Embrace Liverpool, a major conference for young adults, is set to take place at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on Saturday 1 November from 10am to 6pm. The brainchild of LIPA student, John Griffin, Embrace Liverpool will be day to celebrate the faith of young people from throughout the United Kingdom with activities, workshops, keynote speakers, adoration, confession and praise and worship concluding at 4pm with Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon, Archbishop of Liverpool.
Have you ever had that feeling of being a complete stranger in a foreign place? I don’t simply mean being on holiday, when we are visiting somewhere abroad for the first time and therefore find it all a real adventure of new discoveries, what I’m thinking of is that sense of really being in an alien, ‘other’, cultural setting where we have nothing to hold on to, everything being unfamiliar? If you say no, then think again. I suspect all of us have had this sense of dispossession, feeling really lost and alone, perhaps the innocent victim of somebodies nastiness at some point or another.
Because of the many Kurdish residents within his parish area, Father Joe Ryan, Parish Priest at St John Vianney's Church in West Green, north London, has been closely involved in Kurdish issues. He was invited as an international adviser to Diyarbarkir in Eastern Turkey four years ago to observe a human rights trial, and earlier this year was again asked to accompany a group to Brussels to petition for the release of the PKK leader, Abdullah Ozcalan who Fr Joe describes i: ‘as great a leader as Nelson Mandela’.
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On 31 August, Israel declared nearly 1,000 acres of Palestinian land south-west of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank as Israeli State Land. This land seizure allows for the establishment of a new settlement around Gva’ot. This land is being expropriated from Palestinians living in Surif, Jaba’a and Wadi Fukin. This land is considered a community inheritance that provides land for natural population growth, agriculture and natural areas. The Mayor of Surif stated that the land was currently planted with olive and forest trees.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has issued a pastoral letter reflecting on the recent Synod to be read out in all parishes in Westminster at Masses this weekend. In the letter, Cardinal Vincent explains that the Synod "was about the pastoral care that we try to offer each other, the 'motherly love of the Church', especially when facing difficult moments and experiences in family life." The Cardinal continues: "Central to the work of the Synod that has just ended was the desire to strengthen and reinvigorate the pastoral practice of the Church.
Every Christian is called to work for the unity of the Church, allowing ourselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit who creates unity in diversity, said Pope Francis at this morning's Mass in the chapel at Casa Santa Marta. Pope Francis based his homily on the First Reading from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, in which the Apostle – a prisoner for the Lord - urges the community to live in a manner worthy of the call they have received, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit. “Building the unity of the Church" said the Pope "is the work of the Church and of every Christian
Lord Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury will deliver this year's Archbishop Romero Memorial Lecture, entitled: 'A saint for the whole people of God - Romero and the ecumenical future'. The lecture takes place at St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham, B4 6EU on Friday, 12 December at 6pm. The evening will be hosted by Archbishop Bernard Longley. All are welcome. The Anglican Church has shown a great reverence for Archbishop Romero through the years. There is a statue of him
Multinational companies may have a moral duty to pay more tax than the letter of the law strictly requires of them, according to a new Christian Aid report about tax and theology. This will be an uncomfortable conclusion for many defenders of tax avoidance, who often imply that what is legal is also morally sound. The report rejects this logic, pointing out that owning a slave and using child labour have in the past been legal. It argues that the morality of tax practices depends on their impact on human beings.
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.