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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 23 July 2017

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The parables of Jesus are not too remote from our own daily experience; at least it’s not difficult to understand them. Many are about household activities, the woman putting yeast into the flour, planting of seeds, harvesting weeds and wheat, being at a banquet. All these images can resonate either directly or indirectly with our own lives, and tha...

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London: Launch of Faith and Resistance Network

More than 40 Christians committed to risking arrest for witnessing to the peace and justice of Jesus Christ gathered at the launch of the ‘Faith and Resistance Network’ last Saturday, 15 July. The Network now includes over 50 Christians who have pledged to take non-violent direct action in defence of peace, social justice and the planet, who count over a hundred arrests between them. Among...

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East Anglia: Lowestoft school celebrates Golden Jubilee

BIshop Alan meets the children

St Mary's Catholic Primary in Lowestoft is marking its Golden Jubilee in 2017 and a special end-of-year Mass with Bishop Alan Hopes, helped to mark the 50th anniversary in style on Wednesday, 19 July 19. Pupils, teachers and family members joined Bishop Alan in the special Mass held at the school, including three people who were at the school on the opening day, 50 years ago.

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Jerusalem: Church leaders voice concern at mounting tension around Temple Mount

The Heads of Churches in Jerusalem have issued the following statement regarding the mounting tensions around al-Haram ash-Sharif.

We, the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, express our serious concern regarding recent escalation in violent developments around Haram ash-Sharif and our grief for the loss of human life, and strongly condemn any act of violence.

We are worried ab...

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US Churches appeal for end to violence in Jerusalem and West Bank

The US-based Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) has appealed for the treservation of the status quo and de-escalation of violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

In a statement tosay, CMEP says: 'At least three Palestinians have been killed and more than 300 injured in violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in Jerusalem and the West Bank. Three Israelis were s...

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Film: Another News Story

A film crew, led by a young film-maker, Orban Wallace, headed to the Greek island of Lesbos in 2015, just at the time when the images of the drowned three-year-old Syrian child, Aylan Kurdi, lying dead on a Turkish beach, were briefly awakening the conscience of the world. Looking for a new angle on how to report the crisis unfolding across Europe, they noticed the media feeding-frenzy ...

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Panels at Greenbelt Festival

Exciting panels have been announced for the Greenbelt Festival - 25-28 August - in Northampstonshire. Greenbelt has its roots in being a Christian music festival with an audience of 1,500 young Christians in the 1970s. Now it is a collaboration of arts, justice and faith.

Here are some of the panels being hosted at Greenbelt Festival this August:

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WCC urges continued access to worship at Jerusalem’s Holy Sites

For the sake of peace, church leaders in Jerusalem are calling for maintainance of the historical status quo on the historical designation allowing public access to the al-Aqsa Mosque and its courtyard, as well as other Holy Sites in the city. They are being supported by the World Council of Churches.

In a recent open letter, patriarchs and heads of local churches in Jerusalem, expressed ...

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Tenth anniversary of The Elders

The Elders

Ten years ago this week Nelson Mandela founded The Elders and the group began working for peace, justice and human rights for all. The Elders are marking their tenth anniversary with a global year-long campaign #WalkTogether “to continue Nelson Mandela’s long walk to freedom, by building global empathy and supporting civil society on issues of peace, health, justice and equality”. The cam...

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Scotland: Camas Centre undertakes woodland regeneration

Camas is an outdoor education centre on the west coast of Scotland, ran on behalf of the Iona Community. A mile and a half walk down a boggy track on the Island of Mull leads you to two old fishing cottages, right on the doorstep of the Atlantic ocean. Here residential weeks are hosted for individuals, young people and community groups. Many groups are from some of the most deprived areas in th...

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Cameroon bishops take legal action over bishop’s suspicious death

Bishop Bala

The Bishops' Conference of Cameroon has launched a private lawsuit over the alleged murder of Bishop Jean-Marie Benoit Bala of Bafia, whose body was found floating in a river in June.

Archbishop Samuel Kleda of Douala, conference president, said the bishops were "not satisfied" with investigators' findings that Bishop Bala drowned after he disappeared overnight on 31 May, three days befor...

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London: Summer Concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields

St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square has a proud history of hosting some of London’s best live classical music events. Audiences and performers come together in central London to enjoy evening classical concerts, free lunchtime concerts, educational concerts, concerts for families and late-night music events in St Martin’s’ wonderfully rich acoustic.

Thursday evening 2...

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Sr Stanislaus Kennedy receives award linked to Fitzgerald/Kennedy family

Sr Stan receiving her Award

Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, or Sr Stan as she is affectionately known, has been presented with the 2017 Fitzgerald Bible Bruff Award at the Thomas Fitzgerald Centre in Bruff, Co Limerick. A native of Dingle in Co Kerry, Sr Stan - a member of the congregation of Religious Sisters of Charity since 1958 - is a visionary and social innovator. For almost fifty years she has pioneered, campaigned, exp...

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US border bishop denounces hateful words, militarization of border

Fence at US/Mexico border

Denouncing the “demonization of migrants,” hateful rhetoric, the militarization of the border and a system that divides families, Bishop Mark J Seitz of El Paso, Texas, has called on Catholics to heed the church’s teachings to welcome the migrant. In an 18 July pastoral letter “Sorrow and Mourning Flee Away,” on migration and addressed to the “People of God in the Diocese of El Paso...

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