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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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Eyewitness blogs from Ecumenical Accompaniers in the Holy Land

Read eyewitness stories written by British and Irish Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) volunteering as human rights monitors in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Israel, and find out what you can do to help bring about a just peace for all those living in Israel and Palestine.

EAPPI has more international human rights monitors working on the ground in occupied Palestine than any other organis...

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Syrian Churches marks fourth anniversary of abducted bishops with appeal for peace

Still missing: Bishop Boulos Yazigi and Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim

Easter this fell this year close to the fourth anniversary of the abduction of the two bishops of Aleppo.

In a joint statement the two Patriarchs of Antioch, Greek Orthodox Yohanna X and Siro Orthodox Mar Ignatios Aphrem II, lamented the absence of the two Metropolitans of Aleppo - Syriac Orthodox Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Boulos Yazigi - abducted on April 22, 2013....

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Pax Christi meets EU High Representative's office to raise voice of Palestinians

On 21 April, a delegation of Pax Christi International consisting of Ms. Marie Dennis (Co-President), Mrs. Rania Giacaman Murra (from our member organisation in Bethlehem and an International Board member), and Ms. Alice Kooij Martinez (Senior Advocacy Officer) had a meeting with the EU External Action Service (EEAS), the office of EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, to raise the voices ...

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The humanitarian crisis on our doorstep

Children keeping dry under plastic bags

Mike Emberson, from the Medaille Trust, a Catholic charity dedicated to fighting human trafficking, gave this talk on Good Friday on Deal Pier in Kent on the English coast, just a short sea crossing from the continent, where thousands of refugees including women and unaccompanied children have been forced to fend for themselves.

Around the world millions of people are on the mov...

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London: Brazilian campaigners challenge mining company's expansion plans after catastrophic dam breach

Bento Rodrigues after disaster - Wiki pic

A villager from a community living next to Anglo American’s Minas-Rio iron ore tailings dam in Brazil, has come to London to challenge the company at their AGM over plans to increase dam height by 20 metres. According to a Brazilian court, the company failed to provide the community with mandatory information about the proposed expansion, sparking concern about critical drinking water shortag...

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