UK & Ireland

News from United Kingdom & Ireland covering parishes, dioceses, religious orders, community groups, homelessness, moral & political issues and pilgrims.

London: Vigil to remember the Christchurch terrorist attack

On a warm spring-like evening last Thursday hundreds of people congregated in Trafalgar Square to stand in solidarity with New Zealand, remembering the 50 Muslims who were murdered at prayer by a terrorist the previous Friday.

During the Peace Vigil we were welcomed by a message from the Mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel, reminding us that, "what happened last Friday will never define...

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Dowry Tour of Our Lady of Walsingham

During the course of 2018 to 2020 the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham from the Slipper Chapel at the Catholic National Shrine in Walsingham, Norfolk, is being taken to each Cathedral in England. It is for a three-day triduum of prayer, as part of preparation for the re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary in 2020.

The statue will be in the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption &...

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JRS UK: Immigration Detention reform is "long over-due"

Britain's Home Affairs Committee published a scathing report yesterday into the use of immigration detention, which "found serious problems with almost every element of the immigration detention system". Highlighting a myriad of failures by the Home Office, the Committee recommended a 28-day cumulative time limit on immigration detention, greater judicial oversight in the decision-making proces...

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Plater Trust makes record number of grants for social justice projects

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Chair of the Charles Plater Trust, announced the latest successful recipients of Plater Trust grants at its annual celebration held at the Cardinal Hume Centre, Westminster on 12th March.

The projects awarded grants funding span the range of social justice activities, assisting refugees, the homeless, those suffering exclusion, unemployment and the educationally ...

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CAFOD: UK government must help trapped people of Gaza

Israeli soldiers prepare to shoot unarmed protesters

On Monday 18 March, the UN Human Rights Council receives a devastating report on Gaza, where an independent Commission of Inquiry has found that Israeli soldiers routinely and illegally use lethal force against Palestinian protesters.

The report records 189 deaths and more than 6,100 injuries, many catastrophic and life-changing, caused by live ammunition. "But it should not be forgotten ...

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Romero Service 2019 - The 'Prophetic Imagination' of St Oscar Romero

l-r: Fr Eamon O'Brien, Christine Allen, Fr Dan O'Malley

Red roses and candles around a bust of St Oscar Romero near the altar, an excellent talk on "prophetic imagination" and more than 100 people singing inspirational music about discipleship in today's world all formed part of Saturday's annual ecumenical service in London at the start of Romero Week. Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador was assassinated by a right-wing death squad on 24 March 1...

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Irish Chaplaincy blog: In prison and you came to see me

I was at Mass in Maynooth with the Irish Catholic bishops and the Gospel reading for the first Monday in Lent was especially apt:

'I was hungry and you gave me food

I was thirsty and you gave me drink

I was a stranger and you made me welcome

Naked, and you clothed me

Sick, and you visited me

In prison and you c...

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Norwich: Over 60 people welcomed at Rite of Election

More than 60 people on their journey to become members of the Catholic Church were personally greeted by Bishop Alan Hopes at the Rite of Election service at St John's Cathedral in Norwich on Sunday.

A total of 30 Catchecumens and 32 Candidates from across the Diocese of East Anglia gathered at the cathedral with their sponsors to take part in the Rite of Election, an important stage alon...

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Trócaire launches Lent campaign with new report on global land grab

The corporate race for natural resources has put millions of people around the world at risk of exploitation and abuse.

Irish Catholic aid and development agency, Trócaire, has launched their 2019 Lent Appeal with the release of a new report - 'Making a Killing: Holding Corporations to Account for Land and Human Rights Violations'.

The race for natural resources in the developing...

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Tawney Dialogue: How can our nation be reconciled in a post-Brexit Britain?

Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government; Selina Stone, Tutor and Lecturer in Political and Theology; and Hannah Rich, Vice-Chair of Christians on the Left, will be taking part in the Tawney Dialogue this Wednesday, 13 March, discussing: 'How can our nation be reconciled in a post-Brexit Britain?'

The event takes place at Methodist Central Hall, ...

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Westminster: More than 400 adults welcomed at Rite of Election

More than 400 people from 93 parishes gathered at Westminster Cathedral on 9th and 10th March to celebrate the Rite of Election and call to continuing conversion, a key milestone in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols presided over the liturgy, along with Bishops John Sherrington, Nicholas Hudson, Paul McAleenan and John Wilson, and many Dean...

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CAFOD supporters prepare to support Lent Family Fast Day

There are no fish in the river near Mahinur's house any more

This Friday 15 March, CAFOD supporters will hold 'Family Fast Days' around England and Wales in support of the charity's annual Lent campaign. Catholics in parishes across England and Wales will be eating a simple meal of bread and soup and donating the money they save to CAFOD.

The money they raise will go to helping people whose lives are being devastated by changing weather, including ...

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International Women's Day - Stories from L'Arche

Today is International Women's Day. In their latest news update, L'Arche are celebrating and giving thanks to all the women in L'Arche communities around the world who bring light and life and love into the world - with a series of stories and insights from some of these wonderful women.

Marylin At the age of 66, Marilyn moved out of her home and became a live-...

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