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New call to ban fracking in Scotland

Quakers in Britain are urging the Scottish Government to ban fracking and unconventional gas and oil extraction. In a response to the government's public consultation, Quakers are calling for bold steps to tackle climate change by supporting renewable, efficient energy instead.

Quakers are motivated by faith to cherish the earth and to speak out against climate injustice that causes huge ...

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Vatican sends Message to Buddhists for Feast of Vesakh

Great Buddha, Kamakura, Japan

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue on Saturday, issued a message on the occasion of the Buddhist feast of Vesakh on the theme ‘Christians and Buddhists: Walking Together on the Path of Nonviolence’. The Message signed by Council President, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Council Secretary, Fr Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, MCCJ emphasizes the urgent need to promote a ...

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Homily at Requiem Mass for Fr Charles Owen CP

Fr Charles Owen CP,

Fr Nicholas Postlethwaite gave the following homily at the funeral of Fr Charles Owen CP on 21st April 2017. Music has always been important to Father Charles. On 20th March shortly before he died, Charles telephoned me to suggest we listen together to a Radio 3 music programme. It was one of his favourite composers: Edward Elgar’s musical setting of the poem by Cardinal N...

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Obituary: Father Charles Owen CP

Father Charles Owen CP, Passionist and priest, died peacefully in the Pilgrim Hospice in Canterbury on 8th April 2017. Born in Liverpool on 2nd February 1939 he was 78 when he died.

As a young boy he had attended Blythe Hall – a Passionist Junior Seminary near Ormskirk. In 1956 he began his novitiate in St Saviour’s Retreat Broadway, Worcestershire. After taking vows on 29th Septemb...

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Ireland: Archbishop Martin on Divine Mercy Sunday at Knock Shrine

Archbishop Eamon Martin is Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland was chief celebrant and homilist at the 3pm Mass in Knock Basilica on Sunday. Ceremonies began with Divine Mercy Devotions led by Father Bernard McGuckian SJ and Father Freddie Warner SMA. Music was provided by Una Nolan of Knock Shrine joined and by soloists James Kilbane and Deirdre Parle.

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Pope Francis: Modern martyrs are living blood of the Church

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Pope Francis yesterday paid tribute to modern day martyrs whom he said “are the living blood of the Church". The Pope was presiding over a Liturgy of the Word at the Church of St Bartholomew on the Tiber, a shrine to the martyrs of the 20th and 21st centuries. Speaking during his homily, the Pope had words of closeness for the many Christian communities being persecuted ...

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Nepal: Families move into new homes two years after deadly earthquakes

New home - image Caritas Nepal

Families in Nepal are now moving into new homes - built by local masons trained in earthquake-resilient techniques - after two massive earthquakes on 25 April and 12 May 2015 destroyed thousands of homes. Giovanna Reda, Head of Humanitarian Programmes for Asia, Middle East and Latin America at aid agency CAFOD, said: “Our humanitarian response includes supporting local partners to ...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 23 April 2017

Second Sunday of Easter 23rd April 2017 Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of [your] faith, the salvation of your souls. (I Peter 1:8,9)

It’s a strange time to be a Christian in the UK, not because of any overt persecution but ra...

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Divine Mercy Sunday

This Sunday, 23 April, the first Sunday after Easter, was designated by Saint John Paul II as Divine Mercy Sunday, on 30 April 2000, the day St Faustina was canonised.

Many prayer events will be taking place around the world.

In London, Divine Mercy devotions will be celebrated at St Dominic's Priory, Haverstock Hill from 2-4pm with Mass at 3.30pm For more inf...

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Christians show #Mercy2Earth this weekend

Earth seen from Apollo 17 - Wiki image

Catholics around the world will be celebrating the environment as a Christian Act of Mercy this weekend - April 22-23.

The #Mercy2Earth Weekend is being organised by the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) to mark the fact Earth Day (April 22) and Divine Mercy Sunday (April 23) are happening on the same weekend.

Tomás Insua, executive director of the GCCM, told Crux news: “th...

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Jesuits gear up for London Marathon

Sam on right training in Victoria Park

The London Marathon takes place this Sunday. Among those taking part is a 14-strong team from Jesuit Missions, who will be raising funds to help provide an education to people whose lives have been devastated by conflict and displacement. All money raised will be sent to Jesuit Refugee Service in Maban, South Sudan to offer quality education, counselling and training to children and adults from...

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Holy See at UN 'Deeply concerned about Middle East'

Archbishop Auza

The Holy See has expressed deep concern over the current situation in the Middle East and reiterated its support for a two-state solution in Palestine.

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, made the comments in an address to the Security Council. Citing the “resent use of chemical agents in Syria” and the ...

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USA: Prayer vigils as Arkansas begins series of executions

Vigil - image Twitter

A man who was held in a windowless cell on Death Row for 26 years was executed by lethal injection yesterday - at a prison in the State of Arkansas. Ledel Lee, 51, was convicted of the brutal murder of a 26 year old woman in 1993. He always protested his innocence. His defenders said no forensic evidence linked him to the crime.

In a recent phone interview with the BBC's Aleem Maqbool, Le...

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Egypt: Muslim scholars reject allegations of extremism in their courses

An entrance to Al Ashar Mosque and University

Al Azhar University, the most prestigious theological and academic center of Sunni Islam, has strongly rejected criticisms of their teaching courses, accusing them of supporting ideologies adopted by Jihadist terrorism. In an official statement issued on Tuesday, April 18, the Supreme Council of al Azhar scholars reiterate that: "Sharia prohibits every kind of assault against human beings, rega...

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