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Pope celebrates Mass in Camerino: 'Remember, repair, rebuild…together'

Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass in Camerino in the Italian Marches Region, reflecting on Psalm Number 8, and on the words "remembering", "hope", and "closeness". The earthquakes that struck Camerino and nearby Italian hill-towns, on August 24th and again on October 30th three years ago, left nearly 300 people dead and buildings in ruins. At a magnitude of 6.6 on the Richter Scale,...

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Traidcraft celebrate 40th anniversary

Marion Hill - Traidcraft ecraft volunteer

Traidcraft celebrate their 40 anniversary this week. Set up as a faith organisation in August 1979. It was launched in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne by Richard Adams with six members of staff. Its first catalogue was hand-drawn featuring a small selection of jute products from Bangladesh. Within two years tea, coffee and subsequently a wide range of other foods were introduced.

Today ...

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Time to tweet for a world without rape and violence #ThursdaysinBlack

Marcelo Schneider/WCC

This Thursday, 20 June at Kirchentag, the thriving Protestant church festival in Germany, #ThursdaysInBlack, the global campaign for a world without rape and violence, will take the stage during a noon presentation.

World Council of Churches (WCC) deputy general secretary Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri will share from the heart about her personal and ecumenical commitment to overcoming gender-ba...

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Italy: Prayer vigils for kidnapped missionary Fr Gigi

Fr Gigi

Prayer vigils are being held in Italy for Father Pierluigi Maccalli, (Fr Gigi), a priest of the Society for African Missions (SMA), was kidnapped in Niger on 17 September 2018.

Saturday, June 15 was the 34th anniversary of Fr Gigi's ordination in the parish of Madignano. Among the initiatives organised to keep his memory alive and the hope of his release, the diocese of Crema organised a...

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Galloway: Eleven parishioners receive CPMM Awards

Bishop Nolan with the group

Eleven parishioners of St Mary's Deanery in North Ayrshire received their Certificate in Parish Mission & Ministry (CPMM) - the first to do so in Galloway Diocese. The certificates were presented by Bishop William Nolan on Tuesday, 11 June at St Mary's Church, Saltcoats.

The course, run by The Maryvale Institute, was arranged in conjunction with the Diocese of Galloway following an i...

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Pax Christi: Vacancy for Communications and Resources Manager

Pax Christi is an international Catholic movement for peace, based on the Gospel, inspired by faith and Catholic Social Teaching.

The well-established British section of Pax Christi works within the Church, with ecumenical partners and with all who are putting into practice the work of peace, built on justice, reconciliation, and active nonviolence.

If you share these values, why no...

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Christian Art Today: Your almsgiving must be secret

Beggars in India, Gujarat, Baroda (Vadodara), 1948 Photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos

Gospel of 19th June 2019 - Matthew 6: 1-6,16-18

Jesus said to his disciples: 'Be careful not to parade your good deeds before men to attract their notice; by doing this you will lose all reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give alms, do not have it trumpeted before you; this is what the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win men's admiration. I tell you solem...

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Call to commemorate refugees who lost their lives in Mediterranean

image: UNHCR

On the occasion of the World Refugee Day observed this Thursday, 20 June, the Conference of European Churches together with the Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) has issued a call to churches and parishes across Europe to hold services commemorating "those who have died on their journey to find a dignified life in Europe through an annual day of prayer."

"In this period ...

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Synod for the Amazon: 'Instrumentum Laboris' released

Wiki Image by Francisco Chaves, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The 'Instrumentum Laboris' (Working Document) of the upcoming Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region has been released in the Vatican. The Synod takes place from 6 to 27 October 2019 on the theme 'Amazonia: new paths for the Church and for an integral ecology'.

At the heart of the Synod's Instrumentum Laboris is the cry of the Amazon that asks the C...

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US Bishops stand in solidarity with Mexican Church over Trump migrant ban

Bishop Joe Vasquez

Bishop Joe S Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops Committee on Migration has issued a statement in support of Catholic Bishops of Mexico who have expressed concern regarding a recent agreement between Mexico and the United States which will restrict the flow of migrants at the US/Mexico Border.

On June 10, the Catholic Bishops of Mexico stated: ...

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Sri Lanka: Christians still too afraid to go to church

Image: Diocese of Colombo

Fear persists two months on from the Easter Day bombings -

Many Christians in Sri Lanka are still too scared to go to church - in spite of security put in place following the Easter Day bombings.

Returning from a fact-finding and project-assessment trip to the country, Veronique Vogel, head of Sri Lanka projects for Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, said: "Many t...

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Christian Art Today: Love your enemies

The Statue of Brothers, Sculpted by Choi Young-Jeep (Korean Artist), Executed in 1994, Patinated bronze, stone and bricks © War Memorial in Seoul, South Korea

Gospel of 18th June 2019 - Matthew 5: 43-48

Jesus said to his disciples: 'You have learnt how it was said: You must love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I say this to you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; in this way you will be sons of your Father in heaven, for he causes his sun to rise on bad men as well as good, and his rain to fall on honest an...

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Patrick Grady MP on 'Catholicism and public life in Scotland'

Nigel Parker, Catholic Union director, with Patrick Grady MP during the evening

Patrick Grady, MP for Glasgow North and Chief Whip for the SNP Westminster Group, gave a wide-ranging talk on 'Catholicism and public life in Scotland' to a Catholic Union group in the Palace of Westminster last Wednesday, after Mass in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft with Catholic Duty Priest Canon Pat Browne. Mr Brady was introduced by Nigel Parker, Director of the Catholic Union.

Duri...

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Mexico: 'Migrants must not be treated as currency'

Photo - Creative Commons.

Mexico's Catholic bishops have issued a statement protesting over an agreement signed between the United States and Mexico over customs tariffs and migration.

The statement signed by the President and Secretary General of the Mexican Episcopal Conference (CEM), Archbishop of Monterrey, Mgr Rogelio Cabrera Lopez, and Auxiliary Bishop of Monterrey, Mgr Alfonso Miranda Guardiola says: "As Me...

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