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Pope's Message for World Youth Day 2018

Pope registers for WYD 2019

The Vatican has released Pope Francis' message to young people of the world on the occasion of the 33rd World Youth Day, which will be celebrated at diocesan level on 25 March 2018, Palm Sunday, on the theme: 'Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God' (Lk 1: 30). The full message follows:

Dear young people,

World Youth Day 2018 represents another step in preparat...

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Christian students call for overhaul of education funding

The Student Christian Movement (SCM) has welcomed the review into post-18 funding announced by Teresa May on Monday. However, members have expressed concern that the review does not go far enough and have called for a radical overhaul of the tuition fees and loans systems. The current system is in need of an urgent overhaul to ensure that all students have fair access to Higher Education

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London: Safe Passage free training event

Safe Passage, linked with Citizens UK, campaigns for the legal processing and admission of unaccompanied children into the UK, following the Dubs Amendment and Dublin III agreement. They propose that as many as possible contact their MPs about this issue which has slipped off the news radar. Also, the forthcoming local elections in London are a good opportunity to find out what our local counci...

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Recruiting now: Ecumenical Accompaniers in Palestine & Israel

.The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine & Israel (EAPPI) has just opened a recruitment process for new volunteer Ecumenical Accompaniers (human rights monitors) to serve 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 a...

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Zimbabwe: Bishops appeal for better stewardship from Church leaders

The Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe recently weighed in on poor management of local parishes, Church and public institutions saying 'over trusting' leaders often leads to monopoly of ideas and resources by those in charge and at the end crumples the system.'

The Bishops Conference's pastoral letter titled Stewardship in the Service of the Church and God's People reminded Catholic institution...

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Blessed John Sullivan - homily by Fr Conor Harper SJ

B John Sullivan SJ

Fr Conor Harper SJ, gave the following homily at Farm Street Church on Sunday, on the eve of the anniversary of the death of Blessed John Sullivan SJ, who died on 19th February 1933. Bl John Sullivan was the first person to be beatified in Ireland. In another first - the ceremony was attended by Catholic and Church of Ireland leaders.

Today is the First Sunday of Lent.

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Scotland: Family- friendly retreats

If the word 'retreat' conjures up a vision of tranquillity broken only by the murmur of gentle prayers the idea of a 'family retreat' may be hard to imagine!

Craig Lodge Family House of Prayer in Argyll, Scotland is well known for offering a whole variety of retreats but bringing young families together for a retreat experience has become one of its hallmarks.

Ruth Black, who manage...

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Syria: Bishop Lang condemns killings in Ghouta

Bombed-out building

Bishop Declan Lang, Chair of the Bishops' Conference Department for International Affairs, has called the killing of civilians in Eastern Ghouta a "grievous offence to our common humanity" and criticised the international community for failing to protect innocent people over seven years of war, conflict and turmoil in Syria.

"The slaughter of civilians, including many children, in Eastern...

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Khartoum: Bishop welcomes day of prayer for South Sudan and DRC

Bishop Daniel Adwok

A Sudanese bishop has welcomed the Holy Father's call to pray and fast for peace in South Sudan and Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) tomorrow. (Friday, 23 February).

Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Adwok of Khartoum said "terror reigns" in neighbouring South Sudan. He told Aid to the Church in Need: "The war in South Sudan has created mass displacements in many parts of the land… the destruction...

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Church leaders pay tribute to Rev Billy Graham

Image: Library of Congress

Church leaders have begun paying tribute to the American evangelist Rev Billy Graham, who died on Wednesday, aged 99, at his home in Montreat, North Carolina.

In a career spanning more than 60 years, he preached to tens of millions of people either in person or via TV and satellite links. Graham was a spiritual adviser to American presidents from Harry Truman to Barack Obama. He insisted...

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Pope: Native languages are a defence against ideological dictatorship

Today is International Mother Language Day. Promoted by UNESCO, this day seeks to encourage language and cultural diversity, as well as the abilitiy to speak more than one language.

During a homily at Casa Santa Marta last November, the Pope said: The mother tongue is a bastion against ideological and cultural colonialisation. Not being able to speak one's native language is a way of eras...

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Vatican Curia Spiritual Exercises: 'Women open the Gospels to us'

St Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Fr José Tolentino Mendonça focussed of the beauty of women's faith in today's Lenten meditation, given to the Pope and Roman Curia and Casa 'Gesù Divin Maestro' in Ariccia.

This morning Fr Tolentino discussed the women throughout Luke's Gospel. "The women in the Gospel prefer to express themselves with gestures. Their faith seeks comfort through touch - tangible, emotional, disarming -...

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Syria: When the sky turned black with bombs - Sister tells of narrow escape as bombs rain down

Sr Annie Demerjian

A religious Sister in Damascus has told how she, fellow nuns and students narrowly escaped death yesterday (Tuesday, 20th February) when the sky "turned black" on one of the deadliest days of the conflict in the Syrian capital. Describing the situation at her convent in the Bab Touma district of Damascus's Old City, Sister Annie Demerjian said that a rocket landed very close by and t...

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