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Make TB history - Wanted: Leaders for a TB free world

On 21st February 1918, a train and a fleet of ambulances transferred 50 patients with tuberculosis (TB) from St Catherine's Hospital, Ramsgate to the new, purpose built Holy Cross sanatorium at Haslemere, Surrey. First World War bombing had destroyed parts of Ramsgate and the sisters of my order, the Daughters of the Cross of Liege were advised to seek a safer location for their patients. For...

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Brazil: First Baniwa indigenous priest ordained

Brazil's first Baniwa indigenous priest was ordained on Saturday 17 March in the diocese of São Gabriel da Cachoeira. Some people travelled for days to attend the celebrations for the priestly ordination of Fr Geraldo Trindade Montenegro.

The Baniwa people, one of the 23 indigenous tribes in the diocese.

The event was prepared with care by the entire community, and presided by Bish...

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Ireland: Pope to attend Dublin World Meeting of Families

The Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference has warmly welcomed the announcement today by the Holy Father Pope Francis that he will attend part of the 9th World Meeting of Families which will take place from 21 - 26 August in Dublin on the theme, 'The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World'.

Pope Francis will arrive in Dublin on Saturday, 25 August, and will take part in the 'Festival of Fami...

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Theresa May congratulates Catholic 'greenest school in the UK'

Theresa May & Claire Perry with Green Heart Hero Award winners  - image: Heather Stuckey CC

A Catholic school from Maidenhead has been recognised by the Prime Minister for its commitment to clean up the environment at a national awards ceremony in Parliament. St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Maidenhead was nominated by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, for the first ever national 'Green Heart Hero Awards'.

Representatives from the school travelled to Parliament to attend the ...

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Letter: Can parishes have suggestion boxes?

Dear Editor, It's such a pity that Pope Francis' call for consultation between the bishops, clergy and the laity is simply being ignored. Saint Pope John XXIII's Second Vatican Council also called for consultation, but these days Parish Councils are rare. One simple, cheap, efficient and effective way for the clergy to consult with the faithful is for 'suggestion boxes' to...

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Viewpoint: Why you cannot trust politicians with global justice

Rohingya children - image CAFOD

The British Parliament is considering a move that may put justice within reach of persecuted minorities such as Christians in the Middle East. Lord Alton has introduced a bill that would require the British government to ask the High Court to decide whether or not genocide and mass atrocities are taking place.

His private members' bill is significant because it recognises that politicians...

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Irish families to present special icon to Pope Francis in Rome

Tobin Family on their way to Rome today

Two Irish families will present the official World Meeting of Families 2018 'Icon of the Holy Family' (see image below) to Pope Francis in Rome during his weekly General Audience with the faithful in Rome tomorrow, Wednesday 21 March 2018. The Tobin family are from Co Kildare and the Tumelty Family are resident in Rome.

The World Meeting of Families delegation will be led by Archbishop Di...

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Gaza - on the verge of catastrophe

Girls at Shija'ia Family Health Centre in trauma therapy class. How many of these children would survive another Gaza war?

The Revd John Howard writes in his blog: I have just returned from a short visit to Gaza in which we (a group of eight people under the banner of the Church of Scotland), heard time and again of the deteriorating situation in Gaza. We visited clinics, a vocational training centre, a human rights centre, a youth group, and met with the leaders of the Near East Council of Churches.

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Holy Land: US church leaders protest at Israel's plans to confiscate and tax Church properties

Grafitti on Jerusalem Baptist church

Cardinal Daniel N DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has joined other leaders from the US Episcopal, Lutheran (ELCA), and Armenian Churches in urging Israel to not confiscate church lands or tax church properties. In the joint letter addressed to Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat, the Church leaders...

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Pope speaks with young people about life choices, technology, trafficking, tattoos

Jesus is So Cool - Matching Couples Tattoos - kris krüg from Vancouver, Canada - Wiki image

At a pre-Synodal meeting yesterday, Pope Francis answered questions from an international group of young people. Among the issues raised was modern slavery and prostitution, life choices, new communication technology, tattoos and the role of women religious.

Responding to the question: How can young people help victims of human trafficking? Pope Francis referred to stories he has heard f...

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CoE introduces contactless payments

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The Church of England announced today that it is making contactless, virtual terminal, and SMS mobile payments available throughout England, in a bid to make transactions faster and easier for the Church's congregations. In an increasingly cashless era, churches will now be able to offer cashless payment options for events including weddings, christenings, church fetes and concerts, as well for...

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Pope Francis: Prayer is the first task of a bishop

On Monday, in St Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis conferred episcopal ordination on three members of the papal diplomatic corps, from Poland, Canada and Malta. The Holy Father's homily began by following closely the text proposed in The Roman Pontifical for the Ordination of a Bishop, which offers a catechesis of the history and office of Bishop in the Catholic Church. It reminds us that:


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Book: HIRED - Six months undercover in low-wage Britain

Could you survive working in an Amazon warehouse, or at a call centre, or driving an Uber? Journalist James Bloodworth spent six months trying to make ends meet on zero-hour contracts. In the process he gained insights into why the UK voted for Brexit, what feeds anti-immigrant sentiments, how people become trapped in hopelessness, how easy it is to end up homeless, and how hard-working, hard-p...

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Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square - Good Friday 2018

On Good Friday, 30th March 2018, the renowned Wintershall Players return to the heart of London with their awe-inspiring full-scale re-enactment of The Passion of Jesus, performed for free in the shadow of the National Gallery at 12noon and 3.15pm. The Passion premiered in 1993 on the Wintershall Estate in Surrey and since then has become a highly anticipated Easter fixture, both in Guildford a...

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