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The Week Ahead: Vocations, Dominican discussion, Philippine elections


Sunday, May 12 is the 56th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. A website,, has resources for parishes and individuals, as well as prayers.

One asks God to “inspire young people whom You call to the priesthood and consecrated life to courageously follow Your will”.


“Does the Church more naturally side with the left or the right?” That’s one question to be discussed on Wednesday May 15 at the Dominican Forum – an event for “busy professionals” in London. Reservations are required: see


Filipinos go to the polls on Monday May 13 for the mid-term elections, with the country’s bishops hinting to Catholics that they should vote against President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte has clashed with the Church, especially over his crackdown on drug dealers which the bishops say has opened the door to violence. But his allies are expected to gain a Senate majority.