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Today's Gospel in Art - You cannot be the slave both of God and money

Money Map of the World, by Justine Smith, 2013, © 2019 Justine Smith. All rights reserved

Gospel of 22nd September 2019 - Luke 16: 10-13 Jesus said to his disciples: 'The man who can be trusted in little things can be trusted in great; the man who is dishonest in little things will be dishonest in great. If then you cannot be trusted with money, that tainted thing, who will trust you with genuine riches? And if you cannot be trusted with what is not yours, who will give y...

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New seafarers' welfare facility opens in Southampton

Southampton team with Nusrat Ghani MP and guests at the official opening

Global maritime charity Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) has launched a new welfare facility for seafarers in Southampton. The vitally important space, located in the grounds of St Joseph's Church, will provide seafarers and cruise ship crew members with a range of pastoral and practical support services, regardless of their faith.

The Stella Maris Centre is located just a short walk...

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Ireland: Bishop Seamus Hegarty has died

Bishop Seamus Hegarty

The Diocese of Derry has announced the death of Seamus Hegarty, Bishop Emeritus of Derry and former Bishop of Raphoe, who died after an illness in Letterkenny University Hospital, Co Donegal.

Séamus Hegarty born 26 January 1940 in Kilcar, Co Donegal. He received his early education in Kilcar National School, Saint Eunan's College, Letterkenny, and Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth, which...

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Christian Aid praises 'prophetic' global climate strikers

image: ICN/JS

An estimated three million young people and their parents, in cities around the world, took part in peaceful demonstrations on Friday, urging governments to act to stop climate change.

Christian Aid's youth and campaigns manager, Richard Baker, said: "The youth climate strikes have been nothing short of prophetic. One seemingly defiant act of protest by a 16-year-old girl in Sweden has gr...

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Today's Gospel in Art - What I want is mercy, not sacrifice

The Seven Acts of Mercy, by Pieter Brueghel the Younger, © Courtesy Sotheby's New York

Gospel of 21st September 2019 - Matthew 9: 9-13 As Jesus was walking on, he saw a man named Matthew sitting by the customs house, and he said to him, 'Follow me.' And he got up and followed him.

While he was at dinner in the house it happened that a number of tax collectors and sinners came to sit at the table with Jesus and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said...

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DR Congo: Faith leaders not consulted soon enough to help halt spread of Ebola virus

The response to the Ebola crisis in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is crippled by a huge lack of community trust. When armed groups have been fighting each other in the region for years, and the government plays a minimal role, people are suspicious of outsiders telling them they must change their ways if the disease is to be fought.

Faith leaders met in Goma (September 11...

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New York, Geneva: Photo exhibitions on Bible and biodiversity

Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

On the eve of the Climate Action Summit in New York, four ecumenical organisations are launching a photo exhibition on the Bible and biodiversity. Titled 'And It Is Good,' the exhibition pairs photos of nature and creatures with verses from the Bible, highlighting diversity in nature and affirming creation is good.

"In a time marked by climate change, habitat loss and mass extinction, we ...

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Holy Land Eyewitness: Craftspeople in Hebron

Bader al-Tamimi's shop stands at the entrance to the Old City of al-Khalil (Hebron). Bader is always there it seems - a warm, dignified, welcoming presence to tourists, residents of al-Khalil members of human rights groups, and fellow craftspeople alike. He offers each a seat and thrusts small cups of coffee or tea into their hands.

Born in al-Khalil, Bader has lived in and around the Old...

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Scotland: Calls to reject plan to remove voting rights for church reps on education committee

Catholics in Ayrshire are being urged to fight a proposal intended to strip the Catholic community of its voting rights on East Ayrshire Council's Education Committee.

The Bishop of Galloway, Bishop William Nolan wants them to urge local councillors to support Ayrshire's Catholic community and vote against any such moves to ensure its schools' Catholic ethos is maintained.

He warned...

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New CAFOD schools programme champions Catholic social teaching

Teacher training training day

A new programme that is championing the teaching of global issues and exploring Catholic Social Teaching has inspired teachers around the country - and recent participants are urging other Catholic schools to get involved.

Teachers from across the country have taken part in special training days, run by international development charity CAFOD, and supported by the British Council, to help...

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UK: People of Faith support Global Climate Strike

Image: CAFOD

More than a million school students internationally have taken to the streets on Fridays during term time and during the holidays to demand politicians listen to their concerns about the climate emergency. Catholic school pupils in Britain have met with their MPs, inviting them into schools and travelling down to Parliament to lobby them. They are now inviting everyone to take to the streets in...

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Irish Bishops join Global Climate Strike

Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ

Today, Friday 20 September, representatives of the Council for Justice and Peace of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference will take to the streets to stand in solidarity with young people at the Global Climate Strike.

Young people across Ireland, and the world, will lead the protest demanding action on climate change. This follows similar action in March involving 1.6 million people g...

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New report on eve of Rugby World Cup warns Pacific Islands face brutal climate onslaught

As the Rugby World Cup prepares to kick off in Japan today - the same day a global strike for the climate takes place - a new report has highlighted how three of the smallest countries taking part, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, are under threat because of the aggressive fossil fuel burning of some of the richest countries, including Australia, the USA, hosts Japan and European nations.

This clim...

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Today's Gospel in Art - The women who accompanied Jesus

Penitent Magdalene detail by Donatello 1454 © Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence

Gospel of 20th September 2019 - Luke 8: 1-3 Jesus made his way through towns and villages preaching, and proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom of God. With him went the Twelve, as well as certain women who had been cured of evil spirits and ailments: Mary surnamed the Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, Susanna, and several oth...

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