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Vatican officials call for continued care for Vincent Lambert

A joint declaration, signed by Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life and by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, has called for continued care to support the life of Frenchman Vincent Lambert.

The 42 year-old nurse has been in hospital in Rheims since 2008 following a motorcycle accident. He is quadriplegic and has...

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Save the Earth/Abolish War - Conference and Competition

A Conference in Central London on Saturday 29 June, organised by the Movement for the Abolition of War, (MAW) will examine the theme of militarism and the environment. The morning sessions will concentrate on how war and preparation for war accelerate climate change. In the afternoon, the focus is on the abolition of war, drawing on past initiatives.

The speakers will be Molly Scott Cato,...

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Watch: Faith on the frontline

When we go to a situation, sometimes things can get difficult

From investigating serious crimes to saving lives - three emergency service workers: a firefighter, a police officer and a doctor, speak about how they rely on the power of prayer in challenging situations throughout the day.

Watch their inspiring testimonies in this beautiful new film created in partnership with Christian Vision as part of Thy Kingdom Come series, here: ht...

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Amazonia Synod 6: Australian Aboriginal People offer hope and reconciliation

This Columban missionary, based in Australia, has been a Chaplain in West Australian prisons over the past 23 years. He has come to know many Aboriginal people, especially the Wongi, Noongar and Yamatji people, and has been welcomed into their country and their homes.

October's Special Synod in Rome will transcend the strictly ecclesial-Amazonian sphere, focusing partly on th...

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Burkina Faso: Spanish Salesian priest killed, another injured

Father Fernando Fernandez

A Spanish priest, Father Fernando Fernandez, was stabbed to death, and another injured on Friday evening, 17 May in the Don Bosco centre of Bobo-Dioulasso in Southwest Burkina Faso.

A former cook who worked in the facility for seven years, stabbed Fr Fernanado to death. A second priest of Togolese origin was injured in the incident. Fr Germain Plakoo-Mlapa, director of studies, was immedi...

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Mozambique: Priest who ran institute for blind, murdered

Fr Landry Ibil Ikwel

A Congolese priest, Fr Landry Ibil Ikwel, aged 34, who ran an institute for the Beira, Mozambique, was murdered on Sunday.

In a statement, the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary said: "In the face of the death of our brother Landry Ibil Ikwel, in the hospital of Beira (Mozambique) following a brutal attack in the community house in Beira, we join our hearts to those of o...

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Pax Christi Peace Award Winners 2019

L-R: Bishop Nicholas Hudson,  Fr Joe Ryan, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon

Four peace activists were presented with Pax Christi peace medals at the Pax Christi UK AGM in London on 18 May 2019. The awards are given every two years.

Fr Joe Ryan

Fr Joe is a parish priest of the Westminster Diocese and Chair of the Westminster Justice and Peace Commission since 2005. In 2006 he secured a fieldworker - Barbara Kentish - and established an office for J&P in his ...

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Irish Bishops plead for 'informed voting' in EU elections

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Ireland released a statement on Monday ahead of European elections this week, reminding voters of the Christian values which motivated the founding of the European Union. The Bishops also warn voters of the rise of populism and address the Irish concerns over Brexit.

In addition to members of the European Parliament, the election will also see the appo...

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Pope Francis: God's love knows no limits

During the Regina Coeli prayer in St Peter's Square on Sunday, Pope Francis spoke about the day's Gospel and reflected on God's love for his people that transforms the hardest of hearts and gives us the strength to overcome prejudice, build bridges and undertake new paths giving life to the dynamism of fraternity.

"Today's Gospel takes us into the Upper Room to hear some of the words that...

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London: Dominicans to celebrate feast of Translation of Relics of St Dominic

The Annunciation

Friday the 24th of May is the feast of the Translation of the Relics of St Dominic, a day which recalls the transfer of his body into a wonderful new Shrine in Bologna in 1233.

St Dominic's, Haverstock Hill will be celebrating their patronal feast day with a Solemn Mass at 6pm with music sung by a special Choir, and a children's Choir from the Rosary School. The Mass will be celebrated an...

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London's Rosary Shrine: Music and conversation with Sir James MacMillan

This Saturday, 25th May, 7.30pm, London's Rosary Shrine (St Dominic's Priory, Haverstock Hill, NW5) will welcome the internationally acclaimed Catholic composer and close friend of the Dominican Order, Sir James MacMillan CBE for an inspiring evening of his choral music, and relaxed conversation about faith, inspiration, and the arts.

Experience the spiritual depth of MacMillan's music wr...

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CAFOD: Killing of Colombian community leaders must stop if peace process is to succeed

As the number of Colombian community leaders killed and threatened reaches unprecedented levels, UK aid agency CAFOD is calling for more protection for these leaders, who are crucial to the country's peace process.

Earlier this week, the charity was shocked and saddened to hear that Belisario Arciniegas García, a community leader in Micoahumado, where the charity is supporting peace-buil...

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Vatican message for Vesakh calls for promotion of women and girls

Kamakura, Japan

In a message for the Buddhist festival of Vesakh yesterday, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue urges Buddhists and Christians to help uphold and promote the rights and dignity of women.

The Vatican is inviting the world's Buddhists and Christians to work together to uphold and promote the rights and dignity of women and girls.

Sometimes informally called 'Buddha's Bi...

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Pope calls for humble, free journalism that serves truth and goodness

Pope Francis met about 400 journalists from the Foreign Press Association of Italy on Saturday.

In his address, the Holy Father encouraged them to practice a "humble and free journalism" that does not indulge in selling the "rotten food of misinformation" but rather offers the "healthy bread of truth and goodness.:

"I urge you to work according to truth and justice, so that communic...

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