Letters


Petition to support beatification of John Bradburne

The first International Conference on the life, poetry and thought of John Bradburne - poet, mystic, martyr, and father to lepers in what is now Zimbabwe, was held at the Universita per Stranieri di Perugia in March 2017.

As speakers and attendees at this conference, it was firmly believed that the cause for his beatification should proceed at the earliest opportunity, especially in the l...

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St Francis Groups - Appeal to readers

My name is Virginia Bell and I am a member of Catholic Concern for Animals and Catholic Action for Animals. My mission is to call on the Catholic Church to do more for animals. The Pope’s recent Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ has given new hope to those of us who are concerned about the way we humans treat our fellow creatures. In this Encyclical Pope Francis reminds us tha...

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Letter: Call on Church to do more for animals

Virginia Bell, from Catholic Action for Animals, writes: The Roman Catholic Church, under the leadership of Pope Francis, has been showing a more caring attitude towards the natural world.

But the Catholic Church could do much more to show concern for the way animals are treated, to raise the status of animals and to promote justice and compassion towards animals.

The Bisho...

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Please support Sister Clare sky jumping for the homeless

Sister Clare Bernadette Knowles (pictured), of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Littlehampton, is taking on the very courageous challenge of being thrown out of an aeroplane, in order to raise money for a cause dear to her heart: helping homeless people to find shelter and to be fed, and more profoundly, to be able to get off the streets together.

The charity which Sister Clare is doi...

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Runner completes Marathon for charity at 80

David Turner, 80, ran in the London Marathon on Sunday to raise funds for orphans at Mother’s Village Orphanage in Bosnia Herzegovina. David has written the letter below describing the experience.

If you haven't supporting another charity runner, it would be great if you could visit David's site and make a donation, however small.

See: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/d...

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Please support 80-year-old running for charity in London Marathon

A dear friend of mine, 80 year old David Turner, will run in the London Marathon tomorrow. He is doing so in the hope that he can raise much needed funds for orphans at Mother’s Village Orphanage in Bosnia Herzegovina. If you are not supporting another charity runner, it would be great if you could visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/davidturner10 and make a donati...

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Catechist appeals for Catholic materials

Dear Readers

We are in desperate need of Catholic magazines, newspapers, books, CDs and any other printed Catholic material for people that can make use of them in their home or in our church.

If you could be so kind and send any that you no longer need, to the address below, we shall appreciate them very much.

May God bless you for your help. Please post to<...

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Petition to Westminster City Council asking them to take 50 refugees

I should be grateful if you would circulate the link to petition Westminster City Council to welcome 50 Syrian Refugees into the borough through the Home Office Vulnerable Persons Resettlement scheme.

Holy Apostles, Pimlico, is campaigning on this issue, together with other faith groups, plus Citizens UK and Refugees Welcome. The petition can be signed by anyone who works, lives or s...

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Letter: Call for more parish councils

Having read some interesting articles lately urging greater consultation with the laity by the bishops, I am delighted that this issue is being discussed.

We know that the Pope wants a more synodal Church. He wants the bishops to consult with the church at large. He denounces clericalism as 'a gross deformation' and states that by receiving the Holy Spirit in baptism we all have the right...

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Re: Catholic children's charity offers range of services to combat bullying

Re: ICN 15 November 2016 - Catholic children's charity offers range of services to combat bullying

http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=31349

Due to the school league tables and increased pressure on schools and teachers, pastoral care has taken a back seat. Education used to be holistic and child centred but now now chi...

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Sign an Interfaith Open Letter on Standing Rock

Like many of you, I've watched the Sioux and their First Nation Water Protectors standing strong at Standing Rock in North Dakota, protesting the development of a fossil fuel pipeline that would threaten their drinking water and desecrate their sacred sites. I have been filled with admiration for their courage and resolve.

These past several days have seen an escalation in the violence di...

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Sponsored walk for Shrine of St Jude

The Development Manager of the National Shrine of Saint Jude, Matt Betts, is walking from Westminster Abbey in London to the National Shrine of Saint Jude in Faversham, raising funds for the Order of Carmelites in the UK and abroad. If you would like to donate, please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/events/judewalk/301506, or people can send their cheque or postal order made payable to...

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Israel's treatment of Palestinians 'is unworthy of my great people'

Dear Editor,

The Israeli Ambassador Ze'Ev Boker says ( Irish Times 18th August) that " Israel still hopes ...for a final agreement, based on bilateral negotiations resulting in two states for two peoples, the State of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, and a Palestinian state for the Palestinian people."

That is indeed great - but I ask Ambassador Boker if he seriously ...

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Letter: I was a volunteer with Mother Teresa's sisters

Anita with ever-smiling Santosh

Five years ago back in 2011, I spent four weeks volunteering with the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata. I worked at an orphanage for children with cerebral palsy and cystic fibrosis. The orphanage was called Daya Dan and looking after the children was a wonderful experience. In the end it was us (my friends and I) who gained so much from it. I have memories clear as crystal which I will never...

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