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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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UN Summit: Time to fix string of failures in how refugees are treated
UN Summit: Time to fix string of failures in how refugees are treated

Today's UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants must be a turning point for the tens of millions of people forcibly on the move whose lives are degraded owing to a string of failures by the international community, the development agency Christian Aid has said. At the start of two landmark summits in New York, Christian Aid is urging rich nations to increase their support for refugee resettlement and drastically reform the way refugee aid to poor countries who shoulder the responsibility is financed.

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China: UK, UN express concerns about freedom of religion in China
China: UK, UN express concerns about freedom of religion in China

Christian Solidarity Worldwide has welcomed the United Kingdom's calls for China to safeguard freedom of religion or belief, expressed on 19 September in a statement at the 33rd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council. The UK expressed concern about restrictions on freedom of religion or belief and expression in China, and stated that "new laws and regulations affecting media, NGOs and religious groups must expand the space for independent civil society and safeguard religious freedom and belief."

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 Caritas, JRS issue urgent international call to protect migrants and refugees
Caritas, JRS issue urgent international call to protect migrants and refugees

Caritas Internationalis and Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) are calling for concrete change within the United Nations system and a shared commitment by all states and public and private stakeholders to ensure migrants and refugees are protected. In a statement ahead of the first-ever UN summit on migrants and refugees in New York, the two global networks emphasised that priority must be given to those fleeing harm, particularly women and children. This means ensuring full respect for international refugee and human rights law in

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New British Ambassador to the Holy See
New British Ambassador to the Holy See

Today, 19 September 2016, Mrs Sally Jane Axworthy MBE, presented her Letters of Credence to His Holiness Pope Francis, accrediting her as Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Holy See. On presenting Credentials, HM Ambassador Axworthy said: "It will be a great privilege to continue to build on the excellent relations between the United Kingdom and the Holy See, and the many core values that we share. Pope Francis is one of the most, if not the most, respected international leader. People pay attention to what he is saying and doing, and

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Pope Francis: Don't be a 'mafioso' but live in the light of faith
Pope Francis: Don't be a 'mafioso' but live in the light of faith

Don't envy the rich and powerful or conspire against your neighbour, but instead nurture the light of faith in your lives. That was the Pope's message on Monday morning during Mass at Casa Santa Marta. Reflecting on the day's reading from St Luke's Gospel the Pope talked about the many ways in which we hide the light of faith, through jealousy and arguments, by plotting evil against our neighbours or simply by putting off until tomorrow the good that we should do today. The light of faith, he said, is a gift that each one of us receives

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Walkers plan Ignatian Camino to raise funds for refugees
Walkers plan Ignatian Camino to raise funds for refugees

A week from today, a group of walkers will be setting out on a 200K trek from Barcelona to Montserrat, to raise funds for Aid to the Church in Need projects in northern Iraq, and the Jesuit Refugee Service UK. These pilgrims will be walking the 'Camino Ignaciano' (the Ignatian Camino or Ignatian Way), following the route that St Ignatius himself 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 appeals for prayers for peace
Pope appeals for prayers for peace

Pope Francis has asked for prayers for peace in a world in which war is everywhere. Speaking on Sunday morning after the Angelus, the Holy Father told pilgrims in St Peter's Square that on Tuesday he will travel to Assisi to participate in the Day of Prayer for Peace. "Today, more than ever, we need peace in this war which is everywhere in the world. Let us Pray for peace!" he said. Explaining that he is going to Assisi in the footsteps of Saint John Paul II who called for the World Day of Prayer for Peace thirty years ago, he invited all parishes,

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Petition: Stop demolition of Calais Jungle
Petition: Stop demolition of Calais Jungle

The Calais refugee camp is under imminent threat of being demolished, meaning thousands of refugees will lose their tiny makeshift homes. With winter around the corner we need your support to stop this before its too late. The rapid growth of the camp and the increasingly violent tactics being employed by people smugglers on the roads entering the port have meant that many parties are calling for something to be done. In response, the French Interior Minister has said that the camp will be progressively dismantled between now

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US Bishops issue document on politics ahead of presidential election
US Bishops issue document on politics ahead of presidential election

