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Mali: No news of kidnapped nun

Sister Gloria

A Colombian missionary nun, kidnapped in Mali more than six weeks ago is still missing.

Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti, was abducted by a group of armed men by armed men who broke into the church in Sikasso in southern Mali where she was working in the morning on 9 February.

No groups have claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. The Catholic Church of Mali has not yet news...

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Glasgow: Open lecture on Unity in God, Unity of God

Boyd Orr Building

The Focolare Movement Scotland and Ahl Al Bait Society present an open lecture on: Unity in God and Unity of God on Monday, 27 February at 6.30pm in the Lecture Theatre 1, Boyd Orr Building, University of Glasgow.

The organisers said: "We are living in an historic moment in time - characterised in many ways by war, division, conflict and fear. Talk of dialogue and unity between people of ...

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Jordan: Meeting of Latin Bishops of Arab Regions

The Conference of Latin Bishops of the Arab Regions (CELRA) met in Jordan on February 13 to 15, 2017. It was an opportunity for the Bishops and Vicars to share the specific challenges in their respective countries and to unify their work. Present during the annual meeting were the Latin Bishops of Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Cyprus, Egypt, Djibouti, Somalia, Yemen and the A...

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Bishop: 'Legalising' illegal Israeli settlements is against God-given justice

Illegal settlements

Bishop William Shomali, Patriachal Vicar of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem for the Holy City and Palestine has strongly condemned the law passed yesterday in the Israeli parliament, which 'legalised' houses and Israeli settlements built illegally on Palestinian territory illegally occupied by the army of Israel.

This law "makes the solution two peoples-two states almost impossibl...

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Catholic-Shia dialogue in London

On Saturday, 3 December, Father Maximilian Musindai OSB from the Dar Comboni Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies in Cairo, who is one of the Academic Panel of College4 Life, and Fr William Skudlarek OSB, from OSB Interfaith Dialogue, were in London to meet with Dr Mohammed Shomali of the Islamic centre of England in Maida Vale, to plan the next Benedictine-Shia Inter-religious dialogue in ...

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Italy: New Patriarch of Jerusalem ordained

image: Giovanni Zennaro

The Church of the Holy Land and Bergamo, Italy, werte united in joy and thanksgiving on Saturday, September 10, 2016, when Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, OFM, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, was ordained Archbishop in the Cathedral of Bergamo. "I want to be a bishop for all, for those who are entrusted to me, first and foremost, but also for those wh...

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Israel: Bishop expresses concern after stone attack on parish at Mass

Bishop Shomail

On Saturday evening, May 28, 2016, a congregation attending Mass in Rehovot, Israel, were attacked by a hail of stones as they prayed. The courtyard of the Chapel of St Therese of Lisieux, was filled with people who had come for the celebration of Mass for Corpus Christi - there was not enough room inside the chapel to accommodate everyone.

During the Mass, a group of boys, aged about 14...

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Jordan's King Abdullah II to restore Jesus' Tomb

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

Jordan's King Abdullah II will fund the restoration of Christ's Tomb in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Bishop William Shomali, Latin Patriarchal Vicar in Jerusalem, warmly welcomed the decision of King Abdullah: "This is excellent news, news of a highly symbolic character, since the Holy Sepulchre is the most sacred place for Christians of all confessions. This decision shows...

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Northern Ireland: Pro-life campaigners consider appeal against High Court abortion judgment

Bernadette Smyth

Pro-life campaigners in Northern Ireland are considering an appeal, after the Belfast High Court ruled that abortion legislation there is in breach of human rights law. Currently, termination of pregnancy is only allowed if a woman's life is at risk or there is a permanent or serious risk to her mental or physical health. The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) brought the case to ...

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Holy Land Christians celebrate Our Lady of Palestine

Our Lady of Palestine

The feast of Our Lady of Palestine on Sunday was an occasion to pray for peace in the Holy Land. About 300 people gathered in Der Rafat for a solemn Mass animated by seminarians of Beit Jala. Because of the current security situation fewer people were able to attend than last year. There were fervent prayers peace and prayers for Patriarch Fouad Twal, who was in Rome for the Family Synod.


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Bethlehem: Monastery set on fire

There was a major fire at the monastery of Mar Charbel in Bethlehem at the weekend. Many rooms were ablaze on Saturday and various parts of the building have been badly damaged. There were no reports of injuries. In the aftermath of the fire, the governor and the mayor of Bethlehem, the chief of police, the national security director and the head of Intelligence, went and inspect th...

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Mourning the suffering of the refugees

Family in Erbil refugee camp

Tikkun magazine with Rabbi Michael Lerner has published this reflection and poem today by Somali poet Warsan Shire. The poem below presents the most authentic understanding of the situation of the world's refugees in the contemporary world. They are momentarily in the consciousness of the world's humanity, but will too soon fade. People have momentarily been moved by the gr...

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Greenbelt Festival

Ockhams Razor theatre

For its 42nd consecutive year, the Greenbelt Festival takes place this coming August Bank Holiday. Settling into its second residency in the idyllic grounds of Boughton House, this year the festival 'reflects and celebrates the grassroots'. The ecumenical programme introduces a rich and diverse array of thinkers, poets, musicians, theologians, covering themes including peace, ecology, climate c...

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True love for God leads to unity, says Moslem cleric

Dr Shomali with Bishop Leahy

The gift of dialogue was explored at the Focolare summer gathering in Liverpool last week which brought together over 700 people including a large Irish contingent. Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick was among the Irish delegation. Addressing the summer gathering Bishop Leahy said that when Focolare started in 1943, Chiara Lubich could "hardly have imagined that the spirituality that w...

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