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Book: Doves in Crimson Fields: Iraqi Christian Martyrs

Doves in Crimson Fields: Iraqi Christian Martyrs by Robert Ewan - published by Leominster: Gracewing

In recent years writers like William Dalrymple (From the Holy Mountain) and Diarmid MacCulloch (A History of Christianity) have made us aware of the vibrancy through the ages of Middle Eastern Christianity. Now Robert Ewan adds to our knowledge by showing us the courage and steadf...

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Holy Land: Tensions grow in Bedouin village under threat of demolition

Road from Jerusalem to Jericho near Inn of Good Samaritan © Custodia Terrae Sanctae

Tensions are growing in Khan al-Ahmar, the Bedouin village on the site of the Inn of the Good Samaritan, under threat of eviction and demolition by Israeli authorities who want to expand the illegal settlements nearby. Although a final High Court appeal decision will not take place until 1 August, all roads to the village have been blocked with concrete barriers. A mobile medical clinic which u...

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St Mary's introduces MA in Catholic Social Teaching

St Mary's University

A brand new MA degree in Catholic Social Teaching is being launched at St Mary's University, Twickenham. The core modules were run as a PG Certificate for the last year. The final programme details have been approved and validated. The programme involves both parliamentary interns supported by the Bishops Conference and those who are studying to be permanent deacons.

This is probably the ...

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Profile: Carly Paoli

Singing My Dreams, Carly Paoli's first album, is quite literally what Carly is doing.

Born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, the daughter of a lorry driver and Italian mum who is a bilingual singer, her brother is a builder.

Since she was seven Carly knew what she wanted to do. Not just singing, but being on stage performing and sharing a story.

Early influences include Judy Garl...

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Nicaraguan cardinal condemns government attacks

Cardinal Solorzano

As the crisis continues in Nicaragua, the president of the country's Bishops' Conference has spoken out against the violent crackdown on anti-government protests including assaults on clergy. Cardinal Leopoldo Jose Brenes Solorzano, the Archbishop of Managua, told Aid to the Church in Need that there have been two attacks on bishops in the last fortnight, including one on himself.

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Nicaragua: Nun appeals 'please act quickly before they kill us all'

Sister Xiskya

A Nicaraguan nun living in Spain, Sister Xiskya Valladares, has appealed to the international community to intervene in her country to stop the bloodshed. She writes in her blog and on social media: "I am just a Catholic nun. Nobody has asked me to write to you. But ... I cannot stand and watch like a dictator massacre his people while you remain silent".

"We are a small population of on...

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Lay model for young people to be canonized during Youth Synod

Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio

Pope Francis has announced that he will canonize four additional persons at the Synod on Youth on October 14,in addition to Blessed Paul VI and Blessed Oscar Romero. This canonisation will include people from every walk of life: clerical, religious and lay - from Italy, Germany and Argentina.

One of the new saints is Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio who died at the age of 19. Nunzio was born in P...

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Italian bishops warn against culture of fear that closes doors on migrants

Spanish NGO rescues woman off Libyan coast

A statement released today by the Italian Bishops' Conference warns against a current climate of fear in the country that has led to a political crackdown against immigration.

The statement, entitled 'Migrants, from fear to welcome' notes that we are becoming accustomed to images of an ongoing tragedy in which so many die or witness death during their journeys of hope.

"The barred e...

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L'Arche celebrations conclude with joy and dancing at Westminster Cathedral

L'Arche London concluded its 40th anniversary celebrations on Saturday with an inclusive service of thanksgiving at Westminster Cathedral.

More than two hundred people with and without learning disabilities came together for a joyful and vibrant celebration, led by the Movement in Worship dancers and drummers.

Friends of L'Arche London, some of whom have been involved since the comm...

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Cambridge: Young Christians and Muslims attend peacemaking forum

Fifty young Christians and Muslims ages 20-25 have been taking part in an Emerging Peacemakers Forum from 8-18 July, offering training in peacemaking and reconciliation at the Churchill College of Cambridge University. They have met with international religious leaders, including the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and president of the Muslim Council of Elders Prof Dr Ahmad Al-Tayyeb.

Earlier th...

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Ricky and Julie - New novel by Shay Cullen

Ricky and Julie is an exciting and reflective novel about the plight of trafficked children, drug smuggling, abduction and human courage by Fr Shay Cullen, author of Passion and Power. He has lived 49 years in the Philippines and is an internationally-known journalist and writer about the social and humanitarian situation in the Philippines. He has been nominated four times for the Nobel Peace ...

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CoR: Hostile environment for asylum seekers 'would break your heart'

The Conference of Religious has added its voice to concerns expressed by Cardinal Nichols about the treatment of asylum seekers in the UK.

Speaking after a visit to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), the Cardinal described the UK government's treatment of asylum seekers as "a shame on our country". After spending time listening to their stories he said: "If you're here for 10 years and you...

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Drought in Ireland

Parched soil

Fr Sean McDonagh highlights how Ireland has experienced a number of extreme weather events in recent months, most recently the ongoing drought. Where are all the populist politicians who opposed water charges intended to help fix the country's water infrastructure and prevent this very scenario, he asks.

During the past year, Ireland has experienced extreme weather.

A categ...

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Bishops voice grave concern over Israeli plan to demolish Bedouin village

In response to the planned demolition of a Bedouin village by the Israeli Government, Bishop Declan Lang, chair of the Holy Land Co-ordination and Bishop Christopher Chessun, Anglican Bishop of Southwark said: "Earlier today we met with the Minister for the Middle East at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and shared our deep concern about the planned demolition of Khan al-Ahmar.

"If th...

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