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Religious relish chance to listen to young people at WYD @ Home

Listening Hub team

Religious from several congregations joined forces to be a presence at a large gathering of young people for a weekend festival over Pentecost at Alton Castle in Staffordshire. The youth event was entitled : 'World Youth Day @ Home.' In the words of the organisers: "Many of us were keen to respond to Pope Francis' invitation to World Youth Day in Panama this year, but for many of us from the ...

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Free E-Book for World Refugee Day - from Global Sisters Report

June 20, is the United Nation's World Refugee Day, an opportunity to commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees.

To honour the occasion, Global Sisters Report offers a free e-book containing in-depth reporting on the difficult journey of refugees and how Catholic sisters are helping along every stage. DOWNLOAD SEEKING REFUGE HERE

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Pope Francis to launch Stop Cyberbullying Day telecast

The Cybersmile Foundation in partnership with Scholas Occurrentes Foundation have announced that Pope Francis will launch a special 24-hour live telecast from the Vatican on Stop Cyberbullying Day on Friday, 21 June, - bringing together thought leaders from around the world to discuss all aspects of online civility.

130 experts from around the world including Cybersmile, UNICEF, and the U...

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US Bishops approve revised passage on death penalty for American Catechism

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has approved a revised passage on the death penalty for the US Catholic Catechism for Adults. The full body of bishops approved the revised passage by a vote of 194 to eight with three abstentions at their Spring General Assembly which took place in Baltimore, from June 11-14.

On August 2, 2018, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith r...

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DR Congo: Bishops voice concern over extreme violence, lack of government

Catholic bishops in DR Congo have expressed their concern over the presence of Islamic State in the Province of Central Africa among the armed groups and criminal gangs that perpetrate massacres, attacks, kidnappings and looting, causing great displacement of populations. In a statement at the end of the Ordinary Assembly of the Provincial Episcopal Assembly of Bukavu (ASSEPB) they said: "Thes...

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St Albans school 'Bake Off' helps fundraising total reach £50,000

We will Rock You cake

St Columba's College school pupils who have devoted years to fundraising for charity have now managed to raise over £50,000 for communities around the world.

A few weeks ago, students of St Columba's College, St Albans, held a charity Bake off which helped them raise nearly £500 - contributing to the schools' fundraising grand total of £50,000 raised for CAFOD.

Bakers from the wh...

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Jesuit Missions joining climate emergency lobby

Jesuit Missions will be joining the Climate Coalition and thousands of individuals from across the UK as they lobby their MP's outside parliament on Wednesday 26th June. Last week the UK government announced a net zero emissions target by 2050. But the time is now for government to take action and back this up with concrete plans.

Four years after Pope Francis spoke about the importance o...

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CMF marks 70 years of serving Christ in healing professions

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the Christian Medical Fellowship. Founded in June 1949, it was set up to unite Christian doctors for spiritual support and to encourage and teach medical students to think in a biblical way about the challenges of modern medicine.

New medical technologies and changing social attitudes in the second half of the 20th century created many challenges fo...

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Christian Art Today: Our Father in Heaven

Bearded Man Praying (Grace), after a photo taken by Eric Enstrom (1875-1968) Oil on canvas, Original photo taken in 1918

Gospel of 20th Jun 2019 - Matthew 6: 7-15

Jesus said to his disciples: 'In your prayers do not babble as the pagans do, for they think that by using many words they will make themselves heard. Do not be like them; your Father knows what you need before you ask him. So you should pray like this:

'Our Father in heaven,

may your name be held holy, your kingdom come, your will be ...

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Pope celebrates Mass in Camerino: 'Remember, repair, rebuild…together'

Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass in Camerino in the Italian Marches Region, reflecting on Psalm Number 8, and on the words "remembering", "hope", and "closeness". The earthquakes that struck Camerino and nearby Italian hill-towns, on August 24th and again on October 30th three years ago, left nearly 300 people dead and buildings in ruins. At a magnitude of 6.6 on the Richter Scale,...

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Traidcraft celebrate 40th anniversary

Marion Hill - Traidcraft ecraft volunteer

Traidcraft celebrate their 40 anniversary this week. Set up as a faith organisation in August 1979. It was launched in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne by Richard Adams with six members of staff. Its first catalogue was hand-drawn featuring a small selection of jute products from Bangladesh. Within two years tea, coffee and subsequently a wide range of other foods were introduced.

Today ...

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Time to tweet for a world without rape and violence #ThursdaysinBlack

Marcelo Schneider/WCC

This Thursday, 20 June at Kirchentag, the thriving Protestant church festival in Germany, #ThursdaysInBlack, the global campaign for a world without rape and violence, will take the stage during a noon presentation.

World Council of Churches (WCC) deputy general secretary Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri will share from the heart about her personal and ecumenical commitment to overcoming gender-ba...

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Italy: Prayer vigils for kidnapped missionary Fr Gigi

Fr Gigi

Prayer vigils are being held in Italy for Father Pierluigi Maccalli, (Fr Gigi), a priest of the Society for African Missions (SMA), was kidnapped in Niger on 17 September 2018.

Saturday, June 15 was the 34th anniversary of Fr Gigi's ordination in the parish of Madignano. Among the initiatives organised to keep his memory alive and the hope of his release, the diocese of Crema organised a...

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Galloway: Eleven parishioners receive CPMM Awards

Bishop Nolan with the group

Eleven parishioners of St Mary's Deanery in North Ayrshire received their Certificate in Parish Mission & Ministry (CPMM) - the first to do so in Galloway Diocese. The certificates were presented by Bishop William Nolan on Tuesday, 11 June at St Mary's Church, Saltcoats.

The course, run by The Maryvale Institute, was arranged in conjunction with the Diocese of Galloway following an i...

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