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Pope sends prayers to Israel after death of Shimon Peres
Pope sends prayers to Israel after death of Shimon Peres

The Pope has sent a telegram full of "heartfelt condolence" to the people of Israel, after the death of the former President, Shimon Peres. He died this morning (Wednesday, September 28) in a hospital in Tel Aviv, at the age of 93. Peres, the President of Israel from 2007-2014, and twice the country's Prime Minister, met three Popes, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.

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Laudato Si Days in Westminster Archdiocese
Laudato Si Days in Westminster Archdiocese

Two events are to be held to discuss the local and global effects of climate change, the message of Pope Francis in Laudato Si', and practical ways for Catholics to get involved. 'Laudato Si and Care for Creation- where next?' is the title of days to be held at Our Lady of Grace and St Edward in Chiswick on 1 October, 10am-1pm, and Our Lady of Victories in Kensington on 15 October 10.30am - 1.30pm.

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Model yourself on the good thief, says Pope
Model yourself on the good thief, says Pope

The good thief who spoke to Jesus on the Cross is our model for approaching God, the Pope said today (Wednesday, September 28) at his General Audience. Referring to Luke's account of the Passion, the Pope said that Jesus' words during the Crucifixion culminate in forgiveness as he says, 'Father forgive them; for they do not know what they do (Lk: 23:34)'.

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Pope makes urgent appeal for peace in Syria
Pope makes urgent appeal for peace in Syria

The Pope has appealed once more for peace in Syria, in the wake of airstrikes on rebel-held areas in East Aleppo, home to some 250,000 trapped civilians. "Dramatic news continues to reach me concerning the fate of the people of Aleppo, with whom, through prayer and spiritual closeness, I feel united in suffering," Pope Francis said today (Wednesday, September 28) at his General Audience.

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Walking in the steps of St Ignatius - day one
Walking in the steps of St Ignatius - day one

The sun was setting as we began our journey from the airport by coach out of Barcelona into the open countryside of Catalonia. As night fell we could get glimpses of the landscape as distant stormflashes were lighting up the night sky behind high hills. After dinner we took a short stroll around the medieval streets of Cervera - a fascinating town - with an ancient Jewish quarter.

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Papal recipe to cure the blues: prayer not pills
Papal recipe to cure the blues: prayer not pills

Pope Francis recommends silence and prayer to vanquish inner darkness, rather than popping pills or resorting to drink. Speaking today (Tuesday, September 27), Pope Francis spoke of spiritual desolation, ''that feeling of spiritual darkness, of hopelessness, mistrust, of lacking the desire to live.'' Preaching during Mass at the Santa Marta residence, the Pope said that anyone at all could go through this sadness. He then asked the question:

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Religion key to peace in Colombia says Vatican
Religion key to peace in Colombia says Vatican

As Colombia signed a treaty ending a 52-year civil war yesterday, the Vatican's Secretary for State said religion had a vital role in keeping the peace. "The root causes of this conflict which in recent decades has torn apart this country can be found in the wounds of the heart," declared Cardinal Pietro Parolin, as he preached from the Church of St Peter Claver, in Cartagena de Indias. "Religion," he remarked, "leads to listening, to understanding and to recognising the reasons for and the value of the other."

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Job vacancy: Turning Up The Heat Campaigner
Job vacancy: Turning Up The Heat Campaigner

If you are a bright, dynamic self-starter - passionate about building relationships, engaging new audiences and helping them to find their voice on climate change - then Operation Noah wants to hear from you. Operation Noah is seeking a campaigner for 'Turning Up The Heat', a new campaign on engaging Christians for whom climate change is not yet a priority issue.

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Colombia Peace Deal signed today
Colombia Peace Deal signed today

A peace deal, bringing the five decade long conflict in Colombia to an end, is being signed today. The pen used to sign the peace deal is made from a recycled bullet. It reads: "Bullets wrote our past. Education, our future." Big screens to watch the ceremony have been erected around the country of 49 million people.

