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China and the Holy See: Provisional Agreement

A Provisional Agreement on the appointment of Bishops has been signed by the Holy See and the People's Republic of China, in the hope that it will contribute positively to the life of the Church in China, the good of the Chinese people and peace in the world.

Although the terms of the accord have not been made public, informed sources at the Vatican have confirmed that under the agreement...

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Pope in Lithuania: Tribute paid to victims of oppression

Hill of Crosses

In his "Angelus" message at the end of the Mass at Santakos Park in Kaunas on Sunday, Pope Francis explained that the ungodly, who claim to believe that "power is the norm of justice", dominate the weak and use their power to impose a way of thinking, an ideology, a prevailing mindset.

Recalling the 1943 destruction of the ghetto of Vilnius, that was the climax of two years of the killing...

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Palestinians at Khan Al-Ahmar appeal for support

Photo credit: Ibrahim Husseini

On 23 September 23, the Israeli army handed over military orders to self-demolish all buildings built inside the Khan Al-Ahmar Bedouin village in the West Bank. The notice given to some 200 residents of Khan al Ahmar on Sunday said they have until the end of the month to demolish the village themselves. The unsigned letter said: "Inhabitants of Khan Al-Ahmar, by the High Court decision you must...

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Christians at anti-nuclear protest in Scotland

Christian groups were among more than 600 anti-nuclear campaigners who attended a peaceful 'Nae Nukes Anywhere' International march and rally at Faslane on Saturday 22 September. Some gathered at noon at the peace camp to walk one mile to the North Gate at Faslane, others went straight to the North Gate for the start of the rally at around 12.30. The event highlighted opposition to Scotland hav...

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Pax Christi Re-advertising Director Role for 2019

Pax Christi

The British section of Pax Christi, the international Catholic movement for peace and a membership organisation, is seeking a Director to be responsible for developing, implementing and coordinating the work of Pax Christi and taking forward its strategic plan to 2022 and beyond.

Are you an effective communicator across diverse audiences, with deep knowledge and understanding of Christian...

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Columban Invitation to Mission Programme 2019

Invitation to Mission at US/Mexico border

The Columban 'Invitation to Mission Programme' is now into its 5th year. Nearly 40 people have taken part in this learning experience, growing in faith and understanding through preparation in the UK, a 10-day visit overseas, and follow up on return.

The Columbans in Britain are now inviting applications for participation in the 2019 programme, visiting the Philippines during Holy Week 20...

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Season of Creation: The Climate Pilgrimage

Walkers setting off for Paris Climate talks

On 3 October, the day before the Feast of St. Francis, pilgrims will take the first steps of a 950-mile journey for climate justice. They are starting at the Vatican and walking to Katowice, Poland, where the United Nations climate talks will be held in December. These talks will cement the next stage in the Paris agreement, and there's a lot up for discussion.

Pilgrims are walking to sen...

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Pope Francis greets people of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia

Pope Francis arrived in Vilnius on Saturday. Before the start of his three day Apostolic Journey to Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia the Holy Father sent the following video message:

"Though I come as Pastor of the Catholic Church, I would like to embrace everyone and offer a message of peace, good will, and hope for the future."

He noted how his visit coincides with the 100th annive...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 23 September 2018

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 23rd 2018

Slam, whack, bang! Those three words are what came immediately to my mind when looking over the three readings for this Sunday. In fact, I have to be honest; I just did not want to write a reflection on them as they made me realize just how far off the mark I am. Each reading in its own way is a real challenge from the Spirit; I...

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Niger: Growing fears that kidnapped priest is in hands of Islamist extremists

Father Pierluigi

A priest has spoken out about the shock kidnapping of one of his fellow missionaries in Niger by Islamist extremists a few days ago. Father Mauro Armanino of the Society of African Missions (SMA) spoke to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need about the kidnapping of Father Pierluigi Maccalli on Monday evening (17th October). Italian priest Father Maccalli was abducted from ...

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India: Bishop arrested after allegedly raping nun

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Police in Kerala, India, arrested a bishop yesterday, for allegedly raping a nun several times between 2014 and 2016.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar Diocese is the first Indian Catholic bishop to be arrested in a case of sexual abuse against a nun.

The bishop's arrest came after three days of questioning, during which he made 'a few inconsistent statements.' police said.

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Vatican safeguarding expert to address Ealing abuse conference

Hans Zollner SJ

A member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, Fr Hans Zollner SJ, is the keynote speaker at a forthcoming national conference organised by the monastic community at Ealing Abbey, entitled 'Growing in Connectedness: Healing the History of Child Sexual Abuse.' The conference, on October 21st 2018, aims to "provide a space to connect and share learning from both those dealing...

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Pope Francis dialogs with Christian leaders on combating racism

Pope greets WCC general secretary Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.  Photo: Xanthi Morfi/WCC

Pope Francis met yesterday with leaders of different Christian churches who have been taking part in a Rome meeting on combating racism and xenophobia, saying he hoped their encounter would give rise to many other such shared initiatives.

The Pope greeted individually each participant in the World Conference on Xenophobia, Racism and Populist Nationalism in the Context of Global Migration...

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Pope Francis: Jesus teaches true love

Mass at Casa Santa Marta

During morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Thursday, Pope Francis calls us to be merciful like Jesus, and to not condemn others.

The Holy Father was reflecting on the day's readings, focusing on the words of Jesus: "her many sins have been forgiven; for she has shown great love... Let us ask Jesus, "with His mercy and His forgiveness," always to protect our Church which "like a mother, is...

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