UK & Ireland

Panels at Greenbelt Festival 25-28 August

Exciting panels have been announced for the Greenbelt Festival - 25-28 August - in Northampstonshire. Greenbelt has its roots in being a Christian music festival with an audience of 1,500 young Christians in the 1970s. Now it is a collaboration of arts, justice and faith.

Here are some of the panels being hosted at Greenbelt Festival this August:

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Scotland: Camas Centre undertakes woodland regeneration

Camas is an outdoor education centre on the west coast of Scotland, ran on behalf of the Iona Community. A mile and a half walk down a boggy track on the Island of Mull leads you to two old fishing cottages, right on the doorstep of the Atlantic ocean. Here residential weeks are hosted for individuals, young people and community groups. Many groups are from some of the most deprived areas in th...

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Hong Kong Mass for Liu Xiaobo

More than 700 people attended a memorial Mass in Hong Kong on 18 July for Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo who died in a hospital in China last week while under guard.

Father Louis Ha, ecclesiastical adviser of the Justice and Peace Commission in Hong Kong Diocese, concelebrated the Mass at Holy Cross Church with five other priests and four permanent deacons. Father Ha said in his homily that th...

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Scotland: Bishops announce appointment of new Curator

Blairs Museum

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has announced the appointment of Dr Alison Burke as Curator of the Scottish Catholic Heritage Collection at Blairs Museum. Dr Burke was previously Creative Project Co-ordinator with Aberdeen City Council where she started in 2017 to build creative networks in Education in Aberdeen, working with arts-based projects in the city’s schools.

She has also...

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Scotland: Conference hears message of peace

John Dear

The true message of Christianity is nonviolence towards all humans, animals and the Earth, according to renowned American priest and peace activist John Dear.

Speaking at the conference Reclaiming Gospel Nonviolence, held at St Mary’s Monastery in Kinnoull, Perth on 14-16 July, Dear looked over the life of Jesus and the lives of the early Christians to draw inspiration for the idea that...

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Thirty years of baking raises over £35,000 for CAFOD

Elizabeth Wallace

Woking resident, Elizabeth Wallace, is celebrating over three decades of baking cakes for CAFOD every month, raising an estimated £35,000. Elizabeth is modest about the amount that she and the others who have helped at the stall have made. “We’re just normal people and that’s our strength,” she said. CAFOD representative in Woking, Martin Brown, describes Elizabeth’s dedication to CA...

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Westminster Bishop visits London Catholic Worker

Bishop Sherrington at the Catholic Worker House

Bishop John Sherrington, Auxiliary in Westminster, made a pastoral visit to the London Catholic Worker on Thursday 13 July. He met members of the community at Giuseppe Conlon House of hospitality in Harringay, including many of the 19 men who are destitute asylum seekers living there. He also met the live-in community who are the heart of the work: Nora Ziegler, Mirjam Johansson, Roland Dale, a...

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Eritrea: Patriarch Antonios participates in Sunday Mass

Patriarch Antonios

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has confirmed that on 16 July, the legitimate patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, Abune Antonios, who has been under house arrest since 2007, participated in a Mass held at St Mary’s Cathedral in Asmara.

The Mass was attended by hundreds of worshippers and was the patriarch’s first public appearance in over a decade. Sources close to CSW hav...

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Caritas Anchor House celebrates milestone achievement

Catholic homelessness charity Caritas Anchor House held a milestone celebration event this week, where they were hailed for giving homeless people a home and the hope to rebuild their lives. The comment was made by Mgr John Armitage, Rector of Walsingham and Chair of Trustees at the charity, at the event marking the opening of their new building, which includes 25 studio flats to eas...

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St Swithun's Day

Today is the feast of St Swithun. According to tradition, if the weather is good, or poor, on his feast day we can expect the same for the next forty days.

Not much is known about this ninth century bishop. He was a trusted counsellor to kings Egbert and Ethelwulf and known for his care for the poor. He also had a reputation as a healer. St Swithun was made bishop of Winchester in 852 and...

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Essex: Knights of St Columba step out for charity

Basildon team

Historically, the Brentwood Catholic Children's Society (BCCS), has been supported across Essex with a series of yearly fundraising walks organised by local groups of the Knights of Saint Columba (KSC), and 2017 has been no exception. The BCCS, which does not receive direct funding from the Diocese of Brentwood, relies on these individual walks as a major source of their fundraising ...

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East Anglia: Parish celebrates 1,175 years

Confirmation Candidates

King’s Lynn Parish celebrated an amazing 1175 years of Catholic history in a very special Anniversaries Mass in the grounds of St Martha’s School on June 25. 2017 is an historic year for the parish with so many anniversaries to be celebrated.

These include: 480 years of the Walsingham Martyrs execution in Kings Lynn; 225 years of public celebration of Mass in Kings Lynn; 12...

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Westminster: Papal Honour for John Gibbs

John Gibbs was presented with the Knight Commander’s Cross of the Order of St Gregory the Great yesterday, Thursday 6 July. He was made a Knight Commander of the Order in March this year by Pope Francis. This is a special honour bestowed upon those who show great dedication in their service to the Catholic Church and the admirable example they set for their communities.

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London: Irish chaplaincy anniversary celebrations

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Irish Chaplaincy in Britain - there will be a celebration of Irish music, dancing, theatre, this Friday, 14 July at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic church in Kentish Town.

Performances will include: The Hackney School of Folk and The Irish Pensioners Choir.

There will also be a two act performance depicting 60 years of Irish Chaplaincy by Iri...

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