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Bishop asks for prayers for Alfie Evans after court upholds travel ban

The Bishop of Carpi, who is coordinating between the family of Alfie Evans and the Vatican Children's Hospital that has offered to care for the terminally ill child, has asked for prayers following a British Supreme Court ruling that upholds a previous ban on allowing the boy to be transferred to Italy. Britain's Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a mother and father w...

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Holy Land: Last-ditch effort to save school threatened with demolition

ICN has received an urgent appeal for help to save a school on the West Bank supported by the Comboni Sisters, which is being threatened with demolition by the Israeli Authorities. Next Wednesday, April 25, the Israeli High Court will hear the final appeal of the Palestinian Bedouin community of Al Khan al Ahmar. If the appeal is rejected, the sc...

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Catholic Bishops of England and Wales statement on gender

The following statement was drawn up up by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales during their first bi-annual plenary meetings of 2018 at Hinsley Hall in the Diocese of Leeds from 16 - 19 April 2018.

Today there is intense public debate about gender. It highlights not only the suffering and discomfort of some, but also raises profound questions about human nature, how we unde...

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Notre Dame win London Catholic Cup

Victorious Notre Dame team

Undergraduates from the University of Notre Dame (London), won the London Catholic Cup on Tuesday 17 April, after a fiercely fought basketball match against their peers from St Mary's University.

This is the fourth contest between the two institutions (and the first win for Team Notre Dame). Their termly sporting event brings the university students t...

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Bishop Lang welcomes worldwide decline of death sentences and executions

Bishop Declan Lang

Bishop Declan Lang, the lead Bishop for international affairs has welcomed the decline of the death penalty across the world and called on Catholics to help "make this the generation that ends capital punishment for good."

Statistics released last week show that the number of recorded death sentences and executions fell in 2017, while the total number of countries to abolish the death pen...

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Pakistan: Archbishop appeals for prayers after yet another attack on Christians

A leading Pakistan bishop has appealed for prayer after Christians in Quetta suffered their third attack in five months. Two Christian men - named as Rashid Khalid and Azhar Iqbal - and three others were injured after four attackers on motorbikes started shooting at people near a church in Quetta's Essa Nagri Christian neighbourhood. The attack, last Sunday (15th April), came nearl...

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JRS: Windrush crisis demands conversion of heart and radically different approach

In the wake of the crisis engulfing the government over its treatment of Windrush-era citizens, the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK (JRS UK) has called on the government to make a radical change in their approach to migration, saying the cruelty of the hostile environment agenda demonstrates the need for deep reflection on the inhumane and unethical assumptions that underscore it.

The st...

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Pope Francis: Evangelisation is not theoretical

During Mass at Casa Santa Marta this morning, Pope Francis uses the account of Philip's evangelizing activity in Acts 8:26-40 to explain evangelization using three key words: "Get up", "draw near", and "start with an actual situation". Pope Francis reminded those present that every Christian has an obligation and a mission to accomplish: evangelization. "Get up." "Draw near", and "st...

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Could you be an Ecumenical Accompanier?

.The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine & Israel (EAPPI) is recruiting new volunteers to serve as Ecumenical Accompaniers (human rights monitors) in the West Bank in 2019.

The EAPPI provides protection by presence, monitors human rights abuses, supports Israeli and Palestinian peace activists and advocates for an end to the occupation.

Expenses are covered and living al...

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St Benedict's cricketers tour Sri Lanka

St Benedict's U14 and U15 cricket teams based in Ealing, west London, embarked on an exciting tour to Sri Lanka in April. As well as some great cricket played against outstanding teams, the itinerary included unforgettable excursions and an introduction to Sri Lankan culture.

The tour consisted of seven fixtures against Sri Lankan school teams. The most memorable of these was played at th...

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London: Play2Remember joined by Grenfell team

LP2R 2018 tournament champions, Team Sudan, led by captain Karim Suleiman, far right, back row. Photo: Katie Garner

On Sunday, April 15th 2018, Sudanese, Rwandans, and other survivors of genocide and mass violence gathered at White City Tiger Turf for London Play2Remember, our annual five-a-side 'Survivor' football tournament to commemorate the dead and honour the living. For the third year in a row Waging Peace, along with Eric Murangwa of Football for Hope, Peace and Unity (FHPU) brought individ...

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Monet and Architecture at the National Gallery

The latest not-to-be missed exhibition at The National Gallery is a glorious melee of seventy eight works by Monet. Depicting the artist's use of architecture as a medium it moves through seven rooms of paintings of increasing stature, revelling in what he describes as "the beauty of light in which they exist" covering 1867 -1908. Monet was one of the founders of Impressionism, a movement that ...

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Bishop welcomes UK government's apology to Windrush generation

Bishop Paul McAleenan

Bishop Paul McAleenan, Chair of the Office for Migration Policy, has welcomed the UK government's apology for challenging the residency status of undocumented members of the so-called Windrush generation - people who came to the UK from the West Indies in the 1950s and 60s. Some 50,000 people were at risk of deportation - including children who, at the time, had travelled on a parent...

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