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Pope condemns anti-Semitism in every form

Pope Francis in  Auschwitz-Birkenau 2016

Pope Francis received a delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre on Monday.

During the meeting the Pope recalled his visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, and condemned antisemitism in every form.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has maintained contacts with the Holy See for decades, said the Pope, "in a shared desire to make the world a better place in respect for human...

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Today's Gospel in Art - The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath

The Disciples Pick Corn on the Sabbath,  by Gustave Doré 1866-70 © Private Collection, London

Gospel of 21st January 2020 - Mark 2:23-28 One Sabbath day, Jesus happened to be taking a walk through the cornfields, and his disciples began to pick ears of corn as they went along. And the Pharisees said to him, 'Look, why are they doing something on the Sabbath day that is forbidden?' And he replied, 'Did you never read what David did in his time of need when he ...

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Letter: The time is right to recognise Palestine

Sir Vincent Fean, Chair of trustees of the Balfour Project writes:

The Balfour Project drafted the letter below, appearing in the Times today, signed by Parliamentarians from the four biggest British parties.

Last week a group of Catholic Bishops and the Anglican Bishop of Southwark issued a communique at the end of their latest visit to Palestine. The Bis...

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Diocese begins review of music at Westminster Cathedral

The Diocese of Westminster is undertaking a strategic review of the role of sacred music in the mission of Westminster Cathedral.

In a statement issue this morning the Diocese states:

The musical tradition of Westminster Cathedral, in its excellence, constitutes a crucial and powerful part of the mission of the Cathedral. The Choir of Westminster Cathedral is recognised a...

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Celebration of Irish music, poetry and dancing at St James' Piccadilly

A 'Celebration of Irish music, poetry and dancing', hosted by the Irish Chaplaincy on the eve of St Brigid, will take place at St James' Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL on Friday, January 31st 2020. Doors 6.30pm for a 7pm start

Among the performers are:

London Celtic Youth Orchestra: Traditional Irish music and dancing.

Irish Pensioners Choir; Sean Ryan MBE:...

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Nigeria: Released hostage reports that Leah Sharibu is alive and well

One of five aid workers released by the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) faction of Boko Haram on 15 January has said that Leah Sharibu, the 16 year-old schoolgirl abducted from her school in northeast Nigeria in February 2018, is alive and well.

Jennifer Ukambong Samuel, who works for Action for International Medical Alliance (ALIMA), was abducted on 22 December 2019 while tra...

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Viewpoint: Beyond Davos

Leela Ramdeen

"Adherence to the current economic system represents a betrayal of future generations, owing to its environmental unsustainability." (Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum)

Will you be following the proceedings of the World Economic Forum's 50th Annual Meeting held in Davos, Switzerland from 21 - 24 January? This is seen as the single most influential...

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Peace Sunday Reflection

Image Vatican media

Anne Dodd, former Chair of Pax Christi gave the following talk yesterday, Peace Sunday, in Abingdon parish, Portsmouth Diocese.

Every year the Pope issues a reflection for the World Day of Peace. Every Pope has done this for the last 53 years - a reflection on the centrality of peace and reconciliation to what we profess as Catholics. The Bishops of England and Wales have always...

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Pope: Let us contemplate the face of Christ with our eyes and heart

Christ Pantocrator from Saint Catherine's Monastery in Sinai.

In his address to pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square for the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on the day's Gospel, which "speaks to us of the manifestation of Jesus, and invites us to never cease to be surprised by God's love for us."

The reading tells of how John the Baptist, after having witnessed the Spirit coming down from heaven and consecrating Jesus "by remaining upon ...

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Christian Aid remembers legacy of Nigeria civil war + video

Brian Sheen with medical team in Nigeria 1968

People in Nigeria and Britain "must take time for reflection and remembrance of the Biafran War", historian David Olusoga has said at a Christian Aid reception marking 50 years since the end of Nigerian's deadly civil conflict.

David Olusoga OBE -- a British-Nigerian historian, writer and broadcaster - made these remarks at a reception in Lambeth Palace, London, which took place on Januar...

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Today's Gospel in Art - Nobody puts new wine into old wineskins

Don't put new wine into old wineskins, by Nicole Murray, 2014 © Nicole Murray Art, Australia

Gospel of 20th January 2020 - Mark 2:18-22 One day when John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, some people came to Jesus and said to him, 'Why is it that John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not?' Jesus replied, 'Surely the bridegroom's attendants would never think of fasting while the bridegroom is still with them...

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Weekend: Towards a spirituality of dementia

St Beuno's Jesuit Spirituality Centre in Tremeirchion, north Wales is hosting a weekend is primarily for those caring for people living with dementia but would also suit anyone with an interest in dementia. It is led by Dr John Hindle, Mrs Rose McCrave and Dr Catherine Hindle.

Dementia is a common condition with consequences for the individual, their family, friends and society. It also r...

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Special Mass in St Peters Basilica for Shrine of Knock

Ireland's National Marian Shrine will be participating at a special Mass in St Peters Basilica to celebrate the 'Sunday of the Word of God' on Sunday, 26 January.

In the Apostolic Letter 'Aperuit Illis' of September 2019, Pope Francis announced his desire to devote the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time as a day of reflection to highlight the importance of the Word of God for all Christians. H...

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Israeli human rights campaigner Jeff Halper to visit UK

Jeff Halper, the director of ICHAD (The Israeli Comittee Against House Demolitions) will be visiting the UK at the end of January and, amongst other meetings, will be giving public lectures in London and Coventry, including two with Mohammad Sabaaneh, a prominent Palestinian activist and award-winning political caracaturist. Jeff Halper is a well-known Israeli academic, and human rights campaig...

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