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Pope highlights impact of climate change on rivers

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Pope Francis has expressed his concern about the effect of climate change on the most important water basins in the world in a message to a major international summit. The Pope encouraged all those working to preserve the "precious gift" of water for the "future of humanity" in his message to participants at a conference organised by the International Network of Basin Organisations (INBO) takin...

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Pope welcomes group from Tel Aviv University

Prof Joseph Klafter

On Monday, Pope Francis met a delegation from Tel Aviv University, stressing the need to develop a culture of wisdom that can form future leaders who are sensitive to the profound ethical issues facing our societies. The full text of the Holy Father's greeting to the delegation from Tel Aviv University follows:

Dear Friends,

I offer you a warm welcome, and I thank Professor Joseph...

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Anti-Slavery Day Award for manager of Caritas Bakhita House

Karen Anstiss

Karen Anstiss, manager of Caritas Bakhita House, the refuge for women rescued from human trafficking and modern slavery, has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to the fight against modern slavery in the voluntary sector by the Marsh Christian Trust in partnership with the Human Trafficking Foundation at the Anti-Slavery Day Awards.

Ms Anstiss has been the manager of Bakhita ...

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International Prayer Day for North Korea and Korean Unification

A conference and international day of prayer for North Korea and Korean unification takes place from 1.30 - 6.30pm this Wednesday, 25th October 2017, at the Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street, London.

Organiser Timothy Cho writes: "Darkness covers the entire society of North Korea. October 10th 2017 marked the 69th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of North Korea. The entire ...

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Russia's Christians recall their gulag martyrs

Catholic  church in Moscow, opened 1911, closed by Communist authorities 1937. Reopened 1999. Wiki image. Faustinian

When the centenary of the Bolshevik revolution falls this autumn, Christian communities across the former Soviet Union will commemorate the persecutions it unleashed upon them, Jonathan Luxmoore writes in the National Catholic Reporter.

But they'll also recall the religious meditations born in the country's prisons and labor camps, some of which deserve to rank with the best in...

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Shrewsbury: Parish welcomes refugee families from Syrian war

Photo of Canon Michael Gannon with Bishop Mark Davies by Simon Caldwell

At least two families of refugees from the Syrian War are to be welcomed by a parish in the Diocese of Shrewsbury.

The move will make the Church of Our Lady and St Christopher in Romiley, near Stockport, the first in the Diocese to work with the Government in resettling about 20,000 refugees from camps along the Syrian border.

It follows the success of project at St Monicas's Church...

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Bishops of England, Wales & Scotland Joint Statement on Abortion

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and The Bishops' Conference of Scotland have issued the following statement this morning on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 UK Abortion Act. Executive Summary This statement, published by the Catholic Bishops of England, Wales and Scotland, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 UK...

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Number of Catholics in world has risen by 12.5 million

The Blue Marble - taken during Apollo 17 lunar mission 1972

The number of Catholics in the world has increased to almost one billion and 300 million - 17.7% of the world's population. According to figures from the Church's Book of Statistics (data related to 2015) and elaborated by Agenzia Fides, the baptized are 12 million and a half more than the previous year (2014). This is one of the data in the Dossier published by Agenzia Fides on th...

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Pope entrusts Church's mission to St John Paul II

Pope Francis has proclaimed October, 2019 an 'Extraordinary Missionary Month' to be marked and celebrated in the whole Church throughout the world, and entrusted the mission of the Church in the world especially to St John Paul II.

In his address to pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square for the Angelus, Pope Francis said: "Today, World Mission Day is celebrated, on the theme: Mission at ...

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India: Eyewitness report of funeral of Brother James Kimpton FSC

On 10 October 2017 we published a report on the death of Brother James Kimpton FSC, at the age 92, at Reaching the Unreached, the organisation he founded in the small village of Kallupatti in India. For more than 65 years, he made a great difference to the lives and wellbeing of countless destitute children and families in the rural villages of southern India and Sri Lanka where he gave a lifet...

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London conference to mark centenary of Balfour Declaration

Methodist Central Hall, Westminster

A thousand people are expected at Methodist Central Hall Westminster on 31 October to hear Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Principal, Mansfield College, Oxford University; and other British leaders speak on 'Britain's Broken Promise – Time for a New Approach'. At the event, held to commemorate the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, politicians, religious leaders and academics will a...

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Book: How to survive working in a Catholic Parish

How to survive working in a Catholic Parish - By Diana Klein and Bernard Cotter - Redemptorist Publications £12.95 This is a guide for everyone involved in Parish life, and as you would expect everyone's role is discussed. From my reading of the book I would suggest that both authors set out with the laity as the primary focus of attention. Every ministry in Pa...

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London exhibition: 'Keep Me Safe'

'Keep Me Safe' - an exhibition of paintings by Marguerite Horner evoking memories of the Calais Jungle Refugee Camp takes place this week (24 October - 1 November) in the Ground Floor Gallery, Farm Street Church Hall, Mayfair, London.

The exhibition opens on Tuesday evening 6.45-8.30pm, with presentations by the artist and visitors to the Jungle on behalf of the churches: all from Farm St...

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Reflection: Why the 'Orthodox' vs 'Progressive' debate must change

I have recently been doing a fair amount of reading and research in the areas of Ignatian spirituality, Catholic morality, human sexuality, and Catholic Social Teaching. I have been repeatedly struck by the truth I have come across in many passages. I have been moved frequently with calls to love, mercy, acceptance, charity, openness, and a non-judgmental attitude toward other people.

Whe...

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