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Pope Francis: Popular movements 'a source of moral energy'

Pope Francis has written the preface to a new book: 'The Emergence of Popular Movements: Rerum Novarum of our time' which compiles five years of research into thousands of new movements and associations, which he says act as "a lever for profound social transformation."

Published in Spanish by the Vatican Publishing House (LEV) and prepared by the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, ...

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Puerto Rico: Police investigate death of Polish missionary

The Congregation of the Mission of Puerto Rico and the Vincentian Family of Puerto Rico are mourning the death in hospital yesterday (18 August) of Polish missionary Fr Stanislaw Szczepanik, CM, in Ponce. According to preliminary information, Fr Stanislaw had an accident as he was cycling on his way to celebrate Mass two days earlier. He suffered a head injury. Police are investigating what hap...

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Today's Gospel in Art - It's easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle

You want me to do What? Part of the Pastor Shep Series by Susan Mattison, © Pastor Shep by Susan Mattinson

Gospel of 20th August 2019 - Matthew 19: 23-30

Jesus said to his disciples, 'I tell you solemnly, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Yes, I tell you again, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.' When the disciples heard this they were astonished. 'Who can be saved, then?' they said. Jesu...

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Petition: Let children in Cameroon go to school

Friends of Cameroon started this petition to the Cameroon government; armed separatist groups; UNSC; AU Peace and Security Council.

In Cameroon, Africa, 600,000 children have been unable to attend school for three years. A violent conflict in Cameroon's Anglophone regions has pitted government security forces against armed separatist militias. Militias have banned schooling and ...

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Cathedral architects condemn plan to demolish Richmond House

Richmond House at Whitehall - image Country Life

The chair of the Cathedral Architects Association Jane Kennedy, and 13 of its members, have signed a letter to The Times urging parliament to consider alternatives to the "needlessly destructive" plans to demolish Richmond House for a temporary MP's chamber.

Richmond House's architect, Sir William Whitfield (1920 - 2019) was a leading cathedral architect, appointed Surveyor to St Paul's a...

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Commemorations to mark 400th anniversary of US slave trade

The American Pax Christi Anti-Racism team is joining members of the Episcopal Church on 25 August to participate in a Healing Day of National Bell Ringing to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first slaves from Africa.

Organisers are inviting Catholics to contact their parishes asking them to toll their church bells at 3pm this Sunday, to commemorate this tragic event and to...

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Hong Kong: Hope in the desert - Salesian reflection

Several hundred Catholics took part in yesterday's big demonstration at Victoria Park, Hong Kong, which brought together more than 1.7 million people. Before the big gathering, they participated in a prayer meeting where, after some biblical readings and songs, Salesian Fr Carlos Cheung, Salesian from Hong Kong gave the following reflection:

As we are reminded by today's scriptu...

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Philippines: The attempted abduction of Jemma

It's a case of child abuse and human trafficking that has caught much media attention. It is being held in the court of Honourable Judge Maria Angelica T Paras-Quiambao, Regional Trial Court Branch 59, Angeles City, a judge of known integrity. It concerns a US national, John R. He is accused of sexually abusing two young girls, call them Sybil and Jemma (not their real names).The younger Jemma ...

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Pope Francis: The fire of God's love is limitless

During the Angelus with pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Sunday, Pope Francis commented on the day's Gospel (Luke 12.49-53), in which Jesus speaks of the "fire" which he came to throw on the earth. The Pope explained that "the fire" that Jesus came to ignite, pushed disciples "to abandon every attitude of laziness, apathy, indifference." Christianity has spread "overcoming every division betw...

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Today's Gospel in Art - Go and sell what you own and follow me

Christ and the Rich Young Man, by Heinrich Hofmann, 1889, at Riverside Church, New York

Gospel of 19th August 2019 - Matthew 19: 16-22

There was a man who came to Jesus and asked, 'Master, what good deed must I do to possess eternal life?' Jesus said to him, 'Why do you ask me about what is good? There is one alone who is good. But if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.' He said, 'Which?' 'These:' Jesus replied 'You must not kill. You must not commit adultery...

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Contemplating the Holy Spirit in music

Ahead of the world premiere of his Symphony No.5: 'Le grand Inconnu' (The Great Unknown), Sir James McMillan and Cardinal Vincent Nichols contemplate the mystery of the Holy Spirit and the exploration of representations of the Holy Spirit in music in this recorded interview. Symphony No. 5: Le grand Inconnu, a new choral symphony commissioned by the Genesis Foundation, was performed ...

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Bishops renew commitment to environment

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have renewed their commitment to care for creation. In a written statement, they call for the development of a "Christian spirituality of ecology" which begins in "personal" and "family life".

Outlining the depths of the ecological crisis we are facing and the Catholic response, they also invite the Catholic community in England and Wales to take ...

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Pope Francis hospital ship arrives in Brazil

The Pope Francis Hospital Ship has arrived in the Archdiocese of Belem in Brazil, and is set to begin work in areas of the Amazon region which are accessible only by river.

At a ceremony for the launch of the vessel yesterday, a letter from Pope Francis was read, in which the Holy Father expresses the "great satisfaction" with which he joins those taking part "in this moment of joyful tha...

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France re-consecrated to Our Lady on Feast of Assumption

Rose Window

On the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, Pope Francis sent a message to the Archbishop Michel Aupetit and the faithful of the Archdiocese of Paris, inviting them to be "builders of a new humanity rooted in Jesus Christ".

Exactly four months after the fire that devastated Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris - the Archdiocese of the French capital held the traditional procession of the Blessed...

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