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Pax Christi issues resources to save Khan al Ahmar

The school was built with tyres, because Israel would not allow building materials in the village.

Pax Christi has brought out a parish leaflet and other resources to save Khan al Ahmar, the Bedouin village and school east of Jerusalem, on the site of the Inn of the Good Samaritan, which the Israeli authorities want to demolish, in order to expand an illegal settlement.

The 'Tyre School' at Khan al Ahmar was opened on Monday, ahead of time, in a ceremony attended by 170 pupils together...

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ACN runners survive heat in British 10K

John, James, Harriet, Fr Dominic and supporter

A team of runners supporting Aid to the Church in Need were undeterred by London's heatwave when they took part in the British 10K London run to raise money to help people suffering persecution and acute poverty in Syria and Iraq. The five-strong group braved temperatures that were set to peak at nearly 30C as they set off through the streets of the UK capital on Sunday, 15th July, alongside mo...

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North London parish hosts Rush in Ballet

Natalia Napalkova and Mattias Carbonetti

Rush in Ballet presented an evening of classical dance performances and live music at Our Lady Help of Christians in Kentish Town, north London last night.

There was a wonderful mix of dances from Le Corsaire, Swan Lake, Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet. Tenor Mattias Carbonetti and Natalia Napalkova alto, also sang beautifully. Mattias, who comes from...

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Finnish churches have message for Trump and Putin

Image: Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

As US president Donald Trump met with Russian president Vladimir Putin on 16 July in Helsinki, Finland, they were sent a prominent message of peace from Finn Church Aid (FCA) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (ELCF).

A sign hanging on the side of the FCA headquarters - very close to where the Trump-Putin summit is occurring - reads: 'Blessed are the peacemakers, f...

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USA: Letter from mother in migrant detention camp, El Paso

participants in #KeepFamiliesTogether march

This following letter arrived at the Columban Mission Center on Friday, June 22nd, 2018. In response to the large number of asylum requests, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented an interview process known as "credible fear" screening.

The idea behind a credible fear interview is that non-citizens can, instead of being sent straight home, apply for asylum or withhol...

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Pope appoints president-delegates for Synod on young people

Pope Francis on Saturday appointed four cardinals as presidents delegate for the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops scheduled to take place from October 3 to 28. The theme of the Synod is: 'Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.'

The presidents delegate are:

Chaldean Patriarch Cardinal Louis Raphael I Sako of Babylon (Iraq) Cardinal Désiré Tsar...

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Katie Prejean to speak at Adoremus Youth 2018

Katie Prejean, the incredible dynamic and engaging Catholic speaker and author with a passion for sharing the Faith is coming to the UK on 8th September, as the keynote speaker of the Adoremus Youth Congress. Since 2007, Katie has been traveling around North America speaking to audiences of all ages on everything from the Eucharist, pursuing a relationship with J...

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Cardinal calls UK government's treatment of asylum seekers a "shame on our country"

On a visit to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, told BBC Radio 4's Sunday programme that the UK government's treatment of asylum seekers was "a shame on our country". After spending time listening to the stories of those accompanied by the Jesuit Refugee Service UK, who are struggling to gain recognition of at times visibly moved by what ...

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Pope advises youth assembly 'not to be young people who have grown old'

Pope Francis sent a message to young people on Sunday, meeting for the 6th Antilles Episcopal Conference Youth Assembly. The Conference takes place in Martinique from July 10-23, and is focusing especially on how to transform the Family in the Caribbean in line with Amoris Laetitia.

The complete translation from Spanish of Pope Francis' video message to the young people of the Antille...

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ARCIC III releases first 'Agreed Statement'

After seven years of work, the first 'Agreed Statement' from ARCIC III, (The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, Phase 3), Walking Together on the Way: Learning to Be the Church - Local, Regional, Universal, has been released.

The distinctive method of 'Receptive Ecumenism' has helped make a substantive step forward for Anglican - Catholic formal ecumenism. The representativ...

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British MPs visit Christians in northern Iraq

Our Lady in Erbil

Liam Allmark, Head of Public Affairs at the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, joined a delegation of UK MPs from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kurdistan on a visit to the autonomous region in northern Iraq in May 2018.

Attending as an observer at the invitation of the APPG, Liam has written this report.

Our Bishops do not align themselves to a...

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National J&P Network - 40th Anniversary Conference

Sarah Teather

'In the shelter of each other the people live' - 40th NJPN Conference 20-22 July Around 200 people of all ages are booked to attend the 40th conference of the National Justice and Peace Network next weekend in Derbyshire. The theme is: 'In the shelter of each other the people live' and it will explore how we build a church and a society with the marginalised, the excluded and the mos...

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Nicaragua: Paramilitaries kill student in attack on church

Divine Mercy church, Managua

At least one student was killed and several were injured during an attack by the authorities on a church in Managua on Saturday. The students, who had been taking part in protests on a day of a national strike, came under attack from armed police and became trapped in the Divina Misericordia (Divine Mercy) church on Friday evening.

A statement on the Facebook page of the Archdiocese of Ma...

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US Bishops support Catholic charities reuniting families

The Migration and Refugee Services of USCCB and Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) has issued the following statement on the ongoing efforts to reunite children separated from their families at the border with Mexico. "As we have long done, CCUSA and Migration and Refugee Services of USCCB are lending our experience and expertise to support Catholic Charities agencies in their efforts to...

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