The Catholic bishops of the United States are offering once again to the Catholic faithful: 'Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship', a teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in US democracy. The bishops urge "pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of good will to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to

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Syria: Nun on Aleppo's front line
Syria: Nun on Aleppo's front line

A religious Sister from Syria is to come to the UK to give first-hand testimony about life in Aleppo as part of a series of events organised by Aid to the Church in Need, the Catholic charity helping those suffering persecution. Sister Annie Demerjian and Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore, Pakistan will give personal witness accounts at ACN events both in England and Scotland. In her keynote addresses, Sister Annie is expected to describe her life-threatening work providing emergency aid and spiritual support to

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Pope Francis: Each migrant has a name, a face, and a story
Pope Francis: Each migrant has a name, a face, and a story

Refugees and migrants are more than statistics, Pope Francis told members of the European Confederation and World Union of Jesuit Alumni and Alumnae today. They are no different than our own family and friends, he said. The Jesuit group had been participating in a conference in Rome this week entitled 'Global Migration and Refugee Crisis: Time to Contemplate and Act'. In the face of tens of thousands of persons forcibly displaced worldwide, the Pope stressed that it is important to move beyond the statistics, and realize that migrants and refugees "are no different than our own family members and friends."

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US Bishops: As Catholics, we must overcome partisan divides on migration issues
US Bishops: As Catholics, we must overcome partisan divides on migration issues

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and Chairman of the Bishops' Committee on Migration, has called for Catholics to focus on the 'moral teachings of the Church' 'to overcome the partisan divides that separate us' on refugee and migration issues. While acknowledging the need for 'nations to control their borders' he said people had a right to migrate when they are fleeing persecution and war. He added that it was not enough to welcome migrants, but political and religious leaders must work with leaders of other countries to

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Syria: Agencies welcome cessation of hostilities, demand urgent humanitarian access
Syria: Agencies welcome cessation of hostilities, demand urgent humanitarian access

A hundred organisations including CAFOD and Christian Aid, have jointly welcomed the cessation of hostilities negotiated by the US and Russia this week, and have demanded that the US and Russia use their influence to ensure full and unhindered humanitarian access throughout Syria. In a joint statement, they say: say: This week's cessation of hostilities agreement negotiated by Russia and the US could be an important and welcome step forward for the future of Syria. Countless lives are saved each day this cessation holds.

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Pope Francis issues motu proprio harmonizing Canon Law codes 4
Pope Francis issues motu proprio harmonizing Canon Law codes 4

Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter motu proprio yesterday, in which he brings the basic legal instruments that govern the Latin Church and the Eastern Churches in communion with Rome more closely into accord with one another in several different specific areas regarding the discipline of the sacraments, and ecclesial identity of the faithful. The Holy Father has introduced material changes only to the Code of Canon Law that governs the Latin Church,

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 United Arab Emirates 'proud to stand with Pope Francis against all forms of intolerance'
United Arab Emirates 'proud to stand with Pope Francis against all forms of intolerance'

"When His Holiness Pope Francis received His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates, it was the highest-level official delegation from the Gulf state ever to visit the Vatican, and comes at a time when constructive dialogue between people of all faiths is of paramount importance. It is critical to take every opportunity to show a united front against all forms of intolerance. Pope Francis has reached out to faith leaders

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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi meets Pope Francis
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi meets Pope Francis

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan met Pope Francis at the Vatican today (Thursday) . During the audience they discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations and develop them in the service of humanitarian causes that promote peace and coexistence between different peoples and regions of the world. The encounter began with an official welcoming ceremony. Pope Francis congratulated HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyanand and his delegation on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha

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   Berlin: Coptic Bishop Angaelos attends Freedom of Religion Conference opened by Angela Merkel
Berlin: Coptic Bishop Angaelos attends Freedom of Religion Conference opened by Angela Merkel

The Second International Parliamentarians' Conference, organised by the German CDU/CSU party, took place from 12-13 September 2016 in Berlin, and brought together over 100 members of parliament from 60 countries to discuss the advancement of Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) around the world. The Parliamentarians' conference was followed by a High Level Conference in the German Bundestag, with participants including members of parliament, leading academic figures, religious leaders, including His Grace Bishop

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