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National Justice and Peace 40th Anniversary Conference

David McLoughlin speaking at the conference

The weekend's 40th conference of the National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN) in Derbyshire took the theme, 'In the shelter of each other the people live'. More than 200 diocesan J&P representatives, missionary groups and Church agencies explored building a Church and a society with the marginalised, the excluded and the most vulnerable at its heart.

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Norwich: First parishioner to be ordained at St John's Cathedral in 25 years

Academic and former prison chaplain, Andrew Eburne, became the first parishioner from St John the Baptist Cathedral in Norwich, to be ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 25 years on Friday night. The Rt Rev Alan Hopes, Bishop of East Anglia was chief celebrant at the Ordination Mass.

Andrew's first career was in academia, teaching at Oxford University, but after a chance encounter in ...

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Pope: Jesus sees with 'eyes of the heart'

Reflecting on this week's Gospel Before the Angelus with pilgrims in St Peter's Square today, (Sunday) Pope Francis reflected on day's Gospel and said that Jesus' sees us "with the eyes of the heart" becoming the model of love and service. After the Angelus, he made a new appeal for the world to do more to help refugees.

St Mark's Gospel describes the Apostles returning from their first ...

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Pope's envoy to Medjugorje begins ministry

St James, Medjugorie

Archbishop Henryk Hoser, retired Archbishop of Warsaw-Prague in Poland, begins his mandate on Sunday as Apostolic Visitor to St James Parish in Medjugorje. He will inaugurate his ministry with solemn Mass in the evening and has invited all of the faithful and pilgrims present to participate.

Archbishop Hoser was first appointed by Pope Francis as a special envoy from the Holy See to St Ja...

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Canon Pat Browne: Summer reflection on friendship

(Parish Priest Canon Pat Browne gave the following homily on Sunday at Holy Apostles, Pimlico.)

I think it might have been the Indian priest Anthony De Mello who told this story. A man was in need of money and asked his boss to help him out. His boss set him a challenge: if he can spend all night on the top of a mountain, he will receive a great reward; if...

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Rome: Archeological finds unveiled at St Paul Outside the Walls

Artist's impression

New archeological discoveries at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome, shed new light on its medieval past. Historical sources show that in 880 the complex of St Paul's Basilica, where the remains of St Paul are enshrined, was fortified by a wall by Pope John VIII to defend it from invasions by Saracens. The archaeological site of 'Orto dei Monaci' the 'Monks'...

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Lebanon hosts first international convention of young Syriac Catholics

The words of Jesus' invitation - 'Come and See' (Jn 1, 39) are the guiding thread of the first Syriac Youth International Convention which is taking place in Lebanon, in Faytrun, near the monastery of Our Lady of Light. Around 450 young Syriac Catholic aged between 18 to 35, from 18 different countries are taking part. Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Youssif III Younan writes that...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 22 July 2018

monk and cat

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time -

Any one in the business of dealing with people knows the highs of encountering others, meeting new persons, finding common bonds, learning and sharing with them as well as creating friendships that often last a lifetime. There's more of course, it depends on what vocational work one is doing. But there are the lows as well. People can be very ...

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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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