It's good to know a bit of church history, not only does it give us all kinds of surprises, but sometimes the past, if it is understood correctly, can act as an antidote to some of the unsubstantiated statements that good people produce when they think they are right and want to prove their point, especially about matters of faith. You all know the kind of thing I mean and I am sure all of us have fallen into the trap of thinking or saying, 'it's always been done this way in the church, so we can't change'. I'm not knocking anybody but it seems to me that a little historical humility doesn't come amiss from time to time.
A 2000km pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome is the epic challenge facing 69-year-old Mary Kirk, who worships in Harleston and who is walking in support of refugees "who are walking in the opposite direction to escape war and horror". Mary is from the Catholic Parish of St Edmunds and is an experienced pilgrim, although she has never undertaken anything quite so challenging as the walk through France, Switzerland and Italy, starting on Sunday May 1 and taking around 100 days.
On November 9th, 1938, 'Kristallnacht' or 'Night of the Broken Glass' brought the Nazis' actions to the attention of the rest of the world. It was after this blatant display of violence and hatred that the English government organised for children from Germany and Austria to be sent over (without their parents) to England. Ten thousand Jewish children were sent on trains over to England on the Kindertransport. One of these children, Ruth Barnett, was four years old when she travelled with her older brother to England.
Six members of the Imrali Peace Delegation visited Strasbourg from 18 - 22 April to call upon the Council of Europe to persuade its member Turkey to resume the peace talks with Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the PKK. During a previous visit to Istanbul in February 2016 the delegation had sought an audience with the Turkish minister of Justice to engage him on the question of the resumption of the peace talks and seek his permission to visit Imrali prison to engage with Abdullah Ocalan on the same issue. Until
During morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Friday, Pope Francis warned Christians against having double lives - displaying an outer facade of light but having darkness in their hearts. He urged them to walk in the light and not tread dark paths, saying God's truth cannot be found there. Reflecting of St John's First Letter, Pope Francis spoke of the eternal struggle against sin, saying we must be pure like the Father but even if we sin we can count on his pardon and his tenderness. He stressed the Apostle's warning to believers to tell the truth
Ahead of this weekend - which is the May bank holiday in both the Republic and Northern Ireland - Bishop Liam MacDaid has asked all road users: motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, to take special care of themselves and their loved ones. Bishop MacDaid said: "Road accidents can have so many contributory factors - weather conditions, speed, alcohol, drugs, high jinks in the car, use of mobile phones, texting while driving, not wearing a seatbelt, tiredness. As of today, road fatality figures so far this year stand at 53 in the Republic and 18 in the
On Thursday evening, more than 6,000 voters from across the capital gathered at the Copper Box Arena - home to the 2012 Olympic boxing matches - for the London Citizens' Mayoral Accountability Assembly, one week before the London Mayoral elections, to demand radical solutions to tackle the city's housing crisis. Groups came from 220 churches, mosques, synagogues, workplaces, community associations and educational establishments. The evening began with a colourful performance by a Latin American dance troupe, choirs -
A partnership between charitable tour operator Pilgrimage People and the Tunes for Peace Project in Palestine has been boosted after a visit to meet students and staff in Bethlehem. On April 22, a group from Pilgrimage People led by Catholic priest Fr Paul Maddison, from the Diocese of East Anglia, visited the project to see what difference the money it had donated to the cultural project had made. They listened in as students had lessons on a violin, piano and kanoon and then spoke to George Rishmawi, Director of the Palestinian Centre
Vice-Chancellor - Newman University, Birmingham - Competitive Package. Newman University's mission is centred on the Catholic values of respect for others, social justice and equity. The University has a proud tradition of academic excellence focused on the development of the whole person and is highly regarded for its student experience, teaching quality, graduate employability and commitment to widening participation.
In Egypt, Coptic churches, who follow the Julian calendar, are celebrating Holy Week, during which, traditionally, greetings and good wishes are expressed to the Copts by representatives of various institutions. Ahmed al Tayyeb, great Imam of Al Azhar, went to the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo to personally express his Easter greetings to Orthodox Coptic Patriarch Tawadros II. Some Coptic Orthodox priests of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Minya, Upper Egypt, decided to leave their parishes to go to celebrate moments of prayer in the streets, in cafes
The Holy Spirit has been the guiding light of the Church from the beginning, Pope Francis said in his homily this morning during Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Thursday, but he said, from the beginning there has always been resistance to 'surprises of the Spirit'. The Holy Father was reflecting on the reading from Acts of the Apostles which describe the division and resistance within the early Church in Jerusalem. It's the Spirit who, from the very beginning, gives strength to the apostles to proclaim the Gospel and it's the Spirit who
Voted 'Irish Woman of the Millennium' and 'Ireland's Greatest Woman' respectively, Nano Nagle is undoubtedly one of the most pioneering figures in Ireland's history. The 'Lady with the Lantern' as she was also known, founded the Presentation Sisters in 1775 and inspired Edmund Ignatius Rice to found the Christian Brothers. In 2013, she was declared venerable by Pope Francis, 'A Dream Unfolds' recounts the true story of Nano Nagle. The book begins during Nano's childhood in the early 18th century,
Advances in regenerative medicine will top the agenda of an international conference opening in the Vatican today. 'Cellular Horizons: How Science, Technology, Information and Communication will Impact Society' 28-30 April is the third in a series of conferences (2011 and 2013) organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture's office for Science and Faith and The Stem For Life Foundation on the Progress of Regenerative Medicine and its Cultural Impact.
