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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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London: Nun's Chorus at the Park Theatre
London: Nun's Chorus at the Park Theatre

Set in 1950's Ireland, Nun's Chorus by Sally Mulready, tells the story of a group of enclosed nuns who go on their first trip outside the convent in five years. Their holiday to Galway Bay leads to more than they expected as they find themselves on a journey of fun, friendship and self discovery. This production, at the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, north London, on Monday, was performed by members of the Irish Pensioners Theatre Group and Irish Pensioners Choir run by the Irish Elderly Advice Network.

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

This versatile and talented 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: Month-long festival explores experience of women and war
London: Month-long festival explores experience of women and war

Women and War is a month long festival (July 4 - 31) examining the effect of warfare on women worldwide. Bringing together an extraordinary span of international work, and performers from all continents, the festival will showcase cutting-edge drama, comedy, dance, documentary film and photography, drawn from the United Kingdom, United States, Spain, Iran, and Uzbekistan. Across the centuries, from the Crimean War, to WWII, through to the current conflict in Syria, Women in War tells the profoundly personal

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 York Minster Mystery Plays 2016
York Minster Mystery Plays 2016

The great York cycle of medieval mystery plays has once more been resurrected and is currently being staged inside York Minster itself in an adaptation by Mike Poulton. With just a couple of professional actors, this is a great community production in the noble tradition of the mysteries in which each pageant was sponsored and staged by local artisan-guilds. Just as in the Middle Ages, immense care and expense has been lavished on the project. The whole of salvation history from Creation to Doomsday is played out in the minster's vast nave, and

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Review: Brideshead Revisited at the Richmond Theatre
Review: Brideshead Revisited at the Richmond Theatre

'Sebastian [Flyte] has such charm', Anthony Blanche warns Charles Ryder in Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited: 'It kills love; it kills art; I greatly fear, my dear Charles, that it has killed you.' And, of course, it is not just Sebastian - the charming homosexual sot who descends into melancholic alcoholism - who charms Charles; it is, in effect, the whole Marchmain (Flyte) family: Old Catholic, aristocratic, and not forgetting their beautiful ancestral pile, Marchmain House. Lord Marchmain, the last aristo to be hounded out of England, has decamped to

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British singer to headline unique concert for Pope Francis
British singer to headline unique concert for Pope Francis

A British Mezzo Soprano has been chosen to headline a spectacular free concert in one of Rome's most historic sites, to mark the Pope's Jubilee celebrations. Nottingham-born Carly Paoli - whose debut single Ave Maria has been chosen as the official song of the Pope's 2016 Jubilee celebrations - will lead the line-up for Music for Mercy, a ground-breaking live event held in the grounds of Rome's Forum on July 26. This is the first time permission has been granted for an event at the historic site,

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Baqoun - Christian dancers from Bethlehem begin UK tour
Baqoun - Christian dancers from Bethlehem begin UK tour

Baqoun - a troupe of 16 talented young Palestinian Christian dancers are coming from Bethlehem to perform in England this week, under the sponsorship of the Anglican Diocese of West Yorkshire and The Dales. During their 12-day visit, Baqoun will be bringing a taste of Bethlehem and the Holy Land to churches and schools. They will be leading workshops and cultural evenings which aim to spread understanding of the challenges facing Christians in Palestine and the Middle East while offering a series of events which will include dance, drama, food

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From Bethlehem with love - Palestinian Christian dance troupe begins UK tour
From Bethlehem with love - Palestinian Christian dance troupe begins UK tour

Baqoun - a troupe of 16 talented young Palestinian Christian dancers are coming from Bethlehem to perform in England this week, under the sponsorship of the Anglican Diocese of West Yorkshire and The Dales. During their 12-day visit, Baqoun will be bringing a taste of Bethlehem and the Holy Land to churches and schools. They will be leading workshops and cultural evenings which aim to spread understanding of the challenges facing Christians in Palestine and the Middle East while offering a series of exciting celebration events which will include dance, drama, food, culture and conversation.

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London: Day retreat with art and prayer
London: Day retreat with art and prayer

Astonished and Amazed: Enlightenment through the little things, is a day retreat being given by JudyAnn Masters at the Oblate Retreat Centre at Tower Hill this Saturday 18th June 10.30 for an 11am start. The day will finish with Mass celebrated by Fr Oliver Barry. Sr Sheila Gosney, who has recently relocated to Felixstowe, asked JudyAnn to continue the retreat days she had been doing with art and prayer. Astonished and Amazed will be the first JudyAnn is presenting, to carry on the marvellous work that Sr Sheila began.

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Winifred Knights retrospective at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Winifred Knights retrospective at Dulwich Picture Gallery

A protégé of the Slade School of Art during WWI, in 1920 Winifred Knights won the most prestigious art scholarship of the era, affording her three years of painting study with the British School at Rome. The other shortlisted candidates were all men and a newspaper headlined her triumph: 'Girl, 21, wins prize.' Knights's early ambitions tended towards illustration, but she followed in a family tradition of determined social activism and feminism, and she turned to creating much larger works inspired by utopian visions of mankind in harmony with nature.

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