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Text: Sermon at service of prayer and reflection for Jo Cox
Text: Sermon at service of prayer and reflection for Jo Cox

MPs, friends and family members walked to St Margaret's Church from the Palace of Westminster yesterday, for a service of prayer and reflection for slain MP Jo Cox. Earlier, in a specially-recalled session of Parliament, with Jo's husband and young children in the gallery, many tributes were paid to the young MP for Batley and Spen. Speaker John Bercow said they had gathered in 'heartbreaking sadness' and 'heartfelt solidarity'. The Readings were: Philippians 4: 4-9 and Deuteronomy 15: 7-11. Speaker's Chaplain, Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin gave the

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Tribute to Theresa Helm - a courageous fighter for justice and peace
Tribute to Theresa Helm - a courageous fighter for justice and peace

The news of the death of Theresa Helm will have saddened the many people who have known her over the years. I have known Theresa for almost 20 years; though have seen less of her in recent times. She was part of a group of people who came together and energised the mission of justice and peace in the Brentwood diocese and nationally during the 1990s and into the noughties. Theresa was active in her justice and peace group in Hornchurch parish, together with Fran Marshall. Both then became more involved when they helped launch the justice and peace

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Prayers for Jo Cox - a 21st century Good Samaritan
Prayers for Jo Cox - a 21st century Good Samaritan

Faith communities around the UK gathered to pray for slain MP Jo Cox over the weekend. There is now a sea of flowers and candles in Parliament Square, London, where crowds took part in vigils on Friday and Saturday. At St Peter's Church in Birstall, Yorkshire, on Sunday, a packed congregation heard Reverend Paul Knight say that Jo Cox was someone who went out of her way to help others and said her humanity was "powerful and compelling.. We would do well to recognise her as an amazing example of a 21st century Good Samaritan,"

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Remembering Cardinal Basil Hume
Remembering Cardinal Basil Hume

The Archdiocese of Westminster published the following reflection yesterday: Today is the 17th anniversary of the death of Cardinal Basil Hume. We give thanks for his legacy and for the many ways in which he touched so many people's lives. Let us listen again as he encourages us to pray: "Prayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God." That definition in the catechism remains, for my part at any rate, the best of all definitions of prayer. But one word was omitted: trying. Prayer is trying to raise our minds and hearts to God.

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London: Prayer vigil for Jo Cox tonight
London: Prayer vigil for Jo Cox tonight

A vigil is being organised in Parliament Square at 7pm for slain MP Jo Cox. Christians from across the parties will be gathering together to pray for Jo's family and the nation. Christians on the Left, the Conservative Christian Fellowship and the Liberal Democrat Christian forum will be standing together in prayer as Christians in Politics. They will be congregating before the main vigil at 6.30pm in Parliament Square, outside the Houses of Parliament.

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Catholic Bishops mourn death of Jo Cox MP
Catholic Bishops mourn death of Jo Cox MP

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales issued a brief statement last night on the death of Jo Cox MP for Batley and Spen, who was attacked and killed in her constituency yesterday. She leaves her husband and two young children. The statement reads: Jo Cox MP Requiescat in pace. A spokesman for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales said: "We are profoundly saddened and shocked at the death of Jo Cox. Our society has lost a dedicated public servant.

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Kentucky: Muhammad Ali once worked with Sisters of Charity
Kentucky: Muhammad Ali once worked with Sisters of Charity

The late boxing legend Muhammad Ali, was once closely connected with a Catholic religious order, Jessica Able writes in the Record newspaper, published by the Archdiocese of Louisville. As a young teen, Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, worked at the library of Nazareth College, now-Spalding University. He cleaned and tended the front desk while the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, founders of the school, had dinner. "He would leave Central High School at 2pm and work in the library until about 6pm.

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Rabbi gives powerful eulogy at Muhammad Ali's  memorial service
Rabbi gives powerful eulogy at Muhammad Ali's memorial service

Rabbi Michael Lerner spoke as a representative of the Jewish faith at Muhammad Ali's interfaith memorial service in Louisville, Kentucky yesterday, and delivered a powerful sermon echoing many of the calls Muhammad Ali made in his lifetime. Rabbi Lerner received many ovations as he called for justice and peace around the world, including the ending of drone warfare, racism, the ending of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories, and Turkey's oppression of the Kurds. He appealed for governments to do more to establish a just banking system,

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   Goodbye to Haynes Baptiste - a true fighter for racial justice over 50 years
Goodbye to Haynes Baptiste - a true fighter for racial justice over 50 years

Haynes Sylvester Baptiste was laid to rest yesterday at St Gregory's Catholic Church in Earlsfield, south London. Haynes, 83, has been a fighter for racial justice in this country for the best part of the 50 years during which he has resided here since migrating from Dominica in 1956 as part of the Windrush generation. He lived through the years of the no blacks, no irish, and no dogs notices being routinely put up in bedsit windows.

