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London: Advent Art Retreat - The Jesse Tree and Me
London: Advent Art Retreat - The Jesse Tree and Me

The Jesse Tree and Me, an Advent art retreat led by JudyAnn Masters takes place at DeMazenod House, the new Oblate Spirituality Centre byTower Hill, next Saturday, 10 December 10.30 for 11am start - 4pm. We will use the model of the Jesse Tree for exploring your own family tree and how it has shaped your perspective of self and your relationship with God. The aim of the day is to connect with God creatively and intuitively. The day will include prayer, scripture, poetry, prose, music, meditation and contemplation.

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Help London hospices choir reach Christmas Number 1!
Help London hospices choir reach Christmas Number 1!


A newly-formed choir of 300 patients, families, staff and volunteers from 18 London hospices are aiming for this year's Christmas number 1 - and to raise awareness of the hospice movement - with a cover of 'The Living Years' alongside Paul Carrack, who was also lead vocalist on the original 1991 hit.  The multi-generational London Hospices Choir recorded their new take on the classic track at the world famous Abbey Road Studios and shot the moving music video with patients at Clapham's Royal Trinity Hospice, under the direction of top Hollywood film director Annabel Jankel

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Heartwarming ad shows friendship between Vicar and Imam
Heartwarming ad shows friendship between Vicar and Imam

A heartwarming ad from retail giant Amazon, which will be shown in cinemas and on TV up to Christmas, tells a story of an Anglican Vicar and a Muslim Imam who are old friends. They meet for a cup of tea and discover that they share the same problem. The next day the Vicar has a moment of inspiration and decides to do something to make the Imam's life and work a little easier. What the Vicar doesn't know, is the Imam has hit on the same idea for his friend.

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Brian Sewell bequeaths painting to National Gallery
Brian Sewell bequeaths painting to National Gallery

The legendary art critic Brian Sewell, who died last September, has bequeathed one of his favourite paintings to the National Gallery. Maternal Affection, a small oil on copper work from 1773 by the French artist Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée, goes on display today in Room 33 alongside works by fellow French painters such as Fragonard, Vernet, and Watteau. The picture shows a woman nursing a child, with another infant held towards her by one of her female companions.

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Booking now: Amos Trust Bethlehem Carol Service 2016

Booking now: Amos Trust Bethlehem Carol Service 2016


The annual Amos Trust Bethlehem Carol service at St James's Piccadilly this year focuses on the stories of the women of Palestine and will feature a wide cross-section of guest musicians and speakers. There will be special guests from Palestine as well as Philippa Whitford MP who will talk about her time at Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza; Garth Hewitt who will be previewing songs from his new Christmas album; Vox Holloway Choir with Justin Butcher & Harvey Brough Beth Rowley & Amaka Okafor Opera 4.

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London: Jesse Tree Creativity and Spiritual Retreat Day
London: Jesse Tree Creativity and Spiritual Retreat Day

The second Jesse Tree Creativity and Spiritual Retreat Day takes place next week. JudyAnn Masters writes: We'll be meeting again at the Oblate Retreat Centre, DeMazenod House, 62 Chamber St. London E1 7BL on Saturday 5 November at 10:30 for 11am start. Last month we looked at Christ's and our own genealogy in terms of Nature, the physical bloodline, physical body that connects us to God. We experienced an aspect of Jesus' genealogy that is connected to our own family tree (including adopted family lines).

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 Booking Now: Night Under the Stars - Benefit for the Passage
Booking Now: Night Under the Stars - Benefit for the Passage

Tuesday 8 November - the day of the US Presidential Election - there will be an evening of entertainment at the iconic Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank to raise funds for the work of The Passage. Appropriately, this year's concert features music by the leading American composers of the 20th century - including Gershwin, Barber and Bernstein - performed by a line up of top international performers. There's music from Broadway too, in the form of hits from the musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein with Streetwise Opera.

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Blue Swan Quartet - booking now for parties, wedding receptions
Blue Swan Quartet - booking now for parties, wedding receptions

This talented and versatile young quartet of saxophone, violin, piano and bass has a unique sound. With a large and ever-growing repertoire of classical and popular pieces Blue Swan are available to play at wedding receptions, official functions and informal parties. This London-based band can also bring a vocalist if needed. For bookings and more information contact: bookings@blueswanmusic.co.uk

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London: Poetry Workshop on  Gerard Manley Hopkins
London: Poetry Workshop on Gerard Manley Hopkins

A day exploring selected poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins, led by Graeme Watson will take place at the Meditatio Centre in Islington on Saturday, 22 October. Hopkins' poems describe God's world in dynamic images and rhythms. Stretching language almost to breaking point, the poet invites the reader to observe the natural world more closely , to look inward into the human mind and heart, and then to take the final step of entering into the stillness and silence of contemplative prayer.

