London Citizens, the community organisation whose members includes representatives from all faiths, places of worship and faith schools across the capital, have launched a questionnaire into incidents of hate crime in the wake of recent incidents which have taken place since last week's referendum.... As an organisation based on the values of human dignity this is something we must stand against. We have an opportunity to meet with the Mayor of London on July 14th and take evidence and relevant proposals to him about how we can tackle hate crime and ensure
Today the Lord invites us to make a serious examination of conscience, Pope Francis said on Thursday during a special Jubilee audience at St Peter's Square. It's one thing to talk mercy but quite another to live it, he said. Mercy is not an abstraction or a lifestyle and, paraphrasing the words of St James the Apostle, mercy without works is dead in itself. Pope Francis reflected on the text of Matthew 25:31 as he spoke about acts of mercy toward others. What makes mercy come alive is its dynamism to meet the spiritual and material needs of others, he said.
The latest monthly round-up of news from the Churches and other sources in the areas of economic justice, human rights and environmental sustainability is now out. The Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR) has been looking at Churches' ethical investment, policy in relation to destructive extractive industries, conflict minerals and disinvesting from fossil fuels, along with other issues. The University of Cambridge has rejected calls to divest its £5.9bn endowment from fossil fuels,
The wide extent of human slavery in parts of East Anglia was revealed at a meeting between representatives of the Catholic Church, local Police forces and the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner in Peterborough last week (June 22). The meeting was initiated by the Bishop of East Anglia, Rt Rev Alan Hopes and was led by Bishop Patrick Lynch, Chair of the Office of Migration Policy for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW). The round-table discussion heard from Catholic priests and specialist police officers with
The Church of the Sacred Heart in Southwold has celebrated the centenary of its opening with a Mass presided over by the Bishop of East Anglia, Rt Rev Alan Hopes, followed by a Champagne reception and lunch. The celebration, attended by around 80 parishioners, priests and ecumenical guests, also marked the sixtieth anniversary of the consecration of the church in 1956. The first Mass at the church was held on June 22, 1916, almost 30 years after the first known Mass in Southwold, held in a private house, since the Reformation.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has learned that Father John Adeyi, whose decomposing body was found on 23 June in Benue State, may have died because he could not access his medication. He had been abducted on 24 April. Fr Adeyi, vicar general of St Bernard's Catholic Diocese of Otukpa in Benue State, was seized by armed men near Odoba village along the Otukpa-Enugu Road. According to local press reports, he was returning home after having successfully mediated between parishioners and the Odoba parish priest at the request of
Members of the clergy, shipping and City of London figures came together for an evening reception on board HQS Wellington on the River Thames to salute seafarers for their contribution to society. They also learnt about the work of Catholic charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), who organised the event on 29th June 2016. Clergy from the Catholic Church and executives from maritime sector, journalists and AoS trustees and AoS port chaplains attended the event.
'Sebastian [Flyte] has such charm', Anthony Blanche warns Charles Ryder in Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited: 'It kills love; it kills art; I greatly fear, my dear Charles, that it has killed you.' And, of course, it is not just Sebastian - the charming homosexual sot who descends into melancholic alcoholism - who charms Charles; it is, in effect, the whole Marchmain (Flyte) family: Old Catholic, aristocratic, and not forgetting their beautiful ancestral pile, Marchmain House. Lord Marchmain, the last aristo to be hounded out of England, has decamped to
A new law to help curb multinational tax abuse across the world almost won House of Commons approval on Tuesday, after 273 MPs from all the major parties today voted in favour of the change. "This is a stunning result which gives us huge encouragement to keep pushing for a reform that is so urgently needed by people everywhere," said Simon Kirkland, UK Political Adviser at Christian Aid. "We are delighted to have got this far, thanks to the support of MPs across all many different parties, and we will now renew our efforts to change the law
In this poignant moment, the words, 'Be at peace with one another' (Mk 9:50) spur us on to work for unity across the different divides. This 'Word of Life' for June tells us that 'It is a peace we are called to experience in our daily lives: in our families, at work, with those who have other ideas politically ....'. Who could have imagined how a country could be thrown into turmoil virtually overnight. For many people waking up and hearing the news the morning after the EU referendum, it seemed like they were still dreaming. For about half of those, that dream
Special prayers were said for the victims, loved ones, and families of the 12 June Orlando massacre, at the evening Mass at Farm Street in Mayfair on Sunday - marking the end of Pride weekend. Music was provided by the Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir. There was an exhibition of photographs of the 49 young people who lost their lives. (See the full list of names in the ICN Prayer Request section). Father Tony Nye SJ gave the following homily, reflecting on the day's readings:
In his homily during Mass for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul today in St Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis focused on the themes of "closing" and "opening" in the lives of the two patrons of Rome. The Church must avoid the risk of closing in on itself out of persecution and fear, the Pope said. At the same time, she must be able to see "the small openings through which God can work." Prayer, he said, "enables grace to open a way out from closure to openness, from fear to courage, from sadness to joy. And we can add: from division to unity."
