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Christians in Kurdish controlled Syria fear for their safety

Afrin - Wiki image Bertramz

The city of Afrin in northern Syria is under attack by the Turkish military and its allies. A church in Afrin has issued a plea for protection from the international community. The Church of the Good Shepherd, one of the local churches in the Afrin, asked today for prayer for an end to the attacks on their city and urged the international community to stop the bombings and protect the citizens...

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Ireland: Dolores O'Riordan laid to rest

Hundreds of mourners gathered outside Saint Ailbe's Church, Ballybricken, Co Limerick, this morning, to hear the Funeral Mass of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan, broadcast on loudspeakers. Canon Liam McNamara, a family friend, was chief celebrant with Fr James Walton Parish Priest, Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly and Archbishop Emeritus Dermot Clifford. Dolores' mot...

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National service to mark 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr assassination

Christian Aid and the Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey will be hosting a National Service at the Abbey on 4 April, 2018 marking the 50th anniversary of Revd Dr Martin Luther King's assassination. The service, which starts at 12 noon, takes place on the same day that Dr King was killed 50 years ago.

Rediscovering Justice, the theme of the service, will focus on three areas that distin...

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Focolare launch Unity in Politics

Focolare 'Unity in Politics meeting

Wow! what a wonderful historical moment to be present as we launched the 'Movement for Unity in Politics' in the UK on January 20th at the Centre for Unity(CFU), in Welwyn Garden City. As folks from various walks of life arrived we had a great sense of hope for what we were about to kick off. We were gathering to talk about something so very important for the everyday life of every person - but...

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Poole: Anglican and Catholic Bishops bless chapel at unique RC/CofE school

Bishop Holtam with Bishop O'Toole

The Church of England Bishop of Salisbury and Roman Catholic Bishop of Plymouth have jointly blessed a chapel in a school under the joint management of both Churches. The new chapel in St Edward's RC/CofE School in Poole was blessed and open during the annual Week of Prayer for Church Unity, kept by Christians across the world. St Edward's is one of only around twenty schools under joint Roman ...

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WCC: Beyond national borders, we are one humanity

Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit

Speaking at a reception hosted by UNICEF yesterday, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveitoffered an ecumenical vision on migration, inclusion and justice. "In a situation of historical crises it is important to make decisions that show our shared human values," he said. "It is critically important to take care of human dignity in developing sustainable, ...

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Viewpoint: Pope Francis's defense of Barros may not satisfy victims, but it's the right thing to do

Austen Ivereigh writes in Crux: Pope Francis's defense of his actions over the Chilean Bishop Juan Barros on the flight from Lima will not be enough to satisfy victims there and their supporters elsewhere, but it is wholly consistent with everything he has said and done so far.

But that raises another question: Whether his stance - appointing and keeping in place a bishop accuse...

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Ireland: Thousands mourn Dolores O'Riordan - funeral to be broadcast

Dolores with Luciano Pavarotti at benefit for children of Bosnia 1995.  They sang Ave Maria - Wiki

Thousands of Cranberries fans paid their last respects to Dolores O'Riordan as she lay in state at St Joseph's Church in Limerick yesterday. For four hours, mourners passed her open coffin in the church, while Cranberries songs were softly played. A bouquet of flowers from the band carried the lyrics from the band's hit song Linger, that read: "The song has ended, but the memories linger on."

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Pope's in-flight press conference on return from Lima

Pope Francis returned to Rome today, concluding his 22nd Apostolic Journey outside Italy. During the press conference on the flight back from Lima, the Holy Father spoke about the warmth of the people of Chile and Peru and addressed the subject of his defence of a bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse, the in-flight wedding he presided over, and the liberal policies of some South American ...

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Pope leaves Peru with message of hope


An immense crowd gathered at Las Palmas Air Base, Lima, for Pope Francis' final Mass in Peru yesterday. Reflecting on the day's readimgs, the Pope said: "The Lord sets out on a journey: to Nineveh, to Galilee, to Lima, to Trujillo and Puerto Maldonado… the Lord comes here.. He sets out to enter into our individual, concrete histories."

Pope Francis said God wants "to be with us always....

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South Africa: AoS supports unpaid seafarers in Durban

Fr  Giraldo on board the stranded vessel

A group of seafarers were left in limbo in the port of Durban, South Africa, after their ship was detained following the non-payment of wages. The crew from tug/supply ship PSD2 had not been paid for up to 15 months. They also needed food and fresh water, and two crewmembers were in need of immediate medical attention. The Tanzanian-flagged vessel, which arrived in Durban on December...

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Text: Pope's address to Peruvian Bishops

On his last day in Peru, Pope Francis met with the country's bishops, in the Archbishop's Palace in Lima. He encouraged them to follow the example of their predecessor Saint Toribio, who - rather than stay in the relative comfort of the bishop's residence - spent 18 years of his 22 years as a bishops traveling around his diocese, ministering to the people..

"He knew that this was the one ...

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Pope Francis tells young people: Jesus is never discouraged with us

Pope Francis was greeted by exhuberant crowds gathered in Plaza de Armas Square, Lima for the Angelus yesterday. The official text of his address, follows:

Dear young people, I am pleased to be here with you. These meetings are very important for me, especially in this year of preparation for the Synod on young people. Your faces, your questions and your lives are important for...

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Pope advises Contemplative Sisters: Be beacons through your lives

Pope Francis visited the Contemplative Sisters at the Lord of the Miracles Shrine in Lima yesterday for Morning Prayer. *** Dear Sisters from different monasteries of contemplative life:

How good it is to be here in this Shrine of the Lord of Miracles, visited so often by Peruvians, to ask his grace so that he will show us his closeness and mercy! He is "the light that gu...

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