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Cardinal Cupich stresses need for transparency at Protection of Minors summit

A press conference was held at the Holy See Press Office on Monday, to present the 'Protection of Minors in the Church' Meeting, which will take place in the Vatican, between 21 and 24 February.

Addressing reporters, Archbishop Charles J Scicluna, Adjunct Secretary of the CDF, and a member of the organizing committee for the meeting, made it clear that the event is part of a journey the C...

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Nigeria: London protest on anniversary of Leah Sharibu's abduction

Leah Sharibu before her capture

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) will mark one year since the abduction of Leah Sharibu by Boko Haram from her school in Nigeria with a protest outside the Nigeria High Commission in London tomorrow, Tuesday 19 February.

On 19 February 2018, Leah Sharibu was the sole Christian among 110 school girls abducted from their school in Dapchi by the Boko Haram offshoot, the Islamic State We...

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Blessing of St Colette in Nottingham

Just before Christmas, the Poor Clare Colettines from Hawarden moved to Nottingham. Instead of relocating the four sisters in Bulwell from their small built-round city monastery to Wales, the sisters there have now moved in to form together a small committed community of seventeen, living prayer in the city.

The Poor Clare Colettines of the Marian House of the Holy Spirit is behind the ch...

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AMAZONIA SYNOD 1: Why a Synod on Amazonia?

Indigenous bands attend Social Justice Forum - image: Colin McLean SSC

The Vatican will host a Synod on Amazonia in October 2019. In the first of a series of articles by members of the Columban Missionary Society, Fr Peter Hughes gives the background to the Synod. An Irish Columban priest from Mayo, he has spent five decades as a missionary in Latin America, based primarily in Peru. He supports Church initiatives to protect the biodiversity of life in the Amaz...

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Director of National Gallery to speak at Farm Street

Dr Gabriele Finaldi

It's only February - but already 2019 is already proving to be a special year for new Catholic art and artists in London - with exhibitions and events taking place across the capital.

This Thursday, 21st February, Dr Gabriele Finaldi, director of the National Gallery and a committed Catholic, will be giving a talk on art and faith at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, i...

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Southwark: Holy House for Our Lady of Walsingham in St George's Cathedral

The renowned Statue of Our Lady of Walsingham from the Slipper Chapel in Walsingham is presently touring all the Catholic Cathedrals of England, the Dowry of Mary in a mission of prayer for the re-evangelisation and conversion of England and her peoples.

Next week, Our Lady of Walsingham will be in St George's Cathedral in Southwark, from Thursday evening (5pm) 21 February to lunch time o...

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Ampleforth: Fr Antony Hain has died

Fr Antony Hain OSB

Fr Antony Hain OSB, Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey, died peacefully in the monastery infirmary on at Ampleforth on 12 February 2019, at the age of 66.

He was born in Ruislip in August 1952 and was educated in local schools before going to St David's University College, Lampeter. He worked as a library assistant in the London Borough of Harrow and then an assistant teacher in Twicken...

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Celebrations to mark Feast Day of St Oscar Romero

The Great Amen by Peter Bridgman

The Feast Day of Saint Oscar Romero, has been fixed, as was expected, as 24 March each year, the anniversary of his assassination in 1980.

A National Ecumenical Service for the new saint will take place at St Martin-in-the Fields in Trafalgar Square, London, on Saturday 16 March at 11am. David McLoughlin, Emeritus Professor at Newman University in Birmingham, will give the address this ye...

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Pope Francis: Look for faces not case studies

Pope Francis addressed staff of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) meeting in Rome last Thursday. He told them God appreciates their work to eradicate poverty and hunger in rural areas of the world.

Seventy-five percent of the world's poor live in rural areas of developing countries. In his address the Holy Father pointed out how paradoxical it is that "a good part...

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#FLAME 2019 coming to Wembley

Flame - the biggest-ever Catholic youth event in England and Wales is back. Nearly 8k young Catholics will be attending FLAME 2019 in Wembley SSE Arena on 2nd March.

The theme this year is: #Significance. Through drama, song and worship the Gospel scene of the road to Emmaus will be brought to life to show the significance there for our lives. Christ accompanied those down-trodden, depres...

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Power Up - Exhibition of work by Corita Kent, pop artist, activist and nun

The UK'S biggest-ever show of work by the pop artist, social activist and nun, Corita Kent, has opened at the House of Illustration, King's Cross, London. A contemporary of another Catholic artist, Andy Warhol, admired by Charles and Ray Eames, John Cage and Saul Bass, Corita's radical Pop Art brought the sublime to bear on the everyday.

Her joyful, subversive and - to some - controversia...

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Booking: NJPN Conference - Forgotten People, Forgotten Places

'Forgotten People, Forgotten Places' is the theme of the 41st Annual National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN) Conference which will take place 26-28 July 2019 in Derbyshire. NJPN reminds that Pope Francis calls us to be '… a Church which is poor and for the poor'. This means being with those on the margins as equal partners, enabling them to find their own solutions to the issues they face.<...

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US Bishops strongly oppose Trump's border wall plan

Fence near El Paso - image Columbans

President Trump announced on Friday that he will issue an order stating his intention to make use of funds previously appropriated for other purposes to fund the construction of a border wall at the US/Mexico border that Congress has refused to fund. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Bishop Joe S Vásquez ...

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Cameroon: Kidnapping at Catholic school in Kumbo

St Augustine's Sec School -image FB

There is more bad news from Cameroon and again from the town of Kumbo where ICN reported deaths through violent action by security forces. (*See link below)

A kidnapping occurred at 5am local time on Saturday 16 February at St Augustine's Secondary College, a Catholic school. Secessionist rebels supporting setting up a new state 'Ambazonia' entered the school and kidnapped at le...

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