In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Jesuits of the US, together with the Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation and St Francis Mission on the Rosebud Reservation, state that they are deeply concerned by the recent decision of the US Army Corps of Engineers concerning the Dakota Access Pipeline. They state: 'The decision to issue an easement allowing the pipeline to cross under the Missouri River north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is a direct response to
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan made a strong call to conversion in his 2017 Budget Speech. Quoting Pope Francis he said, "Reforming the social structures which perpetuate poverty and the exclusion of the poor first requires a conversion of mind and heart". He went on to say, "We need to radically transform our economy so that we have a more diversified economy, with more jobs and inclusivity in ownership and participation". There is no doubt that South Africa is sitting on a fast-ticking social time bomb.
Pope Francis received his long-time friend from his native Argentina, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, yesterday, along with a delegation of Jewish leaders involved in the preparation of a new edition of the Torah. The annotated, illustrated edition is already being hailed as an achievement in both the literary and visual arts. Pope Francis told his guests: "The extensive introduction to the text and the editor's note emphasize this dialogical approach and communicate a cultural vision of openness, mutual respect and peace that
Fr Bonaventure Knollys OSB, Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey, died peacefully in the monastery infirmary at Ampleforth on 23 February 2017, at the age of 81. He was born in Birmingham in July 1935 and educated at Ampleforth. He joined the monastic community in September 1953, but left the community in 1957 in order to go and teach in an African Mission School in Uganda. He returned in 1962 and a year later went to Fribourg in Switzerland to study Theology. On his return to Ampleforth in 1967,
A new website which makes it easy for churches and to look after their architectural heritage was launched yesterday, by the National Churches Trust, the UK's church buildings support charity. Based on the principle that prevention is better than cure. MaintenanceBooker has been set up to help churches and chapels avoid having to carry out major repairs to their buildings by making it easy to carry out regular maintenance. MaintenanceBooker is being launched initially in Yorkshire and the Humber,
Church leaders from South Sudan have called on the international community to assist millions of people who are facing starvation in the country. Bishops from England and Wales have backed their call for peace and urgent action to alleviate suffering and save lives. In a pastoral letter released by the South Sudan Catholic Bishops' Conference on 23 February 2017, the Bishops said: "Our country is gripped by a humanitarian crisis - famine, insecurity and economic hardship. Our people
The bodies of two murdered Coptic men were found on 22 February in the city of Al-Arish in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, the latest in a series of sectarian killings since 31 January. State security officials told the Daily News Egypt newspaper that the body of 65 year-old Saied Hakim was found with gunshot wounds to his head, while his 45 year-old son Medhat had been burned alive. The murders are the latest in a series of sectarian killings in Al-Arish that began on 31 January, when 35 year-old Coptic trader Wael
In our health, wealth and beauty conscious age, fasting might not hold the same meaning as it did for a more religiously inclined society, where the contrast between fast days and feast days helped people appreciate the meaning of the festival as well as appreciate the bounty nature can give us in it seasonal round. A student friend remarked that the ancient practice and discipline of fasting was what a number of people did today either because of health concerns or because they lived very rushed lives so
Bashar al-Assad's government in Syria is carrying out a national strategy to change the demographics of the country. This strategy includes besieging, starving, killing and transferring people in a number of cities and neighbourhoods associated with resistance to his government. The latest example of this strategy is Aleppo, but three years ago the same strategy was carried out in Homs.
Bishop Abel Gabuza, chairperson of South African Catholic Bishops Conference Justice and Peace Commission, has called on the Parliament's Standing Committee on Finance to consider further regulation of banks if the banks are found guilty of collusion by the competition tribunal.
"Football, like other sports, is an image of life and society", Pope Francis this morning (Thursday) when he received the footballers, coaches and managers of the Argentine "Villarreal CF" team, scheduled to play a European League match in Rome this afternoon.
At a reception in the Palace of Westminster last night, it was announced that the former Head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, is set to lead St Mary's University's school leadership programme, developing the next cadre of senior leaders, headteachers and Multi-academy trust leaders. The former Chief Inspector of Schools in England will shortly take up a role as Professor of Education and Director of Multi-Academy Trusts at the University, where he hopes to develop world-class leaders in the education system, able to rise to the challenge of managing groups of schools.
The Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland have sent out the following message and reflection in advance of Assembly Election on 2 March 2017. To our political leaders... The premature collapse of our political institutions is a serious matter for all of us. We depend on you, our politicians to help shape a healthy, positive and peaceful society in which there are ample, quality jobs, decent housing, comprehensive healthcare, and first-class education for all. We thank you for your public service, the sacrifices and commitment that you have made for the good of our society. However at this time,
Columban Missionary, Father Shay Cullen and the Preda Foundation in the Philippines have been chosen to receive the Shalom Award For Justice and Peace at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. The prize has been awarded since 1982 to extraordinary commitment in the field of peace and human rights. Fr has worked for justice and peace in the Philippines since 1969. The Prize is awarded for the work of 54 staff, social workers, therapists, administrators and public educators in defending human rights and the work for peace.