An appeal has been filed to the Court of Appeal in Pakistan regarding a Christian couple Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar sentence to death for blasphemy. The two were of accused of sending blasphemous text messages and sentenced to death in 2014. A team of lawyers from the Farrukh Saif Foundation, Pakistani organization has taken on the legal defense of the couple On July 20 2013, the couple, from Gojra, in Punjab, were accused of sending blasphemous text messages and were later arrested.
HCPT celebrates it Diamond Jubilee this year. To mark the anniversary there will be special Jubilee Masses on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May in Carfin Scotland, Swansea in Wales, London and Liverpool. This will be a rare opportunity for HCPT supporters to get together and say 'thanks be to God' for six decades of life changing pilgrimages. All Masses will be based on the liturgy of the 2016 Easter Trust Mass - and are guaranteed to be vibrant, joyous and meaningful occasions.
A Jesuit priest from Dublin, Fr John Sullivan, was among those named in a decree this week by Pope Francis to be beatified. Fr John Sullivan (1861 - 1933) Fr Sullivan was brought up by a wealthy protestant family and taught at Clongowes Wood College in County Kildare. He joined the Jesuits in 1900. Welcoming the news, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland said: "It is wonderful news that Pope Francis has approved the decree that has authenticated a miracle attributed to Jesuit priest Father John Sullivan.
A number of causes for canonization were advanced on Tuesday, including an Italian diocesan priest. A miracle attributed to Blessed Alfonso Maria Fusco clears the way for his canonization. Another miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Venerable John Sullivan, an Irish Jesuit, was also recognized. María Montserrat Grases García, a girl who died at the age of 17 was one of those named for their heroic virtue. The decrees also recognize the martyrdom of several victims of Communism, including the Servants of God Fr José Antón Gómez, OSB,
Pope Francis focussed on the story of the Good Samaritan in his catechesis during the General Audience in pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Wednesday. Let us never forget: we cannot stand by as onlookers when we see so many people worn out by hunger, violence and injustice - the Pope said, calling all Christians to become Good Samaritans in their everyday lives. "To ignore man's suffering means to ignore God," he said, recalling how, in the parable, the Levite and the priest walked by the man who had been attacked by thieves and
Pope Francis is not "anti-business' Cardinal Turkson President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said yesterday. In an address to a conference on 'Care for our Common Home in the context of Large Scale Investments in Mining and Agriculture' the Cardinal said: "What he decries is an obsession with profit and the deification of the market...Profit has its role in sustaining an enterprise and allowing it to improve and innovate. Pope Francis calls upon business to lead by harnessing its creativity to solve pressing human needs."
Commenting on a new report published today by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation called 'Destitution in the UK', Philip McCarthy, Chief Executive of Catholic charity, CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) said: "The finding that over 1,250,000 people experienced destitution last year highlights that more needs to be done to protect the poorest and most vulnerable in our communities. CSAN charities have had to diversify their services to respond to the needs of families who have struggled to meet the cost of food, utilities
Twenty-seven South Asian Jesuit theologians met at Ashirvad, Bangalore for the First Seminar of the South Asian Jesuit Theologians' Forum from 23rd to 25th April 2016. They explored 'South Asian (Indian) Christology' in the three day seminar. P.R. John SJ, professor of Systematic Theology at Vidyajyoti, the convener of the forum, organized this seminar. The key to the dynamics of the Seminar can be traced to the First South Asian Jesuit Theologians' Colloquium that was convened by Father Michael Amaladoss in Delhi, 2014.
People with disabilities will be the focus of two events at the Vatican in June, organised by the Kairos Forum with the blessing of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Bishop Paul Hendricks, Bishop for Disability for Catholic Church in England and Wales and Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche movement. An academic symposium, Living Fully 2016: Disability, Culture and Faith, will take place on Thursday 23 June. Following that, on the weekend of 24-26 June a conference: Living Fully 2016: Disability, Culture and Faith: A Celebration will take
The 2nd of April 2015 seemed like a good day for Palestinians and for Christians in the Holy Land after a two-year court battle reached a resolution. The Israeli Supreme Court ordered the defence ministry to reconsider the route of the Barrier. This ruling halted the Israeli militaries plans to take 75% of a convent's land in the Cremisan Valley, surround it on three sides by a 12 meter high separation barrier, divide it from the neighbouring monastery, deprive 58 Palestinian Christians of their land and prevent over 400 families from accessing their
The Catholic Bishops in Northern Ireland have issued a reflection and list of questions ahead of the elections to the Legislative Assembly which take place next Thursday, 5 May. They say: "Voting for those who will govern our society is a moral act. Each vote cast, or not cast, potentially influences the values that will shape future law and policy. "We appeal for a new and more constructive political culture, one based on a shared commitment to the common good and the priorities of citizens rather than on traditional constitutional
The Cause for Dorothy Day's possible eventual beatification and canonisation has moved into a new phase on Tuesday as Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, opened the canonical Inquiry on the life of the Catholic Worker movement founder, gathering evidence to determine if Dorothy Day lived a life of "heroic virtue" in the eyes of the Church. The Archdiocese, which is sponsoring her cause, will gather the evidence and present it to the Vatican's Congregation for the Saints and Pope Francis.