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Pope Francis prays for missing Chilean plane

Pope Francis said he is closely following the news of the Chilean Air Force transport plane carrying 38 people that vanished en route to Antarctica, Linda Bordoni writes from Vatican News.

In a message, signed on his behalf by the Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Pope assured the Chilean people and the families of those on board the missing plane of his spi...

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Hallam: Students say 'Don't let climate change threaten our future'

Young people from Hallam Diocese have challenged world leaders and newly elected MPs in Britain on climate change.

As world leaders are meeting at the UN climate summit in Madrid, 50 young people from seven Catholic secondary schools gathered in Sheffield on Monday, and urged them: "Don't let climate change threaten our future". It's a message they also want the new clutch of MPs in Brit...

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Slaves Among Us: The Hidden World of Human Trafficking

Modern slavery touches us all, in the cheap fashion we buy, the minerals used in our phone, the bag of prawns in our freezer, the chocolate we consume, and when we get our car washed or our nails done. By telling the stories of three survivors of human trafficking, Monique Villa illustrates the horrors suffered by an estimated 40 million people worldwide, 25% of whom are children.

The Int...

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Promoting human rights with courage and determination

Leela Ramdeen

"Human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interconnected. They are rooted in the nature of the human person, as an inseparable unity of body and soul...human rights must be at the center of all policies". (Pope Francis) Yesterday the world commemorated the 71st anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. While we may all agree...

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Prayer for the General Election

Houses of Parliament ICN/JS

God of all,

You set a vision before us

of a world where all can flourish

and where no one is left behind.

May your spirit move all those seeking election at this time,

and open their ears to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.

Through your grace, may each of us play our part in working, p...

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Today's Gospel in Art - Shoulder my yoke and learn from me

Elmwood Yoke, Agricultural instrument, Elmwood and metal

Gospel of 11th December 2019 - Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus said, 'Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.' Reflection on the Agricultural Yoke

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Pope Francis: God corrects and comforts us with tenderness

In his homily during Mass this morning at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis reflected on the Parable of the Lost Sheep in Matthew's Gospel. The Lord guides His people, comforts them but also corrects them and punishes them with the tenderness of a father, a shepherd who "carries the lambs in His bosom and leads the ewes with care", he said.

The first reading from the Book of Isai...

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Australian bishop protests at treatment of sick refugees

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv has expressed deep concern over the repeal of legislation that gave doctors decision-making power in the transfer of refugees and asylum-seekers requiring medical treatment from offshore detention facilities to Australia.

"These arrangements were essential in ensuring sick people received the medical care they desperately needed. The 'Medevac' legis...

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Australian Catholic Youth Festival pilgrims told: 'Rebuild my Church'

Thousands of young Australian Catholics were challenged to "go out and rebuild" God's Church on the opening day of the 2019 Australian Catholic Youth Festival.

The opening session of the Festival, which drew more than 5500 young people from across Australia, featured a Welcome to Country, high-tempo music, inspirational speakers and moments of prayer.

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SD...

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DR Congo: New massacres in North Kivu

NGOs report that more people have been killed of injured in assaults by ADF/NALU militiamen in the territory of Beni, in North Kivu, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to The Study Centre for the Promotion of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights (CEPADHO), on 5 December, 14 civilians were killed in Kolikoko and another ten in Mantumbi, in two ADF attacks.

In the fir...

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CAFOD calls for urgent action as climate talks end

Robin Mace-Snaith and Charlie Bennett  at COP 25 -  image Liam Finn /CAFOD

Catholic aid agency CAFOD has said governments must set more ambitious targets and policies for cutting emissions as the UN climate talks in Madrid draw to a close.

Negotiators from more than 190 countries have gathered in Madrid for 'COP25' - the 25th annual UN climate change meeting, which is aimed at ensuring the world works together to keep global temperature rises below 1.5 degrees...

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Newman University announces new Vice-Chancellor

Professor Jackie Dunne

The governing body of Newman University has appointed Professor Jackie Dunne as its next Vice-Chancellor. Professor Dunne will join Newman in March 2020, following the retirement of Professor Scott Davidson.

Professor Dunne is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton, where she has had responsibility for a number of strategic areas including; Widening participa...

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China: Russian Orthodox community survives without priest

Members of the city's small Russian Orthodox community meet every Sunday to pray listening to taped songs. Many belong to mixed Russian-Chinese and Russian-Uyghur families.

A Russian teacher of foreign languages, Olga Vasilievna Kladova, talked to Nezavisimaya Gazeta about her experience in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, north-western China, wh...

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Today's Gospel in Art - The Parable of the Lost Sheep

Further Afield, by Paul James, 2011, © Paul James Art, Private Collection, London

Matthew 18:12-14 Jesus said to his disciples: 'Tell me. Suppose a man has a hundred sheep and one of them strays; will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hillside and go in search of the stray? I tell you solemnly, if he finds it, it gives him more joy than do the ninety-nine that did not stray at all. Similarly, it is never the will of your Father in heaven that on...

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