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   Scottish Catholic Parliamentary Office relocates to Edinburgh
Scottish Catholic Parliamentary Office relocates to Edinburgh

The Scottish Catholic Parliamentary Office has moved to the capital to be closer to the Scottish Parliament. Since the inception of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 the parliamentary office had been based in Glasgow. Director, Anthony Horan, believes the relocation of the office to Cowgate in the Old Town will enhance his work with parliamentarians and stakeholders. He said: "I'm absolutely delighted to confirm the completion of the Catholic Parliamentary Office's move to the church house of St Patrick's, Edinburgh.

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 Caritas Westminster launches Catholic Social Teaching programme
Caritas Westminster launches Catholic Social Teaching programme

Yesterday, 1 December, Caritas Westminster launched Love in Action, a programme aimed at introducing the principles of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) to parishes and schools. Designed to be used with a variety of groups, the resources offer a programme to educate, inspire and help parishes to discern the needs of their local area, and to focus on how to put love into action. The launch at Our Lady of Victories in Kensington, gave participants a chance to look at the resources as well as interact with them through a series of activities.

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Redemptorist Publications seeks Marketing Assistant
Redemptorist Publications seeks Marketing Assistant

Redemptorist Publications are looking for a creative and motivated Marketing Assistant to join their team. Your responsibilities will range from preparing book information sheets, creating artwork for leaflets, adverts and catalogues, and assisting with events and market research. You will be promoting a portfolio of Catholic books and educational resources; working with supportive, friendly colleagues. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a talent for creating eye catching marketing materials for print, digital and online campaigns.

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East Anglia: Catholic church and Police join forces to tackle modern slavery
East Anglia: Catholic church and Police join forces to tackle modern slavery

Catholic church leaders, senior Police force officers and ethnic chaplains have met the UK's Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner to discuss solutions to tackling human trafficking taking place within East Anglia. The meeting, organised in collaboration with the Santa Marta Group and the Catholic Diocese of East Anglia, was held at Sacred Heart & St Oswald in Peterborough on Tuesday November 29. The regional meeting echoes the international initiative of the Santa Marta Group - an alliance of international police chiefs and bishops from around the world working together with

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Vulnerable asylum seekers find shelter in Birmingham
Vulnerable asylum seekers find shelter in Birmingham

Representatives from Father Hudson's Care, the Columban Missionaries, Caritas, the Archdiocese of Birmingham and a local parish welcomed guests to celebrate the official opening of Fatima House on Sunday. Fatima House is a new partnership project that offers short-term shelter to female asylum seekers who are destitute and in the process of a renewed asylum claim. Just a few short months after the first referral for support was made, it is almost full with eight women staying there who would otherwise be homeless.

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London: Patriarch Gregorios to speak about Melkite Church and Christianity in Syria today
London: Patriarch Gregorios to speak about Melkite Church and Christianity in Syria today

The Centre for Eastern Christianity at Heythrop College is holding a special guest lecture this week by His Beatitude Gregorios III, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East of Alexandria and of Jerusalem on `The Melkite Church and the Situation of Christianity in Syria Today'. Patriarch Gregorios is the most senior Catholic leader in Syria and President of the Assembly of the Catholic Bishops in that country. He has been in Dublin for the last few days with other Syrian Religious leaders meeting members of the Dail-Irish parliament, the Irish Foreign Ministry and holding a joint-service at Trinity College,

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 CSAN welcomes Government decision to reconsider tribunal fee increases
CSAN welcomes Government decision to reconsider tribunal fee increases

The Government has announced that it will review the fees charged for Immigration and Asylum appeals and will not, for the moment, go ahead with proposals to increase tribunal fees by 500% in order to achieve full cost recovery. Any applicants who have paid the new, higher fees will be reimbursed the difference. Cathy Corcoran, Chief Executive of the Cardinal Hume Centre, said: "This unexpected announcement is very welcome news indeed. We at Cardinal Hume Centre are greatly relieved that, for the moment at least, any of our clients making immigration and asylum appeals

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London: Mass for World AIDS Day
London: Mass for World AIDS Day

A special Mass for World AIDS Day will take place at Farm Street Jesuit Church at 6pm this Thursday, to pray for and show solidarity with the 37 million women, children, and men living with HIV and AIDS - including the 100,000 here in the UK. Music will be provided by the Beacon Music Group. The celebrant will be Monsignor Keith Barltrop. The Mass will be followed by refreshments in the Parish Hall and a retiring collection will be taken for the Mildmay Hospital.

