On Church Action on Poverty Sunday – 25 February 2015 – churches are being invited to support the charity’s ital. work to tackle UK poverty – and to be part of a conversation taking place across the UK. The theme for the day is ‘Visions of the Good Society’. Congregations can use free resources for worship and discussion, to explore their own visions of a better world and to hear about Church Action on Poverty’s work to make those visions a reality.
Pope Francis called on all men and women of good will to fight for the abolition of the death penalty, in “all of its forms” and for the improvement of prison conditions. In an address to members of the International Association of Criminal Law, he also addressed the need to combat human trafficking and of corruption and stressed that the enforcement of legal penalties must always respect human dignity. In a passionate discourse to Jurists assembled in the Vatican for a private audience, Pope Francis said that the life sentence is really
Pope Francis reflected on "the limitless language of God’s love" during his Thursday morning homily at Casa Santa Marta. "We cannot be Christians without the grace of the Holy Spirit" who gives us the strength to love, he said. Pope Francis was reflecting on St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians in which the Apostle describes his experience of Jesus, an experience "that led him to leave everything behind" because "he was in love with Christ." His is an "act of adoration": firstly, he bends his knees before the Father,
More than 5,000 Gardians, horsemen from the Camargue in the south of France, are currently riding to Lourdes. The riders many of whom are in traditional dress, will gather at the shrine from 24 to 25 October for their pilgrimage which takes place every two years. The theme of their pilgrimage theme this year is: 'The evangelization of Provence by Mary Salome, Mary Jacobé and Mary Magdalene.' Archbishop Pierre-Marie Carre, Archbishop of Montpellier, will celebrate their Mass in the Grotto and is leading the pilgrimage,
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Orbits, a new play by Wally Sewell, was commissioned by the Ealing Autumn Festival to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Galileo’s birth. Directed by Anthony Shrubsall and premiered at the Drayton Court Theatre on 14th October, it tells of the three year collaboration between the radical left wing German playwright Bertold Brecht, a fugitive from Nazi oppression, and the British movie star, Charles Laughton, as they worked on the translation of Brecht’s Life of Galileo, which premiered on Broadway in 1947.
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Christian, Jewish, and Muslim clergy and seminary students convened around a shared vision of ecological sustainability at the Faith and Ecology Conference in Jerusalem on Wednesday, 22 October. The conference educated more than 100 clergy, seminary students, and others and provided tools and inspiration to expand faith-based environmental teaching and action. Speakers included Jerusalem-area priests, rabbis, imams, and a scientist, such as Bishop William Shomali (Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem), Rabbi Yuval Cherlow
The Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom celebrated the Feast of Nayrouz, marking the new Coptic Year in St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey on 21 October 2014, with a sermon by His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, and messages from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, The Right Honourable David Cameron Prime Minister, and the Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Rt Rev Mark Davies, the Bishop of Shrewsbury, is to lead a retreat for English-speaking priests in the French village of Ars to mark the 200th anniversary of the priestly ordination of St John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests. The retreat, from 7-12 June 2015, is being organised by the Society of St John Mary Vianney with the aim of offering English-speaking priests an opportunity to visit and pray at the place where their patron exercised his priestly ministry following his ordination to the priesthood on 12 August 1815.
The National Churches Trust has welcomed the publication of English Heritage’s 2014 ‘Heritage At Risk Register’ which shows that 887 places of worship are physically 'at risk', facing a combination of failing roofs, broken gutters and downpipes and damage to high level stonework. Claire Walker, Chief Executive of the NCT said: “English Heritage 's 2014 ‘Heritage At Risk Register’, which includes a comprehensive review of all listed places of worship in England, shows that too many churches and chapels are still fighting a difficult battle
Archbishop Charles Chaput aligned himself with Cardinal Raymond Burke on Monday night as a severe critic of the Synod on the Family. According to this news reports from David Gibson at RNS, +Chaput was asked about the synod at a First Things symposium, and replied: “I was very disturbed by what happened” at the synod. “I think confusion is of the devil, and I think the public image that came across was one of confusion.” This will be the line of attack from the Tutiorists of our day,
Dear Hindu Friends, The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue joyfully greets all of you on the festive occasion of Deepavali, celebrated on 23 October this year. May the Transcendent Light illumine your hearts, homes and communities, and may all your celebrations deepen the sense of belonging to one another in your families and neighbourhoods, and so further harmony and happiness, peace and prosperity. We wish to reflect with you this year on the theme "Fostering together a culture of 'inclusion'".
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is concerned at the ongoing targeting of clergy for kidnapping in the Central African Republic (CAR), following reports that a Polish Catholic missionary was kidnapped in Baboua, 550km north-west of the capital city of Bangui, on 12 October. Fr Mateusz Dziedzic was kidnapped by eight men from the rebel group Democratic Front of the Central African People (FDPC) and is reportedly being treated well.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Bishops' Conference, held a press conference at the Bishops' Conference office in London on Tuesday to offer his reflections on the Extraordinary Synod on the Family that took place in Rome from 5-19 October 2014. Using a musical analogy, the Cardinal compared the Synod to a symphony. At this point in time we've got to the end of the first movement, he explained. There will now be a slow movement, over the next year before the finale.