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London Retreats: The Jesse Tree and Me
London Retreats: The Jesse Tree and Me

Three day retreats will be held on 8 October, 5 November and 10 December covering three aspects of The Jesse Tree: Our Lord's genealogy: nature, nurture and spiritual heritage. We will use this model for exploring your own family tree and how it has shaped your perspective of self and your relationship with God.

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'A Miracle in Wood' the story of St Mary's altar in Krakow
'A Miracle in Wood' the story of St Mary's altar in Krakow

It's been described as 'a miracle in wood'. St Mary's Altar, towering behind the high altar of St Mary's Basilica in Kraków, is the largest Gothic altarpiece in the world and a national treasure of Poland. For centuries, pilgrims have come from around the world to gaze on this masterpiece. The work consists of 200 fine wooden sculptures, painted in vibrant colours and gold leaf. The central part, with huge 2.7 metre tall lifelike statues, depicts dramatically the death of the Virgin Mary, surrounded by the twelve Apostles.

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One day, one million strong choir on International Day of Peace
One day, one million strong choir on International Day of Peace

Choirs and singers across the whole world got together to send a message of peace and unity on International Day of Peace. A million people were involved in One Day One Choir, a global choral initiative started in 2014 by singer Jane Hanson to mobilise the power of singing to unite people globally. A flash mob in Trafalgar Square, London, led by choir leaders Jeremy Haneman and Tom Morley, brought together singers for an impromptu performance of songs about peace.

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Choirs sing for peace in Trafalgar Square
Choirs sing for peace in Trafalgar Square

3FF's (Three Faiths Forum) intercultural choir the Mixed Up Chorus is joining other choirs and singers to send a message of peace and unity on International Day of Peace. As part of the One Day One Choir flash mob, the choir will sing in Trafalgar Square on Wednesday 21 September at 6:30pm. The singers will be led by acclaimed choir leaders Tom Morley and Mixed Up Chorus's musical director Jeremy Haneman. One Day One Choir is a global choral initiative, starting in 2014 by Jane Hanson, which has been created to mobilise

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New works by Canadian sculptor depict Jesus and terrorists
New works by Canadian sculptor depict Jesus and terrorists

To mark the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America, Timothy Schmalz, the world-renowned Catholic sculptor best known for his controversial 'Homeless Jesus' statue, has unveiled two new works, 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' and 'Love Your Enemy.' 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' depicts Christ with his face in his hands weeping over the dead body of a hooded individual. Three bullet holes are clearly visible in the person's back.

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London Synagogue hosts 'Midwives of Freedom'
London Synagogue hosts 'Midwives of Freedom'

One Sunday morning in 1941 in Nazi Occupied Netherlands a mysterious character rode up on his bicycle and entered the Calvinist Church. He ascended the podium and read aloud the story of the midwives who saved the Hebrew babies and defied Pharaoh's policy of genocide. "Who is today's Pharaoh?" he asked. "HItler" the congregation replied. "Who are today's Hebrew babies?" "The Jews" the again replied. "Who will be today's midwives? He left the church leaving his question hanging in the air. Seven families from this little church hid Jews and

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New music for canonisation of Blessed Mother Teresa
New music for canonisation of Blessed Mother Teresa

A parishioner from St Joseph Church, Christchurch in Dorset, Mr Santhosh Thomas, has composed the music and lyrics for three theme songs on a new album of music in preparation for Blessed Mother Teresa's Canonisation on September 4th, released by the Kerala Catholic Bishops Council. Mr Thomas was brought up as a member of Syro- Malabar Church in India and became a parishioner of St Joseph's in 2003. He has written the lyrics and music for more than 500 Christian devotional songs.

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Beautiful Resistance' - Youth theatre from Bethlehem tours UK
Beautiful Resistance' - Youth theatre from Bethlehem tours UK

Fourteen young people from the Alrowwad Centre for Culture and Arts in Bethlehem, Palestine are visiting the UK this summer to experience life outside the constraints of their daily lives inside a refugee camp and tell their story through dance, music and film. The tour also features a number of special guests including Martyn Joseph, Reem Kelani, Garth Hewitt, Harry Baker, Grace Petrie, Katey Brooks, Saffron Records and others. "As Palestinian refugees, we don't have the luxury of despair. We choose Beautiful Resistance" they say.

