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Passionist Chapter at Minsteracres

Passionist Chapter at Minsteracre

The Passionists held their four-yearly Provincial Chapter meeting at Minsteracres Retreat Centre in Northumberland this week. Based on the theme of ‘Between Cross and Resurrection' - the week was attended by the Passionist Father General, Fr Joachim Rego CP, members of the Community of the Passion and Passionist Partners.

The meeting re-elected their leadership team: Superior Fr John K...

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Matters of Conscience for Pharmacists

The General Pharmaceutical Council seeks to change the ethical code for Pharmacists. It has moved from an objective ethic which seeks to ensure the health, wellbeing and safety of patients and to maintain the trust and confidence of the public. Instead, it is now promoting patient centred care with a subjective ethic which seeks to satisfy the wishes of the client requesting Pharmacy services. ...

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Festival to focus on Sacred Spaces in London

The Waterloo Festival 2017 will run throughout June. It is taking as its theme 'Sacred Spaces' and asks, what makes a space sacred?

Richard Slater's stunning photographs will shine the light on London's many and varied faith communities and places of worship. A celebration of faith and sacred space in the world's global city, the images will be on display in the main church of St John's, ...

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New Apostleship of the Sea Bishop

Bishop Paul Mason, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark, has been appointed new Bishop Promoter for the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) in England & Wales. He takes over from Bishop Tom Burns of Menevia.

Born in North Shields, Tyne & Wear, close to the coast, Bishop Mason was very aware of the ship building tradition around the Tyne, and many of his schoolmates' fathers worked at Swan Hunte...

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Salford: Mass for Migrants

Bishop John Arnold

Hundreds of Catholics are expected to gather for a special Mass for Migrants, which will be celebrated next week at Salford Cathedral.

The Diocese of Salford and its sister charity Caritas Salford is holding is first Migrants' Mass to recognise the contribution of Migrant Workers and their families to UK society.

This Mass is already an important feature of the London Church Calenda...

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Report reveals 'horror of hunger among children during school holidays'

A cross-party group of MPs and Peers has published a report detailing the “horror of hunger amongst children during school holidays”.

Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), along with various schools, councils and foodbanks, submitted evidence of children going without food in the holidays.

The report estimates that three million children are at risk of Holiday Hunger, identifyin...

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Birmingham: Catholic Medical Association AGM

L-R: Patrick McCrystal, Dr Philip Howard, Bishop Byrne,  Dr Frank Leahy

The Catholic Medical Association held their AGM on Saturday 22nd April at Newman House in Birmingham - home of the Catholic Chaplaincy for Birmingham University.

After the meeting, there was lunch and time to socialise before Mr Patrick McCrystal, a pharmacist and Executive Director of Life International Ireland gave and interesting and thought provoking talk on conscience in healthcare ...

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Jesuits gear up for London Marathon

Sam on right training in Victoria Park

The London Marathon takes place this Sunday. Among those taking part is a 14-strong team from Jesuit Missions, who will be raising funds to help provide an education to people whose lives have been devastated by conflict and displacement. All money raised will be sent to Jesuit Refugee Service in Maban, South Sudan to offer quality education, counselling and training to children and adults from...

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Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House steps down

The Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House, Keith Fernett has stepped down, after 12 years.

Linda Maytum-Wilson writes: "Until we recruit a new Chief Executive, I am Acting Chief Executive and have appointed Rebecca Rieley, Head of Business Services, as Deputy Chief Executive."

Linda Maytum-Wilson, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Operations writes: "Until we recruit a ...

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Rome: Three Irish seminarians ordained

Three seminarians of the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, were ordained deacons today, by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, at the Church of Saint Alphonsus on the Via Merulana in Rome. Rev James Daly, 57, originally from Midleton, Co Cork, a former parish pastoral worker and teacher, and Rev Robert Smyth, 32, from Knocklyon in Dublin, a former management consultant, were ordaine...

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Birmingham: Archbishop Longley thanks women for their contribution to Church

Archbishop Bernard Longley thanked women for their roles ‘in Christian leadership in schools and parishes, for the irreplaceable witness of Religious Sisters in the life of the Church’ and for women in our families, at the annual Easter Men’s Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham on Monday.

The Archbishop said that men ‘need women of faith’. He said that women are a source...

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Cardinal Nichols sends birthday greetings to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, sent birthday greetings to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, as he celebrates his ninetieth birthday this Easter Sunday. Cardinal Nichols sends wishes and prayers from all the Bishops, Clergy and People of England and Wales on this joyous occasion.

Cardinal Vincent wrote:

Most Holy Father, Dear Pope Benedict,

On the occas...

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Focolare gathering at Ampleforth

Welcome the stranger … transform the desert into a forest - Over 400 people, of all ages and walks of life, took part in the Lampedusa Cross Pilgrimage, part of the Focolare Movement’s four-day gathering, ‘Mariapolis’, which was held this Holy Week in Ampleforth.

Inspired by CAFOD’s campaign, we journeyed in silence, reflection and prayer, drawing on the exp...

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London: Cardinal leads Walk of Witness

Walk of Witness - image M Mazur

On Good Friday Cardinal Vincent Nichols marked the Lord’s Passion in central London by joining the Walk of Witness and attending the Wintershall Passion play in Trafalgar Square before leading the Solemn Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion in Westminster Cathedral. At 12 noon, Cardinal Nichols joined Christians of different denominations in the Walk of Witness which began at Meth...

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