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Hundreds join Finsbury Park vigil

Fr Joe Ryan, Westminster J&P

Hundreds of people joined a vigil near Finsbury Park Mosque and the Muslim Community Centre on Monday night to show their solidarity with the community, hours after the terror attack in which one man died and nine were injured as they came out of the Ramadan night prayers.

Brendan Cox, widower of MP Jo Cox, who was killed almost exactly year ago came to place flowers. Bruce Kent and Fr J...

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Text: Fr Martin Newell anniversary reflection

Veteran Ben Griffin with Fr Martin at alternative Remembrance Day vigil

Passionist priest Fr Martin Newell gave the following reflection on the 20th anniversary of his ordination and his 50th birthday on 11 June, at the Catholic Worker House in London.

In my last year at Seminary, I was in the staff room getting the key for the photocopy room, when a former staff member walked in. He saw me and said “Are you still here?” I guess it is pretty obvi...

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Happy Birthday Father Martin!

Fr Martin Newell with Fr Joe Ryan

Fr Joe Ryan, Head of Westminster Diocese Justice and Peace Commission writes:

It was a great pleasure to be among the many people who came together to celebrate Father Martin Newell's 50th birthday at the London Catholic Worker, in Guiseppe Conlon House, Finsbury Park on Sunday, 11 June. Fr Martin celebrated Mass which was followed by a party.

How nice to meet his mother an...

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The Great Haringey Deanery Bank Holiday Walk

Haringay pilgrims at Our Lady of Muswell Church

Fr Joe Ryan, Parish Priest at St John Vianney's church in West Green writes:

More than 70 people from the six parishes in Haringey Deanery, north London, joined in a Church Crawl on this Bank Holiday Monday. At each church we had a time of prayer; were told a brief history of the parish and then enoyed some refreshments. Mass was celebrated by Fr Mark Anwell at noon at...

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Westminster Justice and Peace "disappointed" by US environment backtracking

Westminster J&P cycled to the Paris climate talks

The Westminster Justice and Peace Commission is deeply disappointed by the actions of President Trump regarding energy and climate change, which cuts across all the endeavours of Pope Francis and the Catholic Church towards a new way of caring for creation.

On 29 March 2017 Donald Trump signed legislation - an Energy Independence Executive Order - which has undermined all Barack O...

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Southwark: Mass celebrates Feast of Blessed Oscar Romero

Bishop Patrick Lynch

Bishop Patrick Lynch Several hundred people gathered at St George's Cathedral Southwark today, to celebrate the Feast of Blessed Oscar Romero. The principle celebrant was Bishop Patrick Lynch, auxiliary in Southwark, and at least 16 priests concelebrated. Among them were Frank Turner SJ; Fr Joe Ryan of Westminster Justice and Peace; and Columban Tom Ryan. Several priests travel...

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Westminster J&P statement on 22 March attack

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We in the Westminster Justice and Peace Commission extend our prayers and sympathy to all affected by the tragic events at Westminster. We express our sadness at the loss of life and concern for those injured and all affected by this tragic event.

Our congratulations to all who responded in an amazing fashion, emergency services, paramedics, police and the public who tried to help in ever...

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London: Ash Wednesday witness against nuclear war preparations

Around 80 people of faith marked the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday with a procession and prayer vigil outside the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall, London. They lamented the UK Government's possession of weapons of mass destruction and the deadlock in multilateral negotiations for nuclear disarmament internationally.

The participants gathered in Embankment Gardens on a grey and damp ...

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Westminster J&P report on human rights delegation to Turkey

Fr Joe Ryan

It was a privilege to be part of this Delegation from 13th - 19th February, Fr Joe Ryan, from Westminster Justice and Peace writes.

Some of us have participated in the first Delegation in February 2016 to Istanbul and then followed on to Strasbourg to encourage the Committee for Prevention of Torture to intervene for Mr Ocalan, who has been in prison since February 1999. Most of ...

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Is the Calais camp really closed?

Br Johannes, Marie-Christine and Fr Joe with the cross and crescent from the demolish church and mosque

Justice and Peace Visit to Calais November 3rd and 4th 2016 "Migrants have gravitated to the North French coast for the last 17 years," we were told, on our Justice and Peace visit to France on 3rd-4th November. "And we will wait just a few weeks for them to start drifting back to seek access to the UK all over again." This is the background to the highly publicised Jungle ...

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Westminster parishes study Laudato Si

Gathering in Hitchen

About 40 parishes were represented at three Laudato Si Autumn Gatherings across the diocese. Based in Hitchin, Chiswick and Kensington respectively they attracted parishioners throughout the diocese as well as Anglicans from Hampton Hill, Methodists from Acton and a LiveSimply representative from Petts Wood in the Southwark diocese.

The days were organised by Westminster Justice and Peac...

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London priest takes a dive to raise funds for his parish + Video

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A Westminster parish priest went beyond the call of duty recently to raise funds for good causes. Fr Joe Ryan from St John Vianney in West Green, north London originally planned to do a skydive in June - but the weather was too windy and the jump had to be postponed. Two weeks later, when he returned to the airfield in Cambridge, Fr Joe was shocked to learn that he was a few pounds too heavy. N...

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Fr Joe Ryan IS skydiving this week - weather permitting!

The prospect of jumping out of a plane from a great height is terrifying enough at the best of times - but to be all prepared to jump - getting it over and done quickly - but then to have to postpone because of bad weather, sounds like real torture! That's what happened to London parish priest Fr Joe Ryan last week.

Instead - all being well - Brave Fr Joe will be heading for a small airfi...

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Westminster: Haringey Deanery Pilgrimage Walk

Walkers at Our Lady of Muswell church

On this May Bank Holiday about 70 parishioners from the Haringey Deanery set out to visit each of the six Catholic churches. To begin the Pilgrimage, Fr Mark Anwell, Muswell Hill, who organised the event, led the group in prayer. After a blessing from Fr John Buckley, we set out at 9.30 am from St Francis Sales, Tottenham. to walk to St Paul's, Wood Green. There we had our refreshme...

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