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Initiative by 11-year-old SVP supporter will help thousands
Initiative by 11-year-old SVP supporter will help thousands

A kind-hearted and thoughtful 11-year-old boy, who wanted to do something to help the homeless cope with the cold this winter, has came up with a great idea. Finn Collins, from Whitstable in Kent, was looking through SVP cold weather packs - known as Vinnie Packs - which his mother was distributing to the homeless when he noticed that something was missing. "I had really dry lips at the time and it was making me really uncomfortable," he said. "I thought about homeless people who must get really sore lips as they are outside all the time and decided it would be nice if the Vinnie Packs had lip balms in them."

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First Belarusian Catholic church consecrated in London
First Belarusian Catholic church consecrated in London

The solemn consecration of the new church of the Holy Hierarch Cyril, bishop of Turaŭ and All the Patron Saints of the Belarusian People took place today, 17 December, in Woodside Park, north London. This building is the first purpose-built Belarusian Catholic church in the world outside Belarus and the first all-wooden church in the city since the Great Fire of London. Consecrated on the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986, the church is also dedicated to the memory of the victims and survivors of that event.

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Church leaders, Egyptian Ambassador attend service for victims of Cairo church bombing at Westminster Abbey
Church leaders, Egyptian Ambassador attend service for victims of Cairo church bombing at Westminster Abbey

The Most Rev Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, and His Excellency Mr Nasser Kamel, Ambassador of Egypt to the UK & Northern Ireland, spoke at a prayer vigil alongside His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, at the Innocent Victims' Memorial, Westminster Abbey. The vigil was held yesterday, 14 December 2016 in honour of the 25 Coptic Orthodox Christians, mostly women and children, who lost their lives in the recent tragic bombing of St Peter's Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo.

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BBC admits falsely describing Catholic Church as 'silent' before Hitler
BBC admits falsely describing Catholic Church as 'silent' before Hitler

In a significant finding, the British Broadcasting Corporation has conceded that in their main evening news bulletin, seen by millions, it falsely described the Church as being 'silent' in the face of Nazism and that it has not reported correctly on the Church's opposition to Hitler, David Alton writes in his blog. He continues: The finding was made by the BBC's internal watchdog after Fr Leo Chamberlain and I jointly lodged a complaint. Fr Chamberlain, a Benedictine, is a historian and former headmaster of Ampleforth College. The broadcast was made last July during a visit to Auschwitz by Pope Francis.

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Scotland: Archbishop voices concern over plan to close job centres
Scotland: Archbishop voices concern over plan to close job centres

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia has expressed concern at a proposal to close half of the job centres in Glasgow. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has indicated it intends to close eight of the 16 job centres in the city. Commenting on the proposal, Archbishop Tartgalia said: "I am very concerned by the Department of Work and Pensions' proposals to close half of Glasgow's Job Centres. Sadly, Glasgow has one of the highest rates of unemployment in Scotland, and suffers high levels of deprivation as a result.

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Canterbury: Franciscan International Study Centre  to close
Canterbury: Franciscan International Study Centre to close

After forty-six years of existence, the Franciscan International Study Centre in Canterbury will close on the 30th of June 2017. Its Board of Trustees passed the following resolution on 1st December 2016. The Franciscan International Study Centre in Canterbury shall cease functioning at the end of Trinity Term 2017, and begin the process of closure and the eventual alienation of the property. The Trustees expressed their hope that the Franciscan ethos, with its intellectual and spiritual tradition, would find new ways of expression and growth throughout Great Britain and the English-speaking

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Five Catholic churches awarded Christmas funding for urgent repairs
Five Catholic churches awarded Christmas funding for urgent repairs

Five Roman Catholic churches have received a Christmas funding boost for urgent repairs. They range from a pioneering 1960's church in Birmingham built of glass and concrete; three 19th century churches and one built on the 1930s. A total of 36 churches and chapels in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will share in a grants pay-out of £595,000 from the National Churches Trust, the UK's church support charity. Eleven of the churches being helped are on the Historic England 'At Risk' Register.

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Cardinal Nichols endorses survival kit for street homeless
Cardinal Nichols endorses survival kit for street homeless

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster has teamed up with the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) to help people on the streets struggling to keep warm this winter. With the number of people experiencing homelessness growing year on year, the Cardinal is backing the distribution of 12,000 Vinnie Packs to provide a practical way the public can help the homeless keep warm. Each Pack contains essential items including thermal hat, socks, gloves, toothbrush and toothpaste and information sheet with advice on where to get more support.