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Funeral of Elizabeth Wang
Funeral of Elizabeth Wang

Elizabeth Wang was laid to rest in Harpenden on 22 September after a Requiem Mass in her home parish of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. There were a total of nineteen celebrants, with her son, Fr Stephen Wang, being the main celebrant. He is currently Senior University Chaplain for the Archdiocese of Westminster. Fr Stephen's homily recalled many special family moments, including the four lively grandchildren in attendance the day she died, filling the house with love and joy.

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Muslim and Christian children to pray for an end to war in Syria
Muslim and Christian children to pray for an end to war in Syria

Hundreds of Muslim and Christian schoolchildren are to meet in Aleppo next week to pray for an end to the death of children through bombing and war in Syria. On Thursday, October 6, they will sign and or place their fingerprints on a written appeal begging the worlds' leaders to put an end to the violence. "But above all, they will pray. They will pray for all of their peers. And we trust in the fact that children's prayer is more powerful than ours", said Archbishop Boutros Marayati, the head of the Armenian Catholic archeparchy in Aleppo.

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Respond to the Devil's work with forgiveness, Pope tells families of Nice massacre victims
Respond to the Devil's work with forgiveness, Pope tells families of Nice massacre victims

"We can only respond to the devil's attack with the works of God: forgiveness, love, respect for our neighbours, even if they are indifferent to it." That was Pope Francis's message to families from the French city of Nice grieving the loss of relatives mowed down in the city's streets by a truck driven by a Muslim extremist. A basket of 86 flowers - symbolising the 86 victims of the attack on Bastille Day (July 14, 2016) was given to the Pope by Christian Estrosi, the former Mayor of Nice.

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Third Mexican priest found dead
Third Mexican priest found dead

The body of a priest kidnapped last week in Mexico has been found. Father José Alfredo López Guillén, 43, had been robbed before being kidnapped from his home in the Western Mexican state of Michoacan, according to Church officials. Prosecutors said that a post-mortem examination revealed that he had been murdered several days before his body was found.

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Interfaith leaders honour Mother Teresa
Interfaith leaders honour Mother Teresa

Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh and Muslim leaders have gathered with Catholics at the tomb of St Teresa of Calcutta to pray for her intercession. The leaders - who met at invitation of the Catholic Archdiocese of Calcutta (Kolkata) and the Missionaries of Charity - prayed that they might emulate her commitment to the poor. "Although St Teresa has left us, we can all emulate her," said Maulana Mubarak Karim Jawahar, president of the Quran Research Society.

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Pope prays for Mexico's murdered and kidnapped priests
Pope prays for Mexico's murdered and kidnapped priests

Just before the mid-day Angelus today (September 25, 2016), the Pope prayed for an end to the violence assailing Mexico, and especially for two priests murdered last week. On Monday, the bodies of the priests were found ridden with bullets in a ditch at the side of a motorway in the gulf state of Veracruz. Father Alejo Nabor Jiménez, 50, and Father José Alfredo Juárez, 28, who was recently ordained, had been kidnapped from their parish church hours earlier.

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Pope greets the world's deaf community
Pope greets the world's deaf community

At the Angelus on Sunday, September 25, 2016, Pope Francis offered prayers and a greeting to the deaf community worldwide. "I want to salute all deaf persons - some of whom are here [at the Angelus] - and encourage them to give their part for a Church and for a society that are both ever more ready and willing to welcome everyone," he said.

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Pope Francis to Catechists: Resurrection is the centre of all you teach
Pope Francis to Catechists: Resurrection is the centre of all you teach

Pope Francis has urged catechists to focus first and foremost on the Resurrection. Speaking at the Jubilee of Catechists this Sunday (25 September 2016) the Holy Father said Christ's victory over death was "the centre" of the Good News, and "the beating heart" around which all else revolves. He described Christ rising from the dead as "the key message of the faith", which catechists needed to keep right at the centre of their apostolate.

