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Christian and Muslim aid agencies condemn Sri Lanka attacks

UK Christian and Muslim development agencies have issued the following joint statement today: We are shocked and saddened by the attacks on innocent civilians which occurred on Easter Sunday. Our profound condolences go out to the people of Sri Lanka and the friends and families of the victims, both national and foreign. It is appalling that acts of violence should be perpet...

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South Sudan: Church leaders offer peace as Easter gift to their people

Albin Hillert/WCC

As Christians worldwide prepared to celebrate Easter, South Sudanese church leaders offered peace as a gift to the people, who have experienced great suffering and trials by violence and conflicts. While reminding the citizens that peace was a gift Jesus ultimately gave to his disciples, the leaders stressed that this is the first commitment that the South Sudanese must pursue.

"Peace is ...

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Eight local churches and URC Synod of Yorkshire join Easter Declaration for Fossil Free Churches

All Hallows Leeds - photo Deirdre Duff

Operation Noah has announced today that eight local churches and the United Reformed Church Synod of Yorkshire have made divestment commitments as part of the Easter Declaration for Fossil Free Churches.

The Easter Declaration highlights 'the urgency of the need to shift from fossil fuels to clean alternatives and ensure a brighter, cleaner future for all' and the desire of the churches '...

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'Protected Together - Vaccines Work!'

Today is the start of World Immunization Week (24 - 30 April) which aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognized as one of the worlds most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Yet, there are still nearly 20 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world ...

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Earthquakes strike Philippines

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A new powerful earthquake hit the central Philippines on Tuesday, 23 April, a day after 6.1 quake hit the country's north and killed at least 11 people. Rescue teams in the Philippines searched for signs of life beneath the rubble of a collapsed four-storey commercial building today after a strong earthquake shook the country's biggest island, killing at least 15 people.

Heavy lifting e...

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Westminster LGBT+ Catholics mark anniversaries with historic walk and commemoration

"All of us are in the gutter, but some of us are looking up at the stars" (Oscar Wilde 1892)

LGBT+ Catholics in Westminster will be marking their 20th anniversary, and that of the bomb at the Admiral Duncan pub bomb, with a history walk reflecting on key events in their community since 1976.

After his release from Reading Gaol 1897, Oscar Wilde asked the Jesuits to receive ...

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London: 'Care for God's creation' say Christian climate change protesters

Giles Goddard, vicar of St John's, Waterloo, who is helping ER protestors by opening the church for them to sleep in, and use other facilities. Photo: Sean Hawkey/WCC

A photo series by Sean Hawkey on the Extinction Rebellion in London is being featured by the World Council of Churches (WCC) to show Christian participation and example in climate change protests.

A statement from the WCC says: "The protests in London portray the deep Christian tradition of civil disobedience for justice, and show the willingness to make sacrifices on behalf of others."

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Kenya: Greening the desert in Turkana

Diana Trompetero from the Missionary Community of St Paul (MCSPA) in Turkana, northwest Kenya, writes:

In recent years, we have been able to set up 15 vegetable gardens in the area of Kokuselei, each one of them resulting from numerous efforts due to the difficulties of introducing agriculture in a place where the population had not seen it before.

Each of the orchards is ...

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Philippines: Some 12,000 expected for Philippine National Youth Day in Cebu

The Archdiocese of Cebu will be holding the National Youth Day (NYD) from 23-28 April as part of the celebration of the current Year of Youth by the Catholic Church of the Philippines.

Since the start of the NYD in 1986, this is the first time that Cebu will be hosting the event from April 23 to 28, in which some 12,000 young pilgrims are expected to participate.

The upcoming even...

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Sri Lanka: ACN launches appeal as death toll climbs above 320

Bishop Mendis

Aid to the Church in Need has launched an urgent appeal for Sri Lanka today (Tuesday, 23 April) in the wake of the Easter Sunday attacks that left more than 320 dead and 500 injured.

Bishops and other Church leaders contacted by the Catholic charity have asked for "prayers that peace and harmony may be restored" following the atrocities.

Daesh (ISIS) militant Islamists have claimed ...

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Quakers host Greta Thunberg, support climate activists +video

Pearl and Sam welcome Greta to Friends House    - image:   Anne van Staveren

Swedish climate activist and Nobel Prize nominee Greta Thunberg yesterday urged everyone to listen to scientists and face the crisis of climate change. She was welcomed to Friends House by young Quakers.

Quakers in Britain hosted the event targeting the imminent climate emergency.

Speaking to a packed and lively audience in Friends House, London, Greta Thunberg said: "Why should we ...

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Jerusalem: Church leaders pray for lasting and just peace

Thirteen Patriarchs and Heads of Christian Churches in Jerusalem have issued an Easter Message praying for lasting peace throughout the world and urging that the multi-religious and multi-cultural status of Jerusalem be maintained.

The 13 patriarchs and heads of Christian Churches in Jerusalem have expressed their Easter greeting to the people of the Holy Land, the larger Middle East and ...

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Stephen K Amos meets Pope Francis

Image: BBC

Pope Francis has told a gay comedian that people who "select or discard" people because of their sexuality "don't have a human heart." The Pope made the comments to Stephen K Amos in the final episode of the BBC2 series Pilgrimage: The Road To Rome which was screened on Good Friday.

The three-part series took eight celebrities - actors Les Dennis and Lesley Joseph, professional dancer Bre...

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Archbishop Angaelos appeals for all faiths to #StandTogether against persecution

Today, Easter Monday - the day after hundreds of Christians were killed in a series of terror attacks on churches in Sri Lanka - and just weeks after the mass shooting at a mosque in New Zealand, Archbishop Angaelos, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London issued a powerful appeal urging all faiths to stand together. In a Twitter message the Archbishop writes: '#ItIsTime for us all to ...

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