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CTE Presidents call for prayers after Cairo church bombing
CTE Presidents call for prayers after Cairo church bombing

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has joined fellow Presidents of Churches Together in England in calling for prayer after the attack on Coptic Christians in Cairo on Sunday. The Presidents said: 'We heard with deep sorrow and concern of the attack yesterday on St Peter's Coptic Orthodox Church within the complex of St Mark's Cathedral in Cairo as people gathered to worship. We pray for those who have lost loved ones that they may know God's comforting presence. We pray too for the nation of Egypt as it mourns.

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MPs to send message of congratulations to Pope for his 80th birthday
MPs to send message of congratulations to Pope for his 80th birthday

In an Early Day Motion, MPs of all parties have agreed to send message of congratulations to Pope Francis ahead of his 80th birthday The motion signed by MPs from five different parties also recognises the Pope's leading contribution to tackling climate change, promoting sustainable development, welcoming refugees, building peace, encouraging prison reform, protecting religious freedom, and advancing global abolition of the death penalty. Catholic MP Rob Flello, who sponsored the motion said:

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Young couple donate their house to homeless refugees
Young couple donate their house to homeless refugees

Pope Francis recently suggested European Christians could show solidarity with those fleeing violence and persecution by each church making a commitment to offer one house to those seeking refuge. A young couple in Birmingham, Steph and Matthew Neville, who were saving up for a house for themselves, have responded to this call, by buying one for refugees instead.... Steph told ICN: "Matthew and I already live in a small ecumenical ecumenical community with accommodation provided by a church so we realised we didn't need a house of our own."

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CAFOD calls on UK to affirm leadership on Human Rights Day
CAFOD calls on UK to affirm leadership on Human Rights Day

CAFOD has called on the government to mark Human Rights Day by committing to a treaty which would protect the rights of poor communities affected by irresponsible business practices. The Catholic aid agency made the call ahead of Human Rights Day, which marks the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December each year. Anne Lindsay, CAFOD's private sector policy analyst, said: "Supporting a treaty which prevents businesses from violating the rights of poor communities would be clear evidence of the government's leadership in this field.

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Missionary receives major award from Irish president
Missionary receives major award from Irish president

Sr Mary Sweeney - an Irish member of the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny - received a Presidential Distinguished Service Award from the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday, 8 December. Speaking afterwards Sr Mary said: "This award recognises the many people who have supported my missionary work in Sierra Leone over the past 44 years, especially the people of Sierra Leone whose dedication greatly helps hearing impaired children. These people have helped me in every way through their financial and spiritual support.

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Westminster: Blessing and Enthronement of Our Lady of Walsingham
Westminster: Blessing and Enthronement of Our Lady of Walsingham

The statue of Our Lady of Walsingham, which was based in the crypt of Westminster Cathedral, will be enthroned in the Cathedral itself, at a special celebration in the chapel of St George and the English Martyrs, tomorrow, 8 December 2016, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The programme begins with prayers and the Rosary at 4pm. At 5pm there will be Vespers, followed by Mass at 5.30 celebrated by Bishop John Sherrington, a procession and blessing of the new shrine.

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London: Churches launch #LondonUnited campaign to combat intolerance
London: Churches launch #LondonUnited campaign to combat intolerance

London's church leaders have launched a new campaign in response to the ongoing refugee crisis, and following continued reports of intolerance and heightened tension in the wake of the EU Referendum. #LondonUnited encourages churches representing the capital's different Christian dominations to showcase their community work, particularly in response to the needs of refugees, asylum seekers and destitute migrants. Throughout the run-up to Christmas, churches will be sharing their stories of community cohesion in London, using the hashtag #LondonUnited on social media.

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Casey review praises contribution of religion to social cohesion
Casey review praises contribution of religion to social cohesion

The Casey Review, into integration and opportunity in isolated and deprived communities, published yesterday by the Department for Communities and Local Government , has found that segregation and social exclusion are at "worrying levels" in some areas of Britain. But Dame Louise Casey has praised the work of the Caritas Social Action Network as part of a "rich tradition of religion as a force for good in this country." In section 8.2 of the review, highlighting the contribution to society of faith-based work, Caritas Social Action Network is recognised along with two others

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Liverpool: First-ever Dementia Friendly Carol Service
Liverpool: First-ever Dementia Friendly Carol Service

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP will lead the first-ever Dementia Friendly Carol Service in Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on Wednesday 14 December at 2pm. The Archdiocese of Liverpool became aware of the needs of people living with dementia through parish visiting and began to run Dementia Awareness sessions in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Society in many different parishes and other venues. As part of this journey the 'Songs we Remember' Dementia Friendly Choir initiative

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Catholic-Shia dialogue in London
Catholic-Shia dialogue in London

On Saturday 3 December Father Maximilian Musindai OSB from the Dar Comboni Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies in Cairo, who is one of the Academic Panel of College4 Life, and Fr William Skudlarek OSB ( from OSB Interfaith Dialogue) were in London to meet with Dr Mohammed Shomali of the Islamic centre of England in Maida Vale, to plan the next Benedictine-Shia Inter-religious dialogue in Kenya, 2017. On Sunday 4 December, the Benedictines visited Fr Abbot Martin Shipperlee OSB and Fr James Leachman OSB at Ealing Abbey and to work.

