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Meeting: A Call to Action Westminster
Meeting: A Call to Action Westminster

The next meeting of Westminster ACTA will take place at Maria Fidelis Upper School, 34 Phoenix Road, London NW1 1TA on Thursday 29 September 2016 (7:00 - 9:00). The agenda will include an update on National ACTA, small group discussions, and a plenary. Refreshments will be provided - a £5 donation would be welcome on the day to cover the cost of the venue and food.

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Bishop Richard Moth Pastoral Letter to Act on Poverty
Bishop Richard Moth Pastoral Letter to Act on Poverty

Bishop Richard Moth as Bishop of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton has issued a further Pastoral Letter for the Year of Mercy, calling on members of the Diocese to take action on poverty. The Pastoral Letter was to be read in all churches over the weekend, 24th and 25th September 2016. In his first Pastoral Letter for the Year of Mercy in Lent he asked people - through the traditional ways of prayer, fasting and giving to the poor.

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Creation Time Liturgy Resources for next weekend
Creation Time Liturgy Resources for next weekend

The Global Catholic Climate Movement has produced a new resource of homily helps, petitions, and bulletin announcements for next weekend's liturgies (October 1-2). This is the final weekend of the Season of Creation, which ends with the Feast of St Francis on 4 October. There is also information about the link between climate change and Syria's crisis.

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Southwark: Archbishop praises AoS a 'great example of Church's Works of Mercy'
Southwark: Archbishop praises AoS a 'great example of Church's Works of Mercy'

The Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) is a great example of the Works of Mercy by the Church, offering friendship and support to seafarers, said Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark. In his homily at a Mass to celebrate the feast of Stella Maris, Our Lady Star of the Sea, Archbishop Peter said: "This charity is indeed a wonderful work of mercy and we thank God today for all of you who support this work as volunteers, or who help to provide the financial support without which this work of mercy could not continue."

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Dublin: Exhibition on role of Church in 1916
Dublin: Exhibition on role of Church in 1916

The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin and Minister for Education Richard Bruton will this evening officially launch Ministry Advocacy and Compassion a unique audio visual exhibition chronicling the role of the Church in the events of 1916. For the first time, historical documents from the Dublin Diocesan Archive will be on display alongside material from many other Religious Orders who were at the centre of events Easter Week - including the Capuchins, Dominicans, Franciscans, Irish Sisters of Charity, Jesuits, the Loreto Sisters and the Sisters of Mercy.

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Catholic and Anglican church leaders send message of assurance to Polish president
Catholic and Anglican church leaders send message of assurance to Polish president

Cardinal Vincent Nichols and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev Justin Welby have responded to an appeal for support from Polish President Andrzej Duda in the wake of a number of racist attacks on the Polish community which left one Polish worker dead. In his letters, President Duda asked the church leaders to appeal to Britons to respect the fundamental rights of Poles living in the United Kingdom. 
Poles living in the UK are "honest, hardworking people, and they make an important contribution to Great Britain's economic growth," President

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 Pope Francis: Loneliness of a Long-Distance Runner  - free public lecture by Marco Politi
Pope Francis: Loneliness of a Long-Distance Runner - free public lecture by Marco Politi

Marco Politi, Italian journalist and author will be giving a lecture entitled: Loneliness of a Long-Distance Runner at Heythrop College on 12 October. A columnist for the Italian daily newspaper, Fatto Quotidiano, Politi has built a successful career commentating on the Vatican and religious matters since the 1970s. In addition to his recent coverage of Pope Francis, he has followed Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI on over 80 trips around the world and has regularly contributed to the BBC, CNN and ABC news channels.

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Middlesbrough: Bishop commends 'quiet work' of AoS
Middlesbrough: Bishop commends 'quiet work' of AoS

The work of the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) brings "great blessings, great comfort and great joy to the many who receive the ministry", Bishop of Middlesbrough Bishop Terry Drainey said at the end of Mass to mark the feast of Stella Maris, Our Lady Star of the Sea at St Mary's Cathedral in Middlesbrough. Bishop Drainey thanked AoS' port chaplains and ship visitors for the work they do supporting seafarers. "It is a very quiet work, lots of people wouldn't know about it but such essential and important work," he said.

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Progressio to close after 75 years
Progressio to close after 75 years

The charity Progressio has announced today that it is to close next year. Following the loss of a two million pound grant from the Department for International Development, the charity has been unable to raise enough funds to continue. In a letter, the Chair of Trustees, Martin McEnery writes: 'At a meeting on 14 September 2016 to discuss the conclusions of the recent consultation on Progressio's future, the charity's trustees and myself as chair took the decision to begin proceedings to close Progressio.

