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Pope: During Lent, turn off TV, smartphones, open Bible

During his General Audience with pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis said "Lent," Pope Francis is a time in which to turn off the television and open the Bible."

During his catechesis the Pope reflected on the 40 days spent by Jesus in the desert as He prepared for His public ministry and said that, in a sense, it is a time for us to imitate Jesus and seek a place...

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Climate campaigners launch 40-day Multifaith Lenten Vigil

Prayer vigil at Westminster Abbey

Christian Climate Action (CCA) and Extinction Rebellion Faith Communities have joined forces to hold a Lenten vigil in central London and initiate 40 Days of Action, where people are invited to commit to one action during Lent to protect Planet Earth. The launch took place on Ash Wednesday, with services outside Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, and then participants moved to Parlia...

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Coventry: Pax Christi hold Ash Wednesday prayer vigil

Ecce Homo - Wiki image

Pax Christi members in Coventry held their first Ash Wednesday Prayer Vigil, in solidarity with those in London, Liverpool and Faslane.

We carried with us a Lampedusa Cross as sign of hope, solidarity and love for all those who suffer the effects of war. We each carried two small, olive wood crosses from Bethlehem, one we later laid on the altar of the Ruins and one we continue to carry f...

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Watch: Reflection from Cardinal Nichols for beginning of Lent

The Incredulity of St Thomas

For the beginning of Lent, Cardinal Vincent Nichols offers reflections on this painting in the National Gallery by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano titled 'The Incredulity of Saint Thomas'. It was commissioned in 1497 for the altar in the Church of San Francesco in northern Venice.

During Lent we walk a path of reflection and preparation for 40 days before celebrati...

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Millions worldwide watch launch of Thy Kingdom Come 2020

l-r: Teresa Carvalho, Archbishop Justin Welby and Pete Greig introduce Thy Kingdom Come 2020

Church leaders and representatives from many denominations and church organisations gathered on Tuesday for the international launch of Thy Kingdom Come 2020 at Lambeth Palace - exactly four years to the day it was first launched.

Christians from around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Netherlands, Thailand, Mauritius, South Sudan, America and Canada also tuned in...

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Bishop Nicholas Hudson at Lambeth Palace Thy Kingdom Come 2020 event

Bishop Nicholas Hudson

On Wednesday, 25th February 2020, Bishop Nicholas Hudson delivered the following address at Lambeth Palace during a pre-launch event for Thy Kingdom Come 2020, an annual ecumenical and global prayer movement which takes place for 11 days from Ascension to Pentecost. In his reflection, Bishop Nicholas focused on John 20:19-31, a scripture passage which includes Jesus appearing to his discip...

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Asia Bibi: My faith has saved me

Asia Bibi © Aid to the Church in Need

Asia Bibi has given a landmark interview saying that her faith in Christ was what got her through her long ordeal behind bars.

In an interview today (Wednesday, 26 February) with Aid to the Church in Need, the Christian woman from Pakistan, sensationally acquitted last year, gave a powerful account of how her faith helped her through her darkest hours.

Asia Bibi, who was on death ro...

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Today's Gospel in Art - Ash Wednesday: remember that you are dust

Still Life with Skull and Writing Quill, by Pieter Claesz1628, © Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Gospel of 26th February 2020 - Matthew 6:1-6,16-18 Jesus said to his disciples: 'Be careful not to parade your good deeds before men to attract their notice; by doing this you will lose all reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give alms, do not have it trumpeted before you; this is what the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win men's adm...

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North West Justice and Peace Bulletin for March 2020

As violence escalates in the Central African country of Cameroon the NW NJPN E Bulletin for March 2020 leads with a call for urgent peace talks. Opinion pieces highlight the mixed reception of Querida Amazonia, Pope Francis' response to the Amazonian Synod. Many feel the opportunity to relax the celibacy rule to allow married priests and women deacons has been lost.

The new initiative on ...

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Jesuits in Britain divest from fossil fuels

Coal Powered Power stations in Poland

The Jesuits in Britain have announced they are divesting from companies whose major income is from the extraction of fossil fuels - the largest Catholic religious order in the UK so far to join the global divestment movement. The Jesuits in Britain have equity investments of about £400 million used to finance works and projects here in Britain and around the world. The assets are under the man...

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China: Wuhan's International Catholic Community

Some of Wuhan's international community

This is the fifth exclusive ICN report from a Catholic - who lives in Wuhan and prefers to remain anonymous - giving a first-hand account of the situation in the city at the centre of the coronovirus infection.

Thirteen years ago in Wuhan, three overseas university students arrived at Holy Family Church to ask Fr Joachim Shu if he would celebrate English Mass for them on Christma...

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Ireland: #LivingLent to bring us closer to God

Archbishop Eamon Martin

Ahead of Ash Wednesday tomorrow, Archbishop Eamon Martin has launched the #LivingLent initiative on Twitter and Instagram. #LivingLent invites the faithful to use social media to grow closer to God during this sacred season.

Archbishop Eamon said: "As we prepare for Easter over the next 40 days, our spiritual conversion can be nourished by daily actions, thoughts, prayers and words. Durin...

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Wimbledon parish hold massive fundraiser for Syria

Quizzers from Christ the King parish in Wimbledon Park held a charity quiz and bake sale for the local community to fundraise for CAFOD's Syria crisis appeal.

The quiz night, which included live music, food, and a raffle, was a great success and was followed the next day with a bake-tastic cake sale, which included a vast array of homemade cakes and treats.

The quiz night and the ca...

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Iraq: ACN helps rebuild flattened Christian village

Church tower emerges from rubble

A massive programme has just received the go ahead to help revive a Christian village in Iraq, which was almost completely razed to the ground after being seized by Daesh (ISIS).

The plan for Batnaya devised by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) will involve restoring the Chaldean Catholic village's parish church, repairing the nearby chapel, parish hall, library and parish ...

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