The annual Postgate Rally in honour of Blessed Nicholas Postgate and the English and Welsh martyrs takes place at Egton Bridge in Yorkshire this Sunday July 5 at 3pm. Bishop of Middlesbrough Terry Drainey is the principal celebrant at the Mass and will be accompanied by priests from throughout the diocese. Blessed Nicholas was one of 85 martyrs beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1987. Born in Egton in 1596, he trained for the priesthood in France before returning to Yorkshire. He was martyred at York in 1679 and was one of the last Catholics in this country to be put to death for their faith.
The Annual Justice & Peace Conference - 'The Things That Make for Peace' will take place at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire from 17 - 19 July 2015. Nearly 300 people are now booked, but a few places are still available, and some discounts and bursaries are also available. This conference will seek to identify the real threats to human security and how we can work together to create a world without war. 'The Things That Make for Peace' recognises that poverty, injustice and environmental destruction are both causes and consequences of conflict, so that all the issues that we
Westminster Diocese Justice and Peace Commission needs a young person who is passionate about action for the climate, to publicise our Pilgrimage to Paris cycling project. We plan to cycle from London to Paris as a group of 20, linking up with English and French parishes along the way, to raise awareness of the importance of the UN Climate conference (November 30th to December 11th)) and the huge issues hanging on this global gathering. The London Newhaven section takes place from August 28-30th, while the French section will be at the beginning of December.
This book gives us a compelling interpretation of each of the Seven Signs in the Gospel of John beginning with the turning of water into wine at the wedding in Cana and ending with the resurrection of Lazarus. Each sign is analysed in the rigorous manner one might expect from someone who makes their living as a lawyer. And this rigour is all the more impressive because Michael Ribeiro's interpretation is radical. To coin a phrase this book 'does exactly what it says on the tin'. The author challenges us because he doesn't just write about Signs that affirm our belief or Faith.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols introduced a message from Pope Francis to the Inclusive Capitalism conference held in London last Friday...'First of all, there is the challenge of keeping the good of the human person at the centre of creative endeavours, particularly those most in need. Our world today is scarred by indefensible inequalities and injustices. Our common home is disfigured, with rooms of plenty alongside threadbare rooms of acute poverty. Systems that work for the few and not for the many require radical rethinking and a conversion of mind and heart.'
The Church Commissioners for England are today announcing full divestment from their holdings in SOCO International to the total of £1.6 million and the company has been notified. The decision to divest follows the recommendation from the Ethical Investment Advisory Group of the Church of England and extensive and sustained engagement with the company. The EIAG commenced engagement following a series of allegations of human rights abuses, bribery and corruption related to SOCO International's operations in and around Virunga National Park in the DR Congo.
On Tuesday, Pope Francis received in audience participants in the international congress promoted by the International Council of Christians and Jews, held in Rome from 28 June to 1 July on the theme "The fiftieth anniversary of Nostra Aetate: the past, present and future of relations between Jews and Christians". The Pope expressed his pleasure that this year's meeting is taking place in Rome, the city where the Apostles Peter and Paul are buried - "for all Christians, both Apostles are an important point of reference: they are like 'pillars' of the Church"
More than twenty people gathered on Tuesday morning outside Church House Conference Centre, to protest at the sponsorship by some of the largest arms manufacturers, Lockeed Martin and MBA Missile Systems, of the RUSI Land Warfare Conference. As they stood in silence they were watched by military personnel, journalists and representatives of arms companies who were entering the building to take part in the conference. Tuesday's act of witness included Pope Francis' Easter prayer: "We ask peace for this world subjected to arms dealers, who profit from the blood of men and women.
Pope Francis has issued an apostolic letter in the form of a Motu Proprio in which he has instituted the Secretariat for Communication. The full text of the letter follows: "The current communications context, characterised by the presence and development of digital media, and by factors of convergence and interactivity, requires a re-evaluation of the information system of the Holy See and commitment to reorganisation that, taking into consideration what has developed historically within the communication structures of the Apostolic See, proceeds decisively towards integration and
Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, addressed a high level meeting on climate change at the UN in New York on Monday. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the event by saying governments must accelerate their efforts to reach a universal climate agreement in France next December. Cardinal Turkson referred to the new Papal encyclical on ecology, Laudato si' and said the problem facing leaders and representatives of the world's nations is the "urgent need to develop policies which will drastically reduce emission of carbon dioxide and
A former pupil of Donhead Preparatory School and Wimbledon College is the new Spider-Man. Tom Holland, who attended the Jesuit college in South West London until 2012, will take over the role of Peter Parker who becomes the Marvel superhero when the latest film hits cinemas in 2017. The producer of the new Spider-Man film, Amy Pascal, described Tom as "the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man's story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe," saying that they needed "a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world".
For several weeks now, Pakistan - but particularly the southern Sindh province - has been in the grip of a devastating heat wave, where temperatures were daily at 48C and 49C. Nawabshah, north of Hyderabad, registered at least 49C for four days in a row; 24 May saw the highest temperature of Pakistan's heat wave: 49.5 C in Nawabshah. Since 20 June, Karachi, with an estimated population of 20 million, has been particularly badly hit and unable to cope. The authorities at various hospitals said on 28 June that the death toll has risen to 1,306 in Sindh - 1,214 in Karachi
When Lancashire Council Councillors refused fracking for shale gas test drilling at two sites this past week, among those following developments closely were members of the Lancaster Diocese Faith and Justice Commission. Its members have worked hard to raise awareness locally of the issues involved, and nationally through the National Justice and Peace Network Environment Working Group. Stephen Garsed of the Commission writes: Fracking has been a hot topic in Lancashire for the last four years.
