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US Cardinal in Thanksgiving Day appeal for migrants and refugees

Cardinal  DiNardo

Cardinal Daniel N DiNardo president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), offers a Thanksgiving Day message to the nation with special gratitude for the gift of immigrants and refugees.

The Cardinal said:

"As we do every year, we will pause this coming Thursday to thank God for the many blessings we enjoy in the United States. My brother bishops and I, gathered last we...

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London: Irish Chaplaincy seeks Part Time Finance Officer

The Irish Chaplaincy, based in Camden, is looking for a P/T Finance Officer (20 hours/month) at a salary of £4,581 (£34,744 pro rata). Deadline is November 30th at noon.

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Swansea: Diocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy established

In the presence of an overflowing Church of the Sacred Heart at Morriston Swansea, Bishop Tom of Menevia Diocese officially read the Canonical decree establishing the Church as a Diocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy. After reading the decree, the 1st class relics of St Faustina, St John Paul II and St Theresa of Kolcutta (Mother Theresa) were venerated. The morning began with the recitat...

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Tax avoidance by large companies is wrong say 89% of British adults

Almost nine out of 10 (89%) of British adults say tax avoidance by large companies is morally wrong even if it's legal, according to a new ComRes poll for Christian Aid. The poll is published ahead of the Budget, which is expected to include new measures against tax avoidance following further revelations made in the Paradise Papers.

The poll also found that more than four in five Britons...

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London: Women's conference on anniversary of Colombia peace deal

On the first anniversary of the historic signing of a Peace Agreement between the Colombian Government and the country's largest guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a group of Colombian women are in London urging the international community to ensure the agreement fulfils its promises to women. The Colombian peace deal is the first in the world to seri...

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CAFOD welcomes Pope Francis' visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh

Pope Francis begins his apostolic visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh next Monday, 27 November. After three days in Myanmar he will visit neighbouring Bangladesh from 30 November to 2 December. CAFOD has welcomed the visit. Chris Bain, director of CAFOD said: "The Pope's visit brings much needed hope to two countries reeling from recent events, inc...

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Sheffield: Festival of Angels at St Marie's Cathedral

St Marie's Cathedral in Sheffield will be celebrating the start of Advent by launching a special community Festival of Angels. There are more than 200 beautiful and decorative Angels inside and on the outside of the Cathedral, which was built in 1850 and features design work by the renowned Victorian architect AW Pugin.

The largest Angel in the Cathedral is the stunning Guardian Angel, do...

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ACN Philippines to join UK in holding #RedWednesday events

Aid to the Church in Need in the Philippines will join ACN (UK) in holding #RedWednesday as support for the initiative gains momentum around the world. A total of 47 cathedrals, 29 basilicas, national and diocesan shrines all over the Philippines are set to participate in #RedWednesday on 22nd November. Manila Cathedral will be taking part in #RedWednesday - as will the Basilica of t...

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Bishops of Japan and Korea: 'Peace is not based on weapons'

The Bishops of Korea and Japan have issued a joint appeal for peace in the region, at the conclusion of their joint meeting, held in Kagoshima from 14 to 16 November.

"The current situation in northeast Asia is very worrying," they said. "The countries of North Asia are looking for stability and prosperity with their military power, forming alliances with other great powers of the politic...

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US Bishop protests over tax rise for poor, large tax cuts for millionaires

Bishop Dewane

On the eve of the first World Day of the Poor, Bishop Frank J Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, expressed "great disappointment" over the House of Representatives' passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Bishop Dewane said in a statement:

"It is greatly disappointing that the US House of Represe...

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Call for conservation volunteers at Minsteracres

Does the prospect of being indoors all winter send you stir crazy? The work doesn't stop just because it's cold! Sitting as it does in 110 acres, the estate at Minsteracres in Northumberland takes some managing. Over the last few years conservation consultant Andrew Pennington and his small band of conservation volunteers (nicknamed the volcons, with a nod to Star Trek) have made quite an impac...

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Zimbabwe Church leaders: 'Between a Crisis and a Kairos'

Zimbabwe church leaders issued the following joint statement on 15 November

Luke 19:41-44

41 As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, "If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 Indeed, the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up ramparts around you and ...

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Pastoral Statement from Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference

The Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops' Conference have issued the following pastoral statement today, Sunday 19 November, entitled ; 'Reflection and Recommendations on our current situation in Zimbabwe' following the ongoing events since Wednesday 15 November 2017.

The ZCBC writes:

The Church has keenly and prayerfully followed the recent tense events in the country. The...

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Pope Francis: Homily for first World Day of the Poor

Pope Francis celebrated Mass today - the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time and the first-ever World Day of the Poor - in St Peter's Basilica. The full text of his homily on the occasion, in its official English translation follows below: We have the joy of breaking the bread of God's word, and shortly, we will have the joy of breaking and receiving the Bread of the Eucharist, fo...

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