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Central African Republic: Spanish nun killed

A 77-year-old Spanish nun, Sister Ines Nieves Sancho, was murdered on Monday. Her badly mutilated body was found early in the morning in the village of Nola, in the remote southwest near the borders with Cameroon and the Republic of Congo. Sister Ines was still working. She dedicated her life to educating women and girls.

During the General Audience with pilgrims in St Peter's Square tod...

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Holy Land Catholic leaders say two state solution is now 'empty rhetoric'

The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries has called on the people of Holy Land to build bridges of respect and love, and set out their vision for the future, in the following statement issued on Monday.

"Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts. Surely his salvation is at hand for those who f...

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Iraqi archbishop makes urgent appeal in meeting with Foreign Secretary

L-R: Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Archbishop Warda, ACN  Director Neville Kyrke-Smith

An Iraqi Church leader has met UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and called on the British Government to provide urgent help to prevent persecuted minority faith groups from dying out in their ancient homelands.

At meetings in London yesterday (Tuesday, 21st May 2019), Catholic Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil appealed to the UK Government to provide direct aid to Christi...

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Papal Nuncio in four-day visit across Diocese of East Anglia

Archbishop Adams with sixth form students and inter-faith leaders at St John Fisher High School

The Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, His Excellency Archbishop Edward Adams, has been touring around the Diocese of East Anglia for the last four days (May 19 to 22) after accepting an invitation from the Bishop of East Anglia, Rt Rev Alan Hopes.

The Papal Nuncio is the Pope's personal representative in GB and he began his visit on Sunday (May 19) with a visit to the Jewish Synagogue in...

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Relics of Bl Jerzy Popiełuszko visiting London parishes

Fr Banaszkiewicz at Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden

There will be a chance to venerate the Relics of Blessed Father Jerzy Popiełuszko this evening (Wednesday 22 May) as they will be visiting Corpus Christi Church in Maiden Lane, Covent Garden between 8.30 and 9pm.

Bl Jerzy Popiełuszko was a Polish priest who became associated with the Solidarity movement, celebrating Masses in the Gdansk shipyard and supporting the workers' families. He ...

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Herts: Interfaith focus on politics, community activism and spiritual life

Michal Siewniak reports:

Last night's meeting with Welwyn Hatfield Inter Faith Group was pretty special. We haven't come to a clear conclusion whether both discussed topics; politics, religion or faith in general, are a magical combination or dangerous mixture and it was clear that probably no one would!

However, our get together, attended by 30 people, offered a wonderful...

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Vatican officials call for continued care for Vincent Lambert

A joint declaration, signed by Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life and by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, has called for continued care to support the life of Frenchman Vincent Lambert.

The 42 year-old nurse has been in hospital in Rheims since 2008 following a motorcycle accident. He is quadriplegic and has...

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Save the Earth/Abolish War - Conference and Competition

A Conference in Central London on Saturday 29 June, organised by the Movement for the Abolition of War, (MAW) will examine the theme of militarism and the environment. The morning sessions will concentrate on how war and preparation for war accelerate climate change. In the afternoon, the focus is on the abolition of war, drawing on past initiatives.

The speakers will be Molly Scott Cato,...

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Watch: Faith on the frontline

When we go to a situation, sometimes things can get difficult

From investigating serious crimes to saving lives - three emergency service workers: a firefighter, a police officer and a doctor, speak about how they rely on the power of prayer in challenging situations throughout the day.

Watch their inspiring testimonies in this beautiful new film created in partnership with Christian Vision as part of Thy Kingdom Come series, here: ht...

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Amazonia Synod 6: Australian Aboriginal People offer hope and reconciliation

This Columban missionary, based in Australia, has been a Chaplain in West Australian prisons over the past 23 years. He has come to know many Aboriginal people, especially the Wongi, Noongar and Yamatji people, and has been welcomed into their country and their homes.

October's Special Synod in Rome will transcend the strictly ecclesial-Amazonian sphere, focusing partly on th...

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Burkina Faso: Spanish Salesian priest killed, another injured

Father Fernando Fernandez

A Spanish priest, Father Fernando Fernandez, was stabbed to death, and another injured on Friday evening, 17 May in the Don Bosco centre of Bobo-Dioulasso in Southwest Burkina Faso.

A former cook who worked in the facility for seven years, stabbed Fr Fernanado to death. A second priest of Togolese origin was injured in the incident. Fr Germain Plakoo-Mlapa, director of studies, was immedi...

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Mozambique: Priest who ran institute for blind, murdered

Fr Landry Ibil Ikwel

A Congolese priest, Fr Landry Ibil Ikwel, aged 34, who ran an institute for the Beira, Mozambique, was murdered on Sunday.

In a statement, the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary said: "In the face of the death of our brother Landry Ibil Ikwel, in the hospital of Beira (Mozambique) following a brutal attack in the community house in Beira, we join our hearts to those of o...

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Pax Christi Peace Award Winners 2019

L-R: Bishop Nicholas Hudson,  Fr Joe Ryan, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon

Four peace activists were presented with Pax Christi peace medals at the Pax Christi UK AGM in London on 18 May 2019. The awards are given every two years.

Fr Joe Ryan

Fr Joe is a parish priest of the Westminster Diocese and Chair of the Westminster Justice and Peace Commission since 2005. In 2006 he secured a fieldworker - Barbara Kentish - and established an office for J&P in his ...

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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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