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CAP: Autumn Statement means poor get poorer while rich escape scot free
CAP: Autumn Statement means poor get poorer while rich escape scot free

Church Action on Poverty has responded to the government's Autumn Statement by highlighting how the incomes of the poorest are hardest hit - by far - whilst the wealthy escape scot free. The Statement announced further years of pain ahead, as the economy adjusts to the likely impact of Brexit. An economic policy grounded in social justice might have sought to place the greatest burden on those most able to bear it. But, yet again, it is the poorest who are being called on to shoulder the greatest pain.

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Oscott: Mass for deceased clergy
Oscott: Mass for deceased clergy

Bishops and Clergy of the Archdiocese of Birmingham gathered at St Mary's College, Oscott, gathered on Monday for the annual Mass for Deceased Clergy. The Principal Celebrant was the The Most Rev Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham and he was joined by his Auxiliary bishops, William Kenney, David McGough, Robert Byrne and Emeritus-bishop Philip Pargeter. Bishop Robert Byrne began his homily in a light-hearted way by sharing a past anecdote where an Anglican bishop visiting a convent of nuns asked, 'Mother, how many nuns are in your community?' "126", she replied, "100 in

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Scotland: Landmark cathedral marks 200 years
Scotland: Landmark cathedral marks 200 years

One of Scotland's most famous churches marks its 200th birthday this week. St Andrew's Cathedral is the mother church of the Catholic community throughout west central Scotland. The first Mass was celebrated in the Cathedral on December 22, 1816 and 200 years on, the current Archbishop, Philip Tartaglia will offer Mass to mark the anniversary on St Andrew's Day. Originally built as 'St Andrew's Chapel' to serve the growing numbers of highland Catholics coming to Glasgow during the Industrial Revolution, the church was a welcome sight and comforting presence decades later as hundreds of

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Cardinal Cormac celebrates 60 years of priesthood
Cardinal Cormac celebrates 60 years of priesthood

Rt Rev Richard Moth, Bishop of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton welcomed Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor and former Bishop of Arundel & Brighton to Arundel Cathedral on Sunday 27 November to celebrate 60 years of priesthood. Cardinal Cormac was ordained a priest on 28 October 1956 in Rome before returning to the Diocese of Portsmouth to work. In 1971 he was appointed Rector of the English College in Rome from where he was called to become Bishop of Arundel & Brighton on 17 November 1977. He was Bishop of Arundel & Brighton for nearly 23 years.

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Catholic Blind Services appeal
Catholic Blind Services appeal

Catholic Blind Services (CBS) has launched an appeal to fund a new website, and introduce CBS Publications which will provide much-needed large print, audio and simplified texts for blind and partially-sighted people. CBS Publications aims to provide catechetical material for children, some of which will be adapted slightly for children with learning difficulties. It is hoped that the first catechetical publication will be 'God Speaks to His Children' the Bible story book by Aid to the Church in Need, for which CBS has just negotiated the necessary copyright.

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Irish Church launches Online Advent Calendar 2016
Irish Church launches Online Advent Calendar 2016

Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Chair of the Council for Communications of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference, has launched a specially commissioned 2016 Advent Calendar on the homepage of the Irish Catholic Bishops' website to coincide with the beginning of Advent on Sunday 27 November. The calendar has daily and reflections, films, music, quotations, listings and other features. Launching the calendar, Archbishop Eamon said: "The season of Advent marks the beginning of the Catholic year and the time of spiritual preparation for the Lord's coming at Christmas.

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Archbishop Eamon Martin opens new Irish missionary seminary
Archbishop Eamon Martin opens new Irish missionary seminary

Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, has opened a new Irish missionary seminary, the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Dundalk, Co Louth, in the Archdiocese of Armagh. There are currently sixteen seminarians studying for the priesthood in the seminary and the young men come from eight countries: Croatia, England, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Scotland, Spain and the USA. The seminarians receive their formation in Dundalk and travel to Maynooth for their philosophical and theological studies.

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HRH Prince Charles receives ACN religious freedom report, attends consecration of Syrian Orthodox Cathedral
HRH Prince Charles receives ACN religious freedom report, attends consecration of Syrian Orthodox Cathedral

HRH Prince Charles was presented Aid to the Church in Need's Religious Freedom in the World 2014 Report at Clarence House yesterday. Present at the meeting were religious leaders who had spoken at the parliamentary launch event and senior ACN staff. The Prince met Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, Chair of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council, Jesuit Father Ziad Hilal from Aleppo, Syria, Dr Sarah Bernstein, Director-General of the Jerusalem Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations and Neville Kyrke-Smith, National Director of Aid to the Church in Need (UK).

