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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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Pakistan: Christians and Muslims commemorate 800th anniversary of meeting between St Francis and Sultan

To commemorate the historic encounter between St Francis of Assisi with the Sultan of Egypt, AL-Kamil in the year 1219, Christians and Muslims held a special ceremony launch a year of events to promote tolerance, dialogue and a common commitment to peace. The National Commission for Interreligious Dialogue and Ecumenism, of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Pakistan, organised...

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Church welcomes prison sentencing reforms

Bishop Richard Moth, the lead Catholic Bishop for Prisons, on Monday welcomed the comments of Prisons Minister Rory Stewart MP, who said that jail sentences of fewer than six months should be scrapped. The number of prisoners has doubled since the 1990s and around 60% of short term prisoners re-offend within one year of their release. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the Minister sai...

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Scottish Bishop calls on Scots to visit Holy Land

Bishop Nolan meets Christian women in Haifa

A Scottish Bishop has called on Scots to visit the Holy Land in order to help beleaguered Christian communities there who are dependent on pilgrims and tourism. Bishop William Nolan, the Bishop of Galloway is currently visiting the Holy Land as part of an international delegation in support of Christians in Israel and Palestine.

The 'Holy Land Coordination' delegation is made up of Bishop...

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Education liberating Pakistan's Christians from poverty

Brick kiln workers near Faisalabad

With illiteracy forcing thousands of Christians to work in slave-like conditions across Pakistan, a leading Catholic charity is helping them escape the poverty trap through education.

Aid to the Church in Need is providing Christian education resources, including its Child's Bible, as part of a drive led by bishops to tackle illiteracy.

Archbishop Joseph Arshad of Islamabad-Rawalpin...

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London: First Polish Christian hip-hop festival

Beats of Mercy vol. 1 - the first in a series of Polish Christian hip-hop concerts, will take place at Club Scala in King's Cross on Sunday, 27 January.

Popular Polish rap artists TAU & Arkadio - who describe themselves as "living proof of the power of God's Mercy" are headlining. The support lineup includes London-based Polish Catholic singer Iwona Pietral and Debora "Deb" Siwak from...

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Washington DC: National Prayer Vigil for Life, March For Life

The National Prayer Vigil for Life will be held from Thursday afternoon, January 17 to Friday morning, January 18, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. More than 20,000 pilgrims from around the nation will gather at the Shrine to pray for an end to abortion before the annual March for Life, taking place the following day.

The Vigil marks the 4...

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