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Homily Text: Canon Pat Browne on Easter Vigil

Empty tomb, Lourdes Stations of the Cross

I want to talk to you tonight about Desire. Desire in our lives is good. It is a sign of life. Without desire there is no life. Everything will stand still. If there is no desire there is only death. What a mother feels for her child, a man for a woman, a starving person for food, human beings for love – these desires are ultimately the desire for God and they will not be stilled till God is ...

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Homily Text: Canon Pat Browne on Good Friday

Christ of St John of the Cross - Dali

Canon Pat Browne gave this homily at the Celebration of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday, at Holy Apostles, Pimlico.

The word scapegoat is about singling out a person and putting all the blame on them for something they didn’t do and are not responsible for. The word has its origins in the Old Testament, in the Book of Leviticus. Once a year, on Yom Kippur, part of ...

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Homily text: Canon Pat Browne on Holy Thursday

Fr Martin carrying Blessed Sacrament to his church

Canon Pat Browne gave the following homily on Holy Thursday evening, during Mass of the Lord’s Supper at Holy Apostles, Pimlico, in central London.

When ISIS attacked Mosul in Northern Iraq the Christians in that city were given three choices: Convert to Islam. Pay a heavy tax. Leave immediately within 24 hours.

Almost every Christian fled that city immediately with only ...

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Westminster pauses to pray

The Westminster Abbey flag is flying at half mast as a mark of respect to those who died in the attack yesterday. The Abbey is open as normal for prayer. Entrance is through the Great West Door. There is no tourist visiting.

The Dean of Westminster Rev John Hall tweeted last night: "Glad to offer hospitality in Westminster Abbey to members and staff and others from Parliament. - sad incid...

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Text: Canon Pat Browne at Christmas Midnight Mass 2016 + audio

Canon Pat Browne gave the following homily at Christmas Midnight Mass, Holy Apostles, Pimlico in central London.

Have you ever put your foot forward and have the ground give way before you? Perhaps it was on a stone as you tried to cross a stream or in a marshy field. You began to sink as you moved forward. There have been stories of people waking up as an earthquake was happeni...

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Campaigners appeal at Home Office for Calais children

Leaders of five London councils who are accepting children were presented with a Paddington bear who in the story arrives in London alone to be looked after by strangers

Church groups and representatives from eight London councils, joined Lord Alfred Dubs, actresses Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson and children dressed as Paddington Bear, outside the Home Office on Monday afternoon, to hand in a petition appealing for the government to take in more refugee children, as the Calais 'Jungle' is demolished. The event was organised by Citizens UK and the charit...

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Iraq: Could the Christians return?

Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako

If Mosul is recaptured from Daesh (ISIS) it could pave the way for the return of Iraqi Christians to their ancient homelands in neighbouring Nineveh - according to bishops and other Church leaders who want to reach a deal with the government.

A delegation to Iraq made up of MPs and clergy led by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, which has provided emergency help for displaced I...

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London: Save the Children vigil

No place for a child

Hundreds of unaccompanied children, some as young as eight, are currently living in the Jungle refugee camp in Calais. Around 325 of them are eligible for transfer to the UK - and have been for many months - but for some reason the paperwork has stalled. On Friday, 2nd September at 10am, London Citizens are organising a one hour vigil outside the Home Office in Marsham Street. Westminster and i...

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Faith groups urge UK government to accept child refugees after visit to Calais Jungle

Friday's interfaith delegation

On Friday morning at 5.30am I joined Canon Pat Browne and Alcinda Verissima, from Holy Apostles Catholic Church, Pimlico, and Fr Dominic Robinson from Farm Street Church, Mayfair, six Rabbis, one Anglican Bishop, three Baptist Ministers and one Islamic Chair of a Mosque - 22 of us altogether - on a day trip to 'The Jungle', the temporary refugee city in Calais. Around 10,000 people currently li...

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Westminster faith leaders unite in condemning racist abuse

Westminster Neighbourhood Interfaith Forum has issued a joint statement this morning, in the wake of an increase in hate crime following the EU referendum. They write: The United Kingdom has a proud history of valuing diversity. Westminster is the tenth most ethnically diverse place out of 455 local authorities where over 170 different languages are spoken.

Following ...

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ICN reports on EU Referendum - updated list

Our Lady of Europe

The polls open at 7am on Thursday morning, 23 June 2016, for the most critical poll in a generation - the referendum on whether to stay in Europe or leave. Over the past eight weeks ICN has been publishing statements, reflections and prayers, from church leaders, politicians and Catholic organisations expressing their views on this issue - seen from a Catholic perspective. See the updated list ...

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ICN reports on Brexit Referendum

The referendum on whether to stay in Europe or leave, takes place this Thursday. For the past eight weeks ICN has published statements and reflections from church leaders, politicians and Catholic organisations expressing their views on this issue - seen from a Catholic perspective. In case you are still undecided - or would like to catch up - please see below, links to all our 'Brexit updates'...

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Sunday Reflection with Canon Pat Browne - There is no THEM and US

Since we met at Mass last weekend we have had the most horrendous massacre of young people in the gay club in Orlando last Sunday and then the murder of the young MP Jo Cox on Thursday. The cutting short of young life in a most cruel and violent way by other human beings - deranged? Misguided? Certainly full of hatred.

The reaction of a Jesuit priest in the United States called James Mar...

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