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Reflection from South Africa: End of an Era...

Robert Mugabe's resignation on 21 November 2017 after 37 years as President of Zimbabwe is the end of an era. It is also a relief for many - perhaps most - Zimbabweans, whose country has undergone political, economic and social turmoil for so long. For many the events of the last week or so culminating in Mugabe's peaceful deposition is a sign of hope. It will almost certainly have consequences...

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Wales: #RedWednesday at St David's

On Wednesday, parishioners of St David's in Mold, came together to pray for and reflect on the suffering and persecution of our Christian brethren around the world, as well as other abused minorities such as the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar (Burma), Jews and other faith groups. At 9.15am, Mass was offered for all those facing harassment, imprisonment, torture and death for their reli...

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London: #RedWednesday - Standing up for Faith

Bishop Angaelos, Westminster Cathedral - image: Weenson Oo

On 22 November - #RedWednesday - many churches and public buildings across the UK and around the world were floodlit in red as a sign of solidarity with people of all faiths suffering persecution. In London, Aid to the Church in Need partnered with Christian Solidarity Worldwide and others, for a day of prayer, solidarity and action. Faith leaders and campaigners boarded the 'faith & freedo...

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Birmingham: Columban Centenary Mass of Thanksgiving

Archbishop Longley

All are welcome to attend a Mass of Thanksgiving for 100 years of Columban mission this coming Saturday 25 November, 2017 in the parish church of St Catherine of Siena in Birmingham.

Today is Feast of St Columban, patron of the Missionary Society of St Columban. This is the day the Society has chosen by the Society to begin their centenary celebrations.

The Most Reverend Bernard Lo...

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London: Guided Walk in support of Churches Cold Weather Shelter

The Churches Cold Weather Shelter (C4WS) homeless project in the Mayor of Camden's charity this year. for 200 years people have arrived in the borough of Camden in London to work and to find a home. Many didn't find a true home here, but lived in casual housing or squalid overcrowding. Over the years the face of homelessness has changed many times but has anever gone away.

In this walk, o...

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China: Human rights lawyer sentenced to two years in prison

Lawyer Jiang Tianyong

Chinese human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong was sentenced to two years in prison on the charge of "inciting subversion of state power" on 21 November, however Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) believes that his conviction is on account of his human rights work. As previously reported by CSW, Jiang has spent years working to defend human rights and rule of law, including representing religious...

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HG Bishop Angaelos enthroned over new Coptic Orthodox Diocese of London

History was made on 18 November 2017, when His Grace Bishop Angaelos, who has served as General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom since 1999, was enthroned as the first Bishop of the new Coptic Orthodox Diocese of London. The Enthronement service in the Coptic Cathedral of Saint George, Hertfordshire came a week after HH Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarc...

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Pope Francis: Ideological colonization erases freedom, memory

Removing freedom, erasing memory, indoctrinating young people are the three indicators of cultural and ideological colonization throughout the ages. Those were the Pope's words as he returned to the subject of cultural and ideological colonization in his homily during morning Mass today at Casa Santa Marta.

The day's readings recounted the persecution of King Antiochus Epiphanes agains...

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Birmingham: St Chad's Cathedral floodlit in red for persecuted Christians

Image - Con McHugh

St Chads' Cathedral will be lit up in red for a week in honour of the world's persecuted Christians and for all who suffer for their peaceful beliefs. St Chad's has been floodlit red since Friday 17 November to stand up for faith and freedom. Prayers are being offered for those under persecution.

The Cathedral joins many other landmarks and places of worship around the world that are ...

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Campaigners call for cycle race to be moved from Israel due to grave human right violations

Today, more than 120 human rights organisations, trade unions, ethical tourism associations, sports and faith-based groups from over 20 countries issued an international call urging premier cycling event Giro d'Italia to move its 2018 'Big Start' from Israel due to its grave and escalating violations of international law and Palestinians' human rights.

Renowned linguist Noam Chomsky, prom...

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Three Little Pigs Ballet Fundraiser for CAFOD

Recently, Saint Christina's School in St John's Wood, north London, was visited by Judy Dixey, a Schools Ambassador for CAFOD to lead an assembly. It was based on the story of The Three Little Pigs, linking it to the devastating big wind (typhoon) in the Philippines a couple of years back. Her assembly was interactive and funny and captured the children's imagination. She explained that CAFOD...

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New National Catholic Chaplain for Prisons appointed

Fr Paul Douthwaite

At their Plenary Assembly at Hinsley Hall last week, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales appointed Fr Paul Douthwaite as National Catholic Chaplain for Prisons, in succession to Monsignor Roger Reader who will leave the post at the end of the year.

Bishop Richard Moth, liaison Bishop for Prison Ministry, writes: "A great debt of gratitude is owed to Mgr Roger R...

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Francis Campbell praises Catholic education at new school opening

Abbot Martin Shipperlee and Professor Francis Campbell during  opening ceremony at St Benedicts

Professor Francis Campbell, Vice-Chancellor of St Mary's University and former UK ambassador to the Holy See, officially opened the new St Benedict's Junior School, Ealing, this week. Praising Catholic education, he said that its ethos of care for the individual, faith formation and education of the whole person is extremely precious; "never insular", with its global reach, but an education whi...

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Book: A World Of Three Zeroes by Muhammad Yunus

Muhammad Yunus meets Pope in 2014

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus has met Pope Francis on more than one occasion. According to an observer, the two men had a melding of minds as well as hearts. They share an analysis of the ways in which our greed-based economic system has contributed to growing inequality, poverty and environmental degradation. Yet, both men also remain profoundly optimistic about our capacity t...

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