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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 25-28 August

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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Hong Kong Mass for Liu Xiaobo

More than 700 people attended a memorial Mass in Hong Kong on 18 July for Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo who died in a hospital in China last week while under guard.

Father Louis Ha, ecclesiastical adviser of the Justice and Peace Commission in Hong Kong Diocese, concelebrated the Mass at Holy Cross Church with five other priests and four permanent deacons. Father Ha said in his homily that th...

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Philippines: Catholic Church brings aid to Marawi evacuees

Supporting displaced people from Marawi City

The Catholic Church through the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines is implementing a huge humanitarian response to the families affected by the ongoing crisis in Marawi on Mindanao Island in the Southern Philippines. According to NASSA/Caritas Philippines Executive Secretary Fr Edwin Gariguez, the response will cover the essential needs of 3,000 families or 15,00...

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Manchester: St Paul's students experience world of work

Students from Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, recently undertook work placements and gained a taste of what real life’s all about.

The school organises work placement opportunities for its Year 10 students, providing them with a great chance to experience working life and to develop the valuable skills they are going to need for the future.

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