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Calais: Update on refugee crisis from Seeking Sanctuary

'Every migrant has a name, a face and a story' (Pope Francis)

It's timely to recall this quote from Pope Francis, not least because it encapsulates the individuality of all those who seek sanctuary from desperate poverty or from wars and persecution. All too often we talk about 'migrants and asylum seekers' as if they were all the same and we forget the individual stories behind ...

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France: Mass marks first anniversary of Fr Jacques Hamel's murder

The archdiocese of Rouen in northern France held a special Mass today, Wednesday, to mark the first anniversary of the assassination of an elderly parish priest, Fr Jacques Hamel. The 85-year-old was killed while celebrating Mass on 26 July last year after two gunmen, later identified as Islamist militants, stormed his church in the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray and cut Fr Hamel's...

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USCCB: New healthcare reforms would harm millions of struggling Americans

BIshop Dewane

Following yesterday's Senate Republican vote to address the healthcare law, Bishop Frank J Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the US Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, has appealed to Senators on both sides to work together in the days ahead to advance changes that will serve the common good of all.

Bishop Dewane's full statement follows:

"In ...

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Anti-nuclear protesters released

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Following two weeks in jail, nuclear disarmament campaigners Angie Zelter and Brian Quail were freed after the Procurator Fiscal dropped the request for restrictive bail conditions without explanation.

The decision came at an intermediate hearing at Dumbarton JP Court. The bail conditions had forbidden the pair, and three other protesters arrested with them, from even taking part in peac...

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Places available on Summer Catholic People’s Weeks

There are still places available on some Catholic People’s Weeks (CPW) events this summer. A CPW is a unique chance to become, for a short time, part of a small community with a shared interest in deepening faith and holidaying together.

Every CPW event is centred on a theme. For adults, the theme is explored through a variety of talks, discussions, and workshops. For young people, a we...

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Exhibition on persecuted Christians in Syria

Sister Annie Demerjian

Aid to the Church in Need is holding an art exhibition in Edinburgh later this month to raise awareness of persecuted Christians in Syria. The exhibition entitled 'Portraits Of Faith: Syria’s Christians Search For Peace' includes the work of of Farid Georges, a Syrian Orthodox painter from Homs, chronicling the destruction of his beloved city.

After touring the north-west of England the...

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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.

Produced in collaboration with the ...

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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: turveymonks@yahoo.co.uk 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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