Thousands of jubilant young people gathered in the street outside the Archbishop of Krakow's residence on Wednesday evening, to see Pope Francis speaking at the window. The Holy Father is staying here during his visit to Krakow - in the house which was once the home of the Archbishop of Krakow, Karol Wojtyla. He would address the crowds from this window while he was archbishop and later when he returned to the city as Pope. Pope Francis has now continued that tradition. He told them he could see they were here with great joy in their hearts -
The tragic death of Father Jacques Hamel, the elderly French priest murdered while saying Mass in Rouen on Monday, must not be exploited by those who want to stir up anti-Islamic feelings, the Bishop of Aleppo said today. Fr Hamel's death "belongs to the great history of Christian martyrdom including the recent martyrs of the Eastern Churches," Bishop Georges Abou Khazen OFM, Latin Rite Vicar apostolic of Aleppo said.
For those of you who will be spending some of the school summer break preparing for teaching the new Religious Studies GCSE in September, Pax Christi has new resources to offer. The resources are particularly suited to the AQA, Edexcel, and OCR specifications, looking at Religion, Peace and Conflict.
Susan Auguste is one of six British people living on the small volcanic island of Rodrigues, 450 miles north-east of Mauritius, where she runs the only special needs school on the island. Last school term, Susan was interviewed by students from Sacred Heart school in Hammersmith as part of 'Meet a Missionary', a pilot project funded by the Catholic Missionary Union which offers young people in the UK a chance to interview a missionary in person or over Skype.
During the first official event of his five day visit to Poland, Pope Francis urged the country's political leaders to welcome migrants fleeing from wars and hunger, while at the same time protecting human life from conception until natural death. The Pope's words came as he met with the nation's president, prime minister and other political leaders in the courtyard of Krakow's historic Wawel Castle complex. Noting that this visit marks his first to central-eastern Europe,
Pope Francis has arrived in Poland at the start of his 15th pastoral visit abroad. He was greeted at the airport by Cardinal Dziwisz, the President of Poland Andrzej Duda and wife, a delegation of civic and church leaders, a small boy and girl in national dress carrying flowers and enthusiastic crowds of young people waving flags and singing. After the official welcome and military ceremonies, the Holy Father greeted the crowds in a driveabout before being taken into Krakow.
Pope Francis has released a video message to the young people of the US Diocese of Brownsville. The Diocese of Brownsville lies on the Mexican border and is considered one of the most impoverished areas of the United States. The gathering of young people was organized to coincide with World Youth Day, which is taking place in Krakow, Poland and to mark the Feast of Saint Anne, the patron of the Parish where the event is taking place.
More than 200,000 young people from around the world gathered in Blonia Park, Krakow on Tuesday, for the the official Opening Mass of World Youth Day celebrated by Krakow Metropolitan Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz. The congregation included cardinals and bishops from all over the world. Just two hours before the Mass there had been a dramatic thunderstorm and heavy rain - but the skies cleared in time for the Mass. There was a 300-strong choir and orchestra.
Dear Friends! Listening to the dialogue of the risen Jesus with Simon Peter on the bank of the Sea of Galilee, hearing the triple question about love and the answer to it, we have in mind the hardships of the life of this fisherman of Galilee that preceded this crucial conversation. We know that he one day left everything - his family, boat and nets - and followed an unusual Teacher from Nazareth. He became His disciple. He learned His way of looking at the matters of God and people. He lived through His passion and death, as well
The Columban Missionary Society has produced a statement of policy on Economic Justice. It can be read alongside existing statements on the other Columban JPIC priorities of Climate Change, Water, Extractive Industries, Peace, and Migration.
Together as faith leaders our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and all those affected by the murderous assault that took place today at the Church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in France. We are deeply saddened and shocked by the brutal murder of Fr Jacques Hamel. To commit murder at a place where people gather in peace to worship adds another layer of depravity to the violence that we have witnessed over the past weeks.
Scotland's very own saint-in-the-making will take to the stage during next month's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Margaret Sinclair Story (6-12 August) is a brand new one-woman play that will be performed at the city's St Patrick's Church, the site of Venerable Margaret's tomb.
From Krakow, I have learnt with sadness of the killing this morning at the Church of Saint-Etienne du Rouvray. The three victims: the priest, Father Jacques Hamel, 84, and the authors of the assassination. Three other people were injured, one very seriously. I cry out to God with all men of good will. I would invite non-believers to join in the cry! With the young people at WYD, we pray as we prayed at the tomb of Father Popiulusko in Warsaw, assassinated during the communist regime.
