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Jesuits gear up for London Marathon

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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

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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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Chrism Mass shows unity across Diocese of East Anglia

More than 1,000 people marked a “significant moment in the life of the Diocese of East Anglia” on Tuesday night (April 11) at the annual Chrism Mass at a packed Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich, during which priestly promises were renewed and sacred oils blessed.

In the biggest gathering in the diocesan year, Bishop Alan Hopes welcomed clergy and laity from parishes right a...

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Disagreeing without being disagreeable and building unity: a Catholic view

Among the speakers at this year’s Spring Harvest was Charles Whitehead, former president of the worldwide International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Council. Looking back over many years of working for unity, Charles Whitehead spoke of the principles on which he and his wife, Sue (an Anglican), had built their ministry. “We need to recognise that other Christians are our brother...

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Archbishop of Canterbury: 'Have we lost our national nerve?'

Read the Archbishop of Canterbury's second of three Holy Week lectures on British values, delivered at Canterbury Cathedral last night.

Pope Benedict XVI said: "A humanism which excludes God is an inhuman humanism. Only a humanism open to the Absolute can guide us in the promotion and building of forms of social and civic life -- structures, institutions, culture and ethos -- without expo...

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Chrism Mass at Westminster Cathedral

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There was standing room only as more than 3,000 people gathered at Westminster Cathedral for the Chrism Mass today, concelebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols with Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, Bishops John Sherrington, Nicholas Hudson, Paul McAleenan, John Wilson, Bishop Mark Jabalé, and more than 300 priests from parishes and chaplaincies around the diocese.

"Be accompaniers of the p...

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Ireland: Joint Holy Week message from Catholic and Protestant Archbishops

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wiki image "The truth will set you free." John 8:32

At the core of the trial of Jesus, Pontius Pilate asks a question, self-servingly and flippantly, "What is truth?" Pilate scoffs at Jesus' idea of bearing witness to the truth. From Pilate's position of power, truth is optional, inconsequential even; truth can be defined how one wants.

In many ways it seems as though the...

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London: LMS celebrates Holy Week at St Mary Moorfields

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The Latin Mass Society will be celebrating Holy Week with a wealth of traditional liturgy and sacred music at St Mary Moorfields in the heart of the City of London.

Beginning on 'Spy Wednesday' with Tenebrae, one of the oldest offices in the Catholic Church, this year's Triduum celebration will feature the rarely heard complete set of Responsories by Spanish Renaissance composer Carlo Ges...

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Kathy Mohan - New Head of Housing Justice

Kathy Mohan

"To live is to change" wrote Blessed John Henry Newman, but as he went on to acknowledge, that isn't always easy. Over the last month Housing Justice has been undergoing one of the biggest changes in our recent history as we bid farewell to Alison Gelder, who retired as Chief Executive on 17th March. As Alison's successor, I know there are big shoes to fill and big challenges to face.


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