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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 30 April 2017

Duccio di Buoninsegn Emaus.

Third Sunday of Easter

But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. (Lk 24:29)

I’ve been doing Theology for over 43 years, lived it in various ways of life, studied aspects of it continually, taught it for a long time too, but I often ask myself; has it made me any wise...

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Pope leaves Egypt with words of encouragement for clergy and religious

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Pope Francis left Egypt at 5pm local time on Saturday, escorted to the airport by President El-Sisi. “As I leave Egypt, I wish to express my deep gratitude to your excellency and to all the beloved Egyptian people for your warm welcome and hospitality,” said the Pope. “With the assurance of my prayers, I invoke upon the nation the divine blessings of peace and joy.”

The Holy Fath...

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Egypt: Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Cairo stadium

Pope Francis was the chief celebrant at Mass for Egyptian Catholics in the 'Air Defense Stadium' in Cairo today (Saturday). In his homily, focused on the Gospel reading for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, which tells of Our Lord’s going to meet the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, the Holy Father said, “The encounter with the Risen Jesus transformed the lives of those two disciples because me...

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Pope in Egypt - Unplanned meeting with young people

Young Coptic Catholic group - image ACN

There was an unscripted moment last night in Cairo when a group of young people gathered outsid the Apostolic Nunciature in Cairo, where Pope Francis was statying the night. After supper, the Holy Father went out on to a balcony to greet the young peoplle, saying: “Good evening to you all, I'm glad to find you!” “I know you have come on pilgrimage,is it true? If it is true, it...

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Egypt: Catholics and Copts recognise shared baptism

In a common declaration, signed by Pope Francis and Coptic Pope Tawadros II, Catholics and Copts declared for the first time that they will recognise each other’s sacrament of baptism.

The joint statement was made public following a meeting of the Catholic and Coptic leaders in Cairo on Friday. It comes 44 years after Pope Paul VI first met with the previous Coptic Pope Shenouda III in ...

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Egypt: Pope addresses civil authorities

Pope is welcomed by President El-Sisi

On Friday evening, Pope Francis addressed leaders of government and civil institutions in Egypt, focussing on the country’s role in seeking solutions to the complex issues that face the Middle East.

He said Egypt “has a unique role to play in the Middle East and among those countries seeking solutions to pressing and complex problems that need to be faced now in order to avoid the spr...

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Egypt: Pope meets Coptic Orthodox leader

Pope Francis welcomes Pope Tawadros to Rome in 2013

Pope Francis met Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox leader Pope Tawadros II on Friday, and called for the two communities to oppose violence and work more closely together to witness to Christ in the world. Recalling the first encounter of a Catholic and a Coptic pope, Paul VI and Shenouda III in May 1973, following centuries of separation, Pope Francis spoke of the theological progress, bu...

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Mary asks us to pray for peace Cardinal tells Fatima pilgrims

Cardinal Vincent Nichols led a group from the Diocese of Westminster on pilgrimage to Fatima from 24th to 27th April. Celebrating Mass with pilgrims in the Chapel of Apparitions on the site where Our Lady appeared to the children a century ago, the Cardinal said Mary’s message "addresses directly our quest for peace" especially "peace in our troubled world." He explaine...

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Pope in Egypt: Religious leaders must denounce violence and hatred

Pope Francis arrived in Egypt this afternoon (Friday) to begin an Apostolic Journey to the country.

After landing at Cairo International Airport the Holy Father was met by the Apostolic Nuncio to Cairo, Bruno Musaro and a representative of the President of Egypt, Abdel-Fattah Al Sisi.

He travelled by car to the Presidential Palace to pay a courtesy visit on the Head of State which ...

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Pope’s Egypt visit set to “reknit” ties with Islam

Father Samir

Pope Francis has high hopes his visit to Egypt will help heal interfaith relations between Christians and Muslims after a series of violent attacks on churches by extremists – according to a priest who met him. Jesuit priest Father Samir Khalil Samir told Aid to the Church in Need that the Pope’s two-day visit which started today (28th April) is aimed at rekindling interfaith dialogue in Eg...

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Exhibition of contemporary Christian art at Farm Street

Last Supper - Andrew White - oil on canvas

Resurrection is the theme of an exhibition of contemporary Christian art at Farm Street church hall Mayfair this Bank Holiday weekend. More than 30 artists are taking part, including Andrew White, Francis Hoyland, Marcia Scott, Alice Robertson, Penny Warden and several more up and coming figures. The show includes new works - both abstract and figurative - some icons, sculptures, mosaics and a ...

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Passionist Chapter at Minsteracres

Passionist Chapter at Minsteracre

The Passionists held their four-yearly Provincial Chapter meeting at Minsteracres Retreat Centre in Northumberland this week. Based on the theme of ‘Between Cross and Resurrection' - the week was attended by the Passionist Father General, Fr Joachim Rego CP, members of the Community of the Passion and Passionist Partners.

The meeting re-elected their leadership team: Superior Fr John K...

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Nigeria: Bishop accuses authorities of supplying arms to terrorists

Bishop Joseph Bagobiri

A Bishop has accused the authorities in Nigeria of suspected supply of arms to an Islamist terrorist network who he claims have infiltrated federal and state governments. Bishop Joseph Bagobiri of Kafanchan, Kaduna state, northern Nigeria, said he believed that the government has done little or nothing to stem “a wave of terror” by Islamist Fulani herdsmen against Christians and ...

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Taizé in Birmingham: Final preparations

More than 500 young Christians from across the UK and Europe will gather in Birmingham next weekend (28th April – 1st May) to discover and deepen the treasures of their faith at a meeting organised by the ecumenical Taize community.

Local churches of all denominations are busy preparing to welcome them and have spoken of the joy of engaging in an encounter with young Christians from suc...

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