Catholic teachers have a key role in countering the "deadly threat" of practical relativism highlighted by Pope Francis in his new encyclical letter on the environment, the Bishop of Shrewsbury has said. In his first public comments on Laudato si, the Rt Rev Mark Davies said the letter published last week shed light on the vital role of the Catholic teachers in sharing with new generations the wisdom of God's plan in Creation. Among these were the restoration of the sense of a created order in which each human being has a purpose, a vocation, he said during a homily at a Mass for Catholic
Bishop Davies: Catholic teachers have key role in countering 'practical relativism' highlighted in Laudato si
One year since the start of the 50 day attack on Gaza, CAFOD's partners have delivered aid to more than 117,000 people - but the agency warns that long-term recovery remains a distant prospect. During the conflict that began on 8 July 2014, the people of Gaza endured airstrikes, naval bombardment, artillery fire and a ground invasion, while Israeli communities came under rocket and mortar fire from Palestinian factions. More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed, while 71 people in Israel died, including four civilians and one foreign national.
Three elderly nuns were tied up, gagged and assaulted by unknown assailants in their parish home in Matias Romero municipality, Oaxaca State, Mexico on 29 June. This attack comes nine months after a similarly brutal attack on the parish priest in the same village. In a statement issued on 30 June, The Bishop of Tehuantepec condemned the attack on the nuns from Apostolic Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and the September 2014 attack on Father Victorino López Nolasco: "We observe with sadness and indignation that this violence has not been
Monsignor Patrick McKinney was ordained tenth Bishop of Nottingham today, Friday 3 July 2015, in St Barnabas' Cathedral, Nottingham. The Ordination Mass drew people from across the Diocese of Nottingham, which includes most of the East Midlands, together with civic leaders, representatives of other Christian churches, priests, deacons and religious sisters from the Diocese of Nottingham and the Archdiocese of Birmingham, where Bishop McKinney worked as a priest before his appointment as Bishop of Nottingham.
The think tanks Ekklesia and Centre for Welfare Reform have today (3rd July 2015) published an open letter to Iain Duncan Smith from Catholics and people brought up in the Catholic faith who support its teaching on social justice. Signatories to the letter include the author and screenwriter , Frank Cottrell-Boyce; academic historian Sir Tom Devine; author and former Catholic, David Lodge; Professor Mary Grey, Professor Tina Beattie; the Union of Catholic Mothers; academics, writers, retired professionals, justice and peace workers, and parish priests.
Hundreds of young people from as far away as Liverpool and Cardiff, gathered in London's Leicester Square for the inaugural Celebrating Young People's Awards... They were welcomed by Baroness Hollins, who earlier in the day had hosted them at the House of Lords for high tea and a set of workshops to support the winners in their work for social justice. Baroness Hollins said: "In a society that often overlooks young people, we need to take time to celebrate them. We can't award everyone, but we are celebrating everyone. Those receiving awards are doing so on behalf of the
Today, the Conference of the Methodist Church in Britain voted overwhelmingly to disinvest from coal and tar sands by 2017. The Conference also asked the Church's ethical investment body to report back on possible further disinvestment from other fossil fuels in 2016. This follows a revised policy on climate change and investment published by the Methodist Church earlier this year, which set criteria for disinvesting from coal and tar sands but did not make an explicit commitment to take immediate action.
The sixth film in the Sycamore programme is now available to view and download: 'Can we trust the Bible and the Christian Tradition?' Sycamore is a new programme of evangelisation and catechesis for use in parishes, chaplaincies, schools and other settings. It consists of ten films that explore some of the core questions often put to Christian believers: How can I find true happiness? What is the meaning of life? Does God exist? Who is Jesus Christ? It deals with topics such as the Holy Spirit, the Church, the Bible, the Christian Tradition, faith, prayer, love, vocation, and the purpose of life.
A music school for Arab and Jewish children, started by the Franciscans in Jerusalem 20 years ago, celebrates its 20th birthday this year. Some of the students have gone on to have professional careers in music. Many friendships have formed. The school is helping to unite the divided communities through the common language of music. Music encourages dialogue and also creates job opportunities. Brother David Grenier, Director of the Magnifcat Institute of Jerusalem, said:
The results of a three-month study have been delivered to the Bishops' Conference office in London, and will be sent to each bishop, as part of feedback from the Catholic movement ACTA ('A Call To Action') in preparation for the Synod of Bishops to be held in Rome in October this year. The Synod's task is to review how the Church relates to families in the modern world. The survey calls for 'a kinder, more open Church and an end to rule-book driven policies on the family and sex.' The ACTA study found that there was strong support for lifelong marriage. But most
The Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) provided support for a group of seafarers who were left stranded on board their ship for more than three months at Newport docks. Barbara Thomas, AoS ship visitor in Cardiff visited the ship, Sunflower E, regularly to provide them with material, spiritual and emotional support. "I spent time speaking to the crew about their concerns, their families and ensuring they had the means to make contact with home. Although food was provided, I brought food for a diabetic crew member. Parishioners in my own parish - St Philip Evans in Cardiff
A new Carmelite group has been formed in Redditch, Worcestershire. Following on from a recent Carmel 'Come and See Day', they will meet this coming Saturday, 4 July. Guest speaker Sylvia Lucas, TOC, will give a presentation on the theme 'Carmel: A Lay Perspective'. Redditch CSG meetings are non-denominational and open to anyone who would like to know more about the Carmelite Way of Life.
