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Vatican screening for 'A Hidden Life' + trailer

A screening of the film A Hidden Life, about the Austrian conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter, took place in the Vatican yesterday. In a rare public appearance, director Terrence Malick joined invited guests on Wednesday afternoon for the event. Paolo Ruffini, the Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication was also on hand to introduce the film. In his opening remarks, the Pref...

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Today's Gospel in Art - Jesus healed two blind men

Jesus healing a Blind Man, at Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres © Chartres Cathedral, Paris

Gospel of 6th December 2019 - Matthew 9:27-31 As Jesus went on his way two blind men followed him shouting, 'Take pity on us, Son of David.' And when Jesus reached the house the blind men came up with him and he said to them, 'Do you believe I can do this?' They said, 'Sir, we do.' Then he touched their eyes saying, 'Your faith deserves it, so let this be done for yo...

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London: exhibition for Advent and Christmastide

God With Us - an exhibition for Advent and Christmastide has opened in the Colonnade of the Servite church of Our Lady of Dolours, 264 Fulham Road, London SW10 9EL.

Work by the following artists will be on show: Eva Jedut, Yelena Dmitriyeva, Claire Fitzgerald, Alice Farmer, Francis Hoyland, Daphne Kilner, Diana Durantel, Paul Cyr, Bernard Allen, Victoria Brenninkmeijer, John Bateson, Fer...

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Million Minutes seeks Board Secretary and Trustees

Million Minutes is a small charity that has a significant impact in the Catholic community and beyond, achieved with the help of a committed board of trustees. You will be joining an active group, who have a passion for improving the lives of young people and a commitment to enabling young people to be a means of transformation in the world.

Over the next three years we expect to be

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Message from Bishops in Northern Ireland ahead of Westminster General Election

It is twenty years this month since the Stormont Assembly assumed the full powers devolved to it. The damaging consequences of the prolonged, ongoing failure to restore the institutions of the Agreement are becoming increasingly clear, especially their impact on the most vulnerable in society. As the people of Northern Ireland return to the polling booths for the Westminster elections we enco...

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London: People Not Walls action at French Embassy

Demonstrators outside French Embassy in London

UK supporters of 'People not Walls', a newly formed coalition of British and French NGOs concerned with migrant and refugee issues alongside the English Channel, met at the French Embassy in Knightsbridge on Wednesday 4 December, in support of calls by several French NGOs for a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry in France into the treatment of migrants on French borders.

The action took...

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The Pope Video: December 2019 - The future of the very young

Children are the first to suffer from wars, corruption, poverty, and environmental imbalances and disasters. This means that their rights, from the right to play or study to the right to be heard, should be especially protected.

The Holy Father says in this video:

'Every child who is marginalised, abused, abandoned, without schooling, or without medical care, is a cry that rises up...

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US Catholics speak out in opposition to restart of federal executions

Washington, DC - Catholic Mobilizing Network, the national Catholic organisation working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice, delivered a petition to President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr today opposing the planned restart of federal executions. The petition was signed by nearly 3,000 US Catholics, including signatures from prominent cler...

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Relic of Sacred Crib of Jesus returns to Bethlehem

A fragment of what, according to tradition, is the Holy Crib of the infant Jesus, arrived in Jerusalem last Friday. Preserved for centuries at the Basilica of St Mary Major, this relic will remain permanently in Bethlehem, a gift from Pope Francis to the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land.

At the St Mary Major Basilica in Rome, there is a depiction of the Nativity carved by Arnolfo di C...

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Today's Gospel in Art - Build your house on rock

Drina House, built on river in 1968 © Drina, Serbia

Gospel of 5th December 2019 - Matthew 7:21,24-27 Jesus said to his disciples: 'It is not those who say to me, "Lord, Lord," who will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven. Therefore, everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock. Rain came down, flood...

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Meeting: Our Lady of the Oak, Islington

The third meeting to support the restoration of the ancient Shrine of Our Lady of the Oak, Islington, will take place this Sunday, 8th December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, after the 6pm Mass in St John the Evangelist Church, 38 Duncan Terrace, the Angel, Islington.

The shrine was a significant pilgrimage site in London for more than 400 years, but was destroyed in 1538 duri...

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Campaigners call for countries to cut military emissions

As COP 25 - the UN convention on climate change meets in Madrid, peace campaigners are calling for the impact of military activity on the environment to be assessed.

The International Peace Bureau has issued the following statement:

There are few activities on earth as environmentally catastrophic as waging war. One of the biggest culprits of burning oil is the ...

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Pope warns COP 25: Do not close window of opportunity

Cardinal Parolin

Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, read a Message from Pope Francis to participants at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP 25, being held in Madrid from 2 -13 December.

The Message, which he read on the opening day, begins by referring to the December 2015 Climate Conference and its adoption of the Paris agreement to "work together in building...

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Pope: The Spirit can only germinate in a humble heart

In his homily at the daily Mass in Casa Santa Marta yesterday, Pope Francis said the day's liturgy "speaks about little things; we could say that today is the day of littleness." The first Reading, taken from the book of the Prophet Isaiah begins with the announcement, "On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The Spirit of the Lord sha...

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