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London: Appeal for volunteers at homeless night shelter
London: Appeal for volunteers at homeless night shelter

Notre Dame de France in Leicester Place, near Leicester Square, is hosting the Westminster Churches Night Shelter every Wednesday night from October 2016 to the end of January 2017. The centre will offer dinner, a safe place to rest and a warm welcome to 15 guests that otherwise would have to sleep rough. Have you got some time to spare? Volunteers are needed for mornings, evenings and overnights to help with cooking, bedding and breakfast preparation.

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SVP provides healing touch of care for people suffering sickness
SVP provides healing touch of care for people suffering sickness

Suffering from a mental or physical illness can have many consequences. People who are sick may experience pain, confusion, anxiety, isolation, and lives and wellbeing which have taken a turn for the worse. The 8000 active members if the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) visit people who are ill in their homes or in hospital, providing friendship, support and care. To show how the SVP cares for people who are ill, Week 4 of the charity's awareness campaign entitled 'Who Cares?' focuses on sickness.

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'Christians on the Left' shows party conference faith & politics do mix
'Christians on the Left' shows party conference faith & politics do mix

Christians on the Left will once again play a prominent role at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool, beginning this weekend. Through fringe events and a campaign about tax it will aim to show that faith and politics mix well. Christians on the Left is the organisation for Christians in the Labour Party. Affiliated to the Labour Party, its membership includes MPs, peers, and councillors from across the country. The conference will begin with the party's annual church service.

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Why we need to support the Homelessness Reduction Bill
Why we need to support the Homelessness Reduction Bill

On Friday 28 October 2016, MPs will gather in Parliament to debate the Homelessness Reduction Bill. The bill represents a very important opportunity to reform homelessness legislation in England. As a Catholic charity working on the front line of homelessness, Caritas Anchor House fully supports the bill, and to ensure a fair hearing, we are calling on everyone to write to their MPs and ask them to attend the debate and back the bill. Caritas Anchor House is a residential and life skills centre for single homeless adults based in

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CSAN welcomes DWP decision to defer Local Housing Allowance cap
CSAN welcomes DWP decision to defer Local Housing Allowance cap

Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) has welcomed the Department of Work and Pensions announcement that it is diferring the Local Housing Allowance cap. Commenting the news that the capping of the Local Housing Allowance will be deferred until 2019/20 for those living in specialist accommodation, CSAN CEO Philip McCarthy said: "We are very pleased that Mr Green has taken the decision to defer the application of the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates

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Interfaith cricket in Birmingham
Interfaith cricket in Birmingham
A visiting cricket team from the Vatican took on an Anglican side as well as a Muslim team in a day of play at Edgbaston. The Vatican team - the St Peter's X1 - made up largely of players from south-east Asia studying at seminaries in Rome, first visited the UK in 2014. The Archbishop of Canterbury's X1 played in Rome last year. Archbishop Bernard Longley and a leading Anglican Archbishop, David Moxon, greeted the Anglican and Vatican teams on the pitch before their game began. Archbishop Longley diplomatically said he would
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London: Tens of thousands march for refugees
London: Tens of thousands march for refugees

Tens of thousands joined a march on Saturday calling on government to do more to aid refugees, ahead of a UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants in New York on Monday which will be followed by a separate summit on the issue hosted by Barack Obama the following day. A packed ecumenical service of prayer for refugees was held at St James, Spanish Place before the march, organised by CAFOD, Christian Aid and Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS). The Anglican Bishop of Croydon, Rt Rev Jonathan Clark and Fr Michael Smith SJ led the prayers.

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CSAN welcomes  Ministry of Justice's intention to exempt destitute from immigration court fees
CSAN welcomes Ministry of Justice's intention to exempt destitute from immigration court fees

In the response to its consultation on increasing tribunal fees for the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, the Ministry of Justice has announced its intention to go ahead with the proposals but to implement the fee waiver policy currently used by the Home Office for visa applications. This means that those assessed as destitute are exempt from fees. Bishop Terence Drainey, Caritas Social Action Network Chair of Trustees said: "In our response to this consultation, CSAN supported the fee waiver policy currently used by the Home Office for

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 Delia celebrates 40 years of frugality by donating signed copies of 'Frugal Food' to CAFOD Harvest Appeal
Delia celebrates 40 years of frugality by donating signed copies of 'Frugal Food' to CAFOD Harvest Appeal

Forty years since the launch of her classic thrifty cookbook, cook and TV presenter Delia Smith CBE has teamed up with CAFOD to give the public a chance of winning signed copies, as part of the charity's Harvest Appeal, this October. CAFOD Ambassador Delia kindly donated 10 signed copies of her ground breaking book Frugal Food, which was first published in the 1970s. People will be given the opportunity to win a signed copy of the book by taking part in a social media competition which will launch next week- Monday 19th September.

