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Irish Bishops plead for 'informed voting' in EU elections

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Ireland released a statement on Monday ahead of European elections this week, reminding voters of the Christian values which motivated the founding of the European Union. The Bishops also warn voters of the rise of populism and address the Irish concerns over Brexit.

In addition to members of the European Parliament, the election will also see the appo...

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Pope Francis: God's love knows no limits

During the Regina Coeli prayer in St Peter's Square on Sunday, Pope Francis spoke about the day's Gospel and reflected on God's love for his people that transforms the hardest of hearts and gives us the strength to overcome prejudice, build bridges and undertake new paths giving life to the dynamism of fraternity.

"Today's Gospel takes us into the Upper Room to hear some of the words that...

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London: Dominicans to celebrate feast of Translation of Relics of St Dominic

The Annunciation

Friday the 24th of May is the feast of the Translation of the Relics of St Dominic, a day which recalls the transfer of his body into a wonderful new Shrine in Bologna in 1233.

St Dominic's, Haverstock Hill will be celebrating their patronal feast day with a Solemn Mass at 6pm with music sung by a special Choir, and a children's Choir from the Rosary School. The Mass will be celebrated an...

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London's Rosary Shrine: Music and conversation with Sir James MacMillan

This Saturday, 25th May, 7.30pm, London's Rosary Shrine (St Dominic's Priory, Haverstock Hill, NW5) will welcome the internationally acclaimed Catholic composer and close friend of the Dominican Order, Sir James MacMillan CBE for an inspiring evening of his choral music, and relaxed conversation about faith, inspiration, and the arts.

Experience the spiritual depth of MacMillan's music wr...

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CAFOD: Killing of Colombian community leaders must stop if peace process is to succeed

As the number of Colombian community leaders killed and threatened reaches unprecedented levels, UK aid agency CAFOD is calling for more protection for these leaders, who are crucial to the country's peace process.

Earlier this week, the charity was shocked and saddened to hear that Belisario Arciniegas García, a community leader in Micoahumado, where the charity is supporting peace-buil...

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Vatican message for Vesakh calls for promotion of women and girls

Kamakura, Japan

In a message for the Buddhist festival of Vesakh yesterday, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue urges Buddhists and Christians to help uphold and promote the rights and dignity of women.

The Vatican is inviting the world's Buddhists and Christians to work together to uphold and promote the rights and dignity of women and girls.

Sometimes informally called 'Buddha's Bi...

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Pope calls for humble, free journalism that serves truth and goodness

Pope Francis met about 400 journalists from the Foreign Press Association of Italy on Saturday.

In his address, the Holy Father encouraged them to practice a "humble and free journalism" that does not indulge in selling the "rotten food of misinformation" but rather offers the "healthy bread of truth and goodness.:

"I urge you to work according to truth and justice, so that communic...

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Peacemakers gather for vibrant Pax Christi AGM 2019

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon with award winners Fr Joe Ryan, Peter van den Dungen, Anna and Eleanor Marshall and Theresa Alessandro

A buzzing room of around 80 Pax Christi UK members and supporters gathered in London on Saturday for the Annual General Meeting of the Catholic peace movement in Britain. They included people from the dioceses of Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Salford, Shrewsbury, Southampton and Westminster, and two from Pax Christi in Scotland. Peace activists Bruce Kent and Valerie Fle...

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El Salvador: Catholic priest slain by criminal gang

Father Cecilio Pérez

38-year-old Fr Cecilio Perez, aged 38, was reportedly shot dead by a presumed gang member while he slept on Saturday night in his parish in El Salvador. Father Perez was the parish priest of San José la Majada, in Sosonate Diocese near the Guatemala border.

His body, with three bullet wounds, was found in his room by some parishioners who had come to meet him at 5am for morning prayers. ...

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Australia: Churches confront domestic and family violence

Participants of NCC roundtable on domestic & family violence mark Thursdays in Black. Photo: NCCA

In January 2019, Aya Maasarwe, a university exchange student in Melbourne, was walking home at night and speaking to her sister on her phone. She was attacked, raped and murdered. The public outcry intensified a national debate about violence against women in Australia following several high-profile murders in the country.

A recent report found that one out of every two women in Australia...

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US Bishops respond to House Vote on Equality Act

Five chairmen of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have responded to the US House of Representatives' passage of the Equality Act (HR. 5) on May 17, 2019 in the following statement:

The Act would add the new terms "sexual orientation" and "gender identity," as well as "pregnancy […] or a related medical condition," to the definition of "sex" in federal civil rights...

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Christian Aid report says UK must act to stop spiralling debt of world's poorest countries

Amanda Mukwashi  Chief Executive Officer, Christian Aid

The UK must step up and meet its moral responsibility to avert debt crises in developing countries that are often struggling to recover in the wake of humanitarian emergencies, a new report by Christian Aid has said.

The early 2000s saw a major round of debt relief for countries caught in a trap of debt repayments, in response to the Jubilee 2000 campaigns. Since the western financial cri...

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Religious congregations welcome pilgrims on new Augustine Camino

Sr Mildred Maria giving pilgrims their stamp

Visits to a number of religious congregations are included in the newly developed 'Augustine Camino' - a pilgrimage route through Kent - which is a project of St Augustine's Catholic parish in Ramsgate. The walk, designed with the famous Spanish Camino de Santiago in mind, begins at the Anglican Rochester Cathedral and wends its way to Ramsgate via Canterbury, stopping off at parishes along th...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons 19 May 2019

Fifth Sunday of Easter

'They strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying, "It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of God."'(Acts 14: 22)

Hardship is no stranger to anybody engaged on the spiritual journey! For in dealing with the things of the spirit, we are often asked to confront the whole pi...

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