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Pope Francis: God's word is not ideology, it is life that makes us grow

What does it mean for a Christian to have a "perverse heart," a heart that can lead to faintheartedness, ideology, and compromise? That was the theme of Pope Francis' homily at Thursday morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta. "Take care, brothers, that none of you may have an evil and unfaithful heart, so as to forsake the living God." This is the harsh "message", the "warning" as Pope Fr...

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Bishops statement on Settlement Scheme for EU Citizens

As we approach the last few weeks before the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, Brexit is causing a large amount of uncertainty for EU citizens living in the UK. Many parishioners, priests and religious across the UK will be affected. The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have been monitoring the situation closely and share in the uncertainty and concern.

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Booking now: Brightlights festival

The Brightlights Team write: Summer might seem like a long way off just now, but it will be here faster than you know it… and the team that brought you the Brightlights festival in the past have exciting news about Pentecost Weekend in June!7th - 9th June 2019 Many of us were keen to respond to Pope Francis' invitation to World Youth Day in Panama at the end of...

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Syria: Lost icon returns to liberated village

Icon of the Mysterious Supper

A copy of the icon of the Mysterious Supper - stolen from the shrine of St Sergius and Bacchus in Maalula in 2014 when the Syrian village was occupied by al-Nusra jihadists - has been placed on the ancient altar. The initiative to have a faithful copy of the icon painted and brought back to Maalula was inspired and brought to completion thanks to the collaboration between NGO Perigeo, the Zacca...

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Zimbabwe: Bishops appeal for calm after violent clampdown on protestors

At least eight people have been killed, around 200 have been injured and more than 600 arrested in cities in Zimbabwe, during clashes between police and unarmed demonstrators protesting over fuel price rises. A doctors' group said it had treated 68 people for gunshot wounds and many others for injuries from beatings. Among those arrested is Bapti...

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Holy Land Coordination 2019 - final statement

The Holy Land Coordination 2019 - a group of 15 bishops from around the world who have just completed their annual visit to Christians in Israel and Palestine - issued the following statement today.

The Holy Land Coordination stands in solidarity with all Christians in Israel and Palestine. Our ongoing advocacy for a just peace is informed by an annual pilgrimage to meet with our...

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Vatican releases details on Protection of Minors Meeting

The ad interim Director of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, on Wednesday provided journalists with further information regarding 'The protection of minors in the Church' Meeting, to be held in the Vatican from 21 to 24 February 2019.

The Organizing Committee of the Meeting gathered in Rome on Thursday 10 January, he said. Afterwards, the...

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Pope Francis: Christian unity is not optional

Pope Francis has appealed to Christians across the world to pray and to work for full Christian unity, reminded the faithful that "Ecumenism is not something optional."

Speaking during the weekly General Audience yesterday, the Pope looked ahead to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity that takes place from 18 to 25 January.

He noted that the annual Week of Prayer, on the theme 'Ju...

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London: Exhibition of contemporary religious painting

An exhibition of contemporary religious painting opens on Monday, 21 January at Our Lady of Dolours RC Church, 264 Fulham Road, SW10 9EL. The show features work by artists from St Patrick's Studios in Wapping: Francis Hoyland, Alice Robertson, Alice Farmer, Clare Fitzgerald, Daphne Kilner, Diana Durantel, Giuseppe Marasco, Mike Quirke, John Bateson, Keith Ware, Victoria Brenninkmeij...

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London: Irish Chaplaincy is Hiring - Resettlement Caseworker

The Irish Chaplaincy is Hiring a Resettlement Caseworker. Come and be part of an exciting new project, assisting Travellers in selected London prisons into post-release employment Salary: £26,360 This is a three year fixed-term contract, with continuation dependent on further funding. The successful candidate will not be able to begin in post until p...

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Cardinal Nichols presides at Mass welcoming LGBT+ Catholics, parents and families

image: Marcin Mazur

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, presided for the second time at the Mass welcoming LGBT+ Catholics, parents and families, on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Sunday, 13 January, at Farm Street Jesuit Church. The church in Mayfair, hosts the LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council and its pastoral outreach activities, as mandated by the Cardinal.

In his homil...

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Poland: Gdansk in mourning for assassinated Mayor Adamowicz

St Mary's Basilica, Gdansk - Wiki image - Brunswyk

A Requiem Mass for Pawel Adamowicz, the Mayor of Gdansk who died on Monday after being stabbed on stage at a major charity event the night before, will take place at St Mary's Basilica in Gdansk at noon on Saturday. His body will lie in state for 24 hours at the European Solidarity Centre from 5pm tomorrow (Thursday).

The killing has sent Poland into shock. Candlelit prayer vigils have be...

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Kenya: CAFOD calls for unity and peace after terror attack on hotel

DusitD2 hotel

At least 15 people were killed and 30 injured yesterday when suspected militants attacked and occupied a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi.

CAFOD's Country Representative, Catherine Ogolla described the attacks at the DusitD2 hotel complex in Nairobi as horrifying and worrying, but says that communities must not become divided because of them, and instead must work for peace and social co...

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Lebanon: Syrian refugees face another devastating winter in Bekaa Valley

Flooding in Lebanon

Thousands of Syrian refugees are in urgent need of emergency assistance following days of snow and freezing temperatures.

Storm Norma, which has brought flooding in addition to the harsh winter conditions, has affected at least 151 informal camps, housing 11,000 refugees, according to the United Nations refugee agency.

CAFOD's Syria Crisis Manager Alan Thomlinson said: "This is prob...

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