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Canada: Faith leaders message in response to COVID-19 pandemic

More than 80 religious leaders from across Canada have issued a common message to "all who call Canada home," expressing the need for hope, gratitude and solidarity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This ecumenical and interfaith message is a response by religious leaders from across Canada initiated by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and The Canadian Rabbinic Caucus with...

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US Catholics welcome repeal of death penalty in Colorado

Colorado became the 22nd US state to abolish capital punishment on Monday, after Governor Jared Polis signed death penalty repeal bill SB 20-100 into law and commuted the sentences of the three men currently on the state's death row to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

"By outlawing the death penalty, Colorado has taken a critical step toward respecting the dignity of huma...

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Coronavirus arrives on US-Mexico border

Fr Bob Mosher SSC

Health conditions at the Casa del Migrante, the migrant shelter run by the Catholic Church in Juarez, Mexico, that holds about 600 guests at a time, are not great at this time of year, and the spreading coronavirus is about to make the situation much worse.

The infrastructure is good - beds and mats are sufficient for all guests, and there are regular visits by medical personnel. Children...

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Canada: Dioceses cancel public Masses until further notice

Many dioceses across Canada have announced that public Masses and other church gatherings across the country are being cancelled until further notice because of the Coronavirus which is rapidly spreading across the country.

Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto writes in a message to his diocese: "I wish to provide you with a further update on our response as a Christian communit...

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Coronavirus: US Bishops' statements and prayers

On Friday, 13 March, Archbishop José H Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops,issued the following regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19):

With the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus, we are confronted once more with the fragility of our lives, and again we are reminded of our common humanity - that the peoples of this world are our brothers and si...

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Canada: CPT in nationwide protests against illegal pipeline

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) are supporting peaceful protests across Canada against a massive gas pipeline being constructed across the country through many indigenous reservations where the people have not given their permission. Demonstrations have taken place in many towns and cities across the country bringing transport to a halt in several halt.

On 8 February 2020, the Royal Cana...

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Colorado bishops welcome move to abolish death penalty

Bishop Jorge Rodrigues

The Bishops of Colorado have voiced their support for a bill abolishing the death penalty, as the proposal makes its way through the state legislature.

After five previously failed attempts, a bill set to repeal the death penalty appears to be moving closer to becoming law. It started on January 31st when 19 lawmakers voted in favour, and 13 against, bill SB20-100 - which, if ratified def...

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US administration's 'Remain in Mexico' policy "disastrous, say faith groups

Families crammed into pens at Border Patrol's McAllen, TX, Station Source: OIG

January 29 marks one year since President Donald Trump's administration implemented 'Remain in Mexico,' a disastrous policy that traps asylum-seekers in Mexico while they wait to make their asylum cases in the United States.

Forcing people to wait in Mexico is extremely dangerous. Most migrants do not have a place to stay, so they sleep on the streets. Children go without education or ade...

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Kobe Bryant's Catholic faith guided and supported him

The news that basketball great Kobe Bryant attended Mass hours before he, teenage daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a Los Angeles helicopter crash on 26 January shows Bryant's commitment to his Catholic faith. He and Gianna attended a 7am service and received Communion at the Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach before boarding the flight at Orange County's John Wayne Airport...

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Catholic actor arrested at Washington climate protest

Fr Shay Cullen with Martin Sheen

Catholic actor Martin Sheen was one of the celebrities arrested at a climate protest in Washington on 10 January organised by actress Jane Fonda. Another was 'Joker' actor Joaquin Phoenix.

Sheen, 79, who played US President Jed Bartlet in hit drama 'The West Wing', addressed the crowds, saying: "We are called to find something in our lives worth fighting for ... something that can lift up...

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Washington DC: Women's Rights Without Frontiers in March for Life

Reggie Littlejohn with Anni Zhang and her father Lin Zhang at 2019 March for Life

Women's Rights Without Frontiers marched to "End Gendercide" - the sex-selective abortion of baby girls - in China, at the March for Life in Washington, DC on January 24. In addition, WRWF marched on behalf of abandoned widows.

Reggie Littlejohn, President of WRWF, said: "We believe that women have the right to give birth to their daughters without being pressured to selectively abort the...

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Vacancy for Regional Port Chaplain: Felixtowe and Haven Ports

Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) seeks a Regional Port Chaplain: Felixtowe and the Haven Ports.

Full-time salary: £24,000 per annum.

Experience in chaplaincy or similar pastoral work is desirable.

Understanding and awareness of Safeguarding is essential.

The responsibility of Stella Maris Regional Port Chaplains is to be alongside seafarers, to make visible our car...

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US Dominicans oppose escalation of wars in Iraq and Iran

Grand Rapids SIsters logo

The Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters in 2002, stated our opposition to the United States' preemptive strike against Iraq, taking us into an immoral and unjustifiable war. Today, by virtue of that corporate stance, the Dominican Sisters and our Associates oppose any escalation of the wars involving Iraq, Iran and the United States.

We join with the US Dominican Iraq Coordinating Committee ca...

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US Bishop calls for peace as tensions with Iran escalate

Archbishop Jose Gomez

The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop José H Gomez of Los Angeles, released a statement on the situation in Iran last night which was shared on social media.

The full text of the statement follows:

"In the face of the escalating tensions with Iran, we must pray urgently that our world's leaders will pursue dialogue and seek peace. Please join...

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