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USA: Letter from mother in migrant detention camp, El Paso

participants in #KeepFamiliesTogether march

This following letter arrived at the Columban Mission Center on Friday, June 22nd, 2018. In response to the large number of asylum requests, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented an interview process known as "credible fear" screening.

The idea behind a credible fear interview is that non-citizens can, instead of being sent straight home, apply for asylum or withhol...

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Pope appoints president-delegates for Synod on young people

Pope Francis on Saturday appointed four cardinals as presidents delegate for the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops scheduled to take place from October 3 to 28. The theme of the Synod is: 'Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.'

The presidents delegate are:

Chaldean Patriarch Cardinal Louis Raphael I Sako of Babylon (Iraq) Cardinal Désiré Tsar...

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Katie Prejean to speak at Adoremus Youth 2018

Katie Prejean, the incredible dynamic and engaging Catholic speaker and author with a passion for sharing the Faith is coming to the UK on 8th September, as the keynote speaker of the Adoremus Youth Congress. Since 2007, Katie has been traveling around North America speaking to audiences of all ages on everything from the Eucharist, pursuing a relationship with J...

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Cardinal calls UK government's treatment of asylum seekers a "shame on our country"

On a visit to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, told BBC Radio 4's Sunday programme that the UK government's treatment of asylum seekers was "a shame on our country". After spending time listening to the stories of those accompanied by the Jesuit Refugee Service UK, who are struggling to gain recognition of at times visibly moved by what ...

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Pope advises youth assembly 'not to be young people who have grown old'

Pope Francis sent a message to young people on Sunday, meeting for the 6th Antilles Episcopal Conference Youth Assembly. The Conference takes place in Martinique from July 10-23, and is focusing especially on how to transform the Family in the Caribbean in line with Amoris Laetitia.

The complete translation from Spanish of Pope Francis' video message to the young people of the Antille...

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ARCIC III releases first 'Agreed Statement'

After seven years of work, the first 'Agreed Statement' from ARCIC III, (The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, Phase 3), Walking Together on the Way: Learning to Be the Church - Local, Regional, Universal, has been released.

The distinctive method of 'Receptive Ecumenism' has helped make a substantive step forward for Anglican - Catholic formal ecumenism. The representativ...

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British MPs visit Christians in northern Iraq

Our Lady in Erbil

Liam Allmark, Head of Public Affairs at the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, joined a delegation of UK MPs from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kurdistan on a visit to the autonomous region in northern Iraq in May 2018.

Attending as an observer at the invitation of the APPG, Liam has written this report.

Our Bishops do not align themselves to a...

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National J&P Network - 40th Anniversary Conference

Sarah Teather

'In the shelter of each other the people live' - 40th NJPN Conference 20-22 July Around 200 people of all ages are booked to attend the 40th conference of the National Justice and Peace Network next weekend in Derbyshire. The theme is: 'In the shelter of each other the people live' and it will explore how we build a church and a society with the marginalised, the excluded and the mos...

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Nicaragua: Paramilitaries kill student in attack on church

Divine Mercy church, Managua

At least one student was killed and several were injured during an attack by the authorities on a church in Managua on Saturday. The students, who had been taking part in protests on a day of a national strike, came under attack from armed police and became trapped in the Divina Misericordia (Divine Mercy) church on Friday evening.

A statement on the Facebook page of the Archdiocese of Ma...

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US Bishops support Catholic charities reuniting families

The Migration and Refugee Services of USCCB and Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) has issued the following statement on the ongoing efforts to reunite children separated from their families at the border with Mexico. "As we have long done, CCUSA and Migration and Refugee Services of USCCB are lending our experience and expertise to support Catholic Charities agencies in their efforts to...

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London: Protesters tell Trump 'build bridges not walls'

Pax Christi message: 'Migrants and refugees are our brothers and sisters' - Pope Francis

Thousands have taken to the streets of cities around the UK, to protest against the visit of President Donald Trump.

In London on Friday, 13 July, an estimated 250,000 people of all ages, faiths and races, gathered outside the Houses of Parliament and All Soul's church in Langham Place for a three-hour long Together Against Trump march to a rally in Trafalgar Square, organised by CND.


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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons - 15 July 2018

Jesus with disciples road to Emma's

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time One of the enduring images in the story of early English Christianity is the tale of Bede's sparrow. It wasn't in fact Bede's tale at all, but in his Ecclesiastical History of the English People, he tells the story of King Edwin receiving the Gospel from St Paulinus about the year 625 AD. Discussing what this new faith might mean, one of the...

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Northern Ireland: Bishops' ecumenical appeal for calm as riots hit Londonderry

Bishops Good and McKeown look on as van burns during rioting.  Image: Church of Ireland

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has said that bombs were thrown at officers as they policed a sixth successive night of violence in the Bogside area of Londonderry on Thursday night. Despite the Irish peace process, a number of annual events continue to cause tension. This week's rioting was sparked by a 12 July march in the city, which commemorated the 1688 victory by Protestant ...

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Iraq: 'We would be lost without our fellow Christians in the West'

Qaraqosh - Fr George Jahola (2nd right) with family at repaired home ©Aid to the Church in Need.

Christians in the West have played a crucial role in reviving communities in Iraq ravaged by extremists in the ancient Nineveh Plains - according to a Church leader who has helped pioneer their resettlement in towns and villages which have been their home for thousands of years. With latest reports stating that about half of the inhabitants have gone back to the Christian-majority to...

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