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David Alton comments on Alfie Evans case

Writing on his Facebook page this evening, David Alton, Lord Alton of Liverpool writes:

I am not alone in believing that when British law can displace the rights of parents then British law must be changed. I said exactly that at the time of the death of Charlie Gard and repeat it again now as little Alfie Evans battles for life.

The earlier case of Ashya King graphically ...

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Men and Women Running for Others

Chris, Chris and Gemma

The Jesuit ethos of Men and Women for Others brought two strangers together in a dramatic end to the London Marathon for Jesuit Missions' runner Chris Lane. Chris, a parishioner at Jesuit parish Corpus Christi in Boscombe, had overcome exhaustion to complete the marathon but with a mile to go was on the verge of collapse. Help was at hand from two nearby runners, one of whom happened to be a te...

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Pope Francis: Without love, Church cannot move or grow

In his homily during Mass at Casa Santa Marta this morning, Pope Francis recalled the Last Supper, in which Jesus teaches love in the Eucharist and service in the washing of the feet. (Jn 13:16-20).

He said it contains three foundational truths for the Church: Jesus teaches us love through the Eucharist, he teaches us service in the washing of the disciples'...

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Despite ongoing atrocities, UK has licensed over £320 million of arms to Israel since 2014

New figures from the Department of International Trade show that the UK has licensed over £320 million worth of arms to Israel since the attack on Gaza in 2014. Licences include components for drones, combat aircraft and helicopters along with spare parts for sniper rifles. 2017 also saw a £183 million licences for 'technology for military radars.'

More 40 unarmed Palestinians have been...

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Philippines: Religious Superiors protest at arrest and detention of Sr Patricia Fox

The Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines has issued a statement in support of Australian Sister Patricia Fox, NDS, 72, who has been arrested and detained by the authorities and threatened with deportation.

The Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines expresses its solidarity with Sr Patricia Fox, NDS, in her work of proclaiming the good n...

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Philippines: Deport sex tourists, not missionaries

Fr Shay Cullen

There are as many as 16,000 Filipinos or more living and working and earning just and good wages in Ireland. There are 4,265 that are nurses and thousands more are caregivers and other professions. They are welcomed, trusted and highly respected here and they send their hard earned money back to the Philippines to support their families. They are caring, trustwort...

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Catholic Church complains to BBC Scotland

Bishop Keenan

Bishop John Keenan, Bishop of Paisley, has today published a letter sent to the Director of BBC Scotland, Donalda MacKinnon, outlining his concerns of the corporation's treatment of Catholics in a recent short film titled 'Homophobia in 2018, Time for Love'. The film, broadcast on the corporation's digital platform, 'The Social', portrays hatred towards gay people and suggests Cathol...

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Brighton Rock on Stage

Two years after her excellent Brideshead Revisited adaptation (read my review on this site), Bryony Lavery has adapted Graham Greene's Brighton Rock for the stage and has scored another palpable hit in a triumphant ensemble production sensitively directed by Esther Richardson. Whereas Waugh's Brideshead focuses on the aristocratic and upper echelons of society, Brighton Rock is a nov...

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Day of Prayer and Fasting for Asia Bibi

A special Day of Prayer and Fasting with Asia Bibi will take place on Friday, 27 April. The Archbishop of Lahore Sebastian Shaw, welcomed the appeal which was announced by Asia's family.

The Archbishop said: "Our hope and our hearts are with her. On 27 April we will be united in a special Day of Prayer and Fasting with Asia Bibi, praying to God for her freedom and peace."

The Pakist...

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Cardinal Tagle: Don't build walls, we all have migrant blood

Cardinal Tagle

Caritas Internationalis is launching a Week of Global Action"as part of its Share the Journey campaign "to make a positive difference to everyone with experience of migration." The Share the Journey campaign, which began last September, is inspired by Pope Francis' call to join the "culture of encounter," with the goal of "increasing the spaces and opportunities for migrants and loca...

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Chilean abuse survivors to meet Pope Francis

Greg Burke - Wiki Image - Jan 2018 - Joseph Manic

The Holy See today gave details of the sex abuse victims who will meet with Pope Francis in the Vatican. Responding to journalists' questions about Pope Francis' meeting with Chilean abuse victims, the head of the Holy See press office, Greg Burke, said that the three men will be welcomed at the weekend by the Pope to his residence in the Vatican, the Casa Santa Marta.

Burke named the thr...

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New Hall student wins world sailing championship

Ben Hutton-Penman, a Year 10 student at New Hall School, Chelmsford, is celebrating winning the RS Feva World sailing Championships and being crowned World Champion! Ben, who already holds the title of National Champion, was also voted Yachts & Yachting National Youth Sailor of the Year recently. Congratulations to Ben Hutton-Penman (Year 10), who, along with his crew, Abi, won t...

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Mexico: Priest appeals to government to stamp out 'uncontrolled violence' against clergy

Mass in Mexican countryside

An impassioned appeal to the Mexican government to stamp out "growing uncontrolled violence" has come from a Catholic priest whose organisation has exposed the country as being the most dangerous place for clergy in the whole of Latin America.

In an interview with Aid to the Church in Need, the charity for persecuted and other suffering Christians, Father Sergio Omar, director of Mexico's...

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CAFOD welcomes government first step towards tighter climate goal

The government has taken the first step towards tightening a target which would prevent climate change from pushing even more people into poverty.

Climate Minister Claire Perry revealed at last week's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London that she will request the Committee on Climate Change to review the UK's target for reducing carbon emissions.

The move is im...

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