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Reflection for the Third Sunday of Lent: Second breath, a call to take responsibility

Calling out in the desert. We all know that feeling. No one hears; no one listens. When we do get a response, we find a second breath. With that second breath, we can call again, re-engage and re-believe. We hear that Moses finds a second breath after God calls him from the burning bush. In addition, we read that the vinedresser finds a second breath and commits himself to the up-to-now barren ...

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Austrian Bishops' Conference announces divestment from fossil fuels

A recent climate protest in Graz, Austria

With climate change having a noted impact on water supplies around the world, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Chairperson of the Austrian Bishops' Conference, choose today, World Water Day, to announce that the Episcopal Conference of Austria will divest from all businesses that extract or produce fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas.

This decision includes all financial invest...

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Columban Competition: 'Facing up to Climate Change'

Anna Joy Marshall

Anna Joy Marshall (15) of St Mary's Catholic High School, Chesterfield, won the recent print competition for young journalists on 'The Challenge of Climate Change'.

Our world is incredible. Scientists say that for every disease, there is a natural cure somewhere on the planet. There are thousands of natural resources like wood, edible plants and fuels. Everyt...

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London: Vigil to remember the Christchurch terrorist attack

On a warm spring-like evening last Thursday hundreds of people congregated in Trafalgar Square to stand in solidarity with New Zealand, remembering the 50 Muslims who were murdered at prayer by a terrorist the previous Friday.

During the Peace Vigil we were welcomed by a message from the Mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel, reminding us that, "what happened last Friday will never define...

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Dowry Tour of Our Lady of Walsingham

During the course of 2018 to 2020 the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham from the Slipper Chapel at the Catholic National Shrine in Walsingham, Norfolk, is being taken to each Cathedral in England. It is for a three-day triduum of prayer, as part of preparation for the re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary in 2020.

The statue will be in the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption &...

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JRS UK: Immigration Detention reform is "long over-due"

Britain's Home Affairs Committee published a scathing report yesterday into the use of immigration detention, which "found serious problems with almost every element of the immigration detention system". Highlighting a myriad of failures by the Home Office, the Committee recommended a 28-day cumulative time limit on immigration detention, greater judicial oversight in the decision-making proces...

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Capuchin Superior assassinated in Cameroon

Fr Toussaint Zoumalde, Superior of the Capuchins in Chad and the Central African Republic, died a few days ago after being stabbed at Ngaoundere in the Francophone part of neighbouring Cameroon. He was travelling from Bouar in the Central African Republic where he had conducted a training course, back to his community in Chad.

Fr Zoumalde, who was originally from Bouar, spent the night of...

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CAFOD joins DEC appeal for Cyclone Idai victims

CAFOD has joined forces with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to help hundreds of thousands of people in Southern Africa devastated by Cyclone Idai. The cyclone swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe last weekend, killing hundreds of people and affecting an estimated 2.6 million people.

CAFOD's Director, Christine Allen, says:

"The more we see and hear of the d...

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Amazonia Synod - US Conference stresses Church commitment to indigenous people

Archbishop Auza and Cardinal Tagle with Scott Wright, Amy Echeverria and Fr Peter Hughes of Columban JPIC

Representatives of the Pan Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM) have been meeting with senior Church leaders at a US university this week, ahead of October's Synod of Bishops on Amazonia. Georgetown University in Washington DC hosted a conference 19-21 March, organised by REPAM, titled, 'Integral Ecology: A Synodal response from the Amazon Region and other Biomes and Essential Territories for th...

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Clifton: meeting to reflect on Amazonia Synod

A meeting was held at St John's parish in Bath a few weeks ago to reflect upon the Pope's encyclical, Laudato Si', in preparation for the Synod on the Amazon to be held in Rome this October. The group looked at the lives of Chico Mendes, Sister Dorothy Stang, and Adelinho Ramos, as just three people who gave their lives in recent years to protect the forests and help those who live there care f...

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London: Protest Lonmin's AGM - Justice for Marikana

Marikana victims

On August 16 2012, over 100 workers on strike for a living wage at Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana, a small town near Pretoria, were shot by the South African police, killing 34.

This was the single most lethal use of force against civilians since the massacre of students during the Soweto uprising in 1976 under the apartheid regime. Lonmin, a London-based mining corporation founded as L...

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Jean Vanier at Flame 2019

Jean Vanier

Canadian Catholic philosopher, Jean Vanier, gave an exclusive video interview for Flame 2019, the CYMFed Catholic Youth Congress held at The SSE Arena, Wembley, on 2 March 2019.

Jean shares his story here and encourages us all to find the secret of our own beauty - we are more beautiful than we dare to believe. He encourages young people to be themselves, to listen to their dreams. Al...

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Mozambique: No one heard victims' cries for help as they were swept away by floods says priest

Beira has been destroyed

A priest in Mozambique has given a graphic account of the devastating impact of the cyclone amid reports that up to 1,000 people have been killed.

Speaking in an interview with Aid to the Church in Need, Father Sandro Faedi, apostolic administrator of Tete, described how people cried for help as the flood waters came towards them.

The priest's personal testimony comes as ACN reveale...

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Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to launch Cyclone Idai Appeal

Thousands of homes have been washed away

Leading UK aid agencies will launch a joint fundraising appeal on Thursday 21 March 2019 to help people suffering in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai which has swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving behind a trail of destruction, killed hundreds of people and affected an estimated 2.6 million people.

Houses, roads and bridges have been ripped apart and agricultural land is co...

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