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Pax Christi Reflection for Good Friday

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Rev Paul Lansu is Senior Policy Advisor, Pax Christi International

Is 52:13-53:12 | Ps 31 (30) | Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9 | Jn 18:1-19:42

Believers gather around the cross today. They listen to the stories from the Scriptures. These stories offer us a message that is new: suffering acquires meaning in God. Death never has the last word in Him. Through the suffering of Christ, God...

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Message of Archbishop Aupetit of Paris in response to Notre Dame Cathedral fire

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'"Comfort ye, comfort ye, my people," says your God.' (Is 40, 1) These words of the prophet resonate deeply this Holy Week, the week in which we accompany the Lord Jesus in his Passion and death and as he prepares our hearts for the joy of his Resurrection. Notre Dame, our dear cathedral, witness to so many of the most significant moments events in our nation's story, has been destroyed by a te...

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COMPETITION - Win tickets to London premier of TOLKEIN

TOLKIEN - A film about the early life of the world-renowned Catholic author JRR Tolkien, opens in the UK on 3 May. To celebrate the release of the film, Independent Catholic News is giving away a pair of tickets to the Red Carpet premier which takes place in Leicester Square on 29th April.

To enter - click here: and tell us why you would...

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Bishop Davies: 'Bitter and intolerant' Britain needs light of Easter

The British national character appears to be changing amid an atmosphere in public debate of "bitterness and intolerance", the Bishop of Shrewsbury will say in his Easter homily. The Rt Rev Mark Davies will reflect on how legitimate differences of opinion were no longer being treated with tolerance and too often responded to with "anger, enmity, no- platforming, and even threats of v...

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Bishop of Shrewsbury: The faithful are called to purify Church

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The faithful have the responsibility of purifying the Catholic Church through their growth in holiness, the Bishop of Shrewsbury has said.

In a homily preached at the Mass of Sacred Chrism on April 17, Bishop Mark Davies reminded the congregation that the Catholic Church was always holy because it was a divine institution united to Christ.

But he also told them that the Second Vatic...

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Salford announces plans for Laudato Si Centre

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This Lent, parishes and schools of the Diocese of Salford were asked by Bishop John Arnold to take the environmental crisis more seriously and to make changes in their own lives that would make a difference. The Bishop didn't just ask others to make changes, he has responded to his own challenge by beginning a major environmental project - the Laudato Si centre - in the grounds of his own resid...

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Trafalgar Square Passion of Jesus to be performed in towns and cities across UK

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For the past nine years, the Wintershall Cast have performed The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday.

The story commemorating the day Jesus is believed to have been arrested, tried and crucified by the Romans, two days before miraculously rising from the dead on Easter Sunday, is brought to life in the open air and has become a much-anticipated Easter fixture. This year's ...

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Church bells to ring across England in solidarity with France

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Bells will be rung at churches and cathedrals across England on Maundy Thursday, in solidarity with France following the devastating fire at Notre-Dame cathedral, the Prime Minister said last night.

Experts from Historic England are coordinating with colleagues across the UK heritage sector to make an offer of support to their French counterparts once the damage has been assessed.


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Cardinal Nichols and Archbishop Welby urge UK Government to address persecution of Christians

Archbishop Welby with Cardinal Nichols

Christian leaders today called on Government to protect Christians facing persecution and to promote freedom of religion and belief more widely.

In a joint Catholic and Church of England response to the Government-commissioned independent review of Foreign and Commonwealth Office support for persecuted Christians, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, and Archbishop Justin ...

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Cambridge: course on Christian Mysticism

A course for Catholic women, led by Jubilee Fellow, Dr Louise Nelstrop, at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology.

The course will introduce students to key themes and figures within Western Christian Mysticism. It will explore the rich mystical heritage that we find within this tradition, examining important figures such as Origen, Augustine, Dionysius, Hildegard of Bingen, Julian ...

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Westminster: Cardinal celebrates Chrism Mass - homily text

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Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrated the Chrism Mass at Westminster Cathedral yesterday, 16th April 2019, with more that 300 clergy. His full homily text follows:

This beautiful Mass of Chrism centres on a strong Scriptural theme: 'The spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me, he has sent me, to bring the good news... to be the faithful witness'.


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Pope Francis visits Pope emeritus

At the beginning of Holy Week, Pope Francis made a special visit to the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery to offer Easter greetings to the Pope emeritus, Benedict XVI. The visit was announced by ad interim director of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, who noted that the encounter also offered Pope Francis the opportunity, "with particular affection", to wish Benedict a happy 92...

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Pax Christi mourns death of Fr Neles Tebay

Fr Neles Tebay in Manila, Philippines, Dec. 2017 for Pax Christi-Asia Pacific consultation.

Pax Christi International write: It is with great sadness that Pax Christi International shares the news of the death of Fr Neles Tebay, a member of our International Board and the coordinator of the Papua Peace Network. Fr Neles, who suffered from bone cancer, had been in intensive care for the last few weeks at St Carolus Hospital in Central Jakarta. He died on Sunday, 14 April. He w...

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Viewpoint: How Benedict's essay on sex abuse is being weaponized

Massimo Faggioli

Massimo Faggioli, professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University. writes in Commonweal Magazine

On the evening of April 10, six weeks after the conclusion of the Vatican's summit on the sex-abuse crisis, the pope emeritus, Benedict XVI, made known his thoughts on the genesis of that crisis in a five-thousand-plus-word essay sent to a periodic...

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