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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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London: Interfaith Welcome Refugee evening

Rafidah Al-Zeerm, Camden Welcome Refugees

More than 80 people from faith institutions across London attended a Welcome Refugee reception at the Islamic Cultural Centre & London Central Mosque Trust by Regents Park on Tuesday evening.

Parishioners from Farm St Mayfair and Holy Apostles Pimlico were among the participants.

The panel of speakers included: Tania Bright of Church Response for Refugees, Sarah Hayward, Leader ...

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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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Petition to Westminster City Council asking them to take 50 refugees

I should be grateful if you would circulate the link to petition Westminster City Council to welcome 50 Syrian Refugees into the borough through the Home Office Vulnerable Persons Resettlement scheme.

Holy Apostles, Pimlico, is campaigning on this issue, together with other faith groups, plus Citizens UK and Refugees Welcome. The petition can be signed by anyone who works, lives or s...

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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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Turkana: Missionaries on the periphery

Fr David Eschrich, Bishop Dominic Kimengich, Fr Angel Valderia

Missionaries from one of the most remote and inaccessible places on earth have been visiting London this week, accompanied by Bishop Dominic Kimengich of the Diocese of Lodwar, in northwest Kenya. There are few roads in Nyangatom, southwest Ethiopia where Fr David Eschrich, Fr Angel Valderia from the St Paul's Missionary Community are setting up a new mission.

This rugged, semi-desert re...

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London ACTA conference: Where are we going with Pope Francis?

ACTA Meeting in Kensington

The fourth annual ACTA (A Call to Action) Conference entitled The Evolving Church - Where are we going with Pope Francis? will be held in London next Saturday, 26 November. ACTA - A Call to Action - aims to develop lay representation and participation, promoting pastoral dialogue.

Speakers will be: Professor Tina Beattie, Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Roehampton in L...

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Fr Augusto Zampini reflects on the meaning of kingship

Fr Augusto Zampini-Davies

Fr Augusto Zampini-Davies gave the following homily on Sunday, the Feast of Christ the King, at Holy Apostles, Pimlico, central London.

This week a bishop showed me a letter where a faithful Catholic was complaining about something happening in his diocese. The letter ended with a motto: 'long live Christ our King'. But given the tone of the letter, I doubt this person in partic...

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Eyewitness: First intake of Calais Jungle children at Lunar House

Judy Masters from the parish of Holy Apostles, Pimlico,central London, writes:

It was my privilege to work with Citizen's UK last week, when the first group of children from the Calais 'Jungle' arrived at the Home Office in Croydon. I assisted three days inside Lunar House and one day outside as part of a 100+ crowd of 'Welcomers.'

Volunteer staff from Citizens UK assiste...

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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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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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'Laudato Si' and Care for Creation Day in Westminster

Participants at the day

Fifteen Catholic parishes of Westminster Archdiocese were represented at a 'Laudato Si' and Care for Creation' event in Chiswick, West London, on Saturday. They ranged from Harpenden in Hertfordshire to Osterley in West London to West Green in North London. The URC Methodist Church in Acton and the Anglican parish at Hampton Hill were also present.

The day was organised by Westminster J...

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'More in Common' Inter-faith Walk in London

Walkers at the New West End Synagogue

In response to this summer's rising tide of hate crime, the Westminster and Bayswater Group of Amnesty International made an inter-faith walk in London last Saturday, carrying the human rights message of justice and reconciliation.

The group visited St James's Church, Piccadilly, the New West End Synagogue in Bayswater, and then the London Central Mosque in Regent's Park. A meditation o...

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