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Cardinal Nichols: Migrant crisis demands urgent response from international community
Cardinal Nichols: Migrant crisis demands urgent response from international community

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has joined calls for the international community to urgently address the migration crisis, as world leaders gather in New York for Monday's United Nations Summit. The UN Summit on 19 September is an opportunity for the international community to address migration related crises around the world. In Europe, over 280,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean so far this year, with over 3,000 dying in the attempt. Cardinal Nichols has called for international co-operation to help create the conditions so people

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Cardiff: All welcome as church doors open across  Archdiocese
Cardiff: All welcome as church doors open across Archdiocese

During the week of Monday 19 - Friday 23 September, Catholic Churches across South-East Wales and Herefordshire will be opening their doors as part of an initiative led by Pope Francis. For hundreds of years, people have gone on pilgrimage to Rome during special Holy Years. As part of their journey, pilgrims would pass through a Holy Door at a major church in the city. Pope Francis has asked churches around the world to open similar doors so people can perform a pilgrimage to their local Holy Door during 2016, the Pope's Year of Mercy.

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SVP's 'Who Cares' campaign focusses on people living in poverty
SVP's 'Who Cares' campaign focusses on people living in poverty

Week three of the SVP's 'Who Cares' campaign focuses on the question of poverty with millions of families in England and Wales suffering the dire consequences of job losses, benefit sanctions, homelessness and welfare cut backs. Because the SVP cares about people suffering material poverty, its 8,000 active members help people in need with furniture, clothing and food and toys for their children, helping them back on their feet so they can overcome devastating worry, isolation and the despair it causes.

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Bishop Hopes celebrates inaugural Stella Maris Mass in East Anglia
Bishop Hopes celebrates inaugural Stella Maris Mass in East Anglia

The Bishop of East Anglia, the Right Reverend Alan Hopes, has paid tribute to the ministry of Catholic seafarers' charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) in the diocese. In his homily during a Mass held in St John the Baptist Cathedral, Norwich last Tuesday, September 6th, Bishop Alan spoke about how AoS port chaplain and ship visitors support seafarers' spiritual and welfare needs. "This is your proclamation of the Gospel - as you seek to serve Jesus Christ in the ones you serve.

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Archbishop Martin leads Irish 'pilgrimage of solidarity' to Holy Land
Archbishop Martin leads Irish 'pilgrimage of solidarity' to Holy Land

On Sunday Archbishop Eamon Martin set out on an eight-day pilgrimage of solidarity to the Holy Land accompanied by 177 pilgrims drawn from all around Ireland. The pilgrims' itinerary includes visits to sites associated with the earthly life of Christ and will have a particular focus on demonstrating solidarity with the local Christian community - which has been diminishing in numbers in recent decades. Speaking ahead of the pilgrimage Archbishop Eamon said: "I am glad to be part of this pilgrimage of prayerful solidarity to the Holy Land.

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Cardinal Nichols: 'Workers of charity 'show forth the Trinity'
Cardinal Nichols: 'Workers of charity 'show forth the Trinity'

In a homily given at a Mass for volunteers and workers of mercy at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, echoing the words of St Augustine, said that workers of charity "show forth the Trinity". "Every act of charity, understood and seen in its deepest dimensions, in its full beauty, lays bare the plan, the mind of God our Father who, moved by love, sends his Son into our world to bear our burdens." The Cardinal said: "I thank you all for your generous work in the great fields of mercy which,

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Faith Inside: a guide for Catholics in prison - a UK first!
Faith Inside: a guide for Catholics in prison - a UK first!

Many prison inmates find their sentence is a time for a very deeply personal soul searching. As a result, some people discover God and, hidden from public gaze, try to turn around their lives. Unexpectedly, prison becomes a place where they find both wholeness and holiness. Within the prison environment, inmates daily face challenges to their sense of self, their families, their faith and their futures. Many also encounter further stressors in the form of radicalisation, drug abuse, self-harm and other negative agendas.

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