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Blessed Oscar Romero adopted as NJPN Patron

Julian Filochowski with picture of Bl Oscar Romero

Blessed Oscar Romero was adopted as Patron of the National Justice and Peace Network of England and Wales last weekend, at the annual weekend gathering of the NJPN.

On the Saturday evening a packed chapel at the Hayes Conference Centre in Derbyshire viewed a performance of ‘ROMERO - HEARTBEAT OF EL SALVADOR’, performed by Rise Theatre.

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Vatican switches off fountains as Italy faces severe drought

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The Holy See has switched off most of the 100 fountains in Vatican City - both the external ones located in St Peter's Square, and the interior fountains including those in the Vatican Gardens, in an effort to save water, as Italy struggles with a severe drought. The move is in line with the teachings of Pope Francis in his Encyclical on the environment, Laudate Si. Forecasters say Italy had o...

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Brentwood Youth Services launch virtual Lourdes pilgrimage

More than 200 young people from Brentwood Catholic Youth Service are currently in Lourdes for the Diocesan Pilgrimage, led by Bishop Alan Williams sm. They travelled on a 17 hour journey by coach over the weekend, and will assist disabled and ill pilgrims during their time there this week. They want to share their Lourdes experience with those at home and so are inviting others to take part in ...

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MPs to speak about how faith and politics can change the world

MP Catherine West & MEP Molly Scott Cato

Two Quakers who are politicians: Labour MP Catherine West and Green MEP Molly Scott Cato will speak about how their faith influences the decisions they make at the Yearly Meeting later this month. Catherine West who retained her seat in Hornsey and Wood Green in the election in May, is committed to tackling rampant inequality as one of the most pressing challenges today. She will gi...

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Monastic experience for all at Turvey Abbey

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There will be a chance to live the monastic life of work, rest and prayer - in a unique Benedictine setting from Monday 21 August to Friday 25 August 2017 at The Monastery of Christ Our Saviour at Turvey in Bedforshire.

Free accommodation and meals. If you are interested and over 18, please contact Br John Mayhead OSB for more information and to book. E-mail: or te...

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USA: Thousands of nuns lobby senate to reject Trump's healthcare cuts

Yesterday, 7,150 Catholic Sisters from all 50 states in the USA and Washington, DC sent a letter to the US Senate asking them to reject the Better Care Reconciliation Act, and any upcoming proposals that would repeal the Affordable Care Act or cut Medicaid. Their message: “We, 7,150 Catholic Sisters in the United States, write to urge you to cast a life-affirming ‘no’ vote against the Bet...

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NJPN Conference: 'Nothing about us, without us, is for us'

Emma Stone (left) and Joy Pocock (right)

One of the most inspiring and powerful sessions at last weekend’s National Justice and Peace Network Conference was a three-person panel from the Leeds Poverty Truth Commission, organised by Church Action on Poverty. Faciliated by Andrew Grinnell, the panellists were Joy Pocock and Emma Stone. The three speakers highlighted the suffering caused by poverty in Britain and the role of...

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Prayers for family as Charlie Gard's parents give up legal fight

Today, the parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard decided to give up their legal challenge to take him to the US for experimental treatment. A lawyer representing Chris Gard and Connie Yates told the High Court "time had run out" for the baby.

Mr Gard said it meant his "sweet, gorgeous, innocent little boy" will not reach his first birthday on 4 August. "To let our beautiful little C...

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Peace campaigner to appeal bail conditions

Tomorrow, 25 July, July 25th the Sheriff Appeal Court in Edinburgh will hear an appeal against special bail conditions imposed by a Justice of the Peace in Dumbarton JP Court on 13 July. The case lodged on behalf of Trident Ploughshares campaigner Angie Zelter arises from her participation in a blockade of the nuclear warhead store at Coulport on Loch Long.

Ms Zelter was arrested along w...

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Maronite Archbishop: 'Is this the twilight of Christianity in Syria?'

Antonia Moffat met Archbishop Samir Nassar, Maronite Archbishop of Damascus in the Lebanon recently, during a visit to Christian refugees with Aid to the Church in Need. Antonia, (pictured with the Archbishop) writes: “I gave him a small Statue of Our Lady of Walsingham as a pledge of our continuing prayer and solidarity from the peoples of England, Mary's Dowry. The Archbishop has placed thi...

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Eastbourne: Circus comes to St Thomas a Becket schools

A Catholic primary school on the south coast held a circus-themed Summer Fayre before the end of term - to raise funds for the school. St Thomas a Becket Infant & Junior School in Eastbourne attracted a great crowd of families from the school and across Eastbourne, all joining in the fun. Highlights included three professional circus performances in the Mini Big Top, by Circus Pazaz,...

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Birmingham: Small Footsteps - interfaith green workshops for kids

Birmingham's faith groups have come together to launch Small Footsteps 2017 - a week of indoor and outdoor hands-on eco workshops for the City's youngsters. Featured on BBC Radio, the unique Small Footsteps initiative for kids from 10 to 15 years starts Monday 31st July at Fircroft College, Selly Oak. Due to generous donations, this exciting opportunity is free - but remaining spaces are limite...

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New York: Hiroshima commemoration; celebration of anti-nuclear treaty

On Sunday, 6 August, 2017, Pax Christi Metro New York, will commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with a memorial prayer; a presentation by Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute, on the newly adopted landmark global agreement to ban nuclear weapons; and a silent procession and “Vigil for Life Free from Nuclear Weapons.” ...

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Pope appeals for moderation, dialogue after surge of killings in Jerusalem

Pope Francis has appealed for moderation and dialogue after a surge of violence and killings over Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. Addressing the crowds gathered in St Peter’s Square for the Angelus on Sunday, the Pope said he is following “with trepidation the grave tensions and violence of the last days in Jerusalem.” Last week Arab gunmen, shooting from the site ...

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