Congratulations to all the inspiring young people who received Celebrating Young People awards in London last night, all those who were nominated by their communities, and the organisers of Million Minutes, which powered the awards. It was a very memorable evening hosted by Baroness Sheila Hollins with guest of honour Cardinal Vincent Nichols. We will be carrying a full report tomorrow - but in the meantime - here are the names of the award recipients:
A Catholic climate scientist and a secular Jewish feminist shared a platform on Wednesday to present a conference entitled 'People and Planet First: the Imperative to Change Course'...Canadian author Naomi Klein, known for her bestselling book 'No Logo', admitted she was surprised and moved to be invited to the Vatican to speak about ways of mobilizing public opinion and putting pressure on political leaders. The Pope's encyclical, she said, is a poetic, but also courageous and common sense document that speaks not just to the Catholic world, but "for every person living on this planet".
Pope Francis called for prayers for the people of Greece, during his audience with pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Wednesday. A note released by the Holy See Press Office says the Pope has expressed his closeness to the Greek people who are suffering the effects of the current crisis. Describing the news from Greece "regarding the economic and social situation of the country as worrying", the Pope "conveys his closeness to all the Greek people, with a special thought for the many families gravely beset by such a complex and keenly felt human and social crisis".
The annual Postgate Rally in honour of Blessed Nicholas Postgate and the English and Welsh martyrs takes place at Egton Bridge in Yorkshire this Sunday July 5 at 3pm. Bishop of Middlesbrough Terry Drainey is the principal celebrant at the Mass and will be accompanied by priests from throughout the diocese. Blessed Nicholas was one of 85 martyrs beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1987. Born in Egton in 1596, he trained for the priesthood in France before returning to Yorkshire. He was martyred at York in 1679 and was one of the last Catholics in this country to be put to death for their faith.
The Annual Justice & Peace Conference - 'The Things That Make for Peace' will take place at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire from 17 - 19 July 2015. Nearly 300 people are now booked, but a few places are still available, and some discounts and bursaries are also available. This conference will seek to identify the real threats to human security and how we can work together to create a world without war. 'The Things That Make for Peace' recognises that poverty, injustice and environmental destruction are both causes and consequences of conflict, so that all the issues that we
Westminster Diocese Justice and Peace Commission needs a young person who is passionate about action for the climate, to publicise our Pilgrimage to Paris cycling project. We plan to cycle from London to Paris as a group of 20, linking up with English and French parishes along the way, to raise awareness of the importance of the UN Climate conference (November 30th to December 11th)) and the huge issues hanging on this global gathering. The London Newhaven section takes place from August 28-30th, while the French section will be at the beginning of December.
This book gives us a compelling interpretation of each of the Seven Signs in the Gospel of John beginning with the turning of water into wine at the wedding in Cana and ending with the resurrection of Lazarus. Each sign is analysed in the rigorous manner one might expect from someone who makes their living as a lawyer. And this rigour is all the more impressive because Michael Ribeiro's interpretation is radical. To coin a phrase this book 'does exactly what it says on the tin'. The author challenges us because he doesn't just write about Signs that affirm our belief or Faith.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols introduced a message from Pope Francis to the Inclusive Capitalism conference held in London last Friday...'First of all, there is the challenge of keeping the good of the human person at the centre of creative endeavours, particularly those most in need. Our world today is scarred by indefensible inequalities and injustices. Our common home is disfigured, with rooms of plenty alongside threadbare rooms of acute poverty. Systems that work for the few and not for the many require radical rethinking and a conversion of mind and heart.'
The Church Commissioners for England are today announcing full divestment from their holdings in SOCO International to the total of £1.6 million and the company has been notified. The decision to divest follows the recommendation from the Ethical Investment Advisory Group of the Church of England and extensive and sustained engagement with the company. The EIAG commenced engagement following a series of allegations of human rights abuses, bribery and corruption related to SOCO International's operations in and around Virunga National Park in the DR Congo.
On Tuesday, Pope Francis received in audience participants in the international congress promoted by the International Council of Christians and Jews, held in Rome from 28 June to 1 July on the theme "The fiftieth anniversary of Nostra Aetate: the past, present and future of relations between Jews and Christians". The Pope expressed his pleasure that this year's meeting is taking place in Rome, the city where the Apostles Peter and Paul are buried - "for all Christians, both Apostles are an important point of reference: they are like 'pillars' of the Church"
More than twenty people gathered on Tuesday morning outside Church House Conference Centre, to protest at the sponsorship by some of the largest arms manufacturers, Lockeed Martin and MBA Missile Systems, of the RUSI Land Warfare Conference. As they stood in silence they were watched by military personnel, journalists and representatives of arms companies who were entering the building to take part in the conference. Tuesday's act of witness included Pope Francis' Easter prayer: "We ask peace for this world subjected to arms dealers, who profit from the blood of men and women.
Pope Francis has issued an apostolic letter in the form of a Motu Proprio in which he has instituted the Secretariat for Communication. The full text of the letter follows: "The current communications context, characterised by the presence and development of digital media, and by factors of convergence and interactivity, requires a re-evaluation of the information system of the Holy See and commitment to reorganisation that, taking into consideration what has developed historically within the communication structures of the Apostolic See, proceeds decisively towards integration and
Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, addressed a high level meeting on climate change at the UN in New York on Monday. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the event by saying governments must accelerate their efforts to reach a universal climate agreement in France next December. Cardinal Turkson referred to the new Papal encyclical on ecology, Laudato si' and said the problem facing leaders and representatives of the world's nations is the "urgent need to develop policies which will drastically reduce emission of carbon dioxide and