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Edinburgh:  Catholic resonances continue at the Fringe
Edinburgh: Catholic resonances continue at the Fringe

For those seeking plays and performances which resonate with the faith or contain Catholic themes at this year's Edinburgh Fringe, you continue to be spoiled. A Man Standing has now left town but Doubting Thomas continues at Summerhall. Playing in the same venue is Camille, a superb performance created and performed by Kamila Klamut, who has trained with Poland's celebrated Grotowski Institute. Klamut plays out the life of Camille Claudel, the sculptress and former lover and muse of Rodin,

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Heaven on Earth at the National Gallery
Heaven on Earth at the National Gallery

Exhibited in the UK for the first time, The Adoration of the Shepherds and The Adoration of the Kings will be on display in Room 1 of the National Gallery this autumn and through the Christmas period. The loan of these two remarkable paintings from the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid provides a rare opportunity to present the work of Spanish painter the Dominic Fray Juan Bautista Maíno (1581-1649), an artist of exceptional talent whose name remains largely unfamiliar outside Spain.

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Edinburgh Fringe: Church-backed play shortlisted for two awards
Edinburgh Fringe: Church-backed play shortlisted for two awards

A play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival highlighting the plight of a refugee in the Calais 'Jungle' is in the running for two national awards. 'Still Here' by Rachel Partington, Artistic Director of Theatre for Justice and a student at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, has been shortlisted by National Student Drama Festival for its Edinburgh Award 2016 and also longlisted by Amnesty International for its Freedom of Expression Award 2016. The play is sponsored by the Church of England - the first time the Church has ever sponsored a production at the Edinburgh

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 London: Art exhibition raises voices of conscience
London: Art exhibition raises voices of conscience

The men who refused to fight in World War I because of their faith or political beliefs have inspired an art exhibition in London. Quaker Arts Network are using stirring soundtracks, family photographs and a tent made from bandages to create Echo Chamber. The sound installation and photography project runs from 18 August to 2 September, at Friends House, the central offices of Quakers in Britain. Visitors listen to vivid personal memories of those imprisoned for their conscience, for refusing military service.

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Edinburgh Fringe:  real life protagonists of prison plays to meet public
Edinburgh Fringe: real life protagonists of prison plays to meet public

The Catholic Church has long advocated that prison should be a place of redemption. The protagonists of two powerful autobiographical prison plays are to come together this Friday 12th August at 1pm at Summerhall, where both their plays are being staged, to meet the public and discuss theatre, prisons and rehabilitation. Belgian Jean-Marc Mahy was sent to prison at the age of seventeen and spent almost 20 years inside for involuntary manslaughter, three in solitary confinement.

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Catholic themes in Edinburgh Fringe plays
Catholic themes in Edinburgh Fringe plays

There are three compelling dramas infused with Catholicism at Summerhall in Edinburgh this Fringe: A Man Standing, Doubting Thomas and It Folds. Paul Laverty, Ken Loach's award-winning screen-writer, who himself was educated at a Scottish junior seminary, had this to say about A Man Standing: "Sometimes a play isn't just about the piece itself, but what is in your head, and maybe heart, when you cross with it. Over the last few days

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 Redemption Play at Edinburgh Fringe
Redemption Play at Edinburgh Fringe

A Belgian ex-prisoner tells how the Bible saved his life in this play at the Edinburgh fringe. Jean-Marc Mahy was sent to prison at the age of seventeen and spent almost 20 years inside for involuntary manslaughter, three in solitary confinement. In A Man Standing, Mahy recalls his brutal prison life with its humiliations, isolation, and lurking madness. In one episode, he recounts how he received short shrift from the Catholic chaplain who'd also happened to preside over the funeral of the policeman who had died after a struggle with Mahy.

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Song for WYD by #RTCK
Song for WYD by #RTCK

Polish band #RTCK have released a special single for World Youth Day with Pope Francis. 'Step up to the mountain' is a song recorded in English. The band say: "We want to convey to you our passion, good, but most of all we want to rejoice together with thousands of young people coming to our country :)" Z ogromną radością, w dniu przyjazdu papieża Franciszka do Polski, prezentujemy Wam singiel od ‪#‎RTCK‬ z okazji Światowych Dni Młodzieży 2016 :)

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