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New York: Cardinal Nichols addresses UN on human trafficking

Trust is a key component in fighting human trafficking, Cardinal Vincent Nichols told delegates at a United Nations conference this week. The Cardinal was addressing diplomats, law enforcement officials and charities involved in the support of survivors of human trafficking as president and chair of the Santa Marta Group.

The UN's Path to Peace initiative gave its annual award to the Sant...

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Robots and War

At the beginning of the celebration of the centenary of World War I, 888,246 ceramic poppies were placed around the Tower of London. That figure was the number of British soldiers that were killed in World War I.

Some commentators made the point that the industrial nature of this slaughter which took the lives of almost 10 million soldiers was due to a clash between the 19th century milit...

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India: Catholics killed by police during protest over toxic copper mine

Four Catholics were among 12 people who died when police opened fire on thousands protesting a multimillion-dollar copper-processing plant which they claim pollutes their environment and drinking water. At least 20 people, including a Catholic priest, are in hospital with bullet injuries after Tamil Nadu state police fired at about 20,000 people gathered at the plant owned by London-based Vedan...

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Book: Seeking Communion

Seeking Communion: A Collection of Conversations by Joseph Victor Edwin SJ. The title of this book doesn't give you much of an indication of it's about-and for that reason you might skip the book if you spotted it in a bookshop. But please don't! Despite its bland title, it contains valuable bits of wisdom. It is a collection of interviews with a number of people from acros...

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Pope Francis calls for prayers for China's Catholics

Opening of a contemplative monastery in Shan Xi Province, China

Chinese Catholics have been eagerly anticipating the most awaited event of the Marian month: the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. It is held every year on 24 May, which coincides with the feast of Blessed Virgin Mary Help of Christians. The Day of Prayer was established by Pope Benedict XVI after his Letter to Chinese Catholics, published in 2007.

At the end of his general aud...

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Korea: Prayer vigils ahead of June summit

Peace vigil in Seoul

In the weeks leading up to the summit planned for 12 June between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) is planning prayer vigils to express hope for lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

The NCCK will hold a candlelight prayer meeting on 7 June at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, in front of the US embassy, and is exp...

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Scotland: Human chain to mark World Refugee Day

A celebration showing solidarity with people who have been forced to flee their homes will take place in Glasgow next month, welcoming refugees to the city. The public event, led by Oxfam, Global Justice Now Scotland the Scottish Refugee Council, takes place on 20 June 11am-1pm. Participants will form a human chain around George Square, in front of Glasgow City Chambers, to 'show the world that...

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Newman to host Conference for Researchers in Catholic Education

Blessed John Henry Newman statue at Newman University

As part of their 50th anniversary year, on Thursday 13 September 2018 Newman University, Birmingham, will host the annual conference for Network for Researchers in Catholic Education.

The conference, which runs between 9:30am and 5:00pm, will have the theme of How can the self-understanding, priorities and work of Catholic educators be enhanced by a critical retrieval of the developing th...

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Pax Christi to gather in Nottingham for AGM

Pax Christi seminar on nonviolence

Pax Christi's annual gathering this year will be on 2 June in Nottingham. It is a chance for members and supporters to come together to share on their peacemaking work and learn more about Pax Christi. Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool, the National President, will celebrate Mass.

Sat 2 June 2018

10:30am - 16:30pm

Our Lady and St Patrick Church Hall, Launder Street...

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Review: Chichester Festival's "stark" productions

Chichester Festival has revived Debbie Tucker-Green's 'Random', in a double-bill together with 'Generations'. This hypnotically repetitive meditation on the Aids crisis in South Africa sees the cast walk off one by one, beginning with the youngest, and the survivors repeat the scene over and again, in ever more elegiac tones, while the South African Cultural Choir provide the poignantly vibrant...

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Lancashire: No faith in fracking

Faith community challenges fracking in Lancashire

What happens in developing countries may seem a world away from Preston New Road (PNR), but my family's involvement with organisations such as Christian Aid, CAFOD and the Fairtrade movement has shown many parallels between what happens overseas and what is happening at PNR.

Firstly, Climate Change:

A few years ago, we were visited by a grower of Fairtrade cotto...

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CAFOD Director Chris Bain to retire

Chris Bain

Chris Bain, 64, will retire in December 2018 after 15 years as the Director of CAFOD. Chris said:

"I am proud and humbled to have been part of the life-changing work of CAFOD for the last 15 years. CAFOD's sense of mission and purpose has never been stronger. We are in sound financial health and have a wealth of talent in our dedicated staff and volunteers. Sustainable development, suppor...

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Pope Francis names 14 new cardinals

Louis Raphael 1 Sako

Speaking to pilgrims and visitors gathered in St Peter's Square last Sunday for the recitation of the Regina Caeli prayer, the Pope announced he would create 14 new cardinals at a Consistory on 29 June. The men who will receive their red hats from the Pope include bishops from Iraq, Pakistan, Portugal, Peru, Madagascar, Italy and Japan.

Among the list is a retired archbishop of Mexico, a ...

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Columban Missionaries celebrate centenary in Britain and Ireland

Columban Centenary Cloth

The Columbans in Britain have organised a Mass of Thanksgiving, followed by buffet refreshments as part of their celebrations to mark their 100 years of mission and the many blessings they have received from families and benefactors down the years. It will be held at 12.30 pm on Saturday 30 June 2018 at St. George's Cathedral, Southwark. The main celebrant is Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark...

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