While adults argue about politics, most of the thousands of unaccompanied refugee children in Europe are still being ignored and fending for themselves. The Kent-based charity Seeking Sanctuary writes: The plight of children in the camps of the North of France has long been a priority concern for us. Two well-researched reports have recently come our way. Both confirm that vulnerable children are suffering violence, trafficking and abuse and that they are not getting any useful or understandable information to help them to make informed
Quakers in Britain made this statement in the wake of the EU referendum last week: "The outcome of the EU referendum and the campaigning that led up to it have shown up and sometimes exacerbated divisions within and between our communities. There is now a great need for bridge-building, for reaching out to one another in love, trusting that below the political differences lie a shared humanity and a wish for flourishing communities.
The Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) has organised Mass for the crew of a cargo ship following the death of their colleague. The crew of the MV Moonray were left distressed and saddened when a 26 year-old Filipino crew member died after an accident on board late May. The ship docked at Mombasa Port, Kenya late June, and AoS Mombasa port chaplain George Sunguh has been on board to support the crew. "I was able arrange for a priest, Fr Harisson Yaa, to celebrate Mass on board.
Rt Hon Tom Clarke CBE has been awarded a papal knighthood by Pope Francis. Bishop Joseph Toal of the Diocese of Motherwell made the announcement on 29th of June, the feast of Saints Peter and Paul and the 34th Anniversary of his first taking his seat in Parliament. Commenting on the award, Bishop Toal said: I am delighted to announce that Our Holy Father, Pope Francis has conferred the honour of the Knight of St Gregory the Great on former Member of Parliament, Tom Clarke. Tom served as a Member of Parliament from 1982 until 2015.
After returning safely to the Patriarchate in Damascus following his pastoral visit to the city of Qamishly, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, offered prayers of thanksgiving and condemned the suicide bombing which took place during His Holiness' visit. On Sunday June 19, 2016 following the celebration of the feast of the Pentecost and after the inauguration of a monument for the Syriac Genocide Sayfo which His Holiness presided over,
A new church in Erbil was inaugurated on Monday, June 27 by Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I. Many Christians fled here from their villages in the Nineveh Plain during the IS offensive last year. Their new church in the suburb of Ankawa is dedicated to Mary Mother of Perpetual Help. The building was funded with the offerings of the faithful. Besides providing a spiritual home for the refugees it will also be a centre for their pastoral care. The liturgy was attended by Patriarch Louis Raphael I, Archbishop Alberto Orega Martin, Apostolic Nuncio in Iraq and Jordan, and Mgr Bashar
Pope Francis hosted a celebration for the 65th anniversary of the priestly ordination of his predecessor Benedict, the pope emeritus tonight. Joseph Ratzinger, who took the name Benedict XVI when he was elected to the papacy in 2005, attended the celebration in the Sala Clementina within the Apostolic Palace. More than thirty cardinals were also present, as well as a number of other invited guests. The event began with music from the Sistine Choir and a speech by Pope Francis. In his remarks, the Supreme Pontiff recalled St Peter's response to
Post June 23rd, with the result of the referendum for Britain to leave the EU and the decision of the Prime Minister to shortly step down, we are living through uncertain times. What the referendum has also indicated is just what a divided nation Britain is today in very many ways; Scotland, Northern Ireland, London voted to remain in the EU, whilst Wales and the rest of England voted Brexit. New bridges will have to be built not only with Europe but within the British Isles and between Southern and Northern England and between the generations everywhere.
Caritas Europa urges leaders gathering at the European Council meeting of 28-29 June to rethink the EU-Turkey agreement. The ongoing migration and asylum situation is revealing an emerging threat to European values. Today, Caritas Europa issued a new position paper on the agreement in which it expresses its belief "in the capacity of Europe to solve this situation if it stands together, bases long-term solutions on solidarity, and guarantees the respect of migrants' fundamental rights"... "My parents, two sisters and I fled Syria to go to
A British Mezzo Soprano has been chosen to headline a spectacular free concert in one of Rome's most historic sites, to mark the Pope's Jubilee celebrations. Nottingham-born Carly Paoli - whose debut single Ave Maria has been chosen as the official song of the Pope's 2016 Jubilee celebrations - will lead the line-up for Music for Mercy, a ground-breaking live event held in the grounds of Rome's Forum on July 26. This is the first time permission has been granted for an event at the historic site,
Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and president of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has issued a new statement today following the Brexit referendum. He said: "We all need to reflect on what has been a tumultuous few days and ponder what is needed now. Firstly, I am very conscious of the Polish community in Hammersmith or of people confronted by banners in Newcastle. This upsurge of racism, of hatred towards others is something we must not tolerate. We have to say this is simply not acceptable in a humane society and it
Christian peace groups blocked the three entrances to AWE Burghfield yesterday using super glue and arm tubes. 14 men and women, aged between 20 and 80, six of them Quakers and others from faith groups Put Down The Sword and the London Catholic Worker lay in the road to symbolically prevent the manufacture of nuclear weapons. Alongside the protests, which may lead to arrests, people from local Buddhist, Muslim, Christian and Sikh groups gathered to pray outside the base for the victims of war, and maintained their witness all day.
History was made this week as the Diocese of Galloway in the west of Scotland has appointed the first lay woman Chancellor. Ann Tierney will take up her post on Friday 1 July. Commenting on the appointment, Bishop Bill Nolan of Galloway said: "I am delighted that Ann Tierney has agreed to accept this post. She has been the PA to my two predecessors, Bishop Taylor and Bishop Cunningham. She is well respected by the clergy and laity of the Diocese and she is eminently qualified to carry out this role."