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Pax Christi: Post Easter Reflection - The Good Shepherd

Escorting children to school near Bethlehem - image CPT

4th Sunday of Easter. Acts 4:8-12. 1 John 3:1-2.Gospel John 10:11-18.

The good shepherd, the leader who provides, 'life to the full'

The most striking feature of the Liturgy of the Word this Sunday is the commonality of the First Reading and the Gospel in three respects.

Firstly, the location, the Temple in Jerusalem.

Secondly, the audience, the religious leader...

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Vocations Sunday: 'It's Your Call'

The theme for this year's Day of Prayer for Vocations, celebrated today, Sunday, 22 April 2018 is 'It's Your Call'.

The National Office for Vocation has a special page of resources, information and links. If you would like to have some guidance on what kind of life God may be calling you to, perhaps you would be interested in having a vocation guide. You would meet up on a one-to-one b...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 22nd April 2018

Fourth Sunday of Easter -

I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep* that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd". (Jn 10:14-16) Why is it that the tendency o...

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Pope Francis: Message for World Day of Vocations 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Next October, the Fifteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will meet to discuss the theme of young people and in particular the relationship between young people, faith and vocation. There we will have a chance to consider more deeply how, at the centre of our life, is the call to joy that God addresses to us and how this is "God's plan for me...

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Reflection: An Environmental Vocation

This is a busy Sunday: the Fourth Sunday of Easter and Vocations Sunday in the Church, and Earth Day throughout the world. Cynics, viewing both the level of ecological ignorance, indifference or denialism and the low levels of vocations to the priesthood and religious life in the Church (across all churches in fact), might well dub it 'Hopeless Causes Sunday'. Christians concerned about vocatio...

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Bishops express thanks for Gaudete et Exsultate

The Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales issued the following Plenary Statement aftter their meeting at Hinsley Hall, in the Diocese of Leeds, which concluded on Thursday. Thanksgiving for Gaudete et Exsultate We, the Bishops of England and Wales, are immensely grateful for the reflection on holiness which the Holy Father has given in Gaudete et Exsul...

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Bishop asks for prayers for Alfie Evans after court upholds travel ban

The Bishop of Carpi, who is coordinating between the family of Alfie Evans and the Vatican Children's Hospital that has offered to care for the terminally ill child, has asked for prayers following a British Supreme Court ruling that upholds a previous ban on allowing the boy to be transferred to Italy. Britain's Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a mother and father w...

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Holy Land: Last-ditch effort to save school threatened with demolition

ICN has received an urgent appeal for help to save a school on the West Bank supported by the Comboni Sisters, which is being threatened with demolition by the Israeli Authorities. Next Wednesday, April 25, the Israeli High Court will hear the final appeal of the Palestinian Bedouin community of Al Khan al Ahmar. If the appeal is rejected, the sc...

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Catholic Bishops of England and Wales statement on gender

The following statement was drawn up up by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales during their first bi-annual plenary meetings of 2018 at Hinsley Hall in the Diocese of Leeds from 16 - 19 April 2018.

Today there is intense public debate about gender. It highlights not only the suffering and discomfort of some, but also raises profound questions about human nature, how we unde...

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Notre Dame win London Catholic Cup

Victorious Notre Dame team

Undergraduates from the University of Notre Dame (London), won the London Catholic Cup on Tuesday 17 April, after a fiercely fought basketball match against their peers from St Mary's University.

This is the fourth contest between the two institutions (and the first win for Team Notre Dame). Their termly sporting event brings the university students t...

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Bishop Lang welcomes worldwide decline of death sentences and executions

Bishop Declan Lang

Bishop Declan Lang, the lead Bishop for international affairs has welcomed the decline of the death penalty across the world and called on Catholics to help "make this the generation that ends capital punishment for good."

Statistics released last week show that the number of recorded death sentences and executions fell in 2017, while the total number of countries to abolish the death pen...

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Pakistan: Archbishop appeals for prayers after yet another attack on Christians

A leading Pakistan bishop has appealed for prayer after Christians in Quetta suffered their third attack in five months. Two Christian men - named as Rashid Khalid and Azhar Iqbal - and three others were injured after four attackers on motorbikes started shooting at people near a church in Quetta's Essa Nagri Christian neighbourhood. The attack, last Sunday (15th April), came nearl...

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JRS: Windrush crisis demands conversion of heart and radically different approach

In the wake of the crisis engulfing the government over its treatment of Windrush-era citizens, the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK (JRS UK) has called on the government to make a radical change in their approach to migration, saying the cruelty of the hostile environment agenda demonstrates the need for deep reflection on the inhumane and unethical assumptions that underscore it.

The st...

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