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Angelus: Pope Francis appeals for peace in Nicaragua, Mali and Nigeria

After Sunday's Angelus prayer yesterday in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis called for a peaceful solution to Nicaragua's socio-political crisis. He told the crowd that "since 27 February, Nicaragua has been holding important talks to resolve the serious socio-political crisis in which the country finds itself". The Pope said he was praying for the initiative and encouraged the parties involved...

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Cyclone Appeal: Faith leaders urge generous response

Credit: CAFOD

UK faith leaders - including Bishop Declan Lang (Chair of the International Affairs Department of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales), Dr Rowan Williams, (former Archbishop of Canterbury), and Abdul Qayyum (Chief Imam of the East London Mosque, which serves Britain's largest Muslim community) - have urged Christians, Muslims and people of other faiths and none to support the ...

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Cyclone: Jesuits launch emergency appeal

Jesuit Missions has launched an emergency appeal to support their partners in Southern Africa in response to one of the worst climate-related disasters to affect the Southern hemisphere. Jesuit Missions is in touch with their partners in Southern Africa as they assess the needs of local communities. The Jesuits have been present in these countries for many decades. They have the confidence of t...

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Celebrating Young People Awards 2019 - Nominations invited

On 3 July 2019 young people from across the country will gather in London's West End for the Celebrating Young People Awards (CYPA). Cardinal Vincent Nichols will be presenting this year's Pope Francis Award. The awards - now in their fourth year - are organised by Million Minutes and see hundreds of young people nominated in six categories, each celebrating a different aspect of Catholic Socia...

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Pope Francis worries about robots

Pope Francis addresses the Pontifical Academy for Life

The topic of this year's annual assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life was, 'Roboethics: Humans, Machines and Health'. The Assembly, took place from 25 to 27 February in the Vatican's New Synod Hall. The Academy was created 25 years ago by Pope John Paul II in response to rapid changes in biomedicine, and it regularly explores a range of issues with moral implications, linking respect for ...

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Cumbria: Weekends with a difference at Boarbank Hall

Boarbank Hall

One of the most popular events at Boarbank in recent years has been our Autumn Break on the theme of Faith and the Arts. We take a different period each year and explore its faith through music, literature, art and architecture. In November, the focus will be on the Middle Ages.

This summer we are running a couple of weekends also with literary theme. The first will be on John Bradburne. ...

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Philippines: Will senators vote to send children to jail?

Shay Cullen

We entered the so-called Bahay Pagasa, "House of Hope". It turned out to be a children's jail. We brought snacks and drinks to share with the young people in the cells. About 25 girls were crowded into one room. No air conditioning here, no fans either, so we brought some, but the rancid body smells pervaded the cells in the hot tropical heat.

There is a water shortage. One of the childre...

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Book: Seeking Justice in the World (Kindle Edition)

Subtitled, 'Summaries of Papal Justice Encyclicals' this work has been produced by James Patrick Hynes. He feels the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church is a sound reference for guiding the search for justice. He has served on the St. Vincent de Paul Society's Social Justice Committee and the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales Social Welfare Committee and its World of Work Committee.

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 24 March 2019

Third Sunday in Lent

God said: Do not come near! Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground. I am the God of your father,* he continued, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. (Ex 3:5,6)

Poor old Pontius Pilate! He is one of our Gospel characters who manages to s...

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Iranian Christian told Christianity is not a "peaceful religion" by UK government

The Home Office has agreed to reconsider an asylum application after rejecting the Iranian by using Bible verses out of context to argue that Christianity is not a peaceful religion.

The Iranian who is trying to claim asylum in the UK on the grounds of Christian conversion received a letter this week saying his argument that he converted to Christianity after discovering it was a peaceful...

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Columban Competition: 'Climate Monsters'

Jessy Oreoluwa Sodimu (15), of Cardinal Newman Catholic High School, Warrington was runner up in the Columban Young Journalists Competition 2019 (print) for his article on Cllmate Change.

We have all been gifted with some things in life - some more than others. But one undeniable gift we all received is "Our Sister, Mother Earth"(Pope Francis in Laudato Si'). As ...

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Pax Christi Reflection for Third Sunday of Lent: Second breath, a call to take responsibility

Calling out in the desert. We all know that feeling. No one hears; no one listens. When we do get a response, we find a second breath. With that second breath, we can call again, re-engage and re-believe. We hear that Moses finds a second breath after God calls him from the burning bush. In addition, we read that the vinedresser finds a second breath and commits himself to the up-to-now barren ...

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Austrian Bishops' Conference announces divestment from fossil fuels

A recent climate protest in Graz, Austria

With climate change having a noted impact on water supplies around the world, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Chairperson of the Austrian Bishops' Conference, choose today, World Water Day, to announce that the Episcopal Conference of Austria will divest from all businesses that extract or produce fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas.

This decision includes all financial invest...

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Columban Competition: 'Facing up to Climate Change'

Anna Joy Marshall

Anna Joy Marshall (15) of St Mary's Catholic High School, Chesterfield, won the recent print competition for young journalists on 'The Challenge of Climate Change'.

Our world is incredible. Scientists say that for every disease, there is a natural cure somewhere on the planet. There are thousands of natural resources like wood, edible plants and fuels. Everyt...

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