London's Spirit in the City festival starts this Wednesday. For the next four days, people from across the capital will be gathering for a celebration of faith in in and around Leicester Square, and the beautiful church of Notre Dame de France in Leicester Place... The Festival begins on Wednesday evening with the long-awaited UK premier of the film Full of Grace', at the Prince Charles cinema. The film tells the story of Our Lady's life after the Ascension of Jesus. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.
In his homily during Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Monday morning, Pope Francis focused on the threefold theme of the dynamic unity in Christian life, the signs of which are living memory, the prophetic spirit, and the sure horizon of hope. In the Gospel passage of the day - from the Gospel according to St Mark (12:1-12), Jesus addresses the Priests, Scribes and Pharisees with the parable of the murderous tenant-farmers.
On Thursday, May 26, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, during a Thanksgiving Mass celebrated in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, His Beatitude Fouad Twal delivered a homily in which he gave thanks to God for his 50 years of priesthood. The text follows: Dear brothers and sisters, Thank you for coming in great numbers to our celebration of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi in this holy place, a few metres away from where our Saviour offered his body and shed his blood in the ultimate sacrifice for all our sins.
His Holiness Pope Francis sent a letter to His Beatitude Fouad Twal to congratulate him on his 50 years of priesthood and at the same time thank him for the many missions that the Holy See has entrusted him to this day. Please find below the English translation of the letter of Pope Francis (original in Latin). To His Beatitude our venerable brother Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. It would certainly please you to go back in your memory to that distant day, that decisive day in your life, when you left behind everything in order to become - by the Almighty's blessings -
On Thursday, May 26, 2016, European Union Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah visited the area of Beir Onah near the Cremisan valley where they saw the ongoing construction of the Separation Wall. The Society of St Yves, the Catholic Centre for Human Rights, briefed the EU Heads of Mission about the legal, political, economical and social aspects of building the wall. Mr Ralph Tarraf, EU the Head of Delegation of the EU Assistance to the Palestinians, then conveyed His Beatitude Fouad Twal's message,
Haynes Baptiste, a leading figure in the Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ) died on Thursday 26 May 2016 at St George's Hospital. He had been suffering with serious heart problems for some time. He was 83 years old. His funeral will take place at 11am on Tuesday 7 June, at St Gregory's Catholic Church, 306 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, London SW18 4EH. Haynes Baptiste was born 20 June 1932 in the village of Vieille Case - a village in the northeast area of the island of Dominica in the eastern Caribbean.
London is the most religious area in England and Wales with 60% of the population declaring religious affiliation, according to a report from the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society at St Mary's University, Twickenham. The report shows non-Christian religions, including Muslims, Hindus and Jews, account for one in five of the capital's population, far higher than in other areas of England and Wales like the South West, where they represent just one in a hundred.
Fr Mario Conti, from the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua in Italy, is once again leading a series of short video meditations for the 13-Day Novena to Saint Anthony - every day, from Tuesday, May 31 to Sunday June 12. The daily video meditations about the life and spirituality of Saint Anthony are being filmed at some of the most inspiring locations in the Basilica and can be seen on the Friars' Facebook Page and their website.
In two states in Australia, killing a gay man because you think he has made a pass at you is an acceptable murder defence. The 'gay panic' law has been outlawed in most states, most recently in New South Wales in 2014, but its still on the statute books in Queensland and South Australia. A Catholic priest is leading a campaign to have this law abolished. His petition has already gathered more than 240,000 signatures. Fr Paul Kelly writes: "I'm a Catholic Priest and 8 years ago a man called Wayne Ruks was bashed to death in my Brisbane churchyard.
Deacons and their families from all around the world took part in a special Jubilee Year of Mercy gathering in Rome over the weekend. In his homily during the concluding Mass at St Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis said deacons must be generous with their lives and with their time. "One who serves cannot hoard his free time," he said, "he has to give up the idea of being master of his day" because he knows that his time "is not his own, but a gift from God which is then offered back to him. Only in this way will it bear fruit."
Pope Francis received more than 400 children on Saturday had traveled to Rome from Calabria in southern Italy aboard the 'Children's Train' - the 'Treno dei Bambini' - an annual initiative of the Pontifical Council for Culture. This year the theme of the visit was 'Carried by Waves' - and many of the children were migrants or migrants - who had survived perilous journeys to reach safety and the hope of a better life in Europe. The children arrived at St Peter's railway station in the Vatican, supported by the John XXIII
The annual St Augustine Week festival in Ramsgate in underway now. Celebrating the first Archbishop of Canterbury, this year the Week follows the visit of relics of St Thomas Becket to Canterbury from Hungary. The festival based around the Shrine of St Augustine is a mixture of religious and secular events, focussed on the legacy of St Augustine. Most events take place at the Shrine... Ramsgate will have its very own Blessing of the Sea on Bank Holiday Monday. In the evening there will be a Concert, with poems composed and read by Sister Mary Stephen
Pope Francis met members of the Congregation of Don Orione, the Sons of Divine Providence, on the occasion of their 14th General Chapter on Friday. The Congregation's founder, St Luigi Orione is remembered for his commitment to social justice and the service of those in need, a service guided and inspired by the teachings of the Catholic Church. In his address Pope Francis said, "The whole Church is called to journey with Jesus along the paths of the world, to encounter the humanity of today, which needs, as Don Orione wrote, 'the bread of the body, and
This book may be of interest to readers of ICN for two reasons: first, in the light of continuing migration from Syria, it offers a parallel view of the danger and misery endured by Central Americans fleeing violence that has devastated their communities; and second, because the response of Catholics is the only bright spot in this dismal tragedy. Oscar Martinez is a gifted and brave Salvadorian journalist who joined the wave of Central Americans escaping a drug gang-fuelled conflict that makes sleepy towns in Honduras statistically as deadly as the Middle East.
