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Campaigners protest against arms conference in Church House

Peace campaigners are planning to demonstrate outside Church House, Westminster tomorrow morning,Tuesday 19 June, as the building is once again hosting a military-related conference organised by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and sponsored by some of the world's largest arms producing companies.

Church House is the main administrative building of the Church of England.

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From Bristol to Poland with love

Fr Henry with Bristol visitors at Nysa retreat centre

More than 50 parishioners from St Patrick's Church, Redfield, Bristol, enjoyed a five-day visit to Poland to meet up with a priest who is a regular annual visitor to their parish last week. Fr Henry Kaluza, a Divine Word Missionary, celebrated his Ruby Jubilee with an invitation to Fr Gregory Grant to join him in festivities in his Polish parish. Fr Henry first came to St Patrick's at the invit...

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Pope makes Angelus appeal for Yemen, refugees

After praying the Angelus on Sunday with thousands gathered in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis appealed for the people of Yemen and for refugees.

The Holy Father said: "I am following the dramatic circumstances of the people of Yemen"... "I urge the international community to do everything possible to bring all the parties involved to the nego...

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Ireland: 'Lay people are the new evangelists'

Bishop Leo O'Reilly

Bishop Leo O'Reilly told the Kilmore diocesan pilgrimage to the Shrine of Knock yesterday: "The Church of today is, I hope, getting closer to being the kind of Church Jesus wants us to be … a humbler Church, but to still be a hospitable one..., One of the great things that gives me hope since the referendum, is the army of people, young and old, who campaigned to retain the Eighth Amendment ..

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Ecumenical Patriarch praises 'common pilgrimage' of WCC

Representatives of churches worldwide gathered at Geneva's St Pierre Cathedral today (17 June) for a service of celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), at which His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew urged continued efforts for unity, justice and peace. "We celebrate a long common pilgrimage on the path to unity, Christian witness, ...

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New Chancellor installed at Leeds Trinity University

Yorkshire-born actor, award-winning playwright and Creative Director Deborah McAndrew has been installed as the Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University.

The Installation Ceremony in the University's Chapel on Friday 15 June brought together family, friends, staff and students, along with representatives from the University and across the region including Deputy Lieutenant Ed Anderson, Repr...

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Share the Journey - global week of action for refugees

A global week of action for refugees began today, 17 June. There will be parish and diocesan events, talks, workshops and fundraising activities.

Pope Francis said: "Hope is the force that drives the hearts of those who depart… and it is also the impulse in the heart of those who welcome: the desire to encounter, to get to know each other, to dialog...

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DR Congo: Order offers haven for disabled children

Children with physical disabilities, mental illness or learning difficulties in DR Congo are rejected by family and excluded by society. There is no network of public facilities for them. However, one particular order - Guanelliani Fathers (Servants of Charity) are dedicated to caring for them.

Brother Franco Lain said: "Care for disabled children is an important part of our charism." It ...

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Pope: Christians must respond to cry of the poor

Pope Francis says Christians are urgently called to manifest their faith by giving "a sign of neighbourliness and relief in the face of the many forms of poverty" that afflict our world, and at the same time honour them "who are the real presence of Jesus in our midst".

''We are so entrapped in a culture which obliges us to look in the mirror and to pamper ourselves that we believe th...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - June 17th 2018

Tapestry by Dom Robert of Encalcat

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

* So we are always courageous, although we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight". (2Cor 5:6-7)

It's odd what we react to in the news! Sometimes it is the great tragedies like Grenfell Tower that sear themselves into our minds. I can never pass the shrouded tower when I come into Lond...

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Iraq: Chaldean Patriarch attends Eid meal

Patriarch Louis Sako I

On Thursday evening, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako attended a special dinner at the Chaldean church of Mar Korkis, in Baghdad, to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the holy month of Muslims. Christians, Muslims, Mandaeans and Sabeans, together with local authorities and the Ambassador of the State of Palestine in Baghdad, shared the iftar meal.

The Patriarch sent Eid greetings on beh...

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Keeping hope alive in Calais

A Care4Calais volunteer writes: Today I asked one of the young men from Eritrea how people keep going, how they were still so hopeful, given the troubled lives they lead. I wondered out loud if their faith and religion was a big part of it. He answered yes, but that community was a big part of their culture as well. Intrigued, I asked more questions, and the answers blew me away. ...

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Faith leaders' invitation to join Season of Creation

Ahead of the Season of Creation, faith leaders have issued the following letter today:

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, "But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of t...

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Pope: We should never fear trying to learn more

Vatican Observatory

Pope Francis on Thursday addressed participants in the Vatican Observatory Summer School in Astrophysics, which this year is studying 'Stellar Variability in the Era of Large Surveys'.

"To know the universe, at least in part; to know what we know and what we don't know, and how we can go about learning more; this is the task of the scientist," Pope Francis said. "Whether as scientists or ...

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