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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 24 March 2019

Third Sunday in Lent

God said: Do not come near! Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground. I am the God of your father,* he continued, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. (Ex 3:5,6)

Poor old Pontius Pilate! He is one of our Gospel characters who manages to s...

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Iranian Christian told Christianity is not a "peaceful religion" by UK government

The Home Office has agreed to reconsider an asylum application after rejecting the Iranian by using Bible verses out of context to argue that Christianity is not a peaceful religion.

The Iranian who is trying to claim asylum in the UK on the grounds of Christian conversion received a letter this week saying his argument that he converted to Christianity after discovering it was a peaceful...

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Columban Competition: 'Climate Monsters'

Jessy Oreoluwa Sodimu (15), of Cardinal Newman Catholic High School, Warrington was runner up in the Columban Young Journalists Competition 2019 (print) for his article on Cllmate Change.

We have all been gifted with some things in life - some more than others. But one undeniable gift we all received is "Our Sister, Mother Earth"(Pope Francis in Laudato Si'). As ...

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Pax Christi Reflection for Third Sunday of Lent: Second breath, a call to take responsibility

Calling out in the desert. We all know that feeling. No one hears; no one listens. When we do get a response, we find a second breath. With that second breath, we can call again, re-engage and re-believe. We hear that Moses finds a second breath after God calls him from the burning bush. In addition, we read that the vinedresser finds a second breath and commits himself to the up-to-now barren ...

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Austrian Bishops' Conference announces divestment from fossil fuels

A recent climate protest in Graz, Austria

With climate change having a noted impact on water supplies around the world, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Chairperson of the Austrian Bishops' Conference, choose today, World Water Day, to announce that the Episcopal Conference of Austria will divest from all businesses that extract or produce fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas.

This decision includes all financial invest...

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Columban Competition: 'Facing up to Climate Change'

Anna Joy Marshall

Anna Joy Marshall (15) of St Mary's Catholic High School, Chesterfield, won the recent print competition for young journalists on 'The Challenge of Climate Change'.

Our world is incredible. Scientists say that for every disease, there is a natural cure somewhere on the planet. There are thousands of natural resources like wood, edible plants and fuels. Everyt...

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London: Vigil to remember Christchurch terrorist attack

On a warm spring-like evening last Thursday hundreds of people congregated in Trafalgar Square to stand in solidarity with New Zealand, remembering the 50 Muslims who were murdered at prayer by a terrorist the previous Friday.

During the Peace Vigil we were welcomed by a message from the Mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel, reminding us that, "what happened last Friday will never define...

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Dowry Tour of Our Lady of Walsingham

During the course of 2018 to 2020 the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham from the Slipper Chapel at the Catholic National Shrine in Walsingham, Norfolk, is being taken to each Cathedral in England. It is for a three-day triduum of prayer, as part of preparation for the re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary in 2020.

The statue will be in the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption &...

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JRS UK: Immigration Detention reform is "long over-due"

Britain's Home Affairs Committee published a scathing report yesterday into the use of immigration detention, which "found serious problems with almost every element of the immigration detention system". Highlighting a myriad of failures by the Home Office, the Committee recommended a 28-day cumulative time limit on immigration detention, greater judicial oversight in the decision-making proces...

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Capuchin Superior assassinated in Cameroon

Fr Toussaint Zoumalde, Superior of the Capuchins in Chad and the Central African Republic, died a few days ago after being stabbed at Ngaoundere in the Francophone part of neighbouring Cameroon. He was travelling from Bouar in the Central African Republic where he had conducted a training course, back to his community in Chad.

Fr Zoumalde, who was originally from Bouar, spent the night of...

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CAFOD joins DEC appeal for Cyclone Idai victims

CAFOD has joined forces with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to help hundreds of thousands of people in Southern Africa devastated by Cyclone Idai. The cyclone swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe last weekend, killing hundreds of people and affecting an estimated 2.6 million people.

CAFOD's Director, Christine Allen, says:

"The more we see and hear of the d...

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Amazonia Synod - US Conference stresses Church commitment to indigenous people

Archbishop Auza and Cardinal Tagle with Scott Wright, Amy Echeverria and Fr Peter Hughes of Columban JPIC

Representatives of the Pan Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM) have been meeting with senior Church leaders at a US university this week, ahead of October's Synod of Bishops on Amazonia. Georgetown University in Washington DC hosted a conference 19-21 March, organised by REPAM, titled, 'Integral Ecology: A Synodal response from the Amazon Region and other Biomes and Essential Territories for th...

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Clifton: meeting to reflect on Amazonia Synod

A meeting was held at St John's parish in Bath a few weeks ago to reflect upon the Pope's encyclical, Laudato Si', in preparation for the Synod on the Amazon to be held in Rome this October. The group looked at the lives of Chico Mendes, Sister Dorothy Stang, and Adelinho Ramos, as just three people who gave their lives in recent years to protect the forests and help those who live there care f...

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London: Protest Lonmin's AGM - Justice for Marikana

Marikana victims

On August 16 2012, over 100 workers on strike for a living wage at Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, a small town near Pretoria, were shot by the South African police, killing 34.

This was the single most lethal use of force against civilians since the massacre of students during the Soweto uprising in 1976 under the apartheid regime. Lonmin, a London-based mining corporation founded as L...

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