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Today's Gospel in Art - There was once a rich man

Rich Man, by John Mattos, 2010 © John Mattos Illustration, all rights reserved

Gospel of 21st October 2019 - Luke 12: 13-21 A man in the crowd said to Jesus, 'Master, tell my brother to give me a share of our inheritance.' 'My friend,' he replied, 'who appointed me your judge, or the arbitrator of your claims?' Then he said to them, 'Watch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind, for a man's life is not made secure by what he owns, even when he has mo...

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CES statement on RE and Relationship and Sex Education in Wales

The Catholic Education Service (CES) has expressed concern over proposed changes to RE and Relationship and Sex Education in Wales, in the following statement:

High quality Religious Education is essential for producing well rounded, religiously literate young people. In a similar respect, well taught Relationship and Sex Education plays a vital role in preparing children for l...

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Pope Francis on World Mission Sunday

At 10 this morning, XXIX Sunday of Ordinary Time, in the Vatican Basilica, Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass for World Mission Sunday, as part of the Extraordinary Missionary Month. The full homily text follows:

From the readings I would like to pick up three words: a noun, a verb and an adjective. The noun is the mountain: Isaiah speaks of it, prophesying of a mountain of the L...

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Text: Fr Ignatius Harrison at Oratory Mass for St John Henry Newman

The Oratory sanctuary was decorated with same image displayed on St Peter's Square for the canonisation. Newman is flanked on the left by Bl Dominic Barberi, and on the right by St Philip Neri.

A Solemn Pontifical Mass in honour of St John Henry Newman was celebrated by Cardinal Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, on Thursday, 17 October. Father Ignatius Harrison, Provost of the Birmingham Oratory delivered the following homily:

1. Divine providence helped John Henry Newman to follow Saint Philip's Neri's admonition to those who wished to become holy: be humbl...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 20 October 2019

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

"Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?" (Lk 18:7,8)

One of the hallmarks of an authentic Christian life is to try and act accor...

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Trinidad & Tobago: Reflection on Diwali

One of the joys of being a Trinidad & Tobago citizen, is the fact that we have learned over the years to embrace and respect the rich diversity of our people who have come to TT from many parts of the world - not as empty vessels, but with their different cultures, traditions, religions, languages and so on. This diversity is a source of strength.

As I wrote in a book on tourism years...

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Today's Gospel in Art - He who openly declares himself for me

The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer, by Jean-Léon Gérôme. © Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

Gospel of 19th October 2019 - Luke 12: 8-12 Jesus said to his disciples:

'I tell you, if anyone openly declares himself for me in the presence of men, the Son of Man will declare himself for him in the presence of the angels. But the man who disowns me in the presence of men will be disowned in the presence of God's angels.

'Everyone who says a w...

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Amazon Synod: Ecological conversion and God's dream

Sr Daniela Adriana Cannavina

Synod participants have been examining a variety of issues in their 'circuli minores'. They shared the fruit of their discussions at a Vatican press conference on Friday. Sr Daniela Adriana Cannavina, Secretary General of CLAR in Colombia, opened the press conference by summarising some of the proposals that emerged in her small working group. These include the need to renew and s...

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Operation Noah seeks campaigns officer

Operation Noah is currently looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person with a strong campaigning background and excellent communication skills to join us at a crucial moment in the campaign for fossil free Churches. Could this be you?

We are looking for a Campaign Officer to work on our Church divestment campaign, Bright Now. This is a freelance role, working four days per week in o...

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Hong Kong Cardinal urges citizens to protest peacefully

Cardinal John Tong Hon

The Apostolic Administrator of Hong Kong, Cardinal John Tong Hon, has urged increasingly-violent demonstrators to regain their inner peace and carry out protests peacefully.

Cardinal Tong sent his appeal in an open letter to local citizens last Friday. The Cardinal said he was deeply pained by the worsening situation in the city.

He acknowledges he is not a politician, and so decli...

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Coventry parish holds Creation Celebration

Parish volunteers Si Chun Lam, Catherine and Philip Smith with the LiveSimply award

On 29 September, the community of Coventry came together to hold a Creation Celebration - a special event where people celebrate the environment - after receiving a prestigious award for sustainable living.

The local parish, Sacred Heart Catholic Parish in Coventry was transformed for their Creation Celebration after the parish was presented with the LiveSimply award.

Organised by v...

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Amazon Synod: 'For first time. indigenous people have a voice'

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Irish Columban Missionary Fr Peter Hughes, says the Amazon Synod is finally giving the people of the Amazon a chance to make their voices heard and to engage all of us in caring for our Common Home.

Father Peter, who has spent most of his life in Peru, has closely been engaged in the formation and in the development of the REPAM - the Church network for the defence of Amazonia - and also ...

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Today's Gospel in Art - The harvest is rich but the labourers are few

The Harvesters, by Pieter Breughel the Elder 1565, © Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Gospel of 18th October 2019 - Luke 10: 1-9 The Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him, in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself was to visit. He said to them, 'The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest. Start off now, but remember, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Carry...

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Obituary: Archbishop Michael Bowen

It is with sadness that the Archdiocese of Southwark announces the death of Archbishop Michael Bowen today, who passed in the early hours of Thursday 17th October 2019.

Archbishop Emeritus Michael Bowen faced the challenge of implementing the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. He introduced new structures in the Archdiocese of Southwark and brought about renewal in many areas of Chur...

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