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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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HCPT pilgrims celebrate ‘Come to the Water’

2017 HCPT Procession

“I was set on a path to discover Jesus more deeply”, said Bishop Mark O’Toole of Plymouth. “It was very profound to be with special needs children who have so much to teach us about love, suffering and joy”. Bishop Mark was speaking to around 4,000 pilgrims of HCPT-The Pilgrimage Trust in the Lourdes underground basilica about the impact of his first visit to Lourdes with the Trust at...

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New call to ban fracking in Scotland

Pendle Hill

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 September...

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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.

Divine Mercy Sunday cel...

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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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