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Report describes global impact of religious 'hyper-extremism'
Report describes global impact of religious 'hyper-extremism'

Religious fundamentalism - more lethal than ever seen before - is unleashing death, destruction, displacement and instability at unprecedented levels, according to a report launched in the House of Commons yesterday, attended by faith leaders and MPs. The Religious Freedom in the World 2016 report, produced by Aid to the Church in Need, warns of the global impact of "a new phenomenon of religiously-motivated violence", which it terms 'Islamist hyper-extremism'.

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Booking now: Faith Matters Question Time on Religious Freedom in Iraq
Booking now: Faith Matters Question Time on Religious Freedom in Iraq

Faith Matters Question Time at Farm Street tomorrow will focus on Religious Freedom in Iraq. On the panel there will be Mark Menzies, MP for Fylde, Jim Shannon, MP for Strangford and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Religious Freedom, and Neville Kyrke-Smith, Director of Aid to the Church in Need UK. The evening will include a report on the recent Aid to the Church in Need visit to Kurdistan. Stephen Rasche, an advisor to the Chaldean Archdiocese of Erbil will give an update on the situation in Mosul and Nineveh.

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UK marks #Red Wednesday
UK marks #Red Wednesday

The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, Brentwood Cathedral, St George's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, St John's Wood Synagogue and the Imam Khoei Islamic Centre in London were among hundreds of public buildings illuminated in blood-red light last night, in an act of solidarity with those around the world suffering persecution because of their faith. During the day many schools, churches and community centres around the country held prayer vigils, and many people wore a red item of clothing.

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Churches, mosques and synagogues to be floodlit tonight #Red Wednesday
Churches, mosques and synagogues to be floodlit tonight #Red Wednesday

Church communities and other faith groups are coming together in an act of solidarity with those around the world suffering persecution because of their faith today. The Red Wednesday event co-ordinated by Aid to the Church in Need will involve lighting up Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in red.Also being floodlit in red tonight - Wednesday, 23rd November - are religious buildings around the country - including Brentwood Cathedral and St John's Wood Synagogue.

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London ACTA conference: Where are we going with Pope Francis?
London ACTA conference: Where are we going with Pope Francis?

The fourth annual ACTA (A Call to Action) Conference entitled The Evolving Church - Where are we going with Pope Francis? will be held in London next Saturday, 26 November. ACTA - A Call to Action - aims to develop lay representation and participation, promoting pastoral dialogue. Speakers will be: Professor Tina Beattie, Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Roehampton in London and Director of the Digby Stuart Research Centre for Religion, Society and Human Flourishing, and Dr Werner Jeanrond, Master of St Benet's Hall at the University of Oxford.

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East Anglia: Year of Mercy ends as Holy Door closes in Norwich
East Anglia: Year of Mercy ends as Holy Door closes in Norwich

The Year of Mercy came to an end in the Diocese of East Anglia on Sunday, when Bishop Alan Hopes closed the Holy Door of Mercy at St John the Baptist Cathedral in Norwich, - while Pope Francis was closing the Holy Door at St Peter's Basilica in Rome. A second Holy Door was also closed at the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham in North Norfolk. Both were opened on December 13 last year, at the start of the Year of Mercy. In a pastoral message delivered to the 650-strong congregation at the Cathedral,

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Churches, mosques and synagogues to be floodlit on #Red Wednesday
Churches, mosques and synagogues to be floodlit on #Red Wednesday

Church communities and other faith groups are coming together in an act of solidarity with those around the world suffering persecution because of their faith next week. The Red Wednesday event co-ordinated by Aid to the Church in Need will involve lighting up Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in red. Also being floodlit in red on the day - Wednesday, 23rd November - are religious buildings around the country - including Brentwood Cathedral and St John's Wood Synagogue.

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 European Catholic Media Conference comes to Glasgow
European Catholic Media Conference comes to Glasgow

The annual meeting of Media Officers and Spokespersons of the Catholic Bishops' Conferences of Europe (CCEE) meets in Glasgow from 16 - 19 November, the first time the gathering has been held in Scotland. Representatives from over 25 European Bishops' Conferences will attend to discuss the theme: 'Communicating the Christian message where commonly shared values are lacking.' The meeting of Media Officers, was expanded on Thursday 17 November when delegates will be joined by Bishops responsible for communications across Europe.

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   Cardinal Murphy O'Connor celebrates Requiem Mass for Catholic Police Guild
Cardinal Murphy O'Connor celebrates Requiem Mass for Catholic Police Guild

On Wednesday, 16 November the Catholic Police Guild of England and Wales held their annual Requiem Mass at Westminster Cathedral for all deceased Police officers and staff. The principal celebrant was Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, with four concelebrating priests including Fr Barry Lomax, Chaplain to the Catholic Police Guild. The Mass was sung by the Metropolitan Police choir, conducted by Richard Fox.

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