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Kindertransport 80th anniversary - Our turn now

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A fair number of migrants in Calais at the moment are unaccompanied minors, with every right to apply for entry to the UK. It can be shocking to sit with them in Calais, having delivered survival goods, to realise that some will attempt an illegal lorry crossing that very evening.

That is why Westminster Justice and Peace became involved with Safe Passage. This is a campaigning group for ...

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Philippines: Cardinal Tagle opens churches to flood survivors

Relief supplies being distributed in Manila

About 1.1 million people have been affected by severe flooding over the weekend in the Philippine capital Manila and surrounding areas.

Catholic churches were opened to accommodate thousands of people driven from their homes overnight by rising waters.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, ordered parishes to open their churches and urged people to help anyone in need. He also ca...

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Sabeel Wave of Prayer for the Holy Land - 13 August 2018

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For more than four months Palestinians have continued to protest in the 'Great March of Return' rallies along the border between Gaza and Israel. They are calling for their right to return to their homelands. On Friday, August 3rd a Palestinian man, Ahmed Yaghi, was shot and killed by the Israeli army. According to Palestinian health officials at least 220 others were wounded during the protest...

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Viewpoint: Is UK ignoring the Jihad against Black Christians?

A new report estimates that more Nigerian Christians are being killed by Islamist herdsmen than by the notorious jihadist militia, Boko Haram. In the first six months of 2018, the International Crisis Group says 1,300 have died in the middle belt region of the West African country.

Yet, despite the evidence, the UK Foreign Office resists recognising the central role of fundamentalist Isla...

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Homeless charities welcome government strategy for rough sleepers

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Homeless charities have welcomed the Government's announcement of a £100m strategy for rough sleepers. The plan will offer support for people with mental health problems and addictions, as well as help with accommodation. Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has vowed to make homelessness "a thing of the past", saying the government has pledged to end rough sleeping by 2027.

CSAN's Chief...

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Letter from Turkana - Harvest Time

Lillian Omari from the Missionary Community of St Paul the Apostles in northwest Kenya writes:

At Nariokotome Mission and at all the other MCSPA missions, cultivation of vegetables and fruit, livestock and poultry farming is one of the five main elements that we focus on. We try and produce food for the mission personnel and also to feed the children at our nutritional...

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CAFOD mourns death of Salvadoran artist Fernando Llort, designer of Romero Cross

The award winning Salvadoran painter, Fernando Llort, has died, aged 69.

Llort's famous Romero Crosses - inspired by Archbishop Oscar Romero who was assassinated for speaking out during El Salvador's bloody civil war - have been displayed in Cathedrals, homes and parishes around the world.

Clare Dixon, CAFOD's Head of Latin America region, said: "It is with a heavy heart that we've...

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Pakistan: Catholic elected to Provincial Assembly

Catholic layman Anthony Naveed has become the only Christian member elected in the Provincial Assembly of Sindh, southern Pakistan. Chosen by the Pakistan People Party (PPP), he will be present in the Provincial Assembly of Sindh in the period from 2018 to 2023. Other political parties have chosen Hindu candidates for the other seats reserved for religious minorities in the Assembly.

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Pope Francis: 'It is evil not to do good!'

In his address to pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square for the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis said being a good Christian is more than merely not doing evil - A good Christian does good and actively opposes evil."

The Pope was reflecting on the day's Second Reading, in which St Paul tells the faithful not to sadden the Holy Spirit (Eph 4:30-5:2).

Saddening the Holy Spirit, he ex...

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Ordinariate Laity meet to plan for future

Last week, Worth Abbey hosted the first Lay Conference of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. An initiative of the Ordinariate's Pastoral Council, the three day conference brought together some 50 delegates from groups across Great Britain to discuss how to move forward the Ordinariate's mission. Keynote addresses were given by well-known priest and blogger Fr Ed Toml...

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Pope encourages young people to 'run towards Jesus'

More than 70,000 young Italians gathered in Rome's Circus Maximus for a meeting with Pope Francis on Saturday evening.

The Pope encouraged them "to run towards Jesus" and their brothers and sisters "with hearts full of love, faith, and joy.He told them a slow pace would not do on life's journey of faith, only "a quick step and daring leaps"... "courage is needed" he said, "to dream and ma...

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Peru: Jesuit priest killed

Father Carlos Riudavets Montes

A Spanish Jesuit missionary priest working amng the indigenous people in Peru's Amazonia regions has been killed. The body of Father Carlos Riudavets Montes was found on Friday morning with his hands tied and several stab wounds lying in the kitchen of the Valentín Salegui school he ran in Yamakai-entsa district in the Amazonian jungle province of Bagua.

The priest's body was discovered ...

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Solihull Faiths Forum meets at Saint Columban's

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (Nicholas Henry Bourne), Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government, and the Wales Office, and Minister for Faith, visited Saint Columban's in Solihull on 7 August to attend a meeting of the Solihull Faiths' Forum.

The Solihull Faiths Forum is formed by representatives of various faith groups in the area, who come togeth...

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Romero: 'a force for good in Americas and whole world' + text

l-r: Pat Gaffney with  Archbishop Adams and Julian Filochowski after the Mass

Archbishop Oscar Romero was described as "a force for good in the Americas and in the whole world" by the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain at Saturday's Mass to mark the 101st anniversary of Romero's birth.

United States Archbishop Edward J Adams was speaking at St George's Cathedral, Southwark, at the service organised by the Archbishop Romero Trust in the lead-up to Romero's Canonisati...

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