A vacancy has arisen for a residential director/warden in a central London 80 bed hostel for Catholic university students. The new warden will work with an assistant warden. The salary is: £28,000 per annum. For a job description, person specification and more information see below.
One of the interesting things about being a member of an Eastern Catholic community is that some of the theological and doctrinal nuances of my childhood and growing up in the faith of the Latin Rite have had to expand and shift. Corpus Christi is one of these occasions! I remember well, as many of you do, the day I made my first communion and all the preparation that went with it. Thinking back I recognise that emotionally and spiritually I caught that scholastic theology of Real Presence, for me as a child, Jesus was present in the holy Eucharist,
Bishop Nicholas Hudson joined representatives from many Catholic organisations and parishes for a celebration at St John Vianney's Church Church in West Green, north London, last night, to thank Barbara Kentish for ten years co-ordinating the work of Westminster Diocese Justice and Peace. During that time Barbara has helped organise numerous campaigns and events across the diocese, from local parish projects to national and international events. Last autumn, together with Fr Joe Ryan, she co-ordinated and took part in the marathon
Seven Coptic families lost their homes and an elderly woman was stripped and beaten during an outbreak of sectarian violence in Upper Egypt on 20 May, according to Church sources. Violence erupted in Al-Karm Village, El-Minya Province, following rumours of an alleged relationship between a local Christian man and a Muslim woman. The man fled the village after facing significant harassment and his family lodged a complaint at Abu Kourkas Police Station on 19 May after receiving threats indicating they would be attacked the next day.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols called for a broadening of a constructive dialogue between secular authorities and communities of faith to meet today's challenges, at a symposium on St Thomas a Becket at Lambeth Palace today, so our multiple and complex identities and loyalties can be brought together, rather than separated out to meet the challenges we face. The Cardinal rejected the narrowing of a perspective towards a single test of loyalty that would serve only to betray the complexity of our human nature and impoverish the richness of the fabric of our
On Tuesday some 150 pupils, former pupils, staff, parents and guests of St Benedict's School in Ealing, gathered for a lecture by one of the foremost experts on HMS Hood, Mr Rob White, an award-winning producer, broadcaster and documentary maker. The occasion marked the seventy-fifth anniversary of the loss of the Hood. Mr White, Vice-President of the HMS Hood Association, delivered a powerful and moving account of Hood's career and of the discoveries which have been made about her loss as a result of inspection of the wreck.
Saint and Martyr Thomas à Becket Banquet held in Honour of President of Hungary and Grand Master of Constantinian Order
The Delegate for Great Britain and Ireland of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George, Sir Anthony Bailey, KGCN, OBE, hosted a Banquet in honour of His Excellency Mr János Áder, President of the Republic of Hungary and the Grand Master of the Constantinian Order, His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro. The Banquet was held to mark the historic pilgrimage from Hungary to the United Kingdom of the relics of Saint and Martyr Thomas à Becket after being kept with great reverence in Esztergom, Hungary for over
On Thursday evening, Pope Francis celebrated a special Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi on the steps of Rome's cathedral Basilica of St John Lateran. An official English translation of the Holy Father's homily follows: Do this in remembrance of me. Twice the Apostle Paul, writing to the community in Corinth, recalls this command of Jesus in his account of the institution of the Eucharist. It is the oldest testimony we have to the words of Christ at the Last Supper.
In the light of Pope Francis' dream of Europe, the Caritas Europa Regional Conference 2016 calls on European leaders to join forces with people, civil society organisations and churches to build an inclusive and outward looking Europe. Europe is increasingly challenged by rising poverty, social injustice, conflicts, xenophobia and nationalism. Caritas Europa urges European governments to strengthen the role of the Council of Europe in ensuring that social rights are respected, including the right to be protected against poverty and social exclusion (art. 30,
A British mezzo soprano has been chosen to provide the official song for the Pope's Jubilee Year of Mercy celebrations in Rome. Nottinghamshire-born Carly Paoli's track, Ave Maria has been chosen by the Vatican as the official song of the Jubilee Tours for visitors the Eternal City throughout 2016. Nearly eight million pilgrims have already visited Rome this year to take part in the Jubilee events and official walking tours of the city.
Imagine what it must be like to be born in a country that is not your own. To have ended up in a foreign land because of the actions of others and not by your own choice. Imagine that you have lived all your life in a camp known as a "refugee camp" because your own home country, Somalia, has been embroiled in a civil war since 1992. Imagine you are a 24 year old woman, born in this camp, who has fallen in love with your husband and given birth to your first child in the camp.