1984 by George Orwell - Adapted by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan.. At the Playhouse London, before national and international tour.. 1984 tells the story of a dystopia, where citizens' every move and thought is watched and controlled, overseen by Big Brother, the ominous and omnipresent leader of the Party that controls the state. The bold production is unsettling from the outset, the tension continuing for its 101 minutes. Striking visual and sound effects, where blinding flashes of light combine with a cacophany of sounds from shrieking sirens to pulses of deep
New archbishops from around the world gathered at St Peter's Basilica on Monday, for a special Mass for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, patrons of Rome, and the blessing of the Pallium. Among the new prelates were Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh, and Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly. In his homily Pope Francis advised the new archbishops to be true witnesses in the way they live. "Teach prayer by praying, announce the faith by believing; offer witness by living!" he told them.
...I want to be a witness of this joy of the Gospel and bring to you the tenderness and caress of God, our Father, especially to your children most in need, to the elderly, the sick, the imprisoned, the poor, to those who are victims of this throwaway culture. The love of the merciful Father allows us beyond measure to discover the face of his Son Jesus in each brother, in each sister of ours, in the neighbour. One only needs to come close, to be a neighbour. As Jesus said to that young doctor of the law when he asked: Who is my neighbour? Go and do what the Good Samaritan did, go and
Westminster Justice and Peace are uniting with groups of Christians and people from different faiths and backgrounds who want to see an international agreement on the reduction of carbon emissions at the UN Paris Climate talks in December 2015. To highlight the huge importance of these talks they plan to cycle to Paris to take part in rallies of support for climate justice and to meet other people of faith who want to see a change in our profligate use of fossil fuel. Phase 1 of the pilgrimage is from London to Newhaven from 29th - 31st August. Phase 2 is from Dieppe - Paris in the first week of
Brentwood has become the latest diocese to announce dramatic restructuring proposals due to budget shortfalls. The present language of deficits and devolution abounds in the announcement from the diocese, including the news of a number of redundancies resulting from the process..... It is strange that in an organisation that professes to be so concerned with humanity, it is people that always seem to be the first casualties of these restructuring processes.
A coalition of Christian campaigners have called for the Church of England (CofE) to stop facilitating arms trade events. This follows the news that the conference centre owned by Church House, the administrative headquarters of CofE, will be hosting an event sponsored and attended by some of the world's biggest arms companies. The RUSI Land Warfare Conference 2015, taking place in Church House Conference Centre, Westminster, on 30 June - 01 July will have a focus on land based conflict. A second RUSI Conference, the Chief of the Air Staff's Air Power
A Syrian Jesuit priest who works in the beleaguered city of Homs will be speaking about the current situation in Syria, at Farm Street this Wednesday evening. Fr Ziad Hilal SJ works with the Jesuit Refugee Service as Director of the St Saviour Centre in Homs. One of his colleagues was Fr Francis van de Lugt SJ, who was murdered in April 2014. Another priest was kidnapped in May this year and is still missing.
Father Robert Mathau from the Archdiocese of Westminster has been commissioned as a Chaplain in the Royal Navy following completion of training at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. Fr Robert is pictured receiving his Royal Navy Chaplains vestments from Mgr Andrew McFadden, the Principal Catholic Chaplain to the Navy during the annual Naval Mass at the Cathedral of St Mary and St Boniface, Plymouth. Father Robert was greatly encouraged by the support of the Naval community, Royal Navy and Royal Marines, who welcomed him at the Mass.
...This little prayer was written by one of the 28 children (11s-15s) just back from pilgrimage to the holy island of Iona. This annual event is part of the youth work in the Argyll & the Isles diocese organised by Denise Roberts, Diocesan Youth Officer, and members of Craig Lodge Community. "We love going on pilgrimage to this holy place", explains Denise, "youth work in a very rural diocese like ours presents many challenges but this event is becoming more and more popular and brings children together from different parts of the diocese."
Catholic Justice and Peace activists from Dunstable, Luton and Leighton Buzzard in Northampton Diocese joined around 60 people at an ecumenical conference in Dunstable on Saturday titled 'War on Local Poverty'. It was the latest in a four-year programme of events organised by the Social Action group of Dunstable churches to address poverty and marginalisation in Central and South Bedfordshire. Andrew Selous, the local MP, was there. "It is a privilege to be working with a number of churches and one of the good things coming from this initiative is the Dunstable foodbank" he said
A Comprehensive Agreement was signed between the Holy See and the State of Palestine on Friday 26 June, in the Vatican Apostolic Palace. The accord follows on the Basic Agreement which was signed between the Holy See and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) on 15 February 2000 and is the result of the negotiations undertaken by a bilateral working commission over the past years. Archbishop Paul R Gallagher, secretary for Relations with States, signed on behalf of the Holy See and Riad Al-Malki, minister of Foreign Affairs, signed for the State of Palestine.
A spectacular new opera, especially written to commemorate the 800th anniversary of King John's sealing of Magna Carta at Runnymede, was performed at St Mary's Cathedral, Middlesbrough last Saturday. In an historic and exciting collaboration between the cathedrals of Middlesbrough and Durham, The Great Charter, which was devised and composed by Timothy Craig Harrison, Director of Music for the Diocese of Middlesbrough, and librettist PG Hodgson, explores humanity's continuing struggle for social justice, both under King John in the 13th century