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Norwich: Schools Mass celebrates beginning of 'Year of the Word'

Bishop Alan Hopes with school representatives

Hundreds of pupils and staff from 28 schools across the Diocese of East Anglia came together on Friday, 20 September for a special Schools Mass at St John the Baptist Cathedral to mark the start of the new academic year. Alex Savage reports.

The theme for the Mass was The Year of the Word, to tie in with the Bishops of England and Wales who have dedicated the next 12 months as a ...

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Book: Seeking Justice in the World

Seeking Justice in the World (Summaries of Papal Justice Encyclicals) by James Patrick Hynes

"No one lights a lamp to cover it with a bowl or put it under a bed: No, he puts it on a lamp-stand so that people may see the light when they come in." Luke Ch.8v16. When it comes to social teaching we have partially, at least, failed the light test. James Patrick Hynes in this excellent publicat...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 22 September 2019

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

"No servant can serve two masters.* He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."(Lk 16:13)

Are those words attributed to Jesus true?

I just wonder about that, as many of us try uneasily to serve several 'masters' in life, often with out realising it- I'll use mysel...

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Today's Gospel in Art - You cannot be the slave both of God and money

Money Map of the World, by Justine Smith, 2013, © 2019 Justine Smith. All rights reserved

Gospel of 22nd September 2019 - Luke 16: 10-13 Jesus said to his disciples: 'The man who can be trusted in little things can be trusted in great; the man who is dishonest in little things will be dishonest in great. If then you cannot be trusted with money, that tainted thing, who will trust you with genuine riches? And if you cannot be trusted with what is not yours, who will give y...

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Southampton: New seafarers' welfare facility opens

Southampton team with Nusrat Ghani MP and guests at the official opening

Global maritime charity Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) has launched a new welfare facility for seafarers in Southampton. The vitally important space, located in the grounds of St Joseph's Church, will provide seafarers and cruise ship crew members with a range of pastoral and practical support services, regardless of their faith.

The Stella Maris Centre is located just a short walk...

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Ireland: Bishop Seamus Hegarty has died

Bishop Seamus Hegarty

The Diocese of Derry has announced the death of Seamus Hegarty, Bishop Emeritus of Derry and former Bishop of Raphoe, who died after an illness in Letterkenny University Hospital, Co Donegal.

Séamus Hegarty born 26 January 1940 in Kilcar, Co Donegal. He received his early education in Kilcar National School, Saint Eunan's College, Letterkenny, and Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth, which...

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Christian Aid praises 'prophetic' global climate strikers

image: ICN/JS

An estimated three million young people and their parents, in cities around the world, took part in peaceful demonstrations on Friday, urging governments to act to stop climate change.

Christian Aid's youth and campaigns manager, Richard Baker, said: "The youth climate strikes have been nothing short of prophetic. One seemingly defiant act of protest by a 16-year-old girl in Sweden has gr...

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Today's Gospel in Art - What I want is mercy, not sacrifice

The Seven Acts of Mercy, by Pieter Brueghel the Younger, © Courtesy Sotheby's New York

Gospel of 21st September 2019 - Matthew 9: 9-13 As Jesus was walking on, he saw a man named Matthew sitting by the customs house, and he said to him, 'Follow me.' And he got up and followed him.

While he was at dinner in the house it happened that a number of tax collectors and sinners came to sit at the table with Jesus and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said...

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DR Congo: Faith leaders not consulted soon enough to help halt spread of Ebola virus

The response to the Ebola crisis in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is crippled by a huge lack of community trust. When armed groups have been fighting each other in the region for years, and the government plays a minimal role, people are suspicious of outsiders telling them they must change their ways if the disease is to be fought.

Faith leaders met in Goma (September 11...

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New York, Geneva: Photo exhibitions on Bible and biodiversity

Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

On the eve of the Climate Action Summit in New York, four ecumenical organisations are launching a photo exhibition on the Bible and biodiversity. Titled 'And It Is Good,' the exhibition pairs photos of nature and creatures with verses from the Bible, highlighting diversity in nature and affirming creation is good.

"In a time marked by climate change, habitat loss and mass extinction, we ...

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Holy Land Eyewitness: Craftspeople in Hebron

Bader al-Tamimi's shop stands at the entrance to the Old City of al-Khalil (Hebron). Bader is always there it seems - a warm, dignified, welcoming presence to tourists, residents of al-Khalil members of human rights groups, and fellow craftspeople alike. He offers each a seat and thrusts small cups of coffee or tea into their hands.

Born in al-Khalil, Bader has lived in and around the Old...

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Scotland: Calls to reject plan to remove voting rights for church reps on education committee

Catholics in Ayrshire are being urged to fight a proposal intended to strip the Catholic community of its voting rights on East Ayrshire Council's Education Committee.

The Bishop of Galloway, Bishop William Nolan wants them to urge local councillors to support Ayrshire's Catholic community and vote against any such moves to ensure its schools' Catholic ethos is maintained.

He warned...

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New CAFOD schools programme champions Catholic social teaching

Teacher training training day

A new programme that is championing the teaching of global issues and exploring Catholic Social Teaching has inspired teachers around the country - and recent participants are urging other Catholic schools to get involved.

Teachers from across the country have taken part in special training days, run by international development charity CAFOD, and supported by the British Council, to help...

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UK: People of Faith support Global Climate Strike

Image: CAFOD

More than a million school students internationally have taken to the streets on Fridays during term time and during the holidays to demand politicians listen to their concerns about the climate emergency. Catholic school pupils in Britain have met with their MPs, inviting them into schools and travelling down to Parliament to lobby them. They are now inviting everyone to take to the streets in...

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