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Let's talk about faith and money - Jesus did

The Director of Church Action for Tax Justice talks about the difference our faith makes to how we use our own money and to the wider economy.

Earlier this year, Pope Francis said this: "Structures of sin today include repeated tax cuts for the richest people, often justified in the name of investment and development, and tax havens for private and corporate profits, plus the possibility...

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Cardinal Parolin

Mike Pompeo

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo met with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin and Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, at the Vatican yesterday.

Responding to questions from journalists, the Director of the Holy See's Press Office, Matteo Bruni, said: "During this morning's talks between the Secretary of State of the United States of America, Mi...

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China: Village notice prohibits conversion to Christianity

New 'village rules' introduced in Huang Fei village, Yingjiang County in Yunnan, near the China-Burma border, state that anyone who converts to Christianity will face financial penalties or even the confiscation of their land. Huang Fei village is inhabited by members of the Dai ethnic group.

The notice, seen by Christian Solidarity Worldwide and believed to have been posted in early Sept...

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Ireland: Concerns raised over 'toxic' women's prison

Dóchas Prison

The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice and the Irish Penal Reform Trust have expressed alarm at media reports that a culture of "fear, indifference, hostility, and ineptitude" pervades the Dóchas prison for women in Mountjoy.

An article in the Irish Examiner quotes an email seen by the paper in which serious concerns are expressed about the culture and 'toxic' environment experienced by...

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Viewpoint: Corruption and spread of Covid-19

Fr Shay Cullen

There are many global threats facing the world today. The most serious in everybody's mind is the coronavirus pandemic with 200,000 dead in the USA alone and spreading. It is a cause of shock and realization that we humans for all our economic, military and medical power is very weak and vulnerable to the invisible virus that has invaded our world, our communities, families and our bodies. Some...

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Coventry-Inspired Peace and Reconciliation

Cross of Nails

Before lockdowns and isolation and staying at home took over our approach to 2020 I had the opportunity to visit Coventry with the family. We had been keen for some time to pay a visit to the Herbert Art Gallery, and finally had a free Saturday and decided that the day out could include a visit to the Cathedral ruins as neither myself nor my husband had ever been there.

It was a gloriousl...

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Today's Gospel in Art - The Lord appointed seventy-two and sent them out

Roller Coaster, by Marvin Blaine  2013 © Marvin Blaine Designs

Gospel of 1st October 2020 - Luke 10:1-12 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 amo...

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Pope: After Covid, let's not return to normal but make love go viral

Concluding his General Audience series of catecheses on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis reflects on the path of hope and love, as the world continues to suffer.

Pope Francis told pilgrims gathered in the San Damaso courtyard at the Vatican: " in recent weeks we have reflected together on how to heal the world from the suffering highlighted by the pandemic."

"As...

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Moneyval team begins evaluation visit to Vatican

Cardinal Parolin addresses Moneyval team

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, has received members of the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Measures against Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism (Moneyval) of the Council of Europe, which began its evaluation visit to the Vatican on Wednesday. By Vatican News

In a statement the Holy See Press Office said the visit "is held in the context o...

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WCC gravely concerned by escalation of conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh

Rev Prof Dr Ioan Sauca - image Vatican News

World Council of Churches (WCC) interim general secretary Rev Prof Dr Ioan Sauca expressed grave concern over the renewed and very serious escalation of conflict in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region since Sunday 27 September - reportedly following an attack by Azerbaijan's military forces - which has already resulted in dozens of casualties including civilians, and which risks provoking a wi...

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Vatican at UN: Pandemic shows we cannot live without one another

Archbishop Gabriele Caccia

Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, spoke 0n 29 September at the annual High-Level Meeting of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Group of Friends, which this year was held virtually. The theme of the Meeting was "Shaping a Better World: Building Cohesive and Inclusive Societies in a Challenging COVID-19 Environment."

In his rema...

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Comboni Feast Day online celebration

Sr Graca and Sr Natalia write: Some of you might still recall last year's exciting Comboni Friends Day celebrated here at the Comboni Centre, in Chiswick. A few months later, we were all overwhelmed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then we understand better the need to make time for friendship and for celebrating the little things that life gives us. It is a biblical principle that God ...

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Today's Gospel in Art - The birds of the air have nests

Primroses and Bird's Nest, by William Henry Hunt 1840's © Tate Britain, London

Gospel of 30th September 2020 - Luke 9:57-62 As Jesus and his disciples travelled along they met a man on the road who said to him, 'I will follow you wherever you go.' Jesus answered, 'Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.'

Another to whom he said, 'Follow me', replied, 'Let me go and bury my fath...

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Saint Jerome - Mosaic honours Bible translator in digital age

A major new artwork commissioned to mark the astonishing achievement of St Jerome is to be unveiled on the 1600th anniversary of his death on 30 September.

Jerome (AD 347-420) translated the Bible from the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek into Latin, the first scholar to do so systematically. His Vulgate translation became the standard biblical text of the Roman Catholic Church and is s...

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