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London: Celebrating St Ethelburga in the City

Today at 6.30pm, St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconcilation and Peace, in the City of London, will be celebrating St Ethelburga. "Her life and work are an inspiration to our work" says the centre, "and we are looking forward to an evening giving thanks with friends and neighbours." There will be a service of evensong with the singers of St Boltolphs-without-Aldgate, followed by a shari...

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WCC conference explores origins and solutions to discrimination based on religion

At a conference on Combating Intolerance and Discrimination on 22 October in Rome, Archbishop Emeritus Dr Anders Wejryd, current WCC president for Europe, spoke with a focus on the origins and solutions to discrimination based on religion or belief. The conference is part of developing a comprehensive response in the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a forum for po...

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Pope: Passionists are called to read signs of the times

Pope Francis met with members of the Passionist Congregation on the occasion of their 47th General Chapter, ahead of the 300th anniversary of the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus.

Reflecting on their their theme: 'Renewing our mission: gratitude, prophecy and hope', Pope Francis began his address by telling them that these three words "express the spirit with which you wish to stimula...

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Vatican expert praises 'courageous' conference on child abuse

Vatican safeguarding expert, Professor Fr Hans Zollner SJ, has described a one-day conference on child abuse, as a "courageous, forward looking step" that could act as a model for monastic and religious communities to participate in the healing process for victims.

Fr Zollner, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, was keynote speaker at the event, held at Eal...

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Contemplatives study new Vatican rules governing their existence

Stanbrooke Abbey Church - image Tim Crocker

The Conference of Religious joined enclosed nuns from across the UK and Ireland who gathered at Stanbrook Abbey in North Yorkshire for a three day gathering to examine a new Vatican document outlining rules governing their monastic structure and way of life.

The conference was led by two canon lawyers, Sr Scholastika Haring, a Benedictine from Germany and Fr Luke Beckett, a monk of Amplef...

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Craigmyle Lecture: Baroness Nuala O'Loan on 'Keeping Faith in the Public Square'

Baroness O'Loan during lecture with David O'Mahony, Catholic Union Chairman

A packed audience of Catholic Union members and others came to Notre Dame University in London on Thursday 18 October to hear Baroness Nuala O'Loan, a crossbench peer and former Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland, deliver the annual Catholic Union Craigmyle Lecture. Baroness O'Loan gave an uplifting address about faith and public life beginning with Pope Francis's observation that ...

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Mgr Paul Watson RIP

The Archdiocese of Birmingham is sad to announce the death of Monsignor Paul Watson, parish priest of St Benedict's in Atherstone, Warwickshire and the Director of the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham from 2000-2012, who died on Tuesday 16 October 2018, aged 69. Mgr Paul was the second director of Maryvale Institute, the internationally acclaimed distance-learning centre in the Catholi...

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Holy Land: Temporary reprieve for Khan Al-Ahmar

Khan Al-Ahmar school remains open - but for how long?

The Bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar, near the site of the Inn of the Good Samaritan, threatened with demolition by Israel, was given a temporary reprieve on Sunday, when the Israeli Security Cabinet approved the postponement of the evacuation.

There have been appeals and protests worldwide since the beginning of September, when an Israeli court ruled that the village, with its homes, sch...

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US bishops and Lutherans report on reuniting migrant families

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office of Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), have released a report entitled: Serving Separated and Reunited Families: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward to Promote Family Unity, which document the work of Catholic and Lutheran agencies who assisted the Administration in reuniting separated fam...

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Share the Journey: Walking with migrants and refugees

Cardinal Luis Tagle, Archbishop of Manila and President of Caritas Internationalis, invites communities of citizens all over the world to fight hatred and fear with a one million kilometre worldwide march of solidarity, alongside migrants and refugees.

The pilgrimage is an initiative of the migration awareness campaig...

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Pax Christi resources for Season of Remembrance

To mark the Season of Remembrance, Pax Christi have produced a range of materials around the theme 'No More War: Let's make peace happen'. Their purpose is to help people think about the tone, language and symbols when exploring what Remembrance means to people and also for conveying our responsibility to work for peace and an end to all war.

Pax Christi urge that Remembrance eve...

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Nobel Physics laureate appointed to Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Pope Francis has appointed Steven Chu, professor of physics and molecular and cellular physiology at Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States of America, as an ordinary member of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Along with two others, Chu is the joint winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics, 'for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light.'


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South Sudan: Bishop repairs roads with young people

Bishop Eduardo

During most of the rainy seasons, South Sudan's roads become full of mud. This time the rains have very badly affected the roads and streets of Yambio, capital of former Western Equatoria state.

The Bishop of Tombura-Yambio, Mgr Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala, has joined young Catholics in Yambio to help repair the streets in this town.

He went with them personally into the mud - showing h...

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Holy Land: Tent of Nations family win major peace award

The World Methodist Council Peace Award 2017 has been given to the Nassar family of Bethlehem for their initiative, the Tent of Nations, located on their farm. The Award was presented to the family on 11 October 2018 at the farm. The criteria for the Award are courage, creativity, and consistency. The Nassar family has shown these qualities in abundance in their total commitment to non-violence...

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