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New short film: 'The Jerusalem Closure Policy: Separating Nativity From Resurrection'

The short movie, produced by The Society of St Yves, addresses the Jerusalem closure policy and its associated arbitrary system of closures, checkpoints and permits.

It also examines how this policy has hindered not only Palestinians' right to move freely in safety and dignity, but also every fundamental human right they are entitled to under international law. Wat...

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CAFOD welcomes UN efforts to stop human rights abuses by transnational corporations

A landmark moment in the UN Human Rights Council took place last week, as countries began negotiating the text of a UN treaty on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights.

CAFOD said in a statement today: This represents important progress for the communities, workers, and survivors who have struggled for decades to protect their hum...

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Exhibition: Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms - Art, Word, War

King Alfred's Jewel

Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War - the largest-ever exhibition on the history, literature and culture of Anglo-Saxon England spanning all six centuries from the eclipse of Roman Britain in the 5th century to the Norman Conquest of 1066, has opened at the British Library in Euston - running to Tuesday, 19 February 2019.

The exhibition presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enco...

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Campaigners warn of 'further work to do' in tackling corruption

British Virgin Islands

Responding to the UK Government's announcements at the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Copenhagen yesterday, Christian Aid's Global Lead on Economic Justice, Toby Quantrill, said: "Today's pledges of UK aid to anti-corruption efforts are welcome. Corruption affects everyone but has the biggest impact on the poorest countries who may lose far more from international corruption...

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RAF Centenary Mass at Farm Street

Image by SAC Katrina Knox ©UK MoD.

A special Mass to mark the centenary of the RAF was celebrated at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, by Bishop Paul Mason, his first major event since his installation as Bishop of the Forces. The large congregation included Service men and women from the Royal Navy and Army as well as many serving and retired RAF personnel and their families.

Also present wa...

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NW NJPN E Bulletin for November 2018

The November NW NJPN E Bulletin celebrates the canonisation of Oscar Romero and features his final homily, cut short by an assassin's bullet. Other articles this month, highlight Bishop Mark O'Toole's Pastoral Letter on Clergy Abuse and the Youth Synod's discussion of sexual abuse of minors plus the role of women in the Church; Christian Aid's warning of the danger of 'playing poli...

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London: Celebrating St Ethelburga in the City

Today at 6.30pm, St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconcilation and Peace, in the City of London, will be celebrating St Ethelburga. "Her life and work are an inspiration to our work" says the centre, "and we are looking forward to an evening giving thanks with friends and neighbours." There will be a service of evensong with the singers of St Boltolphs-without-Aldgate, followed by a shari...

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WCC conference explores origins and solutions to discrimination based on religion

At a conference on Combating Intolerance and Discrimination on 22 October in Rome, Archbishop Emeritus Dr Anders Wejryd, current WCC president for Europe, spoke with a focus on the origins and solutions to discrimination based on religion or belief. The conference is part of developing a comprehensive response in the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a forum for po...

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Pope: Passionists are called to read signs of the times

Pope Francis met with members of the Passionist Congregation on the occasion of their 47th General Chapter, ahead of the 300th anniversary of the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus.

Reflecting on their their theme: 'Renewing our mission: gratitude, prophecy and hope', Pope Francis began his address by telling them that these three words "express the spirit with which you wish to stimula...

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Vatican expert praises 'courageous' conference on child abuse

Vatican safeguarding expert, Professor Fr Hans Zollner SJ, has described a one-day conference on child abuse, as a "courageous, forward looking step" that could act as a model for monastic and religious communities to participate in the healing process for victims.

Fr Zollner, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, was keynote speaker at the event, held at Eal...

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Contemplatives study new Vatican rules governing their existence

Stanbrooke Abbey Church - image Tim Crocker

The Conference of Religious joined enclosed nuns from across the UK and Ireland who gathered at Stanbrook Abbey in North Yorkshire for a three day gathering to examine a new Vatican document outlining rules governing their monastic structure and way of life.

The conference was led by two canon lawyers, Sr Scholastika Haring, a Benedictine from Germany and Fr Luke Beckett, a monk of Amplef...

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Craigmyle Lecture: Baroness Nuala O'Loan on 'Keeping Faith in the Public Square'

Baroness O'Loan during lecture with David O'Mahony, Catholic Union Chairman

A packed audience of Catholic Union members and others came to Notre Dame University in London on Thursday 18 October to hear Baroness Nuala O'Loan, a crossbench peer and former Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland, deliver the annual Catholic Union Craigmyle Lecture. Baroness O'Loan gave an uplifting address about faith and public life beginning with Pope Francis's observation that ...

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Mgr Paul Watson RIP

The Archdiocese of Birmingham is sad to announce the death of Monsignor Paul Watson, parish priest of St Benedict's in Atherstone, Warwickshire and the Director of the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham from 2000-2012, who died on Tuesday 16 October 2018, aged 69. Mgr Paul was the second director of Maryvale Institute, the internationally acclaimed distance-learning centre in the Catholi...

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Holy Land: Temporary reprieve for Khan Al-Ahmar

Khan Al-Ahmar school remains open - but for how long?

The Bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar, near the site of the Inn of the Good Samaritan, threatened with demolition by Israel, was given a temporary reprieve on Sunday, when the Israeli Security Cabinet approved the postponement of the evacuation.

There have been appeals and protests worldwide since the beginning of September, when an Israeli court ruled that the village, with its homes, sch...

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