Around 200 young pilgrims are here in Krakow from Clifton and Plymouth Dioceses. Jo Siedlecka caught up with three of them last night: brimming with enthusiasm - Gladys Joseph is from St Michael's Church in Shepton, Joseph Philip from Poole in Dorset and Anna Middlewick, a parishioner at St Mary the Immaculate in Falmouth. Gladys, Joseph and Anna didn't know each other before, but they met at a few get-togethers and training days over the past year and are good friends now. They raised funds for the trip through sponsored
During World Youth Day in Krakow, youth groups from around the world are calling on Catholic institutions to divest from fossil fuels, in line with the call Pope Francis has made to "care for our common home". An open letter signed by youth groups of all faiths internationally calls on Pope Francis to ask Catholic organizations, including the Vatican, to divest from fossil fuels. The letter will be published in Krakow during the vigil organized by 350.org. By calling out the destructive influence of the fossil fuel industry on
Pope Francis has decided to scrap a previously scheduled official discourse to Polish bishops on the first day of his apostolic journey to Poland, in favour of a private encounter with them during which the Pope and the bishops will be able to listen to each other and converse in total freedom. Speaking to Vatican Radio, Father Federico Lombardi SJ, Director of the Holy See Press Office, explained that the Pope wants the occasion to be as spontaneous and authentic as possible: a moment in which the bishops and the Pope will be at ease and free
The 2016 Gangjeong Grand March for Life and Peace will take place 1-6 August. Columbans and other church groups in South Korea will be participating in the march, which starts at Gangjeong Village, the site of a new naval base on Jeju Island.
Larry Bush, the Director of Traidcraft, introduces the magazine: There's a question we're asking ourselves at Traidcraft right now... how much does justice matter to us? How far are we willing to push to get justice for the world's poorest? It's a thought we'll explore more in the next few months as we delve deeper into our 'Justice Matters' campaign.
The title 'World Youth Day' is a bit of a misnomer, as young people from around the world have been gathering at different events across Poland's 43 dioceses for the past week or more - staying in parish halls and schools or staying as guests with families and taking part in many different programmes. In Warsaw pilgrims visited locations connected with St Andrew Bobola, and the shrine of Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko. They also learnt about the history of Poland's capital visiting the Museum of the 1944 Uprising and the Royal Castle.
It is truly an age of disbelief. Respect for the values of human life has plunged. People of Christian faith who declare belief in the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth that upholds the dignity and rights of the human person, stands with the poor and the excluded, shares with the refugees and the homeless, are being fundamentally challenged.
Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, issued the following statement on 25 July concerning increased attacks against Egypt's Christian community: Egypt is undoubtedly going through a formative stage of its contemporary history. Having emerged from uprisings and changes in Government, dealing with resulting pressures on its economy and infrastructure..
Pope Francis focused on Jesus' teaching on prayer, from the day's Gospel, during his Angelus address to pilgrims in St Peter's Square yesterday. When the Apostles asked the Lord to teach them to pray, Jesus responded, "When you pray, say 'Father...'" This word, "Father," the Pope said, is the "secret" of the prayer of Jesus - "it is the key that He Himself gives us so that we too can enter into that relationship of confidential dialogue with the Father."
Faith for the Climate, a network of faith-based organisations committed to acting on climate change, has organised a day on climate campaigning in September: Event details, date: Wednesday 21 September 2016, 5-9pm Venue: St John's Church, Waterloo Rd, London SE1 8TY Cost: £5 entry, includes supper
Human rights and church groups in the Philippines have expressed concern over a spate of killings of suspected drug dealers and addicts since President Rodrigo Duterte took office on June 30. "It is alarming that these incidents happened after Duterte was elected president," said Fr Robert Reyes, known as the "running priest" for his penchant to run for various causes.
Thousands of young people have already arrived in Poland from around the world, for World Youth Day. They are staying in towns and cities around the country and participating in many local youth events. This week they will be making their way to Krakow. The official Opening Mass is on Tuesday, 26 July. Pope Francis is arriving at 4pm the following day. The first big gathering with the Holy Father takes place on Wednesday evening in the courtyard of Wawel Castle.