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Columbia: Christian Aid urges new President to implement 2016 peace agreement

President Duque

Christian Aid has called on the newly-elected President of Colombia to implement the peace agreement signed in 2016, amid concerns that changes may be made.

Colombia elected Ivan Duque from far-right wing party, Centro Democratico, as its new President, after going to the polls on Sunday, 17th June. Mr Duque pledged to make substantial adjustments to the peace agreement between the govern...

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US Bishops condemn separation of migrant children from parents

As harrowing pictures emerge from detention centres on the US-Mexican border, showing children as young as four, locked in cages. Catholic Church leaders across America have repeated their condemnation of the government's policy of separating migrant children from their parents.

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo told the Spring General Assembly meeting in Fort Lauderdale on 14 June: "At its core, ...

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Pope warns against destructive power of slander

If you want to destroy institutions or people, you start by speaking ill of them - Pope Francis said in his homily, during morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta.

Pope Francis exhorted Christians to watch out for "slanderous communication."

In the day's reading, from First Book of Kings, Jezebel, the cruel wife of King Ahab of Samaria, uses slander and falsehood to have Naboth killed, ...

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US Catholic Institutions declare 'we are still in' Paris Climate Agreement

Nearly 600 US Catholic institutions - including dioceses, communities of men and women religious, health care systems, universities, as well as parishes and schools - signed the Catholic Climate Declaration that affirms the Paris Agreement and supports actions to meet its goals.

The Declaration responds to President Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the Agreement, is in solidarity ...

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Ireland: Pope appoints new Bishop of Meath

Bishop-elect Thomas Deenihan

Pope Francis has appointed Canon Thomas Deenihan (a priest of the Diocese of Cork & Ross) as the new Bishop of Meath. This news of the appointment was made public at noon on Monday in the Vatican. Bishop-elect Tom Deenihan was born in the parish of Blackpool in Cork city on 20 June 1967. He attended the North Monastery Christian Brothers Schoo...

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Ireland: Nano Nagle 300th anniversary celebrations

Bishop William Crean of Cloyne was the chief con-celebrant of a special Mass at Nano Nagle Birthplace at Ballygriffin, near Mallow, Co Cork to mark the tercentenary of the birth of Nano Nagle there. Nano Nagle was the founder of the Presentation Sisters who have spread to all continents of the world. Speaking during the Mass, Sr Mary Deane, Congregational Leader of the Presentation S...

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Charismatic Day of Prayer and Praise at Turvey Abbey

There will be a Charismatic Day of Prayer and Praise at the Monastery of Christ Our Saviour, (Turvey Abbey) MK43 8DH on Saturday June 23rd from 10am to 4pm. Entitled: The Power of our Baptism in Christ, the day will include talks, praise and worship and prayer ministry. Mass will be celebrated by Brother John.

Suggested donation £10 (for the monks) pay on ...

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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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