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Eyewitness blogs from Ecumenical Accompaniers in the Holy Land

Read eyewitness stories written by British and Irish Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) volunteering as human rights monitors in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Israel, and find out what you can do to help bring about a just peace for all those living in Israel and Palestine.

EAPPI has more international human rights monitors working on the ground in occupied Palestine than any other organis...

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Syrian Churches marks fourth anniversary of abducted bishops with appeal for peace

Still missing: Bishop Boulos Yazigi and Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim

Easter this fell this year close to the fourth anniversary of the abduction of the two bishops of Aleppo.

In a joint statement the two Patriarchs of Antioch, Greek Orthodox Yohanna X and Siro Orthodox Mar Ignatios Aphrem II, lamented the absence of the two Metropolitans of Aleppo - Syriac Orthodox Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Boulos Yazigi - abducted on April 22, 2013....

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HCPT pilgrims celebrate ‘Come to the Water’

2017 HCPT Procession

“I was set on a path to discover Jesus more deeply”, said Bishop Mark O’Toole of Plymouth. “It was very profound to be with special needs children who have so much to teach us about love, suffering and joy”. Bishop Mark was speaking to around 4,000 pilgrims of HCPT-The Pilgrimage Trust in the Lourdes underground basilica about the impact of his first visit to Lourdes with the Trust at...

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Vatican sends Message to Buddhists for Feast of Vesakh

Great Buddha, Kamakura, Japan

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue on Saturday, issued a message on the occasion of the Buddhist feast of Vesakh on the theme ‘Christians and Buddhists: Walking Together on the Path of Nonviolence’. The Message signed by Council President, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Council Secretary, Fr Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, MCCJ emphasizes the urgent need to promote a ...

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Pope Francis: Modern martyrs are living blood of the Church

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Pope Francis yesterday paid tribute to modern day martyrs whom he said “are the living blood of the Church". The Pope was presiding over a Liturgy of the Word at the Church of St Bartholomew on the Tiber, a shrine to the martyrs of the 20th and 21st centuries. Speaking during his homily, the Pope had words of closeness for the many Christian communities being persecuted ...

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Nepal: Families move into new homes two years after deadly earthquakes

New home - image Caritas Nepal

Families in Nepal are now moving into new homes - built by local masons trained in earthquake-resilient techniques - after two massive earthquakes on 25 April and 12 May 2015 destroyed thousands of homes. Giovanna Reda, Head of Humanitarian Programmes for Asia, Middle East and Latin America at aid agency CAFOD, said: “Our humanitarian response includes supporting local partners to ...

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Divine Mercy Sunday

This Sunday, 23 April, the first Sunday after Easter, was designated by Saint John Paul II as Divine Mercy Sunday, on 30 April 2000, the day St Faustina was canonised.

Many prayer events will be taking place around the world.

In London, Divine Mercy devotions will be celebrated at St Dominic's Priory, Haverstock Hill from 2-4pm with Mass at 3.30pm For more inf...

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Holy See at UN 'Deeply concerned about Middle East'

Archbishop Auza

The Holy See has expressed deep concern over the current situation in the Middle East and reiterated its support for a two-state solution in Palestine.

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, made the comments in an address to the Security Council. Citing the “resent use of chemical agents in Syria” and the ...

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Egypt: Muslim scholars reject allegations of extremism in their courses

An entrance to Al Ashar Mosque and University

Al Azhar University, the most prestigious theological and academic center of Sunni Islam, has strongly rejected criticisms of their teaching courses, accusing them of supporting ideologies adopted by Jihadist terrorism. In an official statement issued on Tuesday, April 18, the Supreme Council of al Azhar scholars reiterate that: "Sharia prohibits every kind of assault against human beings, rega...

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Australia: Bishop appeals for action to save Great Barrier Reef

Satellite image. Part of Great Barrier Reef

Damage to the Great Barrier Reef in the wake of Cyclone Debbie has prompted one of Queensland’s bishops to renew a call for greater environmental protection, Australia’s Catholic Leader reports.

“Speaking as a former industrial chemist, I note that there has been tremendous damage done to the reef by the run-off of waters and untreated effluent contained by our industries,..

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Pope advises Marists: Help children build a better world

Pope with children in Manila

Pope Francis has written a letter of encouragement to the Marist Brothers who are celebrating the bicentenary of their foundation. Remarking on their primary mission which is the education of young people, the Pope said: “an educator’s work is one of constant devotedness demanding sacrifice; but, education is a work of the heart and that is what makes it both different and sublime.”<...

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Ethiopia: Catholic agencies build aid corridor

Image UNHCR

A joint operational mission of Caritas Italiana and Sant'Egidio Community is has started in Addis Ababa to open the first humanitarian aid corridor from Africa in accordance with the protocol signed in Rome on January 12, 2017. The Memorandum of Understanding with the Italian State, promoted by the Italian Episcopal Conference - which operates through Caritas Italiana and the Migrantes...

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Venezuela: Protest is not a crime, it is a right

"Civil and peaceful protest is not a crime. It is a right! Its control cannot be an excessive repression," says the statement of the Bishops' Conference of Venezuela published yesterday.

Numerous demonstrations were held in the capital and in different cities in the country in which at least three people were killed.

According to international news agencies, a 17-year-old died in Ca...

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Australian SVP protests at forced deportations of refugees on Manus Island

Manus Island detention camp

The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia is calling on the Government to end forced deportations and relocate asylum seekers and refugees from Manus Island to safety, in the wake of last week’s shocking shooting incident at its detention centre.

“Both the conditions on Manus Island and the threat of deportation to persecution and harm is placing lives at risk and adding to the fear...

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