God loves us and waits for us like a father, Pope Francis said, during Mass at Casa Santa Marta this morning. Commenting on the First Letter from the Book of Exodus, the Holy Father focused on God's love for His people, despite their infidelity. Even today, he said, it is good for us to ask whether we distance ourselves from the Lord to follow after idols and worldliness.
St Anthony's Catholic Primary School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester have been going back in time this week to celebrate the world and work of William Shakespeare. It all kicked off with the Big Shakespeare Assembly, featuring songs from the musical 'Shakespeare Rocks'.
A nine-day programme of prayer gets underway today (Thursday, 30 March) at a London church for a priest held captive by Islamist extremist group Daesh (ISIS). The Novena for Syria, being held at Farm Street Church, Mayfair, comes amid renewed hopes for the safety of Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, who was kidnapped on 29th July 2013. Father Dominic Robinson, Superior of
President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order on March 28, 2017 that rescinds and weakens numerous environmental protections, and effectively dismantles the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the national program designed to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 32% in relation to 2015 levels by the year 2030. Fossil fuel-fired power plants are the l
Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II has sought to calm fears in the wake of several attacks on Christians in North Sinai by jihadists last month. In a television interview the Patriarch said the reports of violence are an exception to the norm. This was the country that welcomed and protected the Holy Family when they escaped Herod, as narrated in the
This retreat day led by Professor Ursula King, will be concerned with the deep connections between ecology and spirituality as perceived by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Thomas Berry. It is hoped that this introduction to Teilhard's and Berry's ecological spirituality and eco-theology of love will enable participants to share in the deeper way of "seeing"
Yesterday, Jasmin Nario Galace, leader of Pax Christi Philippines, delivered a statement representing the Faith Communities Concerned about Nuclear Weapons at the UN nuclear weapons negotiations in New York. The statement, which follows other interfaith statements in the past, was initiated by Soka Gakkai International (SGI) a
Pope Francis has appealed for a concerted effort to protect Iraqi civilians who are trapped in the embattled city of Mosul after more than 200 civilians were killed in an airstrike. Speaking during the General Audience in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father expressed deep pain for the victims and appealed to all to make every possible effort to protect civilians, which he said is an
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, has sent a letter in the name of Pope Francis to the Tenth Forum for the Future of Agriculture taking place in Brussels. In the letter addressed to Janez Potočnik, president of the Forum, Cardinal Parolin called on participants to put the human person at the heart of agriculture, "whether he or she be an agricultural
A threat to kill Mexican priest Father Alejandro Solalinde, has been broadcast on social networks today. A video was posted in a a tweet reading: THE FATHER HAS BEEN DECLARED GUILTY OF TREASON. SENTENCE: DEATH. The video show two rosaries, seven bullets and the phrase "Padre Solalinde" written on a sheet of paper. A heavily disguised voice orders the
Archbishop Eamon Martin gave the following address at the inaugural conference of 'The Iona Institute Northern Ireland' which took place last night in Saint Brigid's Parish Hall, Belfast. In his address the Archbishop said: "Contrary to the suggestions of some recently, the Catholic Church has no desire to create a theocracy in Ireland, north or south, but we would expect
In his homily during Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday, Pope Franci encouraged Christians to get on with things - living life with joy. He urged us to avoid complaining and not to allow oneself to paralyzed by the ugly sin of sloth. The Gospel story at the heart of Pope Francis' reflection tells of a man who had been ill for 38 years. He was lying at the side of the Bethesda
During his year as President of the Grimsby Circle of the Catenian Association, Jonathan Read selected the Amethyst Unit at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital as his chosen charity. The Amethyst unit which opened in 2013, serves haematology, oncology and rheumatology patients. Money was raised throughout the year at the regular meetings by holding raffles and
The cost of rebuilding Christian villages destroyed by Daesh (ISIS) in northern Iraq could exceed £160 million (US$200 million), according to a survey carried out by a Catholic charity. But, with some Christians already going back to the Nineveh Plains, the report revealed a growing appetite among the displaced communities to go home.
A new report has been published this week by the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities, titled Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society, celebrating the role of the charity sector. The report praises charities for being the "eyes, ears and conscience of society", through both mobilising and inspiring people and providing advocacy and relief to those
Signposts is a weekend course on making good life choices. Based at Savio House in Cheshire in the foothills of the Peak District - this is skills based training in discernment that makes no assumptions about the participants with regard to faith. What happens on a Signposts Weekend? You arrive in a peaceful location and have some space to relax before
I was born in Ono-cho in Hiroshima Prefecture in 1949. The town was 25 kilometres away from Hiroshima City, facing Miyajima Island, now known as a World Heritage site. Among the people of the small town in the Seto Inland Sea, the scars of the atomic bomb remain deep inside their minds. I am a second generation Hibakusha. In my family, my father and two brothers
On August 6 1945, when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, I was an 11 year-old girl, 5th grader of a primary school. That morning I was in the schoolyard under the blazing summer sun. "Look, a B29!" a boy shouted, and I looked up in the sky and saw the silver shining B29 bomber flying high in the blue sky drawing a white arc with its vapour trail. "That's pretty" I thought. The next moment there was a white flash and I was blinded.
Two Hibakushas - surviving victims of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki- are visiting London this week to tell their stories and appeal for an end to nuclear weapons. On Monday morning, Reiko Yamada and Midori Yamada visited Maria Fidelis School in Euston, accompanied by Bruce Kent from CND and Pax Christi. They later visited the offices of CND in north London and in the evening, they gave a talk at Friends Meeting House in Euston.
The Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) visited the crew of a huge cargo ship after the vessel sustained a 13 foot hole in its side when it hit a concrete quay wall. The incident occurred on March 25 while the ship was leaving its berth in Southampton. Fortunately no one was injured. Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) Southampton assistant port chaplain Peter Morgan had visited the ship's crew
The Catholic Missionary Union (CMU) is the umbrella body for around 40 missionary groups, societies and religious orders who are active in missionary work across the globe. In 2016 we launched a project called 'meet a missionary' in order that children and young people can engage with missionaries - both male and female, religious and lay.
The Scout Association is the country's largest mixed voluntary youth movement with over half a million members and is part of a worldwide movement of 40 million people. The Association is looking for a new volunteer leader for the group which supports Catholics in Scouting. Bishop Richard Moth, Liaison Bishop for Scouts, and Fr Jonathan How, National Catholic Scout
A joint commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation was held on Sunday at St George's Roman Catholic Cathedral Southwark, hosted by the Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Reverend Peter Smith. The Archbishop of Birmingham and Chair of the Bishops' Conference Department of Dialogue and Unity, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, and Bishop Martin Lind,
Mexicans who help build the much vaunted 'border wall"'along the frontier with the United States would be acting immorally and considered as traitors, according to the Archdiocese of Mexico. In its weekly newsletter the Archdiocese warns: "Any company intending to invest in the wall of Trump, would be immoral, but also all its shareholders and owners
An ecumenical service to mark the 37th anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero took place at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square on Saturday. The theme of the event was: 'A light breaking forth like the dawn'. In his words of welcome, the Revd Richard Carter said the message of Oscar Romero was more relevant than ever today. There was a minute's silence for the victims of the attack on Westminster Bridge last Wednesday.