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Boston Cardinal reaffirms Pope Francis' commitment to abuse victims

In a statement today, Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley Archbishop of Boston, said: "Pope Francis fully recognises the egrarious failures of the Church and its clergy who abused children. He said: "It is understandable that Pope Francis' statements yesterday in Santiago, Chile were a source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse by clergy or any other perpetrator. Words ...

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 21 January 2018

In the North nave aisle of Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford is a wonderful window dated 1631, called Jonah surveying Nineveh. It was done by Abraham Van Linge, a Flemish artist working in England in the 17th century and is a composition of stained glass, the figure of Jonah, and painted glass everything else. Visitors are fascinated by its subject matter and composition; there is Jonah under h...

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018

The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity starts today. This year's resources were developed by churches in the Caribbean, on the theme of 'victory over oppression, 'that all may be free' from Exodus 15

The daily material raise some of the contemporary issues addressed by the churches of the Caribbean. They write: "Abuses of human rights are found across the region and we are challeng...

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Pope Francis: Mary is with us always and knows all our troubles

Mary is always with us, in every moment of our daily lives, and she also is well aware of what burdens our hearts. Pope Francis stressed this during the huge outdoor Mass he presided over in Iquique yesterday, his last major event in Chile before heading off to Peru.

Recalling the day's Gospel according to St John, which tells of the Wedding at Cana, the Pope went on to say how Jesus work...

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WCC says future of Jerusalem must be a shared one

World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit addressed the status of Jerusalem at the international "World Conference in Support of Jerusalem" on 17-18 January in Cairo, Egypt, organized by the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh al-Tayyib, under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. In his address, Tveit stressed in particular how "The future of Jerusalem...

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Cardinal Hume Centre seeks Chief Executive Officer

Cardinal Hume Centre - Chief Executive Officer - Salary: Competitive We are a London based charity with over 30 years of experience of working with some of society's most vulnerable people helping them access the support and develop the skills they need to overcome poverty and homelessness. Despite the challenging times within the sector, and society in general, the ...

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DR Congo security forces accused of killings in more than 130 Church attacks

Injured parish priest: Fr Jean Nkongolo

Army and police in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) stand accused of killing at least four people and injuring several others in attacks on more than 130 churches around the country. In the latest incident last Friday (12th January), two people were injured when security forces reportedly fired tear gas at Kinshasa Cathedral after a Mass for lay people killed by military and police. ...

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Places at Oxford weekend on 'Sharing Gospel Joy'

Catholic People's Weeks (CPW) still have a few places available on their weekend 'Sharing Gospel Joy' to be held 16-18 February, at Boar's Hill Priory in Oxford. It will be run by a team from the Columban Missionary Society, in collaboration with CPW.

'Sharing Gospel Joy' is the theme of the centenary of the Columban Missionary Society, being celebrated this year. In the Pontificate of Po...

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Secondary teachers: Have your students entered the Columban Young Journalists Competition?

Are you a secondary teacher or parent of a 15-18 year-old? There are three weeks to go to the deadline of submissions for the Columban Young Journalists Competition on 8 February.

The Missionary Society of St Columban is inviting young people to enter a journalism competition marking their centenary.

Students aged 15-18, who are budding journalists, are asked to write an article or ...

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London: Great British Welcome exhibition shows refugee-hosting as 'win-win'

Charles and Catherine have been hosting Hussein, 19, from Ethiopia, since October 2016. Hussein said he had an extremely difficult journey fleeing his home, but hopes to move forward with his life in the UK. © UNHCR/Aubrey Wade

Photos by Aubrey Wade, backed by UNHCR, highlight how Britons are offering rooms to refugees, and both parties can benefit; collection on display at St Martin-the-Fields till March.

Great British Welcome, a series of photographs and texts portraying refugees and their hosts at home in Britain, will be on display at St Martin-the-Fields in Trafalgar Sqaure, London, until mid March. <...

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Chile: Pope Francis conducts in-flight marriage ceremony

History was made on Thursday, when Pope Francis performing a wedding ceremony for two flight attendants on his LATAM airways flight from Santiago to the city of Iquique in northern Chile.

Paula Podest Ruiz, and Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriga, said they had got married in a civil service but had been unable to have a wedding ceremony in their parish church Santiago, because it was damaged in an...

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Chile: Pope shares 'golden rule' with young people - Ask 'what would Jesus do?'

Pope Francis encouraged young people to use a simple test before acting: "What would Jesus do?" Speaking to a youth gathering yesterday at the Shrine of Maipú in Santiago, Pope Francis said the question, 'What would Christ do in my place?' was the 'golden rule' used by Saint Alberto Hurtado.

One of the young people, Ariel Rojas, welcomed the Holy Father when he arrived, saying: "You have...

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YCW launches consultation on young people and mental health

Young people across England and Wales are being asked their thoughts about the current state of mental health in our country.

The Young Christian Workers - a Catholic charity based in England and Wales - have said that an overwhelming amount of their membership have expressed their deep concerns about the current help available to young people with mental health problems, as well as the s...

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Holy Land: Bishops meet bereaved Palestinian and Israeli parents

Meeting bereaved parents

In this film, Bishop Oscar Cantú from the Diocese of La Cruces, USA, talks about the meeting of bishops from around the world with representatives of the Parents Circle. Parents Circle - Families Forum (PCFF) is a grassroots organisation of bereaved Palestinians and Israelis. It promotes reconciliation as an alternative to hatred and revenge. The text follows: Greetings from the Ho...

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