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Haynes Baptiste has died: 'A prophetic figure' in community relations
Haynes Baptiste has died: 'A prophetic figure' in community relations

Haynes Baptiste, a leading figure in the Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ) died on Thursday 26 May 2016 at St George's Hospital. He had been suffering with serious heart problems for some time. He was 83 years old. His funeral will take place at 11am on Tuesday 7 June, at St Gregory's Catholic Church, 306 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, London SW18 4EH. Haynes Baptiste was born 20 June 1932 in the village of Vieille Case - a village in the northeast area of the island of Dominica in the eastern Caribbean.

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Tribute to Sister Veronika Racková, SSpS killed in South Sudan
Tribute to Sister Veronika Racková, SSpS killed in South Sudan

We thank you for sharing in our grief, in the past days, at the painful and tragic loss of Sister Veronika, Theresia Racková, SSpS. Sr Veronika was born in Slovakia on 8th January 1958. She made her first vows in the Mission Congregation of the Servants of the Holy Spirit in 1987 and final vows in 1994. She was a medical doctor with specialization in tropical diseases. She has worked as a missionary in Ghana. She served as Provincial Leader of the Province of Slovakia from 2004-2010.

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Bruce Kent reflects on life of Fr Daniel Berrigan SJ
Bruce Kent reflects on life of Fr Daniel Berrigan SJ

Some younger Catholics may never have heard of Fr Daniel Berrigan who died on 30 April at the age of 94. This news will bring back a flood of memories especially for those who experienced the peace movement of the Vietnam era. Both he and his brother Philip were heroes to many, and well known worldwide as Catholic radicals. In Dan's case also as a university teacher, significant author and poet. From a family of six brothers, Dan joined the Jesuits and was ordained in 1952. Both he and Phil were vocal and radical opponents of American

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Peace activist Fr Daniel Berrigan SJ has died
Peace activist Fr Daniel Berrigan SJ has died

The American Jesuit priest and poet Daniel Berrigan - famous for leading defiant protests against the Vietnam War - died on Saturday in New York aged 94. Father Berrigan emerged as a radical Catholic voice against the war in the 1960s and won fame when he and his younger brother Fr Philip Berrigan seized draft records of troops about to be deployed in Vietnam. Together with seven others they burned the files. The group were convicted of destroying government property and sentenced on 9 November 1968 to prison terms

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DR Congo: Brave priest who alerted world to LRA massacres has died
DR Congo: Brave priest who alerted world to LRA massacres has died

Don Benoît Kinalegu, the Catholic priest who alerted the world to the terrible abuses of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Congo, has passed away at only 53 years of age. It was Don Kinalegu who first reported the massacre committed by the Ugandan origin group during Christmas 2008, with the killing of more than 800 people in the region of Haut-Uélé. "When a colleague and I arrived in Dungu to see if the reports were true, we were told that there was one person we needed to meet: Abbé Benoît",

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EWTN founder  Mother Mary Angelica has died
EWTN founder Mother Mary Angelica has died

In a brief message tonight, EWTN has just announced:

We regret to announce the passing of our Beloved Foundress Mother Mary Angelica.

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Church leaders express condolences and offer prayers for Belgium
Church leaders express condolences and offer prayers for Belgium

Church leaders have issued condolence messages and prayers for the people of Belgium in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Brussels today which have killed more than 30 people and injured hundreds. 'Learning of the attacks in Brussels, which have affected many people, His Holiness Pope Francis entrusts to God's mercy those who died and he prays for those who have lost relatives. He expresses his deepest sympathy to the injured and their families, and all those who contribute to relief efforts, asking the Lord to bring them

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Reflection: Antonin Scalia's death and the death penalty
Reflection: Antonin Scalia's death and the death penalty

Over the last few days we have been subjected to a non-stop laudatory commentary via US corporate media on Antonin Scalia, who died on February 13, 2016. So be it. People can say what they want, or what they are paid to say as they wish. For my part I only wish Antonin Scalia, a fellow Christian and human being, the best in his future existence. The glitterati of Washington's political and media society fought like the devil to get a ticket into the Immaculate Conception Basilica for his Catholic funeral liturgy.

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Sister Romain, Anne de Clerque Wissoc de Sousbergh RIP
Sister Romain, Anne de Clerque Wissoc de Sousbergh RIP

Sister Anne was born in 1904 in Brussels into an aristocratic Belgian family able to trace its history back to the 12th Century. She "came out" as a debutante at the Belgian Court but she had little time for the trappings of this kind of life and had felt the call to religious life while at boarding school, near Liege, run by the Sisters of the Assumption. She showed real potential as an artist and on leaving school enrolled at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. She really wanted to be a sculptor but was torn between this and the strength of the call to

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 Death of Fr Aelred Burrows, monk of Ampleforth
Death of Fr Aelred Burrows, monk of Ampleforth

Fr Aelred Burrows OSB, Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey, died peacefully in the monastery infirmary at Ampleforth Abbey on 18 February 2016, at the age of 76. He was born in Warrington in July 1939 and educated at the Xaverian College in Manchester, before joining the monastic community at Ampleforth in September 1965. He was ordained priest on 7 July 1968 and then spent just over twenty-five years in a variety of roles in the school, including teaching History and Religious Studies and Housemaster in St Hugh's House from 1976-1984.

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Abbot Patrick Barry, oldest monk of Ampleforth has died
Abbot Patrick Barry, oldest monk of Ampleforth has died

Abbot Patrick Barry OSB, Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey, died peacefully in the monastery infirmary at Ampleforth Abbey on Sunday 21 February 2016, just over two months after celebrating his 98th birthday. He had been a monk at Ampleforth for just over 80 years and his death was marked with the traditional tolling of the bell in the abbey church tower, with one toll for each year of Abbot Patrick's life. He was born in Wallasey, Cheshire, on 6 December 1917 and went to school in Liverpool and then to Ampleforth College.

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'Life is Sweet'- A tribute to Louise Zanre Da Silva
'Life is Sweet'- A tribute to Louise Zanre Da Silva

Ever since I heard the news that Louise Zanré Da Silva died suddenly last Monday, I've been feeling really alive and full of energy. I have a new appreciation of life that can only come when the finality of someone else's death, particularly a friend of only 47, hits home. I am one of many to feel incredibly blessed to have known and worked with Louise for two decades, one of so many inspirational women in the Justice and Peace movement here in Britain. During the 13 years she was Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), a role from which she recently stepped

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Louise Zanre has died
Louise Zanre has died

We were very sorry to hear the news that Louise Zanre has died. The news was announced today in a short message on the Jesuit Refugee Service website: JRS UK is sorry to inform you of the death of Louise Zanre, former Director of JRS-UK. Louise's death was unexpected, but she had been unwell for some considerable time. She had stepped down from the post of JRS Director at the beginning of this year, although she was continuing to work with us and contribute her great experience. We have no further news at this point.

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Deaths of two Westminster J&P activists
Deaths of two Westminster J&P activists

Sr Margaret Corbett, a regular member and good friend of the North London J&P Network since its beginnings in the mid 1980s, died on 15 January after a long illness. She was a Sister of St Gildas and her funeral took place on 29 January at St Peter in Chains Church, Stroud Green.

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Condolence book opens for  Terry Wogan
Condolence book opens for Terry Wogan

An on-line condolence book has been opened by Limerick Council in memory of the much-loved broadcaster Terry Wogan who died on Saturday after a short illness. Terry Wogan died from cancer on Sunday. He was 77. His family issued a statement, saying: "Sir Terry Wogan died today after a short but brave battle with cancer. He passed away surrounded by his family. While we understand he will be missed by many, the family ask that their privacy is respected at this time."

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Catholic actor Frank Finlay has died
Catholic actor Frank Finlay has died

Tributes have been pouring in to the distinguished Catholic actor Frank Finlay, who has died aged 89. Finlay, who starred in a wide range of productions on stage and screen with many of the leading actors of his generation - among them Sir Laurence Olivier, Oliver Reed, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith has been hailed 'an astonishing actor' with a 'wonderfully fiery presence on stage and screen'. He died on Saturday, 30th January 2016 at home surrounded by his family.

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