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Rohingya refugees: 61 NGOs warn of worsening crisis

Rohingya exodus - image Christian Aid

Two years after being forced from their homes by mass atrocities in Myanmar, nearly one million Rohingya are still waiting for justice and a say about their future. They continue to struggle for safety and dignity in Bangladesh as refugees.

Today, Christian Aid, Caritas and Catholic Relief Services are among 61 local, national and international NGOs working in the two countries, to call f...

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Today's Gospel in Art - Invite everyone you can to the wedding

The Peasant Wedding,  by Pieter Breughel the Elder, 1567, © Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Gospel of 22nd August 2019 - Matthew 22: 1-14

Jesus began to speak to the chief priests and elders of the people in parables: 'The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a feast for his son's wedding. He sent his servants to call those who had been invited, but they would not come.

Next he sent some more servants. "Tell those who have been invited" he...

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Viewpoint: The Anti-Catholic roots of Trump's immigration rules

Image: Catholic Charities

In his article entitled 'Penalizing Poverty' Paul Moses writes in Commonweal Magazine:

Donald Trump was in the federal courthouse in Manhattan, and very happy to be there. It was 1988, and his wife, the former Ivana Zelníčková of Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia, was one of 142 immigrants just sworn in as US citizens. By then, the Trumps had been married for eleven years and had th...

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ACN: New UN Day must lead to concrete action

Dr Thomas Heine-Geldern

The international head of Aid to the Church in Need has welcomed the UN's new day for victims of religious-based violence - but stressed that it must lead to decisive help for persecuted religious groups.

Dr Thomas Heine-Geldern, international executive president of ACN said that while the UN's International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief - t...

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Australia: First responses to Cardinal Pell court decision

Supreme Court of Australia - Wiki image

The Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, dismissed Cardinal George Pell's appeal yesterday, in a 2-1 decision. The Catholic Church in Australia and the Holy See have released the following statements in response to the verdict.

A statement released by Cardinal Pell's spokesperson said: "Cardinal Pell is obviously disappointed with the decision." It then notes that his legal team will be ...

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Australia: Court dismisses Cardinal Pell's appeal

The Supreme Court in Victoria, Australia, has dismissed Cardinal George Pell's appeal, thus upholding the conviction announced in February in the trial of first instance for historical charges of child sexual abuse. The cardinal's lawyers have 28 days to file what would be a final appeal.

The judges' decision was announced in Melbourne on Wednesday, just after 9.30am local time, following...

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Korea: World youth in peace pilgrimage to demilitarized zone

Seoul Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung  with young people  in Wind of Peace pilgrimage.

More than 90 young Catholics from 15 countries are currently taking part in the annual 'Wind of Peace' pilgrimage in South Korea. During the six day gathering from August 16-22, the young people are walking to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing North and South Korea.

The initiative, hosted by the Committee for the Reconciliation of the Korean People of Seoul Archdiocese and supported ...

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Pakistan: Christians pray for 'Muslim brethren of Kashmir'

A special prayer service for "the Muslim brethren of Kashmir" was organised yesterday by the Ecumenical Solidarity Committee in Lahore, Religious leaders from the Catholic Church, Church of Pakistan, Anglican Church, Presbyterian Church and Salvation Army took part.

Prayers were accompanied by an appeal for peace for the disputed region of Kashmir where tensions between India and Pakistan...

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Australia: court to announce outcome of Cardinal Pell appeal

Cardinal George  Pell, #Pell, #Abuse, Abuse, Melbourne

Tomorrow, (Wednesday 21st August), the Supreme Court of Victoria in Australia will announce its decision regarding Cardinal George Pell's appeal of December's verdict at the conclusion of his trial on charges of sexual abuse. Cardinal Pell will find out what the judges who heard his appeal at the beginning of June have decided. This decision comes after the first trial regarding hist...

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Today's Gospel in Art - The last will be first, and the first, last

Landscape with peasants harvesting grapes and wine-making. Marten van Valckenborch I late 16th C, © Christie's London, painting sold for £50,000

Gospel of 21st August 2019 - Matthew 20: 1-16

Jesus said to his disciples: 'The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with the workers for one denarius a day, and sent them to his vineyard. Going out at about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place and said to them, "You go to my vineyard t...

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South Sudan: Churches concerned over slow peace process

Rev Fidon Mwombeki

Rev Fidon Mwombeki, All Africa Conference of Churches general secretary, has expressed concern at the slow pace of the South Sudan peace process, while highlighting that the Africa-wide ecumenical body has accompanied the people in the world's youngest nation for many years.

His comments come amid growing fears that the September 2018 Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflic...

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Booking: Creation Time events

Green Christian is celebrating Creation Time (1 September - 4 October) with two regional day conferences in Manchester and Stroud: "Green Christian on The Road Together", organised by Green Christian together with local church members, on 14 and 28 September respectively.

Both days include interactive workshops exploring the spiritual disciplines of Green Christian's Way of Life, and also...

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Pope Francis: Popular movements 'a source of moral energy'

Pope Francis has written the preface to a new book: 'The Emergence of Popular Movements: Rerum Novarum of our time' which compiles five years of research into thousands of new movements and associations, which he says act as "a lever for profound social transformation."

Published in Spanish by the Vatican Publishing House (LEV) and prepared by the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, ...

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Puerto Rico: Police investigate death of Polish missionary

The Vincentian Congregation of the Mission of Puerto Rico and the Vincentian Family of Puerto Rico are mourning the death in hospital yesterday (18 August) of Polish missionary Fr Stanislaw Szczepanik, CM, in Ponce. According to preliminary information, Fr Stanislaw had an accident as he was cycling on his way to celebrate Mass two days earlier. He suffered a head injury. Police are investigati...

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