This category contains letters either commenting on stories we have published, or raising issues relevant to Catholics.

Letter re: Jahalin demolitions

Thank you to those of you who have already done so much in support of Kham al Ahmar Tyre School and village. This has resulted in international diplomats visiting the village and condemnations that caused the delay in demolition and a new court hearing.

The Jahalin Advocacy Coordinator and the Comboni Sisters who work with the Jahalin Bedouin have sent their thanks to everyone who is supp...

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Letter re: DR Congo Bishops issue famine alarm

The central Grand Kasai region is a vast area divided into five provinces, rich in diamonds, but plagued by territorial and political tensions over competing mineral interests.

Why is a country blessed by God with countless natural resources, diamonds, gold, cobalt, etc, etc; dealing with famine?

Territorial and political tensions are caused by those who are desperate to exploit in ...

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Letter: Venerable Mary Potter

Ven Mary Potter

Dear ICN

Interesting your report on Mary Potter procession in Nottingham.

Disappointed though that no mention was made of her early life in Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire. She moved to Southsea with her mother from London and the house where she lived is located in a well known Southsea street. Her vocation was actually formed in Southsea after she had read 'True Devotion to Mary' ...

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Our Lady of Good Council

Today is the Feast of Our Lady, Mother of Good Counsel, which is the 50th anniversary of the last day in Britain when it was illegal to perform abortions.

Tomorrow, Friday 27th April, is the 50th anniversary of the abortion act coming in to effect. Since then, 9 million babies have been aborted in the United Kingdom. On Saturday the 28th April it is the Feast of St Louis Marie de Montfort...

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Letter: Gaza protests - @70

Gil Scot-Heron - wiki image by mikael altemark

Chris Rose Director of the Amos Trust writes:

In 1975 Gil Scot-Heron sang these words about Johannesburg: 'We don't know for sure because the news we get Is unreliable, man. Well I hate it when the blood starts flowin', But I'm glad to see resistance growin'.

They may not get the news but they need to know We're on their side. Now sometimes distan...

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Letter: Can parishes have suggestion boxes?

Dear Editor, It's such a pity that Pope Francis' call for consultation between the bishops, clergy and the laity is simply being ignored. Saint Pope John XXIII's Second Vatican Council also called for consultation, but these days Parish Councils are rare. One simple, cheap, efficient and effective way for the clergy to consult with the faithful is for 'suggestion boxes' to...

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Letter: Catholics should not be defending circumcision

Petrina Fadel from New York State Right to Life Committee, Inc writes:

Catholic Catechism teaching on "Respect for bodily integrity" #2297 states, "Except when performed for strictly therapeutic medical reasons, directly intended amputations, mutilations, and sterilizations performed on innocent persons are against the moral law." The American Heritage Dictionary defines amputate...

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Letter from Global Catholic Climate Movement

Bishop of Assisi, Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino, Fra Mauro Gambetti, custodian of the Sacro Convento of Assisi, with GCCM staff members after Mass at St Francis' tomb

I'm just overcome with gratitude. Last week, the entire GCCM staff gathered in Rome and Assisi, heartlands of our faith, for a strategic planning meeting. Coming from Ecuador, Brazil, Poland, the United States, and elsewhere in Italy, all of us were incredibly happy to share time together.Beyond making plans for the year ahead, we had the rare opportunity to grow the bonds of love that sustain ...

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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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