The Bishop of Lancaster, the Rt Rev Michael Campbell OSA has established that, for the duration of the Year of Mercyi, Our Lady & St Joseph's Church, Carlisle will be a Diocesan Shrine to the Divine Mercy. The establishment of the Shrine by the Bishop comes as a response to the request of the parish clergy. The liturgical celebration inaugurating the Shrine, will include Vespers, Chaplet & Benediction and will be led by the Bishop at 3.30pm on Friday 11 December 2015 - all are most welcome.
Archbishop Eamon Martin hosted a meeting with church leaders and environment Ministers Alan Kelly and Mark H Durkan in Armagh to discuss the forthcoming UN climate change conference in Paris. Archbishop Martin welcomed the cross-border dialogue and collaboration on this issue as important example of leadership on one of the most urgent global justice issues of our time. Archbishop Martin stated: "Pope Francis has appealed for a strong international commitment to the care of the
Pope Francis has sent video messages to the people of Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic, ahead of his visit which begins on Wednesday.... I am coming as a minister of the Gospel, to proclaim the love of Jesus Christ and his message of reconciliation, forgiveness and peace. My visit is meant to confirm the Catholic community in its worship of God and its witness to the Gospel, which teaches the dignity of every
This morning, at 10.30am at the Vatican City State Tribunal, the first hearing was held in the criminal trial of Mgr Angel Lucio Vallejo Balda, Francesca Immacolata Chaouqui, Nicola Maio, Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi, accused of offences connected to the disclosure of reserved information and documents. The defendants were all present, accompanied by their respective lawyers:
Wise men and women bearing gifts appear in a unique online calendar to bring Advent down to earth. They are clergy and conservationists - including CAFOD chief Chris Bain - carrying specially written podcasts to promote prayer for the planet. Their 'thought for the day'-style audio clips can be found on A Rocha UK's Hope For The World website. The aim of the calendar is to equip and inform listeners about the United Nations climate change talks in Paris.
A Lebanese Archbishop has called on Europe to rethink the conflict in Syria following the attacks in Paris. Speaking to ACN, Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop Issam John Darwish of Zahle and Furzol said he believes the attacks in France were inevitable: "We have always known that ISIS is a danger to the whole world. But Europe hasn't taken it seriously." Archbishop Darwish called for greater action, adding: "It's time to fight Daesh (ISIS) together with the Syrian government.
Saint Paul's Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Manchester, has just unveiled its 'Buddy Bench', aimed at eliminating loneliness and fostering friendship in the playground. The school hopes that this will help spread the message of inclusion and kindness....The Buddy Bench idea was started by an eight year-old boy, named Christian, who lives in Pennsylvania. He had a great idea to have a bench on the playground designated for students who aren't
Pope Francis has appointed as two new Auxiliary Bishops of the Diocese of Westminster: Canon Paul McAleenan and Mgr John Wilson, it was announced today. The joint episcopal ordinations of Canon McAleenan, a priest of the Diocese of Westminster, and Mgr Wilson, a priest of the Diocese of Leeds, will take place in Westminster Cathedral on 25 January 2016, feast of the Conversion of St Paul. They join Bishop John Sherrington and Bishop Nicholas Hudson
The theme of this year's anti-bullying week at St Benedict's School in Ealing west London was: 'Make a noise about bullying'. Every opportunity was taken to reinforce the anti-bullying message. There were several special assemblies where pupils were able to put the anti-bullying message into their own words. Stories of bullying made clear the hurt it can cause, even though this may occur online. Cyber-bullying was a particular focus this year
Yes, we are STILL going to Paris! - That's the message from the Westminster Justice and Peace cycling team who are setting off early this morning. After the terrible events in Paris, the French organisers have said they are very pleased that the ride is going ahead. Estelle Grenon, coordinator of the COP21 for the Catholic Bishops' Conference wrote to the team: 'A big thank you! All your support counts a lot for us. Thanks for continuing the journey; it is so good to feel
On the Solemnity of Christ the King, celebrated on the last Sunday of the liturgical year, the Pope devoted his reflection before the Angelus to the difference between Jesus' reality and that of the world, referring to the Gospel passage that narrates his appearance before Pilate, in which He affirms that He is King, but that His kingdom "is not of this world." "This does not mean that Christ is the king in another world, but rather that He is a different kind of king,"
More than 40,000 people are expected to march through London on Sunday 29 November to show solidarity with those suffering the effects of climate change. On the eve of the UN climate talks, where world leaders, including Prime Minister David Cameron, will negotiate a global agreement to curb carbon emissions and tackle climate change, thousands of people across the globe will be calling for a fair and binding deal that has the poorest people at its heart.
