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The Gospel of Matthew by Candelight
The Gospel of Matthew by Candelight

Acclaimed by critics and audiences in theatres and churches throughout the UK, award-winning actor George Dillon will be performing the Gospel of Matthew in churches across Brighton, London and the South East during Lent (1st March - 14th April 2017) this year by candlelight. 25% of the ticket sales will be going to support local homeless charities. Inspired by an encounter with Bob Geldof at Euston Station, created in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, and short-listed for The Stage's 'Best Actor' Award in Edinburgh, Dillon's epic, impassioned performance portrays Jesus not as a

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Actress Emma Rigby becomes CAFOD ambassador
Actress Emma Rigby becomes CAFOD ambassador

Actress Emma Rigby has become the newest celebrity ambassador to join CAFOD. The Catholic actress who rose to fame as Hannah Ashworth in Hollyoaks and, has also appeared in several BBC programmes including Prisoner's Wives, recently participated in The Climate Coalition's 'Show the Love' film and photo campaign - her first project in the new charity role. A lifelong Catholic and self -confessed 'proud Northerner', Emma from St Helen's, Merseyside, attended a local Catholic secondary school. However, it is only recently Emma has publicly reaffirmed her Catholic faith.

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London art retreat:  Jacob's Ladder - dreams and spiritual development
London art retreat: Jacob's Ladder - dreams and spiritual development

As part of the Spiritual Boost Series, at DeMazenod House, by Tower Hill this Saturday, Jacob's Ladder will be exploring different types of dreams, how dreams can be used in spiritual development to help strengthen our understanding of God's plan for us and discerning spiritual communication. The one day Creativity and Spirituality Retreat given by JudyAnn Masters, an associate of Sr Sheila Gosney who originated the Art and Prayer Retreats. JudyAnn carries on Sr Sheila's work with Fr Oliver Barry at the DeMazenod House, Oblate Retreat Centre.

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Songs of Praise visits St Beuno's
Songs of Praise visits St Beuno's

‪BBC One's 'Songs of Praise', will feature St Beuno's retreat and spirituality centre next Sunday (12 February 2017). Presenter Aled Jones was in north Wales‬ following the pilgrim trail to Bardsey Island, reputed to be the resting place of 20,000 saints. ‪On the way he stopped off at St Beuno's and met Fr Roger with some of the team and staff. ‬ The programme also features a piece by Kate Botley who is in Dublin searching for the real Saint Valentine.

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Booking: Michelangelo and Sebastiano at the National Gallery
Booking: Michelangelo and Sebastiano at the National Gallery

This spring, the National Gallery presents the first ever exhibition devoted to the creative partnership between Michelangelo (1475-1564) and Sebastiano del Piombo (1455-1547), featuring exceptional loans, some of which have not left their collections for centuries. Michelangelo & Sebastiano explores the complementary talents, yet divergent personalities, of the two artists. It encompasses approximately seventy works - paintings, drawings, sculptures and letters - produced by Michelangelo and Sebastiano before, during and after their association.

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London: Edwin Fawcett and Friends Birthday Concert
London: Edwin Fawcett and Friends Birthday Concert

For the first time in five years, Edwin Fawcett will be sharing his music in London next month. If you didn't make any of the dates on the 'I WANNA PRAISE' European tour in 2016, this will be your chance to catch up on the live experience! On Friday, 11 February at 6pm, there will be a Vigil Mass at St Mary of the Angels, Notting Hill Gate, with music led by Edwin, band and St Antony's Youth Choir. Then at 7pm - there's the concert - with appearances from friends and the various groups Edwin is connected with.

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First woman appointed to direct Vatican Museums
First woman appointed to direct Vatican Museums

Pope Francis has appointed a new Director of the Vatican Museums, Barbara Jatta, who is set to take up the post on 1 January 2017. She is succeeding Antonio Paolucci, who is retiring at 77. Born in Rome on 6 October 1962, Barbara Jatta previously held the position of Vice-Director of the Vatican Museums. She received her Liberal Arts degree in Letters from the Sapienza University in Rome in 1986, a Diploma in Archives at the Vatican School of Paleography the following year, and a specialization in Art History in 1991.

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London: Carols for Palestine in Trafalgar Square
London: Carols for Palestine in Trafalgar Square

As part of the Make It Right Campaign, singers will be celebrating the festive season with carols in Trafalgar Square this Thursday, to remember Palestine this Christmas. Singers from the Choir of St Luke's Church, West Holloway and the acclaimed north London choir Vox Holloway, directed by Justin Butcher and Harvey Brough, together with members of the London NUT Choir, supported by the brass quartet Holloway Brass, directed by Richard Leigh will be performing carols from across the world and down the ages, raising funds for Amos Trust's Women of Palestine Christmas appeal.

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New York: China's 'youngest prisoner of conscience' to perform at Carnegie Hall
New York: China's 'youngest prisoner of conscience' to perform at Carnegie Hall

In the video, a 13-year-old girl's fingers fly over the piano keys. She's playing Chopin's Étude Op. 10, No. 5, full of joy. It seems from the expressive playing she's lived a life along the same cheerful theme. But the girl is Anni Zhang, daughter of imprisoned Chinese dissident Zhang Lin. Faced with a future of no education and life in a Chinese state-run orphanage, Anni endured inhumane treatment by the Chinese government before fleeing to America, leaving behind language and family alike. Today, Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women's Rights Without Frontiers, and her husband Robert,

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London: Advent Art Retreat - The Jesse Tree and Me
London: Advent Art Retreat - The Jesse Tree and Me

The Jesse Tree and Me, an Advent art retreat led by JudyAnn Masters takes place at DeMazenod House, the new Oblate Spirituality Centre byTower Hill, next Saturday, 10