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Vatican, Muslim World League to set up joint committee

Pope Francis has held talks with Dr Muhammad Al-Issa, Secretary General of the Muslim World League, accompanied by a delegation. The meeting came during an informal encounter on Wednesday between the World Muslim League delegation and the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran. A statement from the Pontifical Council said that the ...

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Lecture: Did Luther's Reformation 'Do the Pope a favour?'

Marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, on 31 October the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School will welcome journalist, writer and broadcaster Peter Stanford for a unique talk entitled: Did Martin Luther’s Reformation 500 Years Ago ‘Do The Pope A Favour?’ As He Suggested?

Peter Stanford will be the 11th speaker the Vaughan has welcomed as part of its popular community Leadersh...

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Brazil: CAFOD defends 200 families facing eviction + petition

A petition has been launched by CAFOD to halt the eviction of over 200 families living in an abandoned hotel in the centre of São Paulo, Brazil. CAFOD are seeking support to prevent almost 1,000 people, including 200 children, being forced onto the streets.

CAFOD’s Brazil Programme Officer, Emily Mulville, said: “The eviction of the Mauá residents would be a great injustice and a da...

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Norwich: East Anglia schools gather for celebration Mass

Around 700 pupils and teachers from 25 Catholic schools across the Diocese of East Anglia gathered at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich on Wednesday to mark the start of another school year. They took part in a Schools Mass, which was celebrated by Bishop Alan Hopes, and organised by the seven schools from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and then enjoyed a huge picnic in the cathedra...

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Israel: Vandals desecrate Catholic church

St Stephen's Church

On Wednesday, 20 September vandals broke into and desecrated St Stephen Church in Beit Gemal, near Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem. A statue of the Virgin Mary and stained-glass windows depicting important passages in the life of Jesus were smashed. Bishop Boulos Marcuzzo, Patriarchal Vicar in Jerusalem and Palestine, who visited the Church yesterday, said: “this is not only an act...

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Coventry granddad on 878 km trek for Zoe's Place

Peter Martin

A 72 year-old grandfather from Coventry is currently walking the Camino de Santiago 878 km, to raise funds for Zoe’s Place, a home-from-home for babies and young children who have life limiting or terminal illnesses and special complex needs, offering palliative and respite care.

Peter Martin is a Holy Family parishioner, and a familiar face in many of the surrounding parishes. He set o...

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CAFOD urges UK government to support renewed peace process in Holy Land

Gaza - power cuts 21 hours a day, poor sanitation, massive shortages of water, food & medicines

In a message on #InternationalDayofPeace CAFOD asks supporters to call on the UK Government to get behind a renewed peace process in the Holy Land.

The illegal occupation of Palestinian territory by Israel, as defined by international humanitarian law and condemned under UN resolutions, marked 50 years in June 2017. A third and even fourth generation of Palestinians and Israelis have been...

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Catholic artists in prestigious watercolour exhibition

Silvia Alice Robertson

Two artists, Alice Robertson and Elizabeth McCarten, based at St Patricks Studios in Wapping, have work exhibited in the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition Exhibition in The Mall Galleries this week. Elizabeth McCarten won the Jackson's Young Artists prize for her painting in the competition.

Now in its 30th year, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is the largest and most prestig...

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Holy See ratifies treaty on prohibition of nuclear arms

On a day in which Pope Francis tweeted: 'I appeal for peace and disarmament: in this world wounded by violence, we need fraternity among peoples' - the Holy See became one of the first entities to sign and ratify a new treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. The treaty was signed by Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States, for the Holy See, and in the name of...

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Cardinal: Hiroshima is where Christ renewed his sacrifice

Hiroshima, site of the world’s first atomic bomb on 6 August 1945 which killed between 90 and 146,000 people, "is the place where Christ renewed his sacrifice in the twentieth century" Cardinal Fernando Filoni told a large gathering of priests, religious and lay persons in the Archdiocese of Hiroshima yesterday.

Speaking on the fourth day of his visit to Japan, the Prefect of the Congre...

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Vatican envoy tells UN: Combatting slavery must be a priority

Archbishop Paul Gallagher

The Vatican has told a United Nations meeting in New York that the fight against forced labour, slavery and human trafficking is one of the defining priorities of Pope Francis’ papacy. Speaking at a leaders event on Tuesday, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, said the Church has been speaking out against these abuses since the Second Vatican Counc...

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AoS supports crew following death of seafarer

Reverend Roger Stone

The Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) provided pastoral support to crew members of an offshore supply ship after the death of their colleague on September 12. An Italian crew member was believed to have possibly suffered a stroke on board the Ievoli Cobalt off the coast of the Isle of Wight on the morning of September 11 and was airlifted to hospital by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Sadly, he ...

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Pressure mounts on CoE to divest from Exxon

Christian campaigners are calling on the Church of England to disinvest from US oil giant ExxonMobil, on the basis of new evidence that the company intentionally misled the public on climate change. Last night (Wednesday 20 September), supporters of Operation Noah and Christian Climate Action held a vigil outside Church House in London, the home of Church of England investors, to pra...

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London: Mass for 60th Anniversary of Irish Chaplaincy

A Celebration Mass to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Irish Chaplaincy in Britain, will take place this Sunday, 24 September, at 12.30pm at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Kilburn, London, NW6 4PS.

Bishop John Kirby, who chairs the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants and Bishop Paul McAleenan, Auxilliary in Westminster will be the chief celebrants. There will be a get togethe...

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