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Walkers begin 200K Ignatian Camino to raise funds for refugees
Walkers begin 200K Ignatian Camino to raise funds for refugees

Dear Readers - On Sunday morning I'm setting out for Heathrow Airport with a group of walkers from Farm Street Church, to fly to Barcelona where we will begin our ten-day 'Ignatian Camino' to Montserrat, to raise funds for Aid to the Church in Need projects in northern Iraq, and the Jesuit Refugee Service UK. We will be following the route that St Ignatius walked hundreds of years ago, from the Shrine of St Peter Claver in Verdù across Catalunya to the Abbey of Montserrat and Manresa.

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Pope warns journalists: Words can kill
Pope warns journalists: Words can kill

There are few professions that have so much influence on society as that of journalism, Pope Francis told representatives from the Italian National Council of the Order of Journalists on Thursday. He noted that they are usually the ones who are there to record, the "first draft of history", "the building of the news agenda and introducing people to the interpretation of events. The Holy Father then went on to reflect on some aspects of the journalistic profession, and how it can serve for the betterment of the society in which we live.

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Pope Francis: Mercy and forgiveness makes hearts bigger
Pope Francis: Mercy and forgiveness makes hearts bigger

Pope Francis urged the faithful to be as merciful as the Lord, because "that is the best way to be a sign, a channel, a witness of His love". The Holy Father was speaking on Wednesday during the weekly General Audience in St. Peter's Square. Reflecting on the reading from the Gospel of Luke on being merciful, "just as your Father is merciful," Pope Francis said that is not a mere slogan, but a commitment for life. That reading is where the motto of the Holy Year of Mercy comes from, he said.

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Iraq: Could the Christians return?
Iraq: Could the Christians return?

If Mosul is recaptured from Daesh (ISIS) it could pave the way for the return of Iraqi Christians to their ancient homelands in neighbouring Nineveh - according to bishops and other Church leaders who want to reach a deal with the government. A delegation to Iraq made up of MPs and clergy led by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, which has provided emergency help for displaced Iraqi Christians, found that Church leaders and other leading Church figures were developing proposals which would enable the faithful

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Greece: CPT volunteer reflects on teenager sentenced to 44 years for steering refugee dingy
Greece: CPT volunteer reflects on teenager sentenced to 44 years for steering refugee dingy

He bent his head down momentarily and then raised it to brace himself for the verdict and the sentence. "Guilty." "Forty-four years in prison," a staggering reality for a teenage refugee, who thought he would be released because of his age and background. All his dreams and hopes for his life, wiped away at the stroke of the judge's pen. His only hope now is in the appeals process, which often results in greatly reducing the sentence. We were stunned. After visiting him in the jail the day before the trial,

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Vatican launches UNCTAD report: Development is new name of peace
Vatican launches UNCTAD report: Development is new name of peace

The 2016 UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) report, entitled 'Structural Transformation for Inclusive and Sustained Growth' was launched at the Vatican on Wednesday. The Holy See is a member of UNCTAD, which helps developing countries diversify their economy to benefit from the globalized economy more fairly and effectively. Fr Michael Czerny, SJ, spokesman for the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace read a speech prepared by Cardinal Peter Turkson, who heads the Council but was unable to

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Pledges to help refugees bring hope for 2016. What about next year?
Pledges to help refugees bring hope for 2016. What about next year?

Campaigners have welcomed the financial, resettlement and support pledges made at Tuesday's Leaders' Summit on Refugees, but said they were no substitute for more stable year-on-year funding and a permanent agreement on resettling refugees to meet the significant levels of need today. The pledges were made by 50 countries called together by President Obama to address the serious shortfall in money and resettlement programmes for refugees worldwide. World leaders at the New York summit agreed to resettle twice as many refugees

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Mexico: Two priests kidnapped and killed
Mexico: Two priests kidnapped and killed

Two priests were kidnapped and killed in Veracruz State, Mexico, on Sunday. In a statement the Mexican diocese of Papantla confirmed the violent death of Father Alejo Nabor Jiménez Juárez and Father José Alfredo Suárez de la Cruz. An initial report from the Office of the Attorney General of Veracruz state indicates that the two priests were kidnapped last Sunday evening, September 18, from the parish of Nuestra Senora de Fatima, in the extreme outskirts of the city of Poza Rica, in the northern part of the Veracruz state.

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