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Holy See: McCarrick dismissed from clerical state for abuse

McCarrick at Davos  2008

The Holy See Press Office has published a statement from the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, concerning the case of Theodore Edgar McCarrick.

The Congresso of the CDF, which investigated the accusations, has issued a decree finding McCarrick "guilty of the following delicts while a cleric: solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - February 17th 2019

Kirkstall Abbey

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Blessed are those who trust in the LORD;

the LORD will be their trust.

They are like a tree planted beside the waters

that stretches out its roots to the stream. (Jer 17:7,8)

It's not often that a very negative statement from Scripture keeps my limited attention span for long, I prefer the glass half full approach,...

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Pope Francis: Don't be afraid of migrants and refugees

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Fraterna Domus Centre, in Sacrofano, outside Rome, today, in order to highlight his constant attention to the welcome of migrants. 'Free from fear' is the theme of a three-day meeting organized by the Migrantes Foundation, Italian Caritas, and the Jesuit-run Astalli Center for Refugees, to discuss the reception structures for migrants. The meetin...

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Pakistan: New demands for release of death row Christian accused of blasphemy

Sawan Masih

Campaigners calling for the release of a Pakistani Christian on death row for blasphemy have made renewed pleas for his conviction to be quashed. Sobia Masih - wife of condemned man Sawan Masih - told Aid to the Church in Need that her husband was unjustly sentenced to death in March 2014, after Muslim man Shahid Imran claimed that he had insulted the Prophet Mohammed.

Mrs Masih said: "I ...

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Catholic Royal opens new centre for Christian renewal at Stonyhurst College

Lord Nicholas Windsor today opened Theodore House at Stonyhurst College, near Clitheroe, Lancashire.

The great grandson of King George V, and youngest son of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, unveiled a plaque on the site of the converted corn mill in the presence of Lord Shuttleworth, the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, and more than 200 dignitaries and invited guests.

The event marks t...

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Booking now: 15th National Conference for Rural Catholics

If rural prompts a first thought of farming, please think again. Most Catholic parishes include rural areas, often packed with commuters and retirees, with farmers increasingly rare. Those responsible for training priests and deacons may like to note this year we include a presentation on Sarum College's rural ministry training programme.

Why? Most of each diocese is rural, yet most paris...

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Syria: A homecoming never to be forgotten

Christian families in Syria forced from their town by extremists celebrated their return yesterday (Thursday, 14th February) with a ceremony marking the reconstruction of their homes.

At the service, parishioners packed into St Mary's Church, in Krak des Chevaliers (Al Husn) village, and received 'Jesus is my Rock' stone tablets and bottles of holy water to signify the completion of repai...

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Jesuit Missions speaker tour: 'Is leadership too important to be left to leaders?'

Fr Xavier Jeyaraj SJ

Fr Xavier Jeyaraj SJ, President of the Jesuit Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat (SJES) in Rome, is coming to speak at a number of Jesuit schools and parishes including Donhead school in Wimbledon on Wednesday 27th February. He will be speaking about Ignatian responses to 'Care of Creation' and the importance of leadership and how we can take action on being 'men and women for others'. Thi...

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Westminster Diocese seeks: Justice and Peace Co-ordinator

The Diocese of Westminster seeks to appoint a practising Roman Catholic to serve the Westminster Justice & Peace Commission in coordinating Justice and Peace endeavours across the Diocese.

The successful applicant will have pastoral experience in education, parish, youth and/or community work and be familiar with common IT software for databases, spreadsheets and social media.

This ...

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Religious call for radical action to tackle global warming

Sr Sheila Kinsey FCJM, James Buchanan, Dr Lorna Gold

Around 50 representatives of religious orders, Catholic groups and investment experts attended a conference yesterday, titled 'Fossil fuel divestment for a zero carbon future'.

Hosted by the Mount Street Jesuit Centre in Central London, the conference heard Dr Lorna Gold of Trócaire and Vice Chair of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, say we need "radical and urgent change" to keep av...

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Moscow: Reborn monastery a meeting between human and divine

Sretensky men's monastery is located in the center of Moscow - image:  Ivars Kupcis/WCC

Established more than 600 years ago, the Sretensky monastery in the centre of Moscow was a place of imprisonment and execution of those persecuted for their political or religious beliefs during repressive Soviet times.

Right beside the monastery reborn in mid-1990s, modern Orthodox Theological seminary has been founded, and impressive monastery church dedicated to New Martyrs and Confess...

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WCC expresses growing concern for future of Venezuelan people

The World Council of Churches (WCC) expressed its "growing concern" for the lives and welfare of all people affected by failure to resolve the political situation in Venezuela, in a statement jointly signed by Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the WCC Central Committee, and Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, on 14 February.

The WCC urged the country's political leaders "to put the...

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Nigeria: Upsurge in Boko Haram violence ahead of election

Archbishop Kaigama

Renewed Boko Haram attacks in the days leading up to Nigeria's presidential election show that the extremists are "far from being defeated" - according to a Catholic leader in the country. Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos told Aid to the Church in Need that parts of the country have experienced an upsurge in violence ahead of polls on Saturday (16 February).

He said: "Attacks by Boko Ha...

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Invitation to become an Ecumenical Accompanier

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (WCC-EAPPI) UK and Ireland, are looking for new participants!

Spend three month living in Palestine and Israel. EAs from all ages groups aim to offer a protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitoring and reporting human rights abuses.

Successful applicants are given support and training. EAPPI welcomes applicat...

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