Heavily-armed Fulani herdsmen carried out raids on communities in Kaduna State, central Nigeria, on 19 and 20 February, destroying homes and claiming at least 21 lives. Hundreds of militia men reportedly descended on Bakin Kogi in the Kaninkon Chiefdom of Jema'a Local Government Area (LGA) in southern Kaduna State during the evening of 19 February, burning down houses, killing at least seven people and leaving scores more injured. Pictures allegedly taken at the scene of the attack and seen by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) include two beheaded corpses of young men.
There's only a week until the start of Lent. If you're looking for a way to mark Lent, either yourself or with young people you work with, it's not too late to get involved with siLENT. You can take part at any time before Easter Sunday. 'There is so much noise in the world! May we learn to be silent in our hearts and before God.' Pope Francis...siLENT is a simple idea. Instead of cutting out sugar, or giving up chocolate, we join together to use Lent to find silence - and at the same time we speak up for young people.
Friend's and staff of a leading Catholic charity's UK office are running the Fitbit Semi de Paris this March, joining European and Latin American colleagues, raising funds for persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Aid to the Church in Need's UK runners of the half-marathon on the 5th March will include Neville Kyrke-Smith, National Director, John Pontifex, Head of Press and Information, Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, National Ecclesiastical Assistant and assistant priest at Farm Street Parish - as well as Sebastian Cichocki, Maintenance Manager at Farm Street.
Caritas Anchor House in Canning Town, was delighted to welcome the Rt Rev Alan Williams, the Bishop of Brentwood, on Friday, 17 February. During his visit Bishop Alan Williams, President of Caritas Anchor House, met with residents who shared their experiences of homelessness and how Caritas Anchor House was supporting them to rebuild their lives. Every year, Caritas Anchor House offers a home and support to up to 250 homeless people. By providing education, guidance and personal rehabilitation, the centre aims to empower all residents to identify their strengths, achieve
Pope Francis said today the challenges of migration and the promotion of peace cannot be tackled without development and integration. Speaking to participants of an International Forum on Migration and Peace taking place in Rome, whom he received in the Vatican, the Pope said the political community, civil society and the Church must offer a shared response to the complexities of the phenomenon of migration today. "Our shared response, he said, may be articulated by four verbs: to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate."
Operation Noah is calling on local churches to commit to divesting from fossil fuels during a week-long Global Divestment Mobilisation in May. The Christian climate change charity is a faith partner in the initiative which is spearheaded by 350.org, the global divestment movement founded by American environmentalist and campaigner Bill McKibben. This year's Global Divestment Mobilisation takes place from 5-13 May and will focus on the impacts of climate change.
Bishop Abel Gabuza, chair person of the South African Bishops' Justice and Peace Commission, has called for calm and restraint amid fears that the planned march against foreign presence in Pretoria on Friday could spark xenophobic attacks. "The planned march against the foreigners in Pretoria is cause for serious concern. We call for calm and restraint." Mamelodi Concerned Residents spokesperson Makgoka Lekganyane said they organised the march because they were tired of being slaves in their own country.
Like elsewhere the phenomenon of deforestation raises a lot of concerns in Zambia, Fr Benjamin Itungabose, M.Afr writes. People cut down trees for various reasons. Due to the current electricity problems in cities people use charcoal as their source of energy more than ever before. Hence burning charcoal has become the main source of income for people in rural areas. Thousands of bags of charcoal are taken to Lusaka and Copperbelt day and night. Luapula province which used to be a land of vegetation is gradually losing its identity.
On Monday, UN agencies officially declared famine in parts of South Sudan. War and a collapsing economy have left 100,000 people facing starvation now. A further one million people have been classified as being on the brink of famine, according to the World Food Programme (WFP) and other UN bodies. Commenting on the news, CAFOD's Country Representative, Francis Flood, based in the capital Juba said: "The people of South Sudan are dealing with hunger and starvation and what is now a protracted conflict. Vulnerable families are struggling to take care of themselves, and many
A faith-based group in Manila is conducting trauma and stress-debriefing sessions for families of victims of drug-drug related killings in an attempt to "broaden the circle of those who will speak the truth." Carmelite priest Gilbert Billena of the group Rise Up said the family meetings aim to create a support group that will help them overcome trauma. The priest said his group condemns the proliferation of illegal drugs but is against the methods used by the government to go after suspected drug users and peddlers. "The very people who should be witnesses in cases against the suppliers are