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Viewpoint: A poor Church for the poor

Steve Atherton, J&P Fieldworker for Liverpool, writes:

One of the first things Pope Francis said on his election four years ago was to wish that the church would be “a poor church for the poor”. What would a ‘poor church’ look like and what transformation will be necessary before we become such a church? Can we say we want to be part of the “Poor church for the poo...

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Communications Day: Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time

Today is the 51st World Communications Day. The theme, chosen by Pope Francis this year is: ‘Fear not, for I am with you: Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time,’ encouraging all people "to engage in constructive forms of communication" and help others "to view the world around us with realism and trust. "

Read the full text of Pope Francis’ Communications Day Message below:

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Pope prays for Coptic martyrs; urges media to serve truth, spread hope

On the second day running, Pope Francis has expressed his solidarity with Egypt's Coptic Christians following an attack on a bus carrying Coptic pilgrims to a remote desert monastery.

Leading thousands of pilgrims in the Regina Caeli prayer in St Peter’s Square today, the Pope said he wished to express, yet again, his closeness to his dear brother, Pope Tawadros II and to the whole Egyp...

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Pope visits Genoa

Pope Francis had a packed one-day visit to Genoa yesterday. Leaving at 7am, his schedule in the northern Italian port city included six major appointments: A meeting with the 'world of labour' - A meeting with the Bishops, priests, seminarians, and religious of Liguria, along with lay curial collaborators and representatives of other religious confessions at the Cathedral of San Lorenzo - An e...

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Launch of Online Chinese Christianity Collection

Nestorlan artifact 781, Xi'an

The 'Online Chinese Christianity Collection' (OCCC) has been launched by The Kingdom Business College based in Beijing, China and in Geneva, Switzerland. This collection has more than 34,500 carefully selected full text documents on Chinese Christianity and culture and a detailed classification tree. It is the fruit of the cooperation of many leading institutions on Ch...

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Ascension Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons 28 May 2017

The Ascension of the Lord Jesus into Heaven

In the years I have worked as priest and teacher in academic and church life, I have realised that one of the most seductive temptations put before us is the accumulation and exercise of power. It can begin in small ways, insisting on our ‘rights’, our dignity, position and place in any given situation, but it can become like a pernicious di...

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Brentwood: Seeing God through the eyes of an astronomer

Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ is to lead a study day entitled ‘God and the Cosmos’ at the parish of Christ the Eternal High Priest in Gidea Park, Essex, in June. Brother Guy, who is Director of the Vatican Observatory, and well known to readers of The Tablet, says: “By seeing, with the eyes of an astronomer, how God has made creation in all its immensity, we can become more familiar with who...

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Diss parish becomes 25th to receive livesimply award

The Catholic church of St Henry Morse in Diss, Suffolk, East Anglia Diocese, has become the 25th parish in the country to receive the livesimply award. The livesimply plaque was presented on 14 May by Bernard Shaw of East Anglia Justice and Peace, who volunteers with CAFOD and with Cambridge Carbon Footprint. He had assessed the parish for the award alongside Pat Keating of Stowmarket parish, w...

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Pax Christi Cycling Pilgrimage for Peace

A cycling pilgrimage for Peace has been organised in August by Pax Christi to celebrate peace and to raise funds for important peace education work.

Setting off from Barrow-in-Furness, the home of the UK’s nuclear fleet, on Friday 18 August, the group will reach Whitby on Monday 21 August and doff cycling caps in honour of St Hilda. Along the way there will be overnight stops in Kendal,...

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Egypt: Coptic Christians killed in attack on pilgrim bus

An attack on a bus in Egypt this morning has left 28 Coptic Christians confirmed dead, including two children. At least 23 more people have been injured.

According to a statement by the Governor of Minya, the bus was on a desert road near Al Idwa in the north-west of Minya Governorate and was taking Coptic Christians to visit the Monastery of St Samuel the Confessor.

The bus was in ...

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Iraq: Honouring the crucifix that survived Daesh (ISIS)

Archbishop Warda and Cardinal Vincent Nichols, holding the crucifix  © ACN

Westminster’s Cardinal Vincent Nichols and a bishop from Iraq came together in central London to bless a crucifix found in the rubble left behind by Daesh (ISIS) in the ancient Nineveh Plains. At the meeting, in Archbishop’s House, Westminster, Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil described how the crucifix had been discovered intact by Stephen Rasche, his chief counsel and projects’ coordina...

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Educators’ weekend on the Arts, Faith and Activism

A continuous professional development opportunity for educators is being offered in late June, to be held at the house of the Columban missionaries in Solihull, West Midlands. Arts educators from Catholic schools will explore the intersecting worlds of the arts, education, faith, and action for justice. A mixture of group and individual work, including discussion, mini-lectures, pray...

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New Superior appointed for British Jesuit Province

Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, General Superior of the Society of Jesus, has appointed the next Provincial Superior of the British Jesuit Province. Fr Damian Howard SJ will take up this post on 1st September this year. He replaces Fr Dermot Preston SJ, who has been Provincial Superior since 2011. Fr Howard was born in Redhill, Surrey, in 1967, and was educated at Trinity School in Croydon. He we...

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Vatican calls for change of mentality and lifestyle to reduce disaster risk

Scene of desolation after Typhoon Haiyan

The Vatican’s Secretary of State has assured participants at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction that the Holy See stands ever ready to make its own specific contribution as the Forum works to meet the urgent challenges before us.

In a letter addressed to the President of Mexico who is overseeing the Global Platform taking place this year in Cancun, Cardinal Pietro Parolin ...

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