In the wake of the referendum on independence yesterday, the Scottish Catholic Bishops have issued the following statement: “The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland recognises and respects the result of the Scottish referendum, that Scotland should remain a part of the United Kingdom, and commends all those who participated in what was a was a passionate and sometimes partisan debate. The vast majority of Scots engaged with the Referendum and it is our hope that we can all now cooperate for the benefit of our nation
Next Tuesday, 23 September, 120 world leaders – including Prime Minister David Cameron - will meet for an historic climate change summit in New York. United Nations Chief Ban Ki Moon invited the leaders to help accelerate progress on climate action. “I expect each country to put forth a clear vision of placing the world on a trajectory to keep temperature rise within 2 degrees Centigrade”, said Ban, “and to confirm support for a meeting in Paris next year intended to reach an agreement on how to achieve that vision”.
Read More ... Ellen Teague - Posted: Friday, September 19, 2014 12:38 am
Pope Francis has appointed the Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP as the new Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney. He has been Bishop of Parramatta since 2010. Archbishop-elect Anthony Fisher will be the ninth Metropolitan Archbishop of Sydney. He succeeds Cardinal George Pell who was appointed to a new senior role in the Vatican earlier this year. "The Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Sydney is delighted to welcome Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP as the ninth Archbishop of Sydney," said Bishop Peter Comensoli,
Newman University is hosting a day-long conference in response to the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelisation on 25 October. The conference, which runs from 10am to 4.30pm, follows the Synod’s own two-week meeting and will provide a platform for professionals working with families to discuss its findings and applications in both pastoral and professional settings. David McLoughlin, senior lecturer in Theology at Newman University,
The 2014 World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel begins on Sunday, 21 September. The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) of the World Council of Churches is inviting member churches, faith-based communities, and civil society organizations around the world to join together for a week of advocacy and action in support of an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel. Congregations and individuals around the globe who share the hope of justice shall unite during the week to take peaceful actions together,
Wintershall, the company of players famous for the Life of Christ Productions in Surrey, The Passion on Good Friday at Trafalgar Square and the Nativity performances at the BBC, are embarking on a new journey to expand their work. Over the next three years Wintershall want their plays about Christ and the Acts of the Apostles to be seen by many more people. They are looking to reach new audiences, perform in more public spaces and share their scripts and expertise with more local communities who can stage the plays
..."The privileged place to encounter Jesus Christ is in our sins"... this may seem like "heresy” but St Paul also said as much when he said he would boast of only two things: his sins and the Risen Christ who saved him. "This is why the ability to acknowledge our own sins, to acknowledge our misery, to acknowledge what we are and what we are capable of doing or have done is the very door that opens us to the Lord’s caress, His forgiveness, to His Word 'Go in peace, your faith has saved you!',
Pope Francis met a delegation of 40 world Jewish leaders for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, yesterday. Among those attending the event at Casa Santa Marta, were World Jewish Congress President Ronald S Lauder, Latin American Jewish Congress President Jack Terpins, WJC Treasurer Chella Safra and a number of Jewish community heads and senior WJC officials. "We want to share with the Pope our message of peace and prosperity for the New Year,"
Around 240,000 children have returned to United Nations-run classrooms in Gaza where many of their schools have been damaged and destroyed. "After the traumatic 50 days of brutal conflict, death, destruction and massive displacement, we are determined to give the children a sense of renewed hope and better prospects by opening the schools so soon again" the Commissioner-General of UNRWA said in a statement. More than 90 schools in Gaza were used as shelters
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Amnesty International is supporting a tour to the UK later this month from the renowned musician and conscientious objector Omar Sa’ad. Omar, an 18-year-old Druze teenager and citizen of Israel, gained international prominence last year after refusing to serve in the Israeli army. Together with his two violinist brothers and their cellist sister, they make up the Galilee Quartet, a classical string quartet from the Galilee village of Maghar in northern Israel.
Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to go out and spread the Gospel message, during today's general audience in St Peter's Square, attended by more than 50,000 pilgrims. The Holy Father explained that when we profess the Creed, we state that we believe in a Catholic and apostolic Church. He said: “Catholic means universal and a clear sign of this Catholicity is that she speaks all languages. This is none other than the effect of the Pentecost. Indeed, it was the Holy Spirit that enabled the Apostles and the entire Church
The international meeting 'The Pastoral Project of 'Evangelii gaudium', organised by the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, will be held in the Vatican from 18 to 20 September and will be attended by more than 2,000 pastoral workers from seventy countries worldwide. Bishops, priests, catechists, consecrated persons, pastoral workers and members of associations and movements will explore in depth the content of the apostolic Exhortation that Pope Francis has indicated as the programme for his papacy.
Discover London’s hidden gems, get fit and raise money for places of worship in London! The Heritage of London Trust invites you to take part in RIDE+STRIDE this Saturday, 20 September. Local community groups, congregations, friends, school groups, family and individuals: you are invited to get on your bike or put your best foot forward. In case you don’t already know what RIDE+STRIDE is, then the concept’s very simple: the idea is to get out and about and see as many places of worship as possible in one day – by bike, on foot, or by public transport.
