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Today's Gospel in Art - If the grain dies it yields a rich harvest

Harvest of the Wheat, Simon Bening,  Da Costa Hours,  Circa 1515 © The Morgan Library, New York

Gospel of 10th August 2020 - John 12:24-26 Jesus said to his disciples:

'I tell you, most solemnly,

unless a wheat grain falls on the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies, it yields a rich harvest.

Anyone who loves his life loses it;

anyone who hates his life in this world

will keep it for the eternal life.


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Pope: We must not be ashamed to cry to God for help

Pope greets pilgrims  - Vatican Media

During his Angelus reflection on the readings from Sunday's Mass, Pope Francis told pilgrims in St Peter's Square the Gospel account of Jesus walking on the water "is a call to abandon ourselves trustingly to God in every moment of our life, especially in moments of trial and fear."

The Gospel tells how Jesus, walking on the water in the midst of a storm, calls Peter to come to him on the...

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Nagasaki vigil outside Westminster Cathedral

A stark reminder

Peace campaigners stood in the Piazza outside Westminster Cathedral on Sunday for the annual vigil commemorating those who died when the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki killing about 80,000 people. A vigil was also held outside the Cathedral on Thursday 6 August, marking the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima which left 146,000 dead.

Pat Gaffney, former general secretary of Pax Ch...

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El Salvador: Church shocked by murder of seminary rector

Fr Cortez Image: Archdiocese of El Salvador

The Bishop of the Diocese of Zacatecoluca-El Salvador, Monsignor Elías Samuel Bolaños Avelar, has expressed his grief at the murder of the rector of the San Óscar Romero Seminary, Father Ricardo Cortez, aged 44.

Preliminary investigations indicate that the homicide occurred while Fr Cortez was driving along a road in southeastern El Salvador. His body was found with several gunshot w...

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London: Walk in the steps of St John Henry Newman

St John Henry Newman

The writer and broadcaster Joanna Bogle is leading two special walks to celebrate the life and message of St John Henry Newman.

Wednesday August 19th meet 6pm Walk across London Bridge - with its story of St Olaf and Viking battles - to the birthplace of St John Henry Newman in the City.Church of the Most Precious Blood, O'Meara Street, London SE1 1TD (nearest tube/overground London Bri...

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Ireland: Message for Nagasaki Day by Archbishop Martin


Archbishop Eamon Martin gave the following message for Nagasaki Day at Saint Patrick's Church, Pennyburn, Derry.

"The development of atomic energy for war and the possession of atomic weapons is immoral and incompatible with our faith" - Archbishop Eamon.

It was around this time 75 years ago that an atomic bomb was detonated above the Japanese city of Nagasaki. Three days e...

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Nagasaki: The bomb that destroyed a cathedral during Mass

Fr Maximilian Kolbe in Nagasaki

On this day, August 9, 1945 the atomic bomb detonated 500 metres from Urakami cathedral, completely destroying it while Mass was being said inside. The blast heat-wave incinerated and buried all the faithful inside the Cathedral.

The picture on the right is of St Maximilian Kolbe in Nagasaki before the war. When he arrived he had been warmly welcomed by the Catholic community. Kolbe wrot...

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Today's Gospel in Art - Jesus walks on the water

Jesus and Peter on the Water,  by Gustave Brion 1863 © C19 Gallery, Beverly Hills

Gospel of 9th August 2020 - Matthew 14:22-33 Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he would send the crowds away. After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, while the boat, by now far out on the lake, was battling with a heavy sea, for there was a head...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbon - 9 August 2020

Cave of Elijah

Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Forgive me if I start my reflection on a downwards note, that of Elijah, who has just battled with the priests of `Baal at Mount Carmel, has won the religious duel, the 'fire' of the Lord consumed his offering but not that of the prophets of `Baal, so he has them all slaughtered and flees from the retribution of Jezebel who is g...

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Miracle on the Vistula - exclusive

Our Lady appears in the sky in this painting of the Battle of Warsaw by Wojciech Kossak

The 15th of August coincides with the centenary of the Battle of Warsaw (1920), otherwise known as the Miracle on the Vistula, in which the greatly outnumbered Polish army, led by its charismatic leader Marshal Józef Piłsudski, defeated the million strong Red Army of Soviet Russia, saving not only Poland but the whole of Europe.

So confident was Mikhail Tukhachevsky - the ...

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St Oscar Romero Birthday Mass to be live-streamed

A special Mass to mark the birthday of St Oscar Romero will be livestreamed on Saturday 15th August at 12.30pm from St George's Cathedral, Southwark.

The celebrant will be Mgr John O'Toole, Episcopal Vicar for Kent and a Guardian of the Romero Shrine in St George's Cathedral.

Julian Filochowski, Chair of the Archbishop Romero Trust said: "The Corona Virus emergency forced us to canc...

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Today's Gospel in Art - Feast of Saint Dominic

Saint Dominic's in Prayer,  by El Greco, Late 16th C  © Sotheby's London, 3 July 2013, lot 19

Gospel of 8th August 2020 - Matthew 17:14-20 A man came up to Jesus and went down on his knees before him. 'Lord,' he said 'take pity on my son: he is a lunatic and in a wretched state; he is always falling into the fire or into the water. I took him to your disciples and they were unable to cure him.' 'Faithless and perverse generation!' Jesus said in reply 'How muc...

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Mercy Ships offer training to maritime volunteers

Mercy Ships is a faith-based international development organisation that deploys hospital ships to some of the poorest countries in the world providing free, world-class healthcare.

But did you know that Mercy Ships also offers free training for the maritime volunteers who help keep the ship running?

Did you know that Mercy Ships offers free training for the maritime volunteers who ...

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