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COMECE launches road safety campaign

On the occasion of the European Day Without A Road Death yesterday, Europe's Catholic bishops launched a video campaign promoting responsibility on the road in order to reduce the number of accidents in the EU. More than 30,000 people lost their lives on European roads in 2017. Another estimated 100,000 people were seriously injured. These numbers tend to repeat every year, transfo...

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Gidea Park Study Day: Catholic Church and the European Project

Fr Ashley Beck

Before and after the 2016 referendum very little consideration was given to the founding principles and fundamental inspiration which lay behind efforts to bring Europe together. As the United Kingdom considers a future outside the European Union. In this Study Day on 'The Catholic Church and the European Project' at Christ ...

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Pope Francis: Honour all parents

Pope Francis dedicated the catechesis of his general audience of Wednesday, September 19, to the fourth commandment: "Honour your father and mother." "Honouring parents leads to a long happy life," Pope Francis told crowds gathered in St Peter's Square. He pointed out that the word "happiness" in the Ten Commandments appears only in relation to parents. In fact, the fourth commandme...

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Cambridge Seminars: 'Women Who Changed the Church'

Thursdays, 4 October - 22 November, 2 - 3.30 pm:

From the women of scripture, to Catholic Women Speak, women have consistently changed church practice, communities and ideas. This series of public seminars at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge, focuses on eight examples who have enriched and transformed faith communities, and represent important legacies for understa...

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Introducing Global Ethics at Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology

The Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge is offering an intensive course: 'Introducing Global Ethics' - exploring possibilities of a genuinely global consensus, by examining real-life ethical problems - on 27, 28 and 29 September 2018.

The course will introduce students to the dynamically growing field of global ethics. 'Global ethics' is an interdisciplinary endeavour...

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Italian missionary priest kidnapped in Niger

Fr Pierluigi with parishioners

An Italian missionary priest in Niger has been kidnapped by alleged jihadists close to the border with Burkina Faso. The Italian Foreign Ministry is investigating the case.

Father Pierluigi Maccalli was kidnapped overnight in south Niger, near the border with Burkina Faso, allegedly by a group of jihadist militants.

A Niger government spokesman said today it is the second abduction ...

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Pope: Jesus always walks with people, full of compassion

Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel of the day (Luke 7:11-17) during his homily on Tuesday at Casa Santa Marta, which recounts the raising of the son of the widow of Nain. He presented Jesus, the icon of the shepherd, whose authority came from his compassion expressed in meekness, tenderness, and closeness to the people. The Pope encouraged pastors to imitate Jesus in being near to people, not...

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Irish missionary reflects on Laudato Sì

Fr John Ahern

Irish missionary, Fr John Ahern, reflected on Laudato si' during the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Missionary Society of St James the Apostle which were held recently in Cork and attended by many Irish priests and sisters who ministered over the years in Latin America. The Missionary Society of St James was founded in 1958 by Cardinal Richard Cushing of Boston. The Society offers diocesa...

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ACN overwhelmed with support for Adoration campaign

Marie Fahy with the card

A leading Catholic charity has been "overwhelmed" with support for its campaign encouraging devotion to the Eucharist as an act of solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world. Calling on Christians across the country, Aid to the Church in Need launched its #Go2Adoration for those denied religious freedom at Adoremus - the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress. ACN U...

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Bishop Moth issues new Pastoral Plan for Arundel & Brighton

Bishop Richard Moth, in a meeting with Clergy and Diocesan Staff in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton outlined the new Diocesan Pastoral Plan at a meeting with them today, Tuesday 18th September in the Arundel Cathedral Centre. This will be followed over the coming weeks by presentations to every deanery (local area) of the Diocese in Surrey and Sussex. Bishop Richard visited every a...

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Rome: The Church Up Close - Day 7

On Sunday, our final day, the 'Church up Close' seminar group met up at Holy Cross University in Rome for Mass next door in the chapel of St Apollinare, attached to a larger basilica. The churches and university are under the prelature of Opus Dei and the university's School of Church Communications organises the seminar for foreign journalists who cover the Catholic Church every two years. On ...

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Dutch bishops demand clarity and truth regarding abuse cases

St John's Cathedral

A Dutch newspaper, the Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant, (NRC) has published a list of names of 20 bishops and two cardinals allegedly involved in covering up clerical sex abuse or abusing minors. But in a statement, the Catholic Church in the Netherlands say that the cases in question have already been dealt with in the past thanks to investigations commissioned by the Church itself. The Dutch C...

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Sabeel Wave of Prayer - World Week of Peace for Palestine and Israel


As the 'Great March of Return' enters its 27th week, peaceful protests continue amidst the ongoing use of live fire by Israeli occupying forces. Shadi Abd al-Al, age 12 and Suhaib Abed Al-Salam Abu Kashef, age 16 have succumbed to wounds. More than 100 people were wounded including 14 children by live fire last Friday.

· Lord of justice, give the I...

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Film: Lucky

'Lucky', John Carroll Lynch's directorial debut, featuring Harry Dean Stanton in his last starring role, is out this week in cinemas across the UK and Ireland.

Beautifully shot, this slow-moving, quirky film follows a few days in the life of a 90-year-old atheist and the people that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out-lived and out-smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercel...

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