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   Scottish Catholic Parliamentary Office relocates to Edinburgh
Scottish Catholic Parliamentary Office relocates to Edinburgh

The Scottish Catholic Parliamentary Office has moved to the capital to be closer to the Scottish Parliament. Since the inception of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 the parliamentary office had been based in Glasgow. Director, Anthony Horan, believes the relocation of the office to Cowgate in the Old Town will enhance his work with parliamentarians and stakeholders. He said: "I'm absolutely delighted to confirm the completion of the Catholic Parliamentary Office's move to the church house of St Patrick's, Edinburgh.

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 Caritas Westminster launches Catholic Social Teaching programme
Caritas Westminster launches Catholic Social Teaching programme

Yesterday, 1 December, Caritas Westminster launched Love in Action, a programme aimed at introducing the principles of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) to parishes and schools. Designed to be used with a variety of groups, the resources offer a programme to educate, inspire and help parishes to discern the needs of their local area, and to focus on how to put love into action. The launch at Our Lady of Victories in Kensington, gave participants a chance to look at the resources as well as interact with them through a series of activities.

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East Anglia: Catholic church and Police join forces to tackle modern slavery
East Anglia: Catholic church and Police join forces to tackle modern slavery

Catholic church leaders, senior Police force officers and ethnic chaplains have met the UK's Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner to discuss solutions to tackling human trafficking taking place within East Anglia. The meeting, organised in collaboration with the Santa Marta Group and the Catholic Diocese of East Anglia, was held at Sacred Heart & St Oswald in Peterborough on Tuesday November 29. The regional meeting echoes the international initiative of the Santa Marta Group - an alliance of international police chiefs and bishops from around the world working together with

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Vulnerable asylum seekers find shelter in Birmingham
Vulnerable asylum seekers find shelter in Birmingham

Representatives from Father Hudson's Care, the Columban Missionaries, Caritas, the Archdiocese of Birmingham and a local parish welcomed guests to celebrate the official opening of Fatima House on Sunday. Fatima House is a new partnership project that offers short-term shelter to female asylum seekers who are destitute and in the process of a renewed asylum claim. Just a few short months after the first referral for support was made, it is almost full with eight women staying there who would otherwise be homeless.

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London: Patriarch Gregorios to speak about Melkite Church and Christianity in Syria today
London: Patriarch Gregorios to speak about Melkite Church and Christianity in Syria today

The Centre for Eastern Christianity at Heythrop College is holding a special guest lecture this week by His Beatitude Gregorios III, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East of Alexandria and of Jerusalem on `The Melkite Church and the Situation of Christianity in Syria Today'. Patriarch Gregorios is the most senior Catholic leader in Syria and President of the Assembly of the Catholic Bishops in that country. He has been in Dublin for the last few days with other Syrian Religious leaders meeting members of the Dail-Irish parliament, the Irish Foreign Ministry and holding a joint-service at Trinity College,

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 CSAN welcomes Government decision to reconsider tribunal fee increases
CSAN welcomes Government decision to reconsider tribunal fee increases

The Government has announced that it will review the fees charged for Immigration and Asylum appeals and will not, for the moment, go ahead with proposals to increase tribunal fees by 500% in order to achieve full cost recovery. Any applicants who have paid the new, higher fees will be reimbursed the difference. Cathy Corcoran, Chief Executive of the Cardinal Hume Centre, said: "This unexpected announcement is very welcome news indeed. We at Cardinal Hume Centre are greatly relieved that, for the moment at least, any of our clients making immigration and asylum appeals

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London: Mass for World AIDS Day
London: Mass for World AIDS Day

A special Mass for World AIDS Day will take place at Farm Street Jesuit Church at 6pm this Thursday, to pray for and show solidarity with the 37 million women, children, and men living with HIV and AIDS - including the 100,000 here in the UK. Music will be provided by the Beacon Music Group. The celebrant will be Monsignor Keith Barltrop. The Mass will be followed by refreshments in the Parish Hall and a retiring collection will be taken for the Mildmay Hospital.

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