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Egypt: Pope addresses civil authorities

Pope is welcomed by President El-Sisi

On Friday evening, Pope Francis addressed leaders of government and civil institutions in Egypt, focussing on the country’s role in seeking solutions to the complex issues that face the Middle East.

He said Egypt “has a unique role to play in the Middle East and among those countries seeking solutions to pressing and complex problems that need to be faced now in order to avoid the spr...

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Egypt: Pope meets Coptic Orthodox leader

Pope Francis welcomes Pope Tawadros to Rome in 2013

Pope Francis met Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox leader Pope Tawadros II on Friday, and called for the two communities to oppose violence and work more closely together to witness to Christ in the world. Recalling the first encounter of a Catholic and a Coptic pope, Paul VI and Shenouda III in May 1973, following centuries of separation, Pope Francis spoke of the theological progress, bu...

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Mary asks us to pray for peace Cardinal tells Fatima pilgrims

Cardinal Vincent Nichols led a group from the Diocese of Westminster on pilgrimage to Fatima from 24th to 27th April. Celebrating Mass with pilgrims in the Chapel of Apparitions on the site where Our Lady appeared to the children a century ago, the Cardinal said Mary’s message "addresses directly our quest for peace" especially "peace in our troubled world." He explaine...

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Pope in Egypt: Religious leaders must denounce violence and hatred

Pope Francis arrived in Egypt this afternoon (Friday) to begin an Apostolic Journey to the country.

After landing at Cairo International Airport the Holy Father was met by the Apostolic Nuncio to Cairo, Bruno Musaro and a representative of the President of Egypt, Abdel-Fattah Al Sisi.

He travelled by car to the Presidential Palace to pay a courtesy visit on the Head of State which ...

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Pope’s Egypt visit set to “reknit” ties with Islam

Father Samir

Pope Francis has high hopes his visit to Egypt will help heal interfaith relations between Christians and Muslims after a series of violent attacks on churches by extremists – according to a priest who met him. Jesuit priest Father Samir Khalil Samir told Aid to the Church in Need that the Pope’s two-day visit which started today (28th April) is aimed at rekindling interfaith dialogue in Eg...

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Exhibition of contemporary Christian art at Farm Street

Last Supper - Andrew White - oil on canvas

Resurrection is the theme of an exhibition of contemporary Christian art at Farm Street church hall Mayfair this Bank Holiday weekend. More than 30 artists are taking part, including Andrew White, Francis Hoyland, Marcia Scott, Alice Robertson, Penny Warden and several more up and coming figures. The show includes new works - both abstract and figurative - some icons, sculptures, mosaics and a ...

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Passionist Chapter at Minsteracres

Passionist Chapter at Minsteracre

The Passionists held their four-yearly Provincial Chapter meeting at Minsteracres Retreat Centre in Northumberland this week. Based on the theme of ‘Between Cross and Resurrection' - the week was attended by the Passionist Father General, Fr Joachim Rego CP, members of the Community of the Passion and Passionist Partners.

The meeting re-elected their leadership team: Superior Fr John K...

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Nigeria: Bishop accuses authorities of supplying arms to terrorists

Bishop Joseph Bagobiri

A Bishop has accused the authorities in Nigeria of suspected supply of arms to an Islamist terrorist network who he claims have infiltrated federal and state governments. Bishop Joseph Bagobiri of Kafanchan, Kaduna state, northern Nigeria, said he believed that the government has done little or nothing to stem “a wave of terror” by Islamist Fulani herdsmen against Christians and ...

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Taizé in Birmingham: Final preparations

More than 500 young Christians from across the UK and Europe will gather in Birmingham next weekend (28th April – 1st May) to discover and deepen the treasures of their faith at a meeting organised by the ecumenical Taize community.

Local churches of all denominations are busy preparing to welcome them and have spoken of the joy of engaging in an encounter with young Christians from suc...

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Pope Francis: The Christian is a witness of obedience

Pope Francis today reflected on the fact that being Christian is not a social status. Speaking during the homily at the Mass in the Casa Santa Marta the Pope said Christians must be witnesses of obedience to God, like Jesus was. Recalling the reading of the day Pope Francis quoted Peter’s words before the Sanhedrin when he said: “You must obey God rather than men." P...

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Matters of Conscience for Pharmacists

The General Pharmaceutical Council seeks to change the ethical code for Pharmacists. It has moved from an objective ethic which seeks to ensure the health, wellbeing and safety of patients and to maintain the trust and confidence of the public. Instead, it is now promoting patient centred care with a subjective ethic which seeks to satisfy the wishes of the client requesting Pharmacy services. ...

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Booklet: Calling People of Goodwill: The Bible and the Common Good

The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah said ‘Seek the welfare of the city ... for in its welfare you will find your welfare’ (Jeremiah 29.7). So why are we experiencing such economic and social inequality, cultural polarisation across the Western world as reflected in Brexit, Le Pen and Trump, and a UK General Election? How can we prevent this social fragmentation from threatening the very conc...

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Festival to focus on Sacred Spaces in London

The Waterloo Festival 2017 will run throughout June. It is taking as its theme 'Sacred Spaces' and asks, what makes a space sacred?

Richard Slater's stunning photographs will shine the light on London's many and varied faith communities and places of worship. A celebration of faith and sacred space in the world's global city, the images will be on display in the main church of St John's, ...

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New Apostleship of the Sea Bishop

Bishop Paul Mason, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark, has been appointed new Bishop Promoter for the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) in England & Wales. He takes over from Bishop Tom Burns of Menevia.

Born in North Shields, Tyne & Wear, close to the coast, Bishop Mason was very aware of the ship building tradition around the Tyne, and many of his schoolmates' fathers worked at Swan Hunte...

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