The vicar of St John’s Anglican Church, Hyde Park, will appear before his congregation on a horse, after the morning service this Sunday, 21 September. Following a tradition which began 47 years ago, Rev Stephen Mason will lead a cavalcade of horses and riders to the church in order to celebrate horse riding in the heart of London. The festivities follow the main Sunday service, which starts at 10am. After the service, everyone will file out into the open space in front of the church. At noon, the horses will arrive in procession,
Award-winning journalist, author and television presenter Jeremy Paxman paid a visit to Newham homeless charity Caritas Anchor House last week. Based in Canning Town, Caritas Anchor House is helping those without a home to get back on their feet. Over the past two years, the charity has turned around the lives of 500 people and receives 40,000 visits from members of the Newham community accessing their services each year.
One of the world’s great artists is on a mission to find homes in London, and throughout the UK, for his latest and most controversial work, 'Jesus the Homeless.' Timothy Schmalz, the Canadian-born sculptor, is asking people for the names of places in London, and beyond, they think would make suitable homes for this life-size depiction of Christ sleeping under cover on a bench. The only way one can tell that it is Jesus is by the visible wounds on his feet.
Plans for next year's World Meeting of Families, on the theme: 'Love is our mission: the family fully alive' in Philadelphia, were unveiled at the Holy See Press Office on Tuesday. Archbishops Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family and Charles Joseph Chaput, OFM Cap, of Philadelphia, gave a presentation on the meeting which will take place from 22 to 27 September 2015. In his presentation, Archbishop Chaput commented on Philadelphia's deep religious roots and expressed his hope that Pope Francis will be present.
Christian Aid has today welcomed the publication of a new report outlining in economic terms the global benefits of transitioning to a low carbon economy. The New Climate Economy report has been produced by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate which includes former Mexican President Filipe Calderon, British economist Nick Stern and Bank of America Chairman Chad Holliday, among others. The report, Better Growth, Better Climate, states that between now and 2030,
The third meeting of Catholic and Church of Ireland bishops took place in Dublin on 11 September, in the spirit of the recommendation of the International Anglican/Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission. Ten bishops were present representing the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference, and the House of Bishops. The Catholic Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin, was among the participants in his first week as Archbishop of Armagh. Archbishop Richard Clarke was also present
Two more detainees from Nanle County Christian Church, Henan Province, detained in November 2013 after a group of church members attempted to petition a higher authority about a land dispute involving the church, have been found guilty of “gathering a crowd to disrupt public order”. On 9 September Zhang Cuijuan was sentenced to one and a half years in prison, while Zhao Junling was sentenced to one year in prison with a reprieve of two years, during which he will be under surveillance.
A bishop in India has described the areas engulfed by catastrophic floods last week, as 'Ground Zero'. Bishop Peter Celestine, bishop of Jammu-Srinagar said: "The State of Jammu and Kashmir has experienced the worst-ever floods in living history and our area is like Ground Zero. Bishop Celestine said that as a result of the floods the lives and livelihood of the people of the state, particularly in the Kashmir region have been completely upturned. He said: "The Catholic Church needs to respond to this grim situation, We need to provide urgently,
The Charles Plater Trust is inviting bids for grants from research and educational organisations in England and Wales for projects which explore the specific Catholic character of the church’s activities in the field of social action and justice. This year’s theme for grant aid is 'The intellectual endeavour of reviewing and contributing to Catholic Social Thought (CST) in Britain by identifying and analysing (through research, scholarship and/or policy formation) the specifically Catholic character of the mission of Catholic charities today and their links to CST'.
Pope Francis reflected on the role of pastors, during his homily at Mass this morning, the feast of the martyr saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, bishop. Beautiful homilies are useless if you are not close to the people, if you do not suffer with the people and do not give hope, they are vanity, he told the congregation in Casa Santa Marta. The Gospel of the day speaks of Jesus approaching a funeral procession: a widow of Nain lost her only son. The Pope said that not only does the Lord perform the miracle of bringing her son back to life, he does something more,
A Nigerian bishop said this week that at least 2,500 Catholics from his diocese have been killed by Boko Haram. Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme, from the diocese of Maiduguri in north eastern Nigeria, has taken refuge together with thousands of Catholics, in the parish of Saint Teresa in Yola in Adamawa state. He said the majority of the displaced faithful now sheltering in the parish, narrowly escaped death as Boko Haram rampaged through their villages. When people fled, families were separated, and many desperate parents are still searching for their children.
Some history textbooks, still used in Turkish schools today, when outlining the end of the Ottoman Empire, describe Armenians and other Christian communities, as enemy forces at the service of foreign powers - the Armenian magazine Agos has learnt. Journalists from the magazine, examined text books listed on the website of the Ministry of Education, for use in primary and secondary schools in Turkey for the new school year, which just started.