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Pressure mounts on CoE to divest from Exxon

Christian campaigners are calling on the Church of England to disinvest from US oil giant ExxonMobil, on the basis of new evidence that the company intentionally misled the public on climate change. Last night (Wednesday 20 September), supporters of Operation Noah and Christian Climate Action held a vigil outside Church House in London, the home of Church of England investors, to pra...

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London: Mass for 60th Anniversary of Irish Chaplaincy

A Celebration Mass to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Irish Chaplaincy in Britain, will take place this Sunday, 24 September, at 12.30pm at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Kilburn, London, NW6 4PS.

Bishop John Kirby, who chairs the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants and Bishop Paul McAleenan, Auxilliary in Westminster will be the chief celebrants. There will be a get togethe...

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Pope Francis: Be beacons of hope to all around you

“Wherever the Lord has planted you, stand firm in hope. Never lose heart.” Those were Pope Francis’ words today, at his General Audience with pilgrims in St Peter's Square, as he continued his reflections on Christian hope. This week the Holy Father focused his attention on teaching the virtue of hope, offering his guidance and encouragement especially to young people. “Nev...

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Mexican earthquake: Bishops appeal for support and prayers

The Bishops of Mexico have appealed for support and prayers after their country was rocked by a massive, 7.1 earthquake yesterday. A message signed by the President and by the Secretary General of the Mexican Episcopal Conference, says: “We are united in grief for the victims of the earthquake, which occurred on September 19, 2017, in different parts of our country, mainly in the ...

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Statement from new JPII Institute for Marriage & Family

Archbishop Paglia

The newly-created John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Matrimonial and Family Sciences on Tuesday released a statement regarding Pope Francis' Motu Proprio Datae summa familiae cura. The Motu Proprio was released on Tuesday, establishing the Institute to carry forward the work of the two recent Synods of Bishops and the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. T...

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Pope sets up new Institute for Marriage and Family

Pope greets newlyweds October 2016

Pope Francis has set up a new Pontifical institute for the study of marriage and the family, replacing the organisation set up by his predecessor in 1981. In a Motu Proprio, published yesterday, the Vatican announced that the John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences is being established to carry forward the work of the two recent Synods of Bishop...

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Plea to UK Prime Minister to ratify nuclear weapons ban treaty

Today at the UN in New York world leaders will gather to begin the process of ratifying the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty. This legally binding Treaty was agreed at the UN in July of this year with the support of 122 countries. The Treaty aims to remove all nuclear weapons from our world

The UK Government refused to take part in the negotiations that produced the Treaty and have made it clear...

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Taizé: European Conference of Justice and Peace Commissions

On Spiritual Roots and Political Fruits. Fifty years after the creation of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the European Conference of Justice and Peace Commissions (Justice and Peace Europe) will hold its annual meeting in Taizé/France from 22 to 25 September 2017. 80 delegates from more than twenty national commissions will be welcomed by Archbishop Jean-Cla...

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Archbishop Romero Pilgrimage in Portsmouth Diocese

In Commemoration of Blessed Archbishop Romero in the centenary year of his birth we planned a pilgrim day in the south-eastern corner of Portsmouth Diocese on 9 September. We took as our theme the Beatitudes and wove into our prayer stops stories from Romero’s Life from Maria Lopez Vigil book Monsenor Romero: Memories in Mosaic and the prayer in memory of the Archbishop A future not our Own. ...

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Pax Christi calls for end to Israeli occupation

Bethlehem  2017 - overshadowed by the Wall

The World Week for Peace for Palestine and Israel is underway. Pax Christi International issued the following statement this summer. In this month of the commemoration of 50 years of Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, Pax Christi International in collaboration with its members, urges the international community to call for the immediate end of the 50-year Israeli occ...

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Pope Francis: Let us pray for the grace of compassion

So often we see suffering on television, in the newspapers, and we say "poor people" - but do we actually feel compassion - suffering with those people? Pope Francis reflected on this question during morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday. The Holy Father prayed that God might give us the grace to have compassion for all those who are suffering; to draw near to these people in order to ..

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Book launch: Reclaiming the Common Good

Reclaiming the Common Good - How Christians can help rebuild our broken world, published by Darton, Longman & Todd, is being launched tomorrow evening at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church

This new book explores what part Christians can play in building a better future of hope, peace, equality and justice. After decades of political consensus, we are entering a time in which everything abo...

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London: Football tournament for Mary's Meals

This Saturday, 23 September, Catholic Young Adults are hosting a five-a-side football tournament and barbecue in aid of Mary's Meals in Shepherd's Bush.

Mary's Meals is a fantastic charity that provides life-changing meals to some of the world’s poorest children every school day.

Football players and supporters are welcome! There's a well priced bar at the venue too.

If you'...

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Concerns raised at US plans to lift sanctions on Sudan

South Sudan refugees queuing for aid in Sudan - image ACN

Friends of the besieged Christian community in Sudan believe the US will use this week’s United Nations General Assembly in New York to bury news that it is lifting sanctions on the regime. They warn the move signals that the US will not hold other repressive leaders around the globe to their promises to reform.

The sanctions, imposed by President Clinton, were intended to punish Sudan ...

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