As the cold weather sets in, and more refugees arrive at the Jungle in Calais each week, charities working there have put out the following appeal: Seeking Sanctuary write: "Rumours that Calais now has no need of any donated goods are false! Like other groups, L'Auberge des Migrants urgently needs a number of items at its operational warehouse, especially following damage to 'jungle' dwellings by fire and gales. A link to one 'want list' (updated weekly)
Pact has been awarded the Longford Prize, an award which 'recognises the contribution of an individual, group or organisation working in the area of penal or social reform in showing outstanding qualities of humanity, courage, persistence, originality and commitment to diversity'. The presentation took place as part of the annual Longford Lecture, given this year by Michael Palin on the subject of prisoners' families. The award was presented to
Chinese church leaders have questioned the official explanation of suicide in the case of a Catholic priest reported dead on 11 November. According to UCANews, Father Pedro Yu Heping (also known as Wei Heping), departed from Taiyuan in Shanxi province on 6 November, bound for Xingcheng, but never arrived. On 11 November, police informed his family that his body had been found in the Fen River several days earlier. Church leaders have gathered in Taiyuan to get more
Britain woke up this morning to the news that the Lord's Prayer has been banned from cinemas. The Church of England has produced a sixty second commercial. The only words are the words of the Lord's Prayer, said by children, the bereaved, people at work and so on. It's a beautiful film, Certificate U. The ad is to promote a new website, Just Pray.uk. The plan was (and is) to show the film before Christmas at screenings of the new Star Wars film to help everyone think about prayer and
Pupils from a Stevenage school have spent a whole week learning about protecting the environment following a Pope Francis's encyclical, Laudato Si' - On Care for our Common Home. The children from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary School had their usual lessons during the week of 16-20 November replaced with classes based around the Pope's encyclical letter on caring for people and the planet and tackling climate change. Teachers taught lessons ranging from
Bishop Declan Lang, Chair of the Bishops' International Affairs department, has reaffirmed their support for those in Myanmar (Burma) who have worked tirelessly to promote peace and civil liberties, in light of the landmark election victory for Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) Party. He said: "This is a time of great hope, for a nation that has suffered far too long. The opportunity for so many of Myanmar's people to participate in their political system and the election of a
With each passing day the people of the Holy Land "are losing any sense of empathy, any sense of mutual understanding of our common humanity and common future", Caritas Jerusalem says .. "peace must be built on rights for all and protection for all". "the collective punishment of the Palestinians must cease immediately. Detention without charge or trial, home demolitions, closures at checkpoints and other methods that punish
A good priest "creates serenity," but a priest "that is often sad, nervous, or has a hard character" is not good for himself or his people, Pope Francis told a Conference sponsored by the Congregation for the Clergy, marking the fiftieth anniversary of the proclamation of the Vatican II decrees Presbyterorum ordinis (Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests) and Optatam Totius (Decree on Priestly Training). Pope Francis focused on three brief phrases
The Church must not be obsessed by money or power, nor worship "holy bribes", instead her strength and joy should come from the words of Christ, Pope Francis said during morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Friday. The Holy Father reflected on the reading from Maccabees, which tells of the people's joy following the reconsecration of the Holy Temple, which had been destroyed by pagans and those obsessed by worldliness.
The situation unfolding can only be compared to the great famine situation in early 1980s, when the survival of an entire community was at stake. The Karimojong for many years have been depending on animals for their livelihood. In the recent past there has been a significant decline in the number of animals and an exponential growth in the population. Cultivation has been a solution to the above situation. Farming here entirely relies on rainfall. In the last two years
The UK's three largest cinema chains: Odeon, Cineworld and Vue have banned a short ad which shows people from different walks of life, reciting the Our Father - on the grounds that it could cause offence to non-Christians. The Just Pray clip had received clearance from the Cinema Advertising Authority and British Board of Film Classification. It was due to be shown to audiences before the pre-Christmas launch of the new Star Wars film,
Pope Francis received in audience the prelates of the Episcopal Conference of Germany at the end of their 'ad Limina' visit on Friday. At the end of the audience the Holy Father handed them a written discourse in which he thanks the German Church for the support given in the form of many works of charity which benefit thousands of people throughout the world. He also mentions that in this exceptional time, in which large numbers of migrants are arriving in
The Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, has recalled the deadly attacks in Paris in his homily at the annual Civic Mass at St Chad's Cathedral in Birmingham today, attended by the city's civic leaders as well as members of the judiciary and diplomatic corps. Archbishop Longley echoed the words of Pope Francis in sending deepest condolences to the President of the French Republic and to its citizens......"