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Argentina: Bishops reject plan for nuclear power station

During a meeting chaired by Bishop emeritus Virginio Bressanelli diocesan Administrator of Neuquén, last Thursday, the highest Catholic authorities in Patagonia, Argentina, rejected a plan announced by the provincial government and the Mauricio Macri administration to build a nuclear power station in Rio Negro. According to a report sent to Fides, the Bishops said: "today the condit...

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Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage: Journeying toward dialogue and reconciliation

On 21 July 2017, a group of 30 men and women began a 26-day canoe pilgrimage of some 800 kilometres, inspired by the Canadian Catholic Church's Calls for Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

They departed from the historic sites of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons and the Canadian Martyrs Shrine in Midland, Ontario, and arrived on 15 August, the Solemnity of the Assumption of t...

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Bishop Moth welcomes report on supporting prisoners' family ties

prison cell door

The lead Catholic Bishop for prisons has welcomed the publication of Lord Farmer’s report on the importance of strengthening prisoners’ family ties.

This landmark report highlights the vital position of families in supporting people’s rehabilitation. It outlines practical recommendations in areas including family visits, video communications, and parenting classes. Respon...

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Northumberland: Minsteracres to celebrate 50 years of volunteers

Some of the Minsteracres volunteers

Minsteracres, the Passionist retreat centre in Northumberland will be 50 years old next month. The centre is organising a celebration and reunion next month, of all the all the volunteers who have contributed so much. Some of the volunteers have a very long pedigree. Parishioner Frank McDonald first came to Minsteracres as an apprentice joiner when he was 15 to help on the conversion...

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The Third European Chaldean Conference

About 350 Chaldean Youth attended the third European Chaldean Youth Conference which took place from 7 to 12 August 2017 at Untermashtal monastery, 80 kilometers from Stuttgart, Germany. The slogan of the conference was “come and see” based on John 1:39. It was attended by the Chaldean Patriarch Louise I Sako and Bishop Saad Sirop, the Apostolic Visitor for Europe, together with several pri...

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Catholic People’s Week - ‘Bringing Francis into the Parish’

In ‘Evangelii Gaudium’, Pope Francis tells us that an authentic faith – which is never comfortable or completely personal – always involves a deep desire to change the world. During a lively CPW week at Hyning at the end of July we looked at this apostolic exhortation, and also at the encyclical ‘Laudato Si’, in order to see how these important documents could bring about a transfor...

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Pope prays for victims of Sierra Leone mudslide

Pope Francis has expressed his closeness to those who have loved ones in the tragic mudslide that struck Sierra Leone. A telegram signed by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin says the Holy Father is praying for all those who have died; and that he invokes “divine blessings of strength and consolation” on their grieving family and friends. The telegram assures rescue workers of Pope ...

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Jeremy Paxman visits ‘valuable and inventive’ Catholic homeless charity

Jeremy Paxman with some residents and staff

As an award-winning journalist, author and television presenter, Jeremy Paxman has long been known to tell a compelling story.

But yesterday the Patron of homeless charity Caritas Anchor House listened intently as some of East London’s homeless residents recalled what it was like for them without the support of family and friends, that so many of us take for granted.

Based in Cann...

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Aylesford welcomes Pilgrimage of the Sick

Sacrament of the Sick

The Carmelite Community at Aylesford in Kent, celebrated the transferred Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady, with more than 600 pilgrims from the Society of Our Lady of Lourdes on Sunday, 13 August. It was a lovely sunny day.

The original medieval Church that the shrine is built upon was dedicated to the Assumption of the Glorious Virgin, in 1248.

The Mass was celebrated by t...

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Ecumenical Taizé Community welcomes thousands of summer pilgrims

In the middle of the summer in Taizé, in the French region of Burgundy, the welcome never slackens on the hill. Between 2,500 and 4,000 visitors, mostly young people aged 15 to 25, follow in turns, arriving each Sunday and staying for a week. Since the beginning of 2017, participation in international meetings has increased and the most represented countries – not cou...

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Help Iraqi children get home in time to start school

An urgent call to speed up plans to rebuild homes in one of the Iraqi Christian towns worst affected by Daesh (ISIS) violence has been made by the leader of the local Church community amid signs that the district is at last coming back to life. Father George Jahola reported an upsurge in young families wanting to return to Qaraqosh (also known as Baghdeda) in the Nineveh Plains in ti...

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Ordinariate Festival in Westminster

The Annual Ordinariate Festival returns to London this year with the main Festival Mass being in Westminster Cathedral at 12.30pm on Saturday 23rd September. The events being on the evening of Friday 22nd September when Bishop Alan Williams of Brentwood will talk on Evangelism at the Ordinariate Central Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street. The talk be...

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Greece Reflection: Poems from refugees in detention on Lesbos

Christian Peacekeeper Team volunteer Annelies Klinefelter writes:

The camps near Mytilene (the capital of Greek Lesbos island) are filling up because of the steady influx of people — between fifty and a hundred each day. Because of this, Greek authorities opened a new camp in the north of the island where most refugees have been arriving. In an effort to counteract this influx...

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