Letter: Fair Trade Fortnight

It's that time of year again! Fairtrade Fortnight starts at the end of this month. See links at the end of the page for resources if you haven't had a chance to order yet.

Like me, I am sure you share my disappointment in the huge reduction in the number of Fairtrade goods stocked in the supermarkets now. Many people still think that they are a good ...

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Letters: Crisis in Cameroon

Dear Rebecca Tinsley,

I would like to say you have been doing a great job to speak up for the voiceless and powerless in Southern Cameroons. I am from the North West Region with Headquarters in Bamenda. I have read most of your articles and must say my heart bleeds for Cameroon as the experiment of merging two different cultures under the banner of one and indivisible Cameroon without any...

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Letter: Polish emigre reflects on World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Dear Editor,

I see that this Sunday is the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. In his message to mark the day, Pope Francis stresses the need to create a welcoming environment for migrants and refugees stating that:

"Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age."

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Letter: Dear Deacon Ditewig, I remain confused

Rev Dr Gareth Leyshon, PhD, MInstP, MA (Oxon), BTh, Director of Ongoing Formation of the Archdiocese of Cardiff introduces his blog 'Catholic Preacher', in response to:

ICN 3 November 2017 - Viewpoint: Dear Pope Francis, Thanks, and No One Is Confused https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/33738

saying: "I'd like to provide an alternative viewpoint to Deacon ...

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Dr Philip Crispin's review on Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

I was interested to read on your website Dr Philip Crispin's review on Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites. http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/33630

You may be interested to know that the Van Eyck painting discussed 'the Arnolfini Portrait is very Catholic in its presentation.

I recently completed a study on the painting in an effort to discover more about the pe...

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Appeal from India for rosaries, medals and holy pictures

Honorable Friends In Christ I am D.Srinivas (D.Prakash), Secretary of Rosary Prayer Society, K.savaram , Andhra Pradesh, India. First, allow me to express bouquet of gratitude for the wonderful service you render. This is to bring to your kind notice that Undrajavaram Mandal consists of 15 Villages. The people are very poor as they are mainly coolies. Their standard of li...

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ACTA appeal for the 1998 Mass translation

Dear ICN readers,

We had wonderful news about Pope Francis statement on the English Liturgy and the translation of the Mass last week.

Please consider writing to the Cardinal, the Bishops and the Bishop's Conference about it. If you are too busy to send separate emails, one email copied to all the addresses bcc would be helpful. No need to write a long letter- even just a few sente...

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Join the Southwark Sleepout for Depaul UK

On Saturday 18th November, Depaul UK will be holding its first London-based community Sleepout at Borough Market’s Market Hall.

The Southwark Sleepout calls upon participants to give up a night of comfort to raise awareness of young people who are faced with no other option but to sleep rough. There will be hot soup, live music from young people who have experienced homelessn...

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Thanks to ICN

Thank you also for including each day something really inspiring, reflecting the goodness of "ordinary people" who are really far from ordinary in their love and dedication. Today I was particularly impressed with the quiet dedication of Elizabeth Wallace and her cake making that developed so much over the years and has helped poorer people in the world. As a missionary Sister myself now...

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Appeal from young Catholic missionary working in Ireland

Lucy Crispin

My name is Lucy Crispin and I am a nineteen year old from Leeds, West Yorkshire and I am writing to you to share with you a very exciting ministry work I will be starting in August. I have been accepted to serve as a missionary with NET Ministries Ireland for a year! NET Ministries is a Catholic organisation that travels around Ireland facilitating retreats in parishes and schools sharing with ...

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Muslim Imam to speak in Edinburgh church

On Sunday 4th June 2017, Shaykh Hassan Rabbani, the imam from Annandale Street Mosque, will join us at Sunday worship. Imam Rabbani will address the congregation during the worship service. This is an historic occasion in the life of Broughton St Mary's church and parish. I very much hope that you will be able to join us at this service.

The invitation was extended to Shaykh Hassan Rabban...

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Open Letter to St Mary's University in support of Philosophy programme

Dear Professor Sanders,

I am writing on behalf of the British Philosophical Association, and many Philosophy departments and philosophical learned societies, to urge you to retain the philosophy programme at St Mary’s. Please find our open letter attached. I hope for a positive response.

Dear Prof Karen Sanders,

I am writing to you as President of the Briti...

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Petition to support beatification of John Bradburne

The first International Conference on the life, poetry and thought of John Bradburne - poet, mystic, martyr, and father to lepers in what is now Zimbabwe, was held at the Universita per Stranieri di Perugia in March 2017.

As speakers and attendees at this conference, it was firmly believed that the cause for his beatification should proceed at the earliest opportunity, especially in the l...

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