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Jesuit Missions condemn murder of priest in South Sudan

Fr Victor-Luke (centre) with Paul Chitnis (right)

Jesuit Missions has condemned the murder of one of its partners in South Sudan, Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo SJ.

Fr Victor-Luke, as he was commonly known, was killed in the early hours of 15th November 2018 when unknown assailants attacked the Daniel Comboni Jesuit Residence in Cueibet where he resided. The three other Jesuits in the community were in bed at the time of the attack and are unha...

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CAFOD joins call on Jeremy Hunt to bring about Yemen ceasefire

CAFOD along with eight other aid agencies are calling on the Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and the UK government to do more to bring the conflict in Yemen to an end. The joint letter addressed to Jeremy Hunt, calls for "an immediate end to the fighting" and for the UK Government to "use its influence to urge parties to the conflict to end violations against civilians."

The humanitarian c...

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Advent Resource - Pathways: Hope for the Journey

The Columbans in Australia have produced a resource for the Sundays of Advent 2018, called 'Pathways: Hope for the Journey'. It invites us to celebrate the liturgical seasons of Advent in the spirit of the environmental encyclical of Pope Francis Laudato Si' (LS). Jesus restores our joy and draws us forward in our ecological vocation to belong within the life-giving rhythms of Earth itself.

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Kindertransport commemoration today - video

Today marks 80 years since a delegation of community leaders went to meet with Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. They appealed to him to permit the safe passage of mostly Jewish children facing Nazi persecution in Europe to Britain. It was only because of this civil action that the Kindertransport happened, a rescue effort that went on to bring 10,000 child refugees to safety in just a few mo...

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UK will not budge as Lords debate Cameroon crisis

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As violence in the former British colony, Cameroon, escalates, the UK government has again rejected calls to give diplomatic support to the English-speaking community.

After a House of Lords debate, initiated by Lord Boateng, representatives of Britain's Cameroonian community expressed disappointment that the UK will not rally international pressure against the Francophone Cameroonian reg...

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Catholic Christmas gifts and cards

Aid to the Church in Need card

Postal deadlines are approaching fast. Many Catholic charities sell Christmas cards and presents on-line - so, if you want to avoid the crowds - the following sites have a good selection of cards and gift ideas.

They are listed below in alphabetical order.

If you would like to recommend any more sites to add to this list - please let us know.

Abbey Shop at ...

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Pope Francis: Gossip kills, God is truth

During his weekly General Audience with pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Wednesday, Pope Francis reflected on the eighth commandment: "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour."

Christians are called to be "truthful not only in our words, but in our entire way of acting towards others," he said. "Our ultimate model in this regard is Jesus himself. He is the truth in person ...

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US Bishops issue Pastoral Letter against racism

Bishop Shelton J Fabre

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved today, during its November General Assembly, the formal statement, 'Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, A Pastoral Letter Against Racism.' The full body of bishops approved it by a two-thirds majority vote of 241 to 3 with 1 abstention.

The USCCB Cultural Diversity in the Church Committee, chaired by Archbishop Gustavo Ga...

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Glasgow: Pax Christi Scotland to be launched

Pax Christi Scotland will officially launch later this month (23-25 November) with its inaugural conference at the Conforti Centre in Coatbridge, hosted and funded by the Xaverian Missionaries.

Its mission is to promote peace in the family, the school, the parish, and the wider community. The project will fall under the guiding principles of Pax Christi International (the Peace of Christ)...

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Catholic groups protest Trump plan to restrict access to migrants

Border fence

Bishop Joe S Vásquez, of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, Sister Donna Markham, OP, Phd, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, Jeanne Atkinson, Executive Director of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, and Sean Callahan, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services issued an statement reiterating tha...

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Denise Rigden RIP

Eddie and Denise

St Mildred's Church in Canterbury was packed full for a celebration of the life of a great friend of mine, Denise Rigden. And in honour of a woman who almost every day wore party dresses, fancy shoes and a flower in her hair, the invitation had been for us to dress as if coming to a wedding. Denise was a local woman, born in Whitstable in 1947, and her beloved family were there at th...

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Poland Climate Talks - Preparations for Katowice

COP24 is the informal name for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The COP meets annually, and COP24 will take place from 3-14 December 2018, in Katowice, Poland. Christian groups are preparing to lobby the talks for more serious climate action from the UK and other governments.

The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Chan...

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Washington, DC: King Abdullah II of Jordan receives 2018 Templeton Prize + video

King Abdullah with Heather Templeton Dill

His Majesty Abdullah II, King of Jordan, received the 2018 Templeton Prize last night in Washington, DC at the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Washington, widely known as Washington National Cathedral. He is renowned for his tireless work to promote peace and mutual respect both within Islam and between Islam and other religions. Templeton Foundation President Heat...

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London: Service for those who died homeless in past year + list of names

The names of more than 165 homeless people who died in London in the past year, were read at the Annual Service of Commemoration at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square last Thursday. (see full list below). The church was packed with friends, family members, homeless charity workers and volunteers.

The service began with 'The Way Home' performed by Alastair Murray, John Deacon and Ch...

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