Divisions, jealousies, misunderstandings and marginalization do not help the Church to grow as the Body of Christ, they shatter it into many pieces, they dismember it. Instead we should remember that we – as the Body of Christ – are called to appreciate the gifts and the quality of others in our communities. This was the main message of Pope Francis' teaching during the general audience this morning, attended by tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists in St Peter’s Square... Referring to Saint Paul’s advice to the quarreling community
The Holy See has confirmed that Pope Francis, has accepted invitations from civil authorities, His Holiness Bartolomaios I and bishops, and will make an apostolic trip to Turkey from 28 to 30 November 2014, during which he will visit Ankara and Istanbul. Leaving on the morning of Friday 28 from Rome's Fiumicino Airport. He will first visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, after which he will transfer to the presidential palace where he will be received by the president of the Republic and the authorities,
Night Fever, a unique open night of prayer and reflection will take place at The Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Talbot Square, Blackpool this Friday, 24 October from 7.30pm – 10pm. The new outreach initiative has been hugely successful and popular across Manchester, London and in cities all over the world and now a team of local ambassadors for the project are bringing the Night Fever event to Blackpool. The aim of Night Fever is inviting people into the town centre Sacred Heart church to experience a moment of candlelit evening prayer,
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The Feast of Saint Jude takes place next Tuesday, 28 October. At the National Shrine of St Jude in Faversham, Kent, there celebrations will start on Saturday. The feast weekend is the highpoint of the calendar in Faversham, and hundreds of pilgrims come in devotion to the Apostle. Although most come from London and the southeast, many others come from across Britain and even from abroad to celebrate this special time with God and with one another, in the company of the Carmelites.
The National Gallery's long-anticipated exhibition ‘Rembrandt: The Late Works’ is now open. Organised in collaboration with Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, this is an unmissable chance to experience the passion, emotion and innovation of the great master. Through famous masterpieces and rare drawings and prints, the exhibition examines the themes that would preoccupy Rembrandt as he grew older, including self-scrutiny, experimentation, conflict and reconciliation. We will be publishing a review of the exhibition later this week.
Reflecting on the readings during morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta today (Tuesday) Pope Francis said: “a Christian is a person who knows how to wait for Jesus cultivates a solid hope in Salvation." In the Gospel of Luke and in St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, the Pope said the people of God are united in Christ, Thanks to Him they have a name that goes beyond every enmity. Quoting from Luke, he said: “blessed are the servants who await their master’s return from a wedding with lighted lamps”.
The Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, is to deliver CAFOD’s Pope Paul VI lecture this year. Based in Rome as head of the Vatican’s scientific academy, Bishop Sanchez is an Argentine Catholic Bishop who has published numerous scientific papers. In his address to the annual lecture, which this year will be chaired by ITV News at Ten anchorwoman Julie Etchingham, Bishop Sanchez will consider the themes of climate change and poverty,
The risk of hunger and malnutrition within Ebola-hit communities in West Africa is threatening to undermine the effectiveness of quarantine measures and, with it, the wider Ebola response, warns Christian Aid. As the rate of infection continues to rise, the agency is calling on the international community to address the problem of food insecurity for over a million people in quarantine in Sierra Leone. With hospitals and treatment centres overstretched and at capacity, effective but humane quarantine measures are key to halting
On 4 November 2014, MPs will be discussing the Abortion (Sex-Selection) Bill . The Bill clarifies the Abortion Act to make clear that abortion on gender grounds is illegal. There is no consensus on the incidence of gender abortion in the UK. A recent Government report found no statistically significant discrepancy in gender ratios in the UK even when the data is broken down by ethnicity (the problem is thought to be worse in some ethnic minority communities). However, studies carries out by Oxford and Imperial College academics
Singers and musicians from several Eastern Rite churches, together with friends from mosques and synagogues gathered at Farm Street Church in central London, on Saturday for an evening of music, poetry and prayer, to raise funds for the work of Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) with Syrian refugees. At a reception afterwards, MP Sarah Teather and Fr Dominic Robinson SJ shared their impressions of their recent trip to the Lebanon where JRS are working with Syrian refugees.
On Saturday in Armagh, Northern Ireland, a special Mass was held for His Holiness Pope Francis’ Universal Prayer for Peace and Dialogue among Nations. The extraordinary service was the result of an initiative by the Ambassador of Argentina to the United Kingdom, Alicia Castro, and was attended by Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, the Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Cathy Rafferty, parliamentarians from the Northern Ireland Assembly, MPs and Consulate officials in Belfast, The Mass, which took place in St Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral,
The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley is visiting Amritsar this week (21 -28 October) at the invitation of Bhai Sahib Dr Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia - the spiritual leader of one of the largest Sikh communities in Birmingham. He is travelling together with representatives from the Birmingham Faith Leaders Group – a group which consists of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists created in the wake of 9/11 to discuss issues of common concern to all faiths.