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UK will not budge as Lords debate Cameroon crisis

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As violence in the former British colony, Cameroon, escalates, the UK government has again rejected calls to give diplomatic support to the English-speaking community.

After a House of Lords debate, initiated by Lord Boateng, representatives of Britain's Cameroonian community expressed disappointment that the UK will not rally international pressure against the Francophone Cameroonian reg...

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Catholic Christmas gifts and cards

Aid to the Church in Need card

Postal deadlines are approaching fast. Many Catholic charities sell Christmas cards and presents on-line - so, if you want to avoid the crowds - the following sites have a good selection of cards and gift ideas.

They are listed below in alphabetical order.

If you would like to recommend any more sites to add to this list - please let us know.

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Pope Francis: Gossip kills, God is truth

During his weekly General Audience with pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Wednesday, Pope Francis reflected on the eighth commandment: "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour."

Christians are called to be "truthful not only in our words, but in our entire way of acting towards others," he said. "Our ultimate model in this regard is Jesus himself. He is the truth in person ...

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US Bishops issue Pastoral Letter against racism

Bishop Shelton J Fabre

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved today, during its November General Assembly, the formal statement, 'Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, A Pastoral Letter Against Racism.' The full body of bishops approved it by a two-thirds majority vote of 241 to 3 with 1 abstention.

The USCCB Cultural Diversity in the Church Committee, chaired by Archbishop Gustavo Ga...

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Glasgow: Pax Christi Scotland to be launched

Pax Christi Scotland will officially launch later this month (23-25 November) with its inaugural conference at the Conforti Centre in Coatbridge, hosted and funded by the Xaverian Missionaries.

Its mission is to promote peace in the family, the school, the parish, and the wider community. The project will fall under the guiding principles of Pax Christi International (the Peace of Christ)...

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Catholic groups protest Trump plan to restrict access to migrants

Border fence

Bishop Joe S Vásquez, of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, Sister Donna Markham, OP, Phd, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, Jeanne Atkinson, Executive Director of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, and Sean Callahan, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services issued an statement reiterating tha...

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Denise Rigden RIP

Eddie and Denise

St Mildred's Church in Canterbury was packed full for a celebration of the life of a great friend of mine, Denise Rigden. And in honour of a woman who almost every day wore party dresses, fancy shoes and a flower in her hair, the invitation had been for us to dress as if coming to a wedding. Denise was a local woman, born in Whitstable in 1947, and her beloved family were there at th...

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Poland Climate Talks - Preparations for Katowice

COP24 is the informal name for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The COP meets annually, and COP24 will take place from 3-14 December 2018, in Katowice, Poland. Christian groups are preparing to lobby the talks for more serious climate action from the UK and other governments.

The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Chan...

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Washington, DC: King Abdullah II of Jordan receives 2018 Templeton Prize + video

King Abdullah with Heather Templeton Dill

His Majesty Abdullah II, King of Jordan, received the 2018 Templeton Prize last night in Washington, DC at the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Washington, widely known as Washington National Cathedral. He is renowned for his tireless work to promote peace and mutual respect both within Islam and between Islam and other religions. Templeton Foundation President Heat...

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London: Service for those who died homeless in past year + list of names

The names of more than 165 homeless people who died in London in the past year, were read at the Annual Service of Commemoration at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square last Thursday. (see full list below). The church was packed with friends, family members, homeless charity workers and volunteers.

The service began with 'The Way Home' performed by Alastair Murray, John Deacon and Ch...

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Nottingham: Text - Fr Frank Daly's Armistice Day address

A Leicestershire priest has attracted some controversy for an address he gave at a Remembrance Day event in Argents Mead, Hinckley on Sunday.

Father Frank Daly, parish priest at St Peter's RC Church, criticised 'cynical' leaders who make decisions that lead to so many deaths, and the arms trade, which makes enormous profits from war. He also voiced concern about the treatment of refugees ...

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Columban priest reports from US - Mexico border

The Columban Mission Center opened its doors to some of the thousands of refugees that have been processed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over the past three weeks, and released people to the care of about 20 emergency shelters set up by Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist and Episcopalian (Anglican) churches throughout the city of El Paso, Texas, and other area communities.

Mr Ru...

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Volunteer opportunities with Jesuit Missions in 2019

Laura Brennen in Kyrgyzstan 2018

Jesuit Missions is now recruiting volunteers to travel overseas in 2019. The international development office for the Jesuits in Britain offers four volunteer opportunities, varying from one month to six-month placements. This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture, experience a different lifestyle and grow in the Christian faith.

Jesuit Missions is looking for peopl...

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Nigeria: Landmark anti-trafficking conference begins

A major anti-trafficking conference is taking place in Abuja, Nigeria this week. Organised by Santa Marta Group, (preventing human trafficking and modern slavery) hosted by Caritas Nigeria. It has as its theme "Church and state working together to restore dignity to trafficked persons". It is the first Santa Marta Group Africa Regional Conference. In his video message to the Conferen...

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