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The humanitarian crisis on our doorstep

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Mike Emberson, from the Medaille Trust, a Catholic charity dedicated to fighting human trafficking, gave this talk on Good Friday on Deal Pier in Kent on the English coast, just a short sea crossing from the continent, where thousands of refugees including women and unaccompanied children have been forced to fend for themselves.

Around the world millions of people are on the mov...

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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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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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Ethiopia: Catholic agencies build aid corridor

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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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Australian SVP protests at forced deportations of refugees on Manus Island

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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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Text: Pope Francis Urbi et Orbi Message

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Thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square under a sunny blue sky on Easter Sunday, to hear Pope Francis deliver his Urbi et Orbi Message, from the Central loggia of the Vatican Basilica. The official text follows: Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Easter! Today, throughout the world, the Church echoes once more the astonishing message of the first disciples: ..

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Dunkirk: Letter from Seeking Sanctuary

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As we prepare this Easter update we continue to get disturbing news from Dunkirk where the camp was almost entirely destroyed by fire. Many of the residents who were displaced were put up for a few nights in local sports centres but they have now been told to move on - but to where? Some buses were provided but the majority of those involved preferred to push or carry their few possessions away...

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Focolare gathering at Ampleforth

Welcome the stranger … transform the desert into a forest - Over 400 people, of all ages and walks of life, took part in the Lampedusa Cross Pilgrimage, part of the Focolare Movement’s four-day gathering, ‘Mariapolis’, which was held this Holy Week in Ampleforth.

Inspired by CAFOD’s campaign, we journeyed in silence, reflection and prayer, drawing on the exp...

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Pope washes prisoners' feet during Mass of the Lord's Supper

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Pope Francis on Holy Thursday washed the feet of inmates at Paliano Prison, south of Rome, during Mass of Our Lord’s Supper. The Pope traveled to the penitentiary for a private visit and the celebration of Mass marking Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples on the day before his Crucifixion. In his off-the-cuff homily, Pope Francis invited those present – and all Christians - t...

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Homily text: Canon Pat Browne on Holy Thursday

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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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Holy See appeals for end to violence in Syria

Archbishop Gallagher

A senior Vatican archbishop has urged all sides of the Syrian conflict to end violence and restore solidarity in the wake of the deadly attack. Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for the Holy See's Relations with States, called for increased funding from the international community for displaced people and refugees during an address at the European Union in Brussels.

Archbishop Gallaghe...

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Pope meets Cardinal Nichols with UK Muslim leaders

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Pope Francis today met with Cardinal Vincent Nichols and four Muslim leaders from Britain who came to highlight the deep-rooted interfaith relations among the different religious communities in the UK.

For the past three decades, Nichols and other Catholic leaders have been working to develop strong ties with local Muslim communities. Among some of the practical, grass roots initiatives t...

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Vatican welcomes new refugee families from Syria

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Three new Syrian families have found shelter and welcome in the Vatican as part of an ongoing effort to provide the means and the tools for integration and a new life of hope for those fleeing conflict and persecution. Altogether 13 people - from two Christian and one Muslim family - have been able make their homes in three Vatican-owned apartments recently vacated by other refugees who have si...

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Pope urges authorities to do more to combat scourge of human trafficking

Pope Francis sent a message today to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)'s 17th Alliance against Trafficking in Persons Conference, taking place in Vienna. The message was read by Fr Michael Czerny SJ, Under-secretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

The Holy Father called the problem "a form of sla...

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December 20th

St Dominic of Silos

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Abbot. A patron of pregnant women. Saint Dominic was born in 1000, at Rioja in Navarre. His parents were farmers and he worked the land with them for some years before becoming a monk. He was later ordained priest and became prior at St Milan de la Congolla. However after a dispute over property rights he was exiled with two companions.

Ferdinand I of Old Castile welcomed these monastic refugees and gave them a derelict old monastery at Silos. Within a few years Dominic had supervised a rebuilding programme and Silos became a thriving community and centre of learning with more than 40 monks. One of their scriptoriums can now be seen in the British Library.

St Dominic was known for his holiness and his healing powers. Women suffering difficult pregnancies flocked to visit him. One woman, Jane of Aza named her child after St Dominic, and he in turn became the founder of the Dominicans.

Dominic's pastoral staff was used to bless queens of Spain and would be kept at their bedside until they had a safe delivery.

St Dominic died in 1073 and was canonised three years later. Many churches and monasteries were dedicated to him.
Silos is still a flourishing community today.

Several recordings of the monks singing Gregorian chant have been best sellers around the world.

Visit the official website of the monastery at Silos here: www.abadiadesilos.es/