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Festival to focus on Sacred Spaces in London

The Waterloo Festival 2017 will run throughout June. It is taking as its theme 'Sacred Spaces' and asks, what makes a space sacred?

Richard Slater's stunning photographs will shine the light on London's many and varied faith communities and places of worship. A celebration of faith and sacred space in the world's global city, the images will be on display in the main church of St John's, ...

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New Apostleship of the Sea Bishop

Bishop Paul Mason, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark, has been appointed new Bishop Promoter for the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) in England & Wales. He takes over from Bishop Tom Burns of Menevia.

Born in North Shields, Tyne & Wear, close to the coast, Bishop Mason was very aware of the ship building tradition around the Tyne, and many of his schoolmates' fathers worked at Swan Hunte...

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Salford: Mass for Migrants

Bishop John Arnold

Hundreds of Catholics are expected to gather for a special Mass for Migrants, which will be celebrated next week at Salford Cathedral.

The Diocese of Salford and its sister charity Caritas Salford is holding is first Migrants' Mass to recognise the contribution of Migrant Workers and their families to UK society.

This Mass is already an important feature of the London Church Calenda...

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Report reveals 'horror of hunger among children during school holidays'

A cross-party group of MPs and Peers has published a report detailing the “horror of hunger amongst children during school holidays”.

Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), along with various schools, councils and foodbanks, submitted evidence of children going without food in the holidays.

The report estimates that three million children are at risk of Holiday Hunger, identifyin...

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Birmingham: Catholic Medical Association AGM

L-R: Patrick McCrystal, Dr Philip Howard, Bishop Byrne,  Dr Frank Leahy

The Catholic Medical Association held their AGM on Saturday 22nd April at Newman House in Birmingham - home of the Catholic Chaplaincy for Birmingham University.

After the meeting, there was lunch and time to socialise before Mr Patrick McCrystal, a pharmacist and Executive Director of Life International Ireland gave and interesting and thought provoking talk on conscience in healthcare ...

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Pope sends video message to people of Egypt

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Pope Francis has sent a video message to the people of Egypt ahead of his Apostolic Journey to the country, saying the “world needs peace, love and mercy.”

Pope Francis began his video message to the people of Egypt with the traditional greeting in Arabic: “As-salamu alaykum! (Peace be with you!)” He said he is “coming as a friend, as a messenger of peace, and a pilgr...

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USA: Prayers and protests as two more prisoners are executed

Two more men were executed last night by the state of Arkansas: Jack Jones and Marcel Williams.

Pax Christi Little Rock held a vigil outside the Arkansas Governors Mansion. They said in a message: God rest their souls and grant peace to the families of their victims as well as their families.

This was the first double execution on the same day in the US for 17 years. The state's dec...

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Kairos Palestine statement on prisoners' hunger strike

The voice of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails is being heard since April 17 when they announced an all-out hunger strike; around 1,500 prisoners have joined in this hunger strike.

The hunger strike is an appeal to humanity in Israel and worldwide to draw attention to the torture, deprivation and human rights violations faced by prisoners in Israeli political prisons.

This stri...

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CPT Reflection: What I learned during my travel to Palestine

I attended the Christian Peacemaker Teams’ Board Meeting as the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship representative, not expecting anything life-altering, but transformation waits for no one. CPT organized their Board Meeting in Hebron, Palestine during the week of March 13th. It just so happened to coincide with my Spring break and I decided to travel halfway around the world, instead of resting fr...

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Pope Francis: The Gospel must be proclaimed with humility

Pope Francis offered the Mass today (Tuesday) for the intentions of his “brother,” Coptic Patriarch Pope Tawadros II, whom he will be meeting in three days’ time as he makes an Apostolic Journey to Egypt. The Mass commemorates Saint Mark the Evangelist, who is recognized as the founder of the patriarchate of Alexandria. “I offer this Mass for my brother, Pope Tawadros II, Pat...

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Icon painting retreats at Turvey Abbey

Icon painting is a meditative, prayerful painting of an image that aims to depict the true inner likeness of Christ, Mary or the saints. Icons express the future unity of the whole of creation and are a visible manifestation of humankind’s spiritual power to redeem creation through beauty and art. By painting an icon we seek to express the Divine nature with which Christ is endowed and the in...

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Catholics urge MPs to make sure poor communities are not an ‘afterthought’ in general election

Dozens of Catholics have met MPs in Parliament to call for the interests of the world’s poorest people to be kept in mind during the general election.

Sixty CAFOD supporters spoke to MPs from different parties at Speaker’s House in Parliament on Monday 24 April. The constituents pressed the politicians on maintaining commitments to supporting people living in poverty through UK ...

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Film: The Promise

The word ‘genocide’ was coined to describe one of the most awful crimes of the 20th Century - and yet many people today won’t know what happened to Turkey’s Armenian Christians between 1915 and 1923. A religious and ethnic minority in a country experiencing a tide of nationalism, the Armenians became a target of persecution. Eventually over 1.5 million people were killed and many others...

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Pope: The Spirit makes us free

Pope Francis on Monday resumed his regular morning Masses on Monday after the Easter break. Among those present at the Mass were the Cardinal counselors of the C-9, who were meeting with the Holy Father today.

During his homily, Pope Francis focussed on the Gospel account of Jesus’ meeting with Nicodemus. The Holy Father said that Jesus, with love and patience, explained to Nicodemus th...

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