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Christians in Iraq to join in #RedWednesday

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Persecuted Christians in Iraq are to take part in tomorrow's #RedWednesday as the campaign to promote faith and freedom goes global.

Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, in Kurdish northern Iraq, confirmed today (Tuesday, 21 November) that a #RedWednesday prayer vigil will take place in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, opened last year in response to an influx of Christia...

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Churches called to build bridge between theology and economics

The Joy in Enough campaign is challenging Christians to play their part in creating a fair and sustainable economy. Participants at the Big Workshop day conference in Sheffield were presented with the case for change, and the opportunity for the church to be an influence for good. Economics is too important to leave it to the experts, said speaker Christine Bainbridge. Instead, the church shoul...

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South Sudan: School brings hope in a war zone

Waiting for school to start

The province of Wau is one of the most dangerous places in strife-torn South Sudan. But a Jesuit school in the provincial capital, also named Wau, is bringing fresh hope. Loyola Secondary School (LSS), forced to close by the vicious civil war that separated South Sudan from Sudan, was re-opened in 2008 by the East African province of the Society of Jesus.

"This school serves as a sanctuar...

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Philippines: Fr Shay Cullen SSC, receives 2017 Martin Buber Award

Fr Shay Cullen and Francis Bermido, Executive Director, Preda Foundation with the award

Irish Columban missionary, Fr Shay Cullen SSC, was in Kerkrade in the Netherlands at the weekend to receive the 2017 Martin Buber Award in recognition of his internationally acclaimed work on human rights in the Philippines since he arrived there in 1969. The award was presented during the annual International Festival of Dialogue - EURIADE.

Professor Martin Buber was a Jewish philosopher...

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Book: Escape Routes

We live in the age of loneliness, Johann C Arnold states in his latest book from Plough Publishing House. Family life has been ravaged by TV. The average American watches TV for three hours daily with little interaction among the viewers gathered around the screen. The internet has not helped - only deepening our isolation and many hunger for community, Arnold says.

He goes on to describe...

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US Cardinal in Thanksgiving Day appeal for migrants and refugees

Cardinal  DiNardo

Cardinal Daniel N DiNardo president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), offers a Thanksgiving Day message to the nation with special gratitude for the gift of immigrants and refugees.

The Cardinal said:

"As we do every year, we will pause this coming Thursday to thank God for the many blessings we enjoy in the United States. My brother bishops and I, gathered last we...

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London: Irish Chaplaincy seeks Part Time Finance Officer

The Irish Chaplaincy, based in Camden, is looking for a P/T Finance Officer (20 hours/month) at a salary of £4,581 (£34,744 pro rata). Deadline is November 30th at noon.

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Swansea: Diocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy established

In the presence of an overflowing Church of the Sacred Heart at Morriston Swansea, Bishop Tom of Menevia Diocese officially read the Canonical decree establishing the Church as a Diocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy. After reading the decree, the 1st class relics of St Faustina, St John Paul II and St Theresa of Kolcutta (Mother Theresa) were venerated. The morning began with the recitat...

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Tax avoidance by large companies is wrong say 89% of British adults

Almost nine out of 10 (89%) of British adults say tax avoidance by large companies is morally wrong even if it's legal, according to a new ComRes poll for Christian Aid. The poll is published ahead of the Budget, which is expected to include new measures against tax avoidance following further revelations made in the Paradise Papers.

The poll also found that more than four in five Britons...

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London: Women's conference on anniversary of Colombia peace deal

On the first anniversary of the historic signing of a Peace Agreement between the Colombian Government and the country's largest guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a group of Colombian women are in London urging the international community to ensure the agreement fulfils its promises to women. The Colombian peace deal is the first in the world to seri...

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CAFOD welcomes Pope Francis' visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh

Pope Francis begins his apostolic visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh next Monday, 27 November. After three days in Myanmar he will visit neighbouring Bangladesh from 30 November to 2 December. CAFOD has welcomed the visit. Chris Bain, director of CAFOD said: "The Pope's visit brings much needed hope to two countries reeling from recent events, inc...

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Sheffield: Festival of Angels at St Marie's Cathedral

St Marie's Cathedral in Sheffield will be celebrating the start of Advent by launching a special community Festival of Angels. There are more than 200 beautiful and decorative Angels inside and on the outside of the Cathedral, which was built in 1850 and features design work by the renowned Victorian architect AW Pugin.

The largest Angel in the Cathedral is the stunning Guardian Angel, do...

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ACN Philippines to join UK in holding #RedWednesday events

Aid to the Church in Need in the Philippines will join ACN (UK) in holding #RedWednesday as support for the initiative gains momentum around the world. A total of 47 cathedrals, 29 basilicas, national and diocesan shrines all over the Philippines are set to participate in #RedWednesday on 22nd November. Manila Cathedral will be taking part in #RedWednesday - as will the Basilica of t...

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Bishops of Japan and Korea: 'Peace is not based on weapons'

The Bishops of Korea and Japan have issued a joint appeal for peace in the region, at the conclusion of their joint meeting, held in Kagoshima from 14 to 16 November.

"The current situation in northeast Asia is very worrying," they said. "The countries of North Asia are looking for stability and prosperity with their military power, forming alliances with other great powers of the politic...

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