UK & Ireland

London: Safe Passage free training event

Safe Passage, linked with Citizens UK, campaigns for the legal processing and admission of unaccompanied children into the UK, following the Dubs Amendment and Dublin III agreement. They propose that as many as possible contact their MPs about this issue which has slipped off the news radar. Also, the forthcoming local elections in London are a good opportunity to find out what our local counci...

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Blessed John Sullivan - homily by Fr Conor Harper SJ

B John Sullivan SJ

Fr Conor Harper SJ, gave the following homily at Farm Street Church on Sunday, on the eve of the anniversary of the death of Blessed John Sullivan SJ, who died on 19th February 1933. Bl John Sullivan was the first person to be beatified in Ireland. In another first - the ceremony was attended by Catholic and Church of Ireland leaders.

Today is the First Sunday of Lent.

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Scotland: Family- friendly retreats

If the word 'retreat' conjures up a vision of tranquillity broken only by the murmur of gentle prayers the idea of a 'family retreat' may be hard to imagine!

Craig Lodge Family House of Prayer in Argyll, Scotland is well known for offering a whole variety of retreats but bringing young families together for a retreat experience has become one of its hallmarks.

Ruth Black, who manage...

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London seminar: 'Taking back control - illusions of autonomy' with Pat Riordan SJ

Pat Riordan SJ -  image Weenson Oo

This is a chance to participate in the last of the series of seminars 'A Post Truth Word- Are We Losing Our Minds?'. On the evening of Thursday 8th March, Pat Riordan SJ will take a favourite phrase of Brexiteers, 'take back control' and analyse what the real meaning of autonomy means and does not mean, for example, in the context of the Irish border question and the UK leaving Europe.


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Church spires to boost rural wifi access

St Mary's, Halford, Warwickshire -  Wiki image by Richard Roberson

Churches spires could play a key role in bringing wifi, broadband and mobile access to rural areas through a new agreement between the Church of England and the Government. The Church of England has signed an accord with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), setting out how churches and other church properties could host new digital infrastructure. T...

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Columban Catholic People's Weekend

A Columban team led the first Catholic People's Weeks event of 2018 on the theme 'Sharing Gospel Joy'. It was held 16-18 February at Boars Hill Carmelite Priory near Oxford, a beautiful setting with the first snowdrops and daffodils appearing, and a welcoming monastic community. Around 22 participants attended, and four were at their first Catholic People's Weeks event.

'Sharing Gospel Jo...

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Divine Mercy Mission to Wales

From February 23-28, Sr Teresa and Sr Maria Vianneya from the convent of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki will conduct a mission about Divine Mercy in Swansea, in the diocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy in Morriston, Swansea SA6 6HZ.

In the program there will be Holy Mass, Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, presentations, daily prayer at the Hour of Mercy...

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Scotland: Muslim government minister gives up Irn-Bru for Lent to help persecuted Christians

Humza Yousaf addresses ACN rally

A Muslim Scottish government minister is giving up Irn-Bru this Lent to raise money for Christians suffering at the hands of extremists. Writing on Twitter, Humza Yousaf, Scottish Minister for Transport and the Islands, said he is giving up the orange fizzy beverage often described as 'Scotland's other national drink (after whisky)'. The SNP member for Glasgow Pollok invited Tw...

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Healthcare Bishop on proposal to introduce 'opt-out' consent for organ donation

Bishop Paul Mason

The Government has launched an open consultation titled: 'Introducing 'opt-out' consent for organ and tissue donation in England'. This consultation will run until 6 March. (If the scheme is adopted, doctors could be allowed to take organs and tissue from patients without asking for their consent.)

Responding to the consultation, Bishop Paul Mason, the Catholic bishop responsible for heal...

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Bishop Sherrington comments on Abortion Clinic Protest Review

Prayers outside abortion clinic

The Government has been holding a review (the Abortion Clinic Protest Review) into the right to hold peaceful protests or prayer vigils outside abortion clinics. The review, which could lead to the establishment of 'buffer zones' which prohibit protests or vigils near abortion clinics, concludes on 19 February.

Bishop John Sherrington, the Bishop with responsibility for the Day for Life r...

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Diaconate ordinations at Farm Street

Anuranjan Ekka and George Stephen Thayriam with Bishop Sherrington

Two Jesuit scholastics were ordained to the diaconate on Saturday, 10th February by Bishop John Sherrington at Farm Street Church.

Anuranjan Ekka from the Darjeeling Province, currently living in the Loyola House community in Wimbledon, and George Stephen Thayriam from Madurai, a member of the Hurtado Jesuit community in Wapping, are both third year undergraduates studying for their Bache...

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Norwich Cathedral: Pancake races and family fun

The competition was serious!

Pancakes were being eaten, decorated, flipped and raced with at St John's Cathedral on Shrove Tuesday, at a Family Pancake Day. The event, which was attended by around 150 people and coincided with half-term, saw families enjoying pancake races in the gardens and pancake decorating and eating inside the Narthex.

The day was to raise funds towards the sponsoring of the GoGoHare sculptures ...

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Stay siLENT for a Change

Many hundreds of people have committed to join siLENT this year. Britain's best selling cookery writer Delia Smith, author and screen writer Frank Cottrell Boyce, and peace campaigner Margaret Mizen are all taking part. We also have teachers, priests, whole schools, youth clubs, and Religious Orders. One Religious Order has pledged a million seconds to help us create a deafening sil...

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