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Prayer of St Patrick

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! See As I Arise Today - a beautiful visual reflection from the Salesians - with words from Saint Patrick's Breastplate.

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Message of Archbishop Eamon Martin for Saint Patrick's Day 2018

From the Cathedral City of Saint Patrick in Armagh, I am delighted to connect with the Family of the Irish, at home and abroad. With you this year, I am very much looking forward to the World Meeting of Families, to take place in Dublin at the end of August.

Family is all about 'connection'. Family connects us to a home, 'ár muintir féin' the people who are our flesh and blood. It links...

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Pope stresses the great power of prayer

During his homily at Mass in Casa Santa Marta this morning, Pope Francis spoke of the "great power of prayer" and how we are to raise ours to God "like children."

Reflecting on the first reading, from the Book of Exodus, which tells of the conversation between the Lord and Moses regarding the apostasy of God's people, Pope Francis said, the two fundamental pillars of prayer, are courage a...

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I Was a Stranger and You Made Me Welcome

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Ahlaam Moledina (16) has won the Columbans' young journalists print competition on the theme, 'Migrants are our Neighbours'. She is a pupil of Bishop Challoner Catholic College in Birmingham.

We are living in an age of mobility. To some degree, we always have - anthropological studies have shown that for at least 90% of our history, modern humans have lived as nomads. (The Indepe...

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Christian Aid condemns killings of human rights defenders in Brazil

Marielle Franco - Wiki image by Mídia Ninja

Christian Aid has condemned this week's killings of human rights defenders in Brazil and called for urgent inquiries into their deaths. Those murdered include popular city councillor, Marielle Franco, whose funeral took place yesterday (March 15th), and environmental activist Paulo Nascimento. Karol Balfe, Head of From Violence to Peace at Christian Aid, said: "Christian Aid strongly...

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Westminster: Campaigners welcome progress of Family Reunion Bill

The Refugee (Family Reunion) Bill passed its Second Reading today, Friday. Quakers across Britain are encouraging their MPs to support the bill. Quakers are working towards changing the laws that push people from migrant and refugee communities into destitution, detention and deportation. "People fleeing war or starvation should not be forced to choose between their family...

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Norfolk: Octogenarian couple get on their tandem to raise church cash

Michael and Paula Hughes at a rally in Czech Republic

Two octogenarian tandem cyclists, from Taverham near Norwich, have visited 42 different Norwich churches in just six hours to raise almost £400 for Our Lady and St Walstans church in Costessey, as well as cash for the Norfolk Churches Trust.

Parishioners Michael and Paula Hughes rode their well-travelled tandem around Norwich during September's Annual Bike Ride and Walk and the cash has ...

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London: St Benedict's Science Fair

Young scientists at St Benedict's, Ealing, west London, conducting around 40 different experiments at their annual Science Fair, which was attended by 340 children from local primary schools.

The school's science labs buzzed with excitement as all pupils in Year 8 presented their fascinating projects, many of which included hands-on experiments and activities.

St Benedict's pupils h...

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Former migrant and Muslim wins Columban Competition

Ahlaam Moledina

A former migrant and Muslim has won the Columban Young Journalists Competition (print) in Britain with her article 'I was a stranger and you made me welcome'. Sixteen-year-old Ahlaam Moledina of Bishop Challoner Catholic College in Birmingham paid tribute to the welcome and values provided in her Catholic education. When she and her siblings came to Britain in 2010 from the United Arab Emirates...

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Christians, Jews, Muslims concerned by proposal to ban circumcision in Iceland + letter*

Christian, Jewish and Muslim organisations in Europe have expressed their 'grave concern' over a proposal tabled in the Icelandic parliament Althing to ban non-medically indicated circumcision of male children. If the proposal were made into law, parents could face up to six years in prison if they have religious circumcision performed on a boy child.

This move would not only amount to an...

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Franciscan reports from Damascus and Al-Ghouta

Monsignor Abou Khazen OFM Apostolic Vicar of Aleppo gives a harrowing report of conditions in Damascus, and Al-Ghouta, as the battle between the government army and Al-Nusra rebels rages in densely populated areas.

Speaking in this Association pro Terra Sancta (ATS) video, recorded last week during his visit to Italy, Mgr Abou Khazen says that for more than two months the residential area...

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Manchester: Saint Paul's sees parents as partners

Saint Paul's Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester recognises the benefits of working in partnership with parents and carers so that their students can reach their full potential. The recent Year 11 Consultation Day was an excellent example of this.

Consultation Day was a great success with parents and carers attending the school with thei...

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30,000 Catholics call for world's poorest people to gain 'Power to be'

Sr Clara Phiri, Jason Sheehan by solar panels at CAFOD office image: Thom Flint

Thousands of parishioners and pupils have joined a campaign to provide renewable energy to people without access to electricity.

More than 30,000 people have written to the World Bank as part of CAFOD's 'Power to be' campaign, urging the Bank to move the money it spends on polluting fossil fuels towards providing renewable electricity in poor communities.

One in six people worldwide...

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Tributes to Stephen Hawking

Pope Francis meets Hawking - screenshot

The world-renowned scientist and author Stephen Hawking died on Wednesday, at his home in Cambridge, where he had spent his career studying the mysteries of the universe.

Hawking was diagnosed at 21 with motor neurone disease and given two years to live, but he did not let his increasing disability stop his work. Despite ending up totally immobile, confined to a wheelchair and speaking th...

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