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Martin O'Brien directing the Runcorn Passion

Martin O'Brien, Artistic Director of Ten Ten Theatre reflects on the tenth anniversary of the company.

I am convinced by the power of story and drama to change hearts and minds. I know this because it was the foremost means of communication used by Christ to address the crowds who followed him, and because I have experienced my own heart changing gradually over the time as the re...

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Pope creates five new cardinals

Pope Francis presided over an Ordinary Public Consistory for the Creation of Cardinals on Wednesday in St Peter’s Basilica.

The five new Cardinals are: Jean Zerbo, 73, Archbishop of Bamako, Mali; Juan José Omella, 71, Archbishop of Barcelona, Spain; Anders Arborelius, 67, Bishop of Stockholm, Sweden; Luis Marie-Ling Mangkhanekhoun, 73, Apostolic Vicar of Paksé, Laos; Gregorio Rosa Ch..

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Churches tell EU: Our future depends on common values

On 27 June, the European Parliament, under the patronage of President Antonio Tajani, convened a dialogue with representatives of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities on the future of Europe. The high-level dialogue was inspired in part by recent European Parliament resolutions on improving its various treaties and on the 2017

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St Thomas the Apostle College wins UK Secondary School of the Year Award

St Thomas the Apostle College in Southwark has just won the UK Secondary School of the Year Award at the prestigious 2017 TES Schools Awards.

The incredible turnaround of St Thomas the Apostle College is an inspirational tale of hard work and belief. Turning around a school is difficult. The obstacles in your path when you are the lowest-ranking school in your local area are numerous and ...

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National Office for Vocation launches Compass programme 2017-2018

The National Office for Vocation has launched the new season for vocation discernment to the Religious life. Young people considering a vocation to be a nun, monk, sister, priest or brother can join a “Compass” group in October and work through the programme which runs over five residential weekends and the Easter Triduum, ending in May 2018.

The course will take place at Milleret Hou...

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Church comment on final ruling on treatment of baby Charlie Gard

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A spokesperson from the Catholic Church issued the following statement on the latest and final ruling on the case of the life-saving treatment of baby Charlie Gard this morning.

“The decision made today by the European Court of Human Rights definitively ruling that baby Charlie Gard cannot undergo any further treatment is heartrending, most particularly for his parents and fami...

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Norwich: 90 years service acknowledged by Pope

Mary, Sheila, Bishop Alan and Bernard

Three volunteers from East Anglia have been awarded Papal Blessings in recognition of their years of service to the aid agency CAFOD. Mary Prentice, Bernard Shaw and Sheila Dobey have each volunteered for at least 25 years, demonstrating a remarkable commitment to helping those in need. To mark this achievement and their Papal Blessings, which are bestowed by Pope Francis, they celebrated by ...

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Brazil: Comboni missionaries killed in road accident

Sr Luisa and Sr Giuseppina

Two Combonian missionaries, were killed in a road accident in Brazil on Saturday, 24 June - Sister Luisa Manuel, 47, from Mozambique and Sister Giuseppina Lupo, 37, from Italy. The fatal accident happened around noon as the sisters were driving along the trans-Amazon road returning from a visit to some families.

According to a statement from the General Council of the Comboni Missionaries...

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Holy See tells UN: Abortion not part of ‘reproductive health’

Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič

The Holy See has told the United Nations that abortion should not be considered part of the term ‘sexual and reproductive health’ and that ‘gender’ means only biological sexual identity and difference.

Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN in Geneva, made the remarks during a meeting on a UN resolution for coordinating humanitarian assistance.

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Seven deacons ordained at St Mary’s College, Oscott

Archbishop Longley with new Birmingham Deacons  Robert Carey and Jason Mahoney

On the Feast of St John the Baptist, seven deacons were ordained by Archbishop Bernard Longley. They are: Christopher Ainslie from Hallam Diocese, Callum Brown from Salford, Robert Carey and Jason Mahoney from Birmingham, David Pearce from Brentwood, Matthew Roche-Saunders from Menevia and Nicholas Williams from Cardiff. They will continue to prepare for their priestly ordination over the comin...

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Pope Francis: Deep down - Christian life is so simple

Pope Francis yesterday morning told believers not to look to horoscopes or to consult fortune-tellers to foresee the future; but to allow God to guide them in a journey full of surprises. The Pope was speaking during the last Santa Marta Mass of the season before the summer holidays and his return from an apostolic visit to Colombia in September.

Inviting Christians not to be “too sett...

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Eritrea: Hundreds of Christians arrested - including children

Eritrea has arrested 200 Evangelical and Pentecostal Christians in house-to-house raids, in a tough new crackdown which is tearing children from their parents. Young children and a baby are among those arrested. It is feared they could spend their childhood in a prison cell. Release International is calling on Eritrea to free the Christians and has launched a campaign calling for concerted pray...

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Petition: The BMA must not support abortion up to birth

Baby at 40 weeks - Wiki image

The British Medical Association is currently deciding - at their Annual Representative Meeting (ARM) which meets from 25-29 June - whether they will support the complete decriminalisation of abortion. This will mean increasing the abortion limit to 28 weeks and possibly even birth. Shockingly, decriminialisation will also making sex-selective abortion - the killing of girls for the crime of bei...

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US bishop bans Catholic funerals for individuals in same-sex marriages

Bishop Thomas Paprocki

An American bishop has released guidelines to parishes forbidding individuals in same-sex marriages from receiving Communion and barring them from having a church funeral.

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield Illinois, said people in same-gender marriages should neither seek to receive nor be admitted to Holy Communion because their relationships are of an “objectively immoral nature...

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