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Londoners? Godless?

Londoners are the most prayerful people in Britain, according to a new poll.

A survey of more than 2,000 British adults found that 38 per cent of those who live in London were likely to pray, as opposed to 15 per cent of the general British public.

The poll, commissioned by Premier Christian News, found that the Scots pray the least: only 14 per cent of those questioned said they w...

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#RedWednesday set to be official date in Church calendar

Catholics across the Philippines have received an official request from their bishops to mark #RedWednesday, after the initiative by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) received the rubber stamp to become part of the Church's calendar.

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) decided that the local Church will officially mark #RedWednesday, the Catholic charity's campaign fo...

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Catholics top polls for shortest sermons

Catholic homilies are the shortest sermons in the US, according to a computerised survey.

The average homily in a Catholic Church lasts only 14 minutes on average, compared to 39 minutes for a sermon in an Evangelical Church and 54 minutes for those in traditionally Black Protestant Churches.

Nearly 50,000 online sermons were analysed by the Pew Research Center. All were delivered ...

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Read God's Love Letter says Pope

Pope Francis has urged Catholics to read the Bible every day, and keep the Gospel to hand on our mobile phones.

Comparing the Bible to a "love letter" from God to mankind, the Pope said yesterday that Catholics should be "open" to His word, rather than going to him with rote prayers."

"To follow Jesus, mere good works are not enough; we have to listen daily to his call," Francis sa...

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Catholic actor arrested at Washington climate protest

Fr Shay Cullen with Martin Sheen

Catholic actor Martin Sheen was one of the celebrities arrested at a climate protest in Washington on 10 January organised by actress Jane Fonda. Another was 'Joker' actor Joaquin Phoenix.

Sheen, 79, who played US President Jed Bartlet in hit drama 'The West Wing', addressed the crowds, saying: "We are called to find something in our lives worth fighting for ... something that can lift up...

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South Korean peacemakers meet British peace groups

Bruce Kent with Bargn Nuri group

The Bargn Nuri community is an intentional Christian community living in South Korea. Over a period of 30 years, the community has grown to 300 members. Bargn Nuri means 'bright world'. The community live their values of 'life and peace' making sure these values direct their relationships with each other and with the land. They are also working for harmony and collaboration between North and So...

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WCC joins in solemn commemoration of Holocaust anniversary

Image: Albin Hillert/World Council of Churches

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is joining in the solemn commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp, Auschwitz.

WCC moderator Dr Agnes Abuom and general secretary Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit reflect on the role this "full revelation of the extremity of human evil" has played as a driver for the drafting and adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human...

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South African Reflection: The Pastoral Plan - It's over to us

Yesterday, 26 January 2020, the Catholic Church's new Pastoral Plan for Southern Africa Evangelising Community Serving God, Humanity and All Creation was launched at Regina Mundi Church in Soweto. With its emphasis on evangelisation that serves God, humanity and creation, it sets the Church in a new direction, rooted in the Gospel and seeking the guidance of the Spirit in what we do.

The ...

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Sycamore is recruiting a Marketing and Customer Support Manager

The Sycamore team is now recruiting for a Marketing and Customer Support Manager. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the early development of a newly formed Catholic charity. Sycamore supports evangelisation and catechesis in parishes, schools and chaplaincies in the UK and abroad. It provides video resources, support materials and leadership training, and helps build welcoming c...

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Pope calls for remembrance and prayer on Auschwitz anniversary

Pope Francis prays in St Maximilian Kolbe's cell at Auschwitz  2016 - Image: ICN/JS screen shot

Pope Francis is asking men and women of goodwill to gather in prayer and recollection on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Holy Father appealed for remembrance of the Holocaust saying that "in the face of this immense tragedy indifference is not admissible and memory is due."

Speaking to pilgrima gathered in St. Peter's Square fo...

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Care Not Killing responds to latest call for assisted suicide and euthanasia inquiry

Care Not Killing has responded to the latest call for an inquiry into assisted suicide and euthanasia made in today's Sunday Express by saying it not necessary or wanted.

Dr Gordon Macdonald, Chief Executive of Care Not Killing, commented: "The inquiry being called for is not necessary, or wanted as MPs, MSPs, Peers, Judges and other elected officials have reviewed, voted on and reviewed ...

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Pope Francis appoints new Special Secretary

Pope Francis with Fr Gonzalo Aemilius

Father Gonzalo Aemilius, a Doctor of Theology,has been chosen to be Pope's new Special Secretary. He takes the place of Fr Fabian Pedacchio, the Argentine priest who worked alongside the Pope from 2013 to 2019, and who returned last December to his post at the Congregation of Bishops. Pope Francis and the Uruguayan priest have known each other since 2006, when Cardinal Jorge Mario ...

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Text: Canon Pat Browne on The Word of God

Sieger Köder - Image St Bernard's Abbey

When I was in Primary School - a long time ago - I remember the question being asked in catechism class; "When are you late for Mass?" You wouldn't believe it but the answer then was, so long as you are in for just after the gospel you're not late! The implication being that what had happened up to then was not that important.

Nothing could be further from the truth. This was based on an ...

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Viewpoint: Beyond Brexit reflections by Lord Alton

Catholic peer, Lord Alton writes: The United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union at 11 pm, January 31, 2020.

The British people voted to end government paralysis, but Britain faces social problems that urgently need addressing. It needs to reset its relationship with its European neighbours. Ending of one union, with the EU, may be a curtain-raiser for the ending of another: th...

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