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Gospel in Art: Feast of Saint Andrew

Illuminated Manuscript - the Calling of Peter and Andrew, by Master of the Brussels Initials. ©The John Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Gospel of 30 November 2023 Matthew 4:18-22 As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew; they were making a cast in the lake with their net, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, 'Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.' And they left their nets at once and followed him. Going on from there he saw another pair of... Read More

Pope appeals for Gaza truce to continue

London peace vigil  Image: ICN/JS

Pope Francis has appealed for an extension of the truce between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, saying that "war is always a defeat" for everyone except arms manufacturers. Speaking at the end of his General Audience on Wednesday he said: "I hope that the truce underway in Gaza will continue, so that all the hostages might be freed, and the necessary humanitarian aid might be able to enter." "May we pl... Read More

Environment Bishop: 'There is no option but for COP28 to succeed'

Bishop John Arnold

As the COP28 climate summit begins today, the Lead Bishop for Environmental Issues, Bishop John Arnold, has reiterated his call for the nations of the world to act: "Whilst the extreme heat of last summer may be a distant memory for many of us, huge numbers of people around the world have had their lives devastated by climate disasters in the last year or so. Given that the impacts of climate chan... Read More

Columban message on COP28: We cannot give up!

Fr Tim Mulroy

As the United Nations' COP28 on climate change opens in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (30 November - 12 December), Columban missionaries express our solidarity with people who bear the heaviest burden of climate change and with the earth itself. Columban Vicar General, Fr Brian Vale, says: "God has not given up on reminding us of the urgency of respecting creation and so we are urged to do more. Pop... Read More

Viewpoint: Climate Crisis - The public needs to react

In 1962, when I was 29, I was very concerned about the Cuban Missile Crisis. The US and Soviet Union were, it seemed, on the brink of starting a nuclear war. Luckily, neither President Kennedy or Nikita Khrushchev thought war was either necessary or winnable, and with some help from Pope John XXIII peace prevailed. Now, 61 years later, we are faced with another catastrophic threat: the destruction... Read More

Parliamentarians show support for Ukraine

A cross party group of MPs and peers visited the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in London this week, to see firsthand the support being provided to people displaced by the war in Ukraine. The visit was organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Holy See with the support of the Catholic Union. The group of twelve parliamentarians visited the Cathedral near Bond Street in London on ... Read More

Catholic schools save £500,000 by going green

Seventy Catholic primaries and secondaries in the Archdioceses of Birmingham and Westminster have saved over £500,000 - enough to employ 30 teaching assistants - by clubbing together to commission reviews of how their premises use energy. Known as Heat Decarbonisation Plans (HDPs), these detailed assessments, commissioned by the Archdioceses' education services, revealed that upgrading building... Read More

Pakistan: Muslim and Christian leaders denounce extremism together

Faith leaders meeting in Lahore, Pakistan © ACN

Muslim leaders in Pakistan are increasingly speaking out against radicalism and promoting interfaith dialogue with Christians, according to an archbishop. The voices of influential Muslim leaders and scholars "have become very important" in defusing religious tensions following a wave of anti-Christian riots in Jaranwala, Punjab Province, Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw of Lahore told Aid to the... Read More

Bethlehem youth worker arrested by Israeli army

Anas leading a youth group.

In April, ICN reported from the Pimlico parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land, led by (then) Deacon Patrick van der Vorst (who writes the daily Gospel in Art. He was ordained priest soon afterwards on 24 June) While they were staying in Bethlehem, some of the pilgrims visited the Aida refugee camp, just outside the town, bringing children's clothes, coloured pencils and art materials for youngsters a... Read More

Gospel in Art: Your endurance will win you your lives

The Day Before War Broke Out (A Football Match, 1939), by Paul Smith, Painted in 2006,  © National Football Museum, Manchester

Gospel of 29 November 2023 Luke 21:12-19 Jesus said to his disciples: 'Men will seize you and persecute you; they will hand you over to the synagogues and to imprisonment, and bring you before kings and governors because of my name - and that will be your opportunity to bear witness. Keep this carefully in mind: you are not to prepare your defence, because I myself shall give you an eloquence and ... Read More

Middle East: ACN funds Christian schools to curb extremism

Pupils and teacher at school run by Good Service Sisters in Lebanon © ACN

To tackle an educational crisis in the Middle East, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is providing millions in aid to help impoverished families educate their children and prevent the spread of extremism. The charity has announced a support package of £2.3 million for Catholic schools, pupils and teachers in Syria and Lebanon. Under the scheme, more than 16,000 students in 176 schools will receiv... Read More

Baroness Hollins becomes Catholic Union President

Baroness Sheila Hollins

Baroness Sheila Hollins is the new President of the Catholic Union. The crossbench peer and professional psychiatrist was approved by members of the Catholic Union at their AGM on Tuesday 28 November, at the London Jesuit Centre. She takes up the role with immediate effect. Baroness Hollins is the first woman to hold the office of President in the Catholic Union's 150-year history. She takes over... Read More

John Barrie KCSG FCA - an appreciation

John Barrie KCSG FCA

John Barrie KCSG FCA (1931-1923) - an appreciation John was a member of our Society for 40 years. The tidiness of this number would have appealed to John's orderly mind. John wrote a brilliant History of the Society which was published in 2019 and he introduced countless new members over the decades. His contribution was appreciated by successive Archbishops of Westminster. Anyone who had the plea... Read More

CSAN comments on the Autumn Statement

Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) has issued the following comments on the Autumn Statement presented to Parliament by the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, last Wednesday 22 November. CSAN appreciates the hopeful news that the rate of inflation is slowing, offering a potential alleviation for those facing financial strain in the face of the cost-of-living crisis. We call for continued vigilance to guaran... Read More

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