The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev Justin Welby and the Faiths Forum, representing many churches, faith groups and organisations, issued statements on Wednesday following the terrorist attack in Westminster which has left five dead and about 40 injured. Cardinal Vincent Nichols wrote on his twitter page: "We pray tonight
Pope Francis has called for an ongoing commitment to welcome and integrate migrants and refugees and described the current migration crisis as the world's greatest tragedy after the Second World War. Speaking during Wednesday's General Audience in St Peter's Square, which was attended by members of the Migrantes Foundation, an arm of the Italian Bishops' Conference which
"The floods in Peru are flash floods. With the lashing downpours we have seen in recent weeks, dry river beds have become torrential rivers of water mixed with soil and rocks and whatever else they bring with it. Three of the Dioceses in which we work have been affected: Carabayllo, Chosica and Chimbote. Fr Kevin McDonagh in Samanco, Chimbote, is cut off from the
A new chapel at St Benedict's, Ealing, west London was dedicated on the school's patronal feast day, 21 March. The Dedication of the Chapel of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus was conducted by the Rt Rev John Wilson, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster and Titular Bishop of Lindesfarne, who was also the Principal Celebrant at the whole school Mass in honour of St Benedict,
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops Administrative Committee has issued a pastoral reflection today in solidarity with those who have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict or fear in their native lands. In the statement, the bishops encourage each of us to do what we can to accompany migrants and refugees who seek a better life in the United States...
Pádraig Ó Tuama the leader of the Corrymeela community, the Christian centre for peace and reconciliation in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland reflects on the life of Martin McGuinness - whose life was marked by a move from violence to peacemaking and reconciliation. He writes: I first met Martin McGuinness when he and Peter Robinson opened the Davey Village at Corrymeela.
The Roman Catholic Bishop of Gozo, Bishop Mario Grech, in a gesture urging for more unity between Catholics and Anglicans , announced earlier this month that all collections from one Sunday's Masses in Gozo would be donated to the St Paul's Anglican Cathedral's Restoration Appeal - 'Save Valletta's Skyline'. Towering 200 feet over the seaward
New research by leading relationships charities Relate, Relationships Scotland and Marriage Care has revealed the top relationship strains experienced by couples in the UK today. Money worries came top of the list - over a quarter of UK adults (26%) say this is a placing a strain on their relationships - followed by not understanding each other (20%), low libido/ differing sex drives (
During his homily at morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday, Pope Francis warned against treating the confessional like the dry cleaners, a place to make a quick transaction, wipe away our sins and steal a false pardon. He also stressed the need for Christians to be truly ashamed of their sins. The Pope drew on the morning's readings at Mass, beginning with the book of Daniel, which emphasized mankind coming before God with a humble
News that Pope Francis is visiting Egypt next month is encouraging tour operators to promote the country as a destination for Christian pilgrims. Two years ago, a pilgrimage route: the 'Way of the Holy Family' was identified, following in the footsteps of Mary, Joseph and the Infant Jesus on their journey back to Palestine from Egypt. This starts from the town of Al-Arish -
Like many people I was shocked before Christmas to hear about the serious illness of Martin McGuinness, and, despite our hopes and prayers for his recovery, today I am saddened to learn that he has died. My first thoughts are with his dear wife Bernie, his children, grandchildren, brothers and sister, and all his many friends and loved ones.
Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland's former deputy first minister died today, just two months after retiring due to ill health. McGuinness was a former IRA leader who played a leading role in the peace process. Bishop Donal McKeown said in a statement: "The death of Martin McGuinness, which was announced this morning, will affect many people in different ways. "Martin McGuinness played a
Since the beginning of Lent - two large wooden crosses have been standing at the churches of Holy Trinity and the Church of Our Lady in Fleet, Hampshire. One is in the doorway - as Parish Priest Fr Sean Tobin explained: "So that people don't have to come in." The other one is completely outside on the road. In front of them both there's a box with felt tips and small red crosses for passers-by to write
Today, a YouGov poll indicates that 75% of UK adults think the Government should be represented at the up-coming negotiations at the United Nations in New York to work towards a legally binding prohibition of nuclear weapons. The Government have indicated that they will not attend. Since the negotiations at the end of 2016, Pax Christi British section and members, together with Pax Christi
You may have heard reports that China has moved to a two-child policy for all couples, "abandoning its decades-long one-child policy." Characterizing this latest modification as "abandoning" the One-Child Policy is misleading. A two-child policy has not ended any of the human rights abuses caused by the One Child Policy, including forced abortion, involuntary
In a letter sent to the US House of Representatives, Bishop Frank J Dewane of Venice, Florida notes that, while the recently introduced American Health Care Act (AHCA) commendably contains key provisions in defense of life, the proposed legislation also creates "grave challenges for poor and vulnerable people that must be addressed" by Congress before passage.
Saint Joseph gives young people "the ability to dream, to risk, and to undertake the difficult tasks that they have seen in dreams." That was the message of Pope Francis during the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta today (Monday). The day's liturgy commemorated the Solemnity of St Joseph, which is normally celebrated on 19 March, but which is transferred when that date falls on a Sunday in Lent. In
The Philippine Jesuits have joined the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in condemning efforts to revive the death penalty. "The Philippine Jesuits stand behind our bishops in condemning the wanton disregard for life that capital punishment represents, something made even more repulsive in a context where rampant killing has been taking place with apparent
The bid by the Diocese of East Anglia to open eight new Catholic schools across the region has received a double boost with a mention by the Chancellor in his recent Budget and news that over 800 people have registered their support for the plans. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, mentioned removing barriers to opening good quality faith schools in his March
The guardian of Nyalenda parish, a slum in the city of Kisumu, in the center-west of Kenya, on Lake Victoria, was killed in a robbery in the night between 18 and 19 March. George Omondi, 47, father of five, was shot several times in the head and neck by bandits who were trying to enter Fr George Kraakman's house, a Dutch Mill Hill missionary. Fr George woke up due to the noise, and f
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) has confirmed the number of seats reserved for each city to Christian candidates with a presidential decree, ahead of the municipal elections scheduled for 13 May. According to the decree, dated 15 March, eight seats out of 15 will be reserved to Christian candidates in the municipal councils in Ramallah and Bethlehem, and
Faiith and community groups are celebrating the European Action Week Against Racism this week. The BREXIT Referendum has highlighted some of the serious divisions in our society. These divisions are set against the background of continuing turmoil in the Middle East and other parts of the world, with many seeking refuge or simply a better life in Europe and the UK. Here in the UK the gap between the rich
In his Angelus address with pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on the day's Gospel about the meeting of Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the well. "Perhaps we have not yet encountered Jesus personally. Perhaps we have not recognised Him as our Saviour." Because of the great respect Jesus shows the woman - and despite her being a Samaritan,
News from those working in Calais is that things have never been so tough. The French 'welcome centres' distributed across the country may have provided a solution for some people, but for those where it didn't, conditions are worse than the Jungle ever was. There are hundreds of refugees, mostly minors, sleeping rough on the streets of Calais and Paris with no access to
In less than six weeks Christians from all across Europe will gather in Birmingham for "Hidden Treasure". A weekend being organised by the Taizé community, Friday 28th April - Monday 1st May. The title 'Hidden Treasure' is taken from the Gospel Parable (Matthew 13:44). The gathering will be a chance to explore and celebrate some of the hidden treasures of our faith, those found in