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Papal Nuncio in four-day visit across Diocese of East Anglia

Archbishop Adams with sixth form students and inter-faith leaders at St John Fisher High School

The Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, His Excellency Archbishop Edward Adams, has been touring around the Diocese of East Anglia for the last four days (May 19 to 22) after accepting an invitation from the Bishop of East Anglia, Rt Rev Alan Hopes.

The Papal Nuncio is the Pope's personal representative in GB and he began his visit on Sunday (May 19) with a visit to the Jewish Synagogue in...

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Relics of Bl Jerzy Popiełuszko visiting London parishes

Fr Banaszkiewicz at Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden

There will be a chance to venerate the Relics of Blessed Father Jerzy Popiełuszko this evening (Wednesday 22 May) as they will be visiting Corpus Christi Church in Maiden Lane, Covent Garden between 8.30 and 9pm.

Bl Jerzy Popiełuszko was a Polish priest who became associated with the Solidarity movement, celebrating Masses in the Gdansk shipyard and supporting the workers' families. He ...

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Herts: Interfaith focus on politics, community activism and spiritual life

Michal Siewniak reports:

Last night's meeting with Welwyn Hatfield Inter Faith Group was pretty special. We haven't come to a clear conclusion whether both discussed topics; politics, religion or faith in general, are a magical combination or dangerous mixture and it was clear that probably no one would!

However, our get together, attended by 30 people, offered a wonderful...

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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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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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Religious congregations welcome pilgrims on new Augustine Camino

Sr Mildred Maria giving pilgrims their stamp

Visits to a number of religious congregations are included in the newly developed 'Augustine Camino' - a pilgrimage route through Kent - which is a project of St Augustine's Catholic parish in Ramsgate. The walk, designed with the famous Spanish Camino de Santiago in mind, begins at the Anglican Rochester Cathedral and wends its way to Ramsgate via Canterbury, stopping off at parishes along th...

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Bishops' statement on safeguarding after Spring plenary session

The Catholic Bishops of England & Wales issued the following statement following their Spring 2019 plenary session:

At the end of our meeting in Valladolid, we thank Baroness Sheila Hollins and her team for their leadership of our days of safeguarding training. We thank especially the people who spoke to us of their experiences as victims and survivors of sexual abuse within the ...

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Gordon Brown makes moral and ethical case for aid and development at launch of Christian Aid week

Gordon Brown yesterday launched Christian Aid Week 2019 at an event in London in which he spoke powerfully about the moral and ethical need for aid and international development, made the case against nationalism and isolation and praised the charity's work across the world.

The former prime minister spoke passionately about the need for Britain to be outward-looking, saying: "There is on...

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London: March For Life

Campaigners from across the UK took part in the March For Life UK on Saturday. Starting from Church House, in Great Smith Street, the 5,000-strong march finished in Parliament Square for a rally. Participants sang hymns and prayed. The march comes amid calls on Westminster to extend abortion rights in Northern Ireland and to make extreme changes to abortion legislation in England and Wales. A s...

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Newport: Deacon who began as a zealous atheist

Deacon Pasquale Cinotti

Permanent Deacon Pasquale Cinotti is a familiar face to the parishioners of All Saints parish in Newport, South Wales. He also runs two highly successful restaurants and a dessert factory, with his brother Sergio. In an interview with the South Wales Argus, Deacon Pasquale talks about his life, his family and the central role God has taken within his life.

When he was younger,...

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Open Doors urges Home Secretary to stop deportation of Pakistani Christian campaigner facing fatwah

Mob calling for Asia Bibi's death - April 2019

Campaigners are making eleventh-hour efforts to prevent a man who faces the death penalty in Pakistan for protesting against the country's blasphemy laws, from being deported from the UK tomorrow.

"Azeem Wazir has campaigned against the blasphemy law, putting his own life in danger. He has campaigned against persecution of Christians," said Open Doors UK and Ireland CEO Henrietta Blyth.

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Faith leaders challenge UK, US governments on freedom of religion

Archbishop Kevin McDonald joined other faith leaders in calling on UK and US governments to protect freedom of religion and belief at a meeting hosted by the Archbishop Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace yesterday.

Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, and Jeremy Hunt, UK Foreign Secretary, joined the Christian bishops, the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Imam Qari ...

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Hundreds join East Anglia pilgrimage to Walsingham

image: Keith Morris

Around 850 people joined the annual Diocese of East Anglia pilgrimage to Walsingham on Bank Holiday Monday, May 6, despite cold and cloudy weather.

The pilgrimage began at noon at the Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, with a Pontifical Mass held in and outside the Chapel of Our Lady of Reconciliation.

A group of some 120 young pilgrims had walked across the Norfolk...

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Care Not Killing disappointed at latest legal challenge to Suicide Act

Care Not Killing is disappointed at the latest and unnecessary legal challenge to the Suicide Act by the campaigner Paul Lamb.

Mr Lamb who was paralysed in a road accident nearly three decades years ago is again seeking permission for a doctor to assisted him in ending his life. He has previously argued that a blanket ban on assisted suicide and euthanasia is a breach of his human rights ...

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