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Pope Francis: 'God's tenderness is our salvation'
By: RochesPoint on 12/7/16
United we stand divided we fall, but how far do we fall before Jesus rescues us? He wants us to see His light but OUR church as Pope Francis highlights does fail. We were brought up saying "Hail the Magesterium" but priests, bishops and even cardin...
Caritas Westminster launches Catholic Social Teaching programme
By: RochesPoint on 12/3/16
LOVE IN ACTION: Community is key! My own parish was like a family but the flock was scattered. We were converted into a mass centre or chapel ease without discussion, dialogue or communication; signs of love. We were band from singing & told we could...
Oscott: Mass for deceased clergy
By: Barry on 11/29/16
Birmingham November Mass ......bishop's story re Community......20 missing!!! Where are they....?...
Pope meets bishops studying marriage annulment reforms
By: Andrew on 11/19/16
I've been searching for understanding and acceptance with regards to the Catholic annulment process for quite some time because statements like ,"making marital nullity trials simpler, faster and less expensive", come across as rather troubling and c...
Pope: Have the courage to embrace Christian poverty
By: RochesPoint on 11/19/16
Another marvellous wise reflection by our wonderful Pope. Jesus said take nothing but the sandals on your feet and My grace is good enough for you. Jesus was impressed with the widows mite too. The Westminster diocese 'Growing in Faith campaign' ...
Catholic children's charity offers range of services to combat bullying
By: RochesPoint on 11/16/16
Due to the school league tables and increased pressure on schools and teachers pastoral care has taken a back seat. Education used to be wholistic & child centred but now now children are fodder for government statistics. Education is a political f...
Pope encourages all Christians to journey together towards unity
By: RochesPoint on 11/10/16
Amen. But let's look at our own church and why we are called Al-la-Carte Catholics? We are meant to be ONE body though many parts. The laity must not be treated as fodder for the hierarchy. Power and control (dogma) versus love and unity. Dialogue, ...
Campaigners hold mining giant to account over Brazil's worst-ever environmental disaster + film
By: josephine on 10/23/16
Employees now face criminal charges.
Seeking Sanctuary says: 'Bring the children NOW !'
By: RochesPoint on 10/12/16
This reminds me of Lazarus ignoring the poor and vulnerable. When will our politicians show a love for "humans on our doorstep' instead of money selling weapons to Saudi Arabia to innocent civilians. The UK have boasted we are 4/5th richest country...
Pope Francis: God isn't interested in 'cosmetic' religion
By: RochesPoint on 10/11/16
How Francis has his finger on the pulse by highlighting the humility of God incarnate in Jesus. The Holy Spirit is behind the St Vincent De Paul Society. Vincentian spirituality sums up this wonderful way of God. It's strength lies in its quiet act...
No more excuses, UK must end arms exports to Saudi Arabia now
By: RochesPoint on 10/10/16
For 2 years I have been saying we should stop selling arms to Saudi. I am ashamed of the UKs obsession with money making in lethal weapons. So many innocent people are being killed in Yemen. ...
27 July - Saints Aurelius and Natalia
By: RochesPoint on 7/26/16
Interesting; I heard one of the messages from Our Lady of Medjugorje many years ago, she said; 'the holiest person here is a Muslim lady' David O'Brien...
Fr Shay Cullen reflects on 'The Age of Disbelief'
By: RochesPoint on 7/26/16
No wonder it's harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven than it is for camel to pass through the eye of a needle! How many of our parish communities have taken on a refugee family? Pope Francis has requested this but I don't see it happ...
Pope Francis: it's one thing to talk mercy, another to live it
By: RochesPoint on 7/1/16
The St Vincent De Paul Society quietly but surely helps desperate families and neighbours in need but never shouts from the rooftops. It is the Holy Spirit at work through willing volunteers. The spirituality behind the society is its source of power...
Pope's in-flight press conference on return from Armenia
By: josephine on 6/28/16
Ruby Almeida, chair of Quest (LGBT Catholics) has approved the following text in response to Pope Francis' apology for past harm done to gay people: Quest welcomes Pope Francis' clear words of apology to lesbian and gay Catholics. We share the v...
India: 'Dialogue-Plus' with Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
By: josephine on 6/20/16
DIALOGUE IS… Dialogue is not so much about attempting to resolve immediate conflicts, but about building a "community of conversation," a "community of heart and mind" across racial, ethnic and religious barriers where people learn to...
Viewpoint: Why I walked out
By: Boyers on 6/6/16
A major part of the problem is Seminary training! If there are "practice sermons" they are peer to peer which is useless. A better system would be to push students into parishes and let them preach there. Then invite parishioners to comment. Perha...
Pope: Clericalism distorts the Church
By: RochesPoint on 4/27/16
Once again Francis is so on the boil, his finger is perfectly on the pulse. He speaks of Latin America as he is from there but what he says also applies to our country and I have witnessed it in our own diocese. Our church has broken its own rules w...
Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 24th April 2016
By: RochesPoint on 4/23/16
I am with you 100%. Community is key and love is at its roots. As a lay member of 'OUR' church we are often dictated to and treated as fodder for the hierarchy. Pope Francis is trying to turn this hierarchical triangle upside down. Priests are mean...
Pakistan: Pope reaches out to bomb blast victims
By: RochesPoint on 3/31/16
This reminds me of that bit of scripture that warns anyone harming innocent children will be worse than having a millstone around the neck. These suicide bombers are going to be the worst sufferers one day. At the same time the bible asks us to lov...

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