevealed how the east African nation of Uganda managed to significantly decrease the number of people suffering from the AIDS virus, and all because of abstinence.
 
The country started a programme in the late 1980's aimed at tackling AIDS through abstinence and the preservation of sexual relations for marriage.

The Bank of Fatherhood: Securing Eternal Life for our Children

Pope Francis wants more good fathers
 
Pope Francis, in his weekly general audience, has called on fathers to spend more time with their families.
 
The Pope's words are critically important to the future of the family and indeed the future of our society.  The role of fathers has gradually been chipped away in recent years, particularly in western secular societies where the role of father is seen as something that is no longer necessarily critical to the development of children.

Commandments for how to behave online and on social media

 
The Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES) has produced a new poster detailing the “10 Commandments for Proclaiming theJoy of the Gospel on-line”.  In what appears to be a spin-off from Pope Francis encyclical letter,Evangelii Gaudium (the Joy of the Gospel),SCES is encouraging young people to behave responsibly, and in a manner befitting of their Catholic faith, whilst they use the internet and social media. The poster will be officially launched during Catholic Education Week in February.

STOP PRESS! Pope Francis accepts Evolution and Big Bang Theory!

Well okay, so the Catholic Church has never disputed the process of evolution (provided it is not based on a materialistic and atheistic foundation) and a Belgian Catholic priest by the name of Georges Lemaitre actually penned the Big Bang Theory.  But hey, why let the facts spoil a sensational headline that's just perfectly designed to get the secular juices flowing and make the Catholic Church look like it called it wrong?
 
Here is exactly what Pope Francis had to say on 'humanity in creation' (which was the proper title of his talk at the plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences):

Views of school parents sought ahead of Scottish Education seminar

The Scottish Catholic Observer has today published an article on an up and coming seminar on the subject of education and organisers are looking for parents of schoolchildren to complete a survey to ensure parents' views have an impact.
 
Catholic education is of vital importance to our children and the wider community and parents are urged to take a few moments to complete the survey, drafted by the Scottish Parent Teacher Council, before the seminar on 14th June at the Xavier Centre, Carfin.
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