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Life at Sea Report: Call for closer collaboration between seafarers' stakeholders

l-r:  Fr John Lavers AoS Southampton Port Chaplain, Martin Foley AoS National Director) Fr Pat Browne, Catholic Chaplain to Parliament)

Stakeholders in the shipping industry need to work more closely with Stella Maris-Apostleship of the Sea to ensure seafarers get the right support and help when they need it the most.

"By working increasingly with partners in the industry, including ship managers, owners, P&I clubs and flag states, we believe we can serve seafarers better around the world," Stella Maris-Apostleship of th...

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Future Earth - our role in promoting sustainability

Claudine McCreadie with Ellen Teague

The following talk was given at the Christians Aware 30th anniversary conference 11-13 January 2019. The conference theme was: Future Earth? Sustainability for the environment, for farming and for healthy food? Ellen Teague is part of the Justice, Peace and Ecology Team of the Columban missionaries.

"They should have sent up poets rather than astronauts." The crew of Apollo 8 who...

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London: memorial to Jesuit Martyrs unveiled at St Giles-in-the-Fields

The unveiling of a memorial for seven Jesuit martyrs at St Giles-in-the-Fields marked a true ecumenical moment. On Sunday 20th January, friends and representatives of the Catholic community and of the wider church gathered together with members of the Anglican community at the West End parish for a choral evening prayer and the dedication by Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, parish priest of Farm Street,...

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Bishop welcomes scrapping of 'Settled Status' fee for EU Citizens in UK

EU flags outside Houses of Parliament

After Brexit, EU citizens who have lived in the UK for more than five years will have to apply for 'Settled Status' if they wish to remain here. Until today, there was a fee of £65 to apply for this status. The government has now decided to waive the fee.

Bishop Paul McAleenan has welcomed the announcement from Prime Minister Theresa May. Lead bishop for migration and asylum f...

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Cyprus: Faith leaders strive for unity and reconciliation

Dr Vasilios - image Marianne Ejdersten/WCC

The division of Cyprus since 1974 is one of the most protracted issues in the hands of the United Nations. Despite recent peace negotiations faltering, hope still exists that the impasse on the unification of the Mediterranean island will be resolved. The Church of Cyprus, a founding member of the World Council of Churches (WCC), strives for the unity of the island, together with other churches...

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CAFOD joins Pope's prayer for peace in Colombia

President Duque

Following Colombia's deadliest terrorist attack in 15 years - which caused the death of 20 police cadets in the capital, Bogotá - CAFOD says these events cannot derail the peace process and that dialogue remains vital in achieving lasting peace.

Ulrike Beck, CAFOD's Colombia Programme Officer said: "Following these horrific attacks, we are calling fo...

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East Anglia: Young pilgrims set out for WYD Panama

WYD pilgrims with Bishop Alan - image Keith Morris

A group of young people from the Diocese of East Anglia will today be joining Pope Francis and up to half-a-million other young pilgrims at World Youth Day (WYD) in Panama at the end of January (22-27). As well as a handful of young people, the East Anglia group will also include two very special members.

Fr Michael Johnstone (aged 85) from Norwich, who has attended eight previous WYDs si...

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US Bishops Urge President and lawmakers to end government shutdown

As the longest government shutdown in history continues in America - leaving hundreds of thousands of people without pay for a second month and cuts to many essential services - Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, of Houston, Texas, President of US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Bishop Joe S Vásquez, of Austin, Texas, Chairman of USCCB Committee on Migration, have issued the following joi...

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US bishops call for prayers on anniversary of Roe v Wade

US Bishops Pro-Life Committee Chairman Archbishop Joseph F Naumann of Kansas City called on the faithful "to pray for an end to the human rights abuse of abortion, and for a culture of life, where through God's grace all will come to know they are made in His Divine Image."

His statement on January 18 marks the 46th anniversary of Roe v Wade, the 1973 US Supreme Court decision legalizing ...

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Iran: Christians asked to renounce faith at court hearing

During a final appeal hearing on 15 January in Tehran, Iranian Christians Saheb Fadaie and Fatemeh Bakhteri were asked by presiding judges Hassan Babaee and Ahmad Zargar to renounce their faith, but refused to do so. They were subsequently told to expect a verdict in the appeal against their conviction on charges of 'spreading propaganda against the regime' within the next few days.

On 22...

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Poland: Calls for unity at Mayor of Gdansk's funeral

Pawel Adamowicz - image FB

Many thousands of people have paid tribute to murdered Polish mayor Pawel Adamowicz, in vigils across Poland. On Friday his body lay in state at Gdańsk's European Solidarity Centre. Banners with giant photographs of Adamowicz were hung on many buildings through the city. On Saturday, 3,500 mourners gathered inside St Mary's Basilica for his funeral while an estimated 45,000 watched the service...

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US: Catholic school faces outcry after students mock Native American veteran + petition

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A disturbing new video on Youtube yesterday shows a mob of Catholic high school students in Donald Trump 'Make America Great Again' baseball caps surrounding an elderly Native American man, Nathan Philips, chanting "build the wall," and mocking him as he peacefully drums and chants.

Many of the students came from Covington Catholic High School, an all-boys high school in Park Hills, Kentu...

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Abundant gifts, abundant life: a lifestyle to sustain the earth

Barbara and Claudine

The following reflection was given at the Christians Aware 30th anniversary conference 11-13 January 2019 in Derbyshire. The conference theme was: Future Earth? Sustainability for the environment, for farming and for healthy food?

Barbara: Claudine and I have been friends and prayer partners for over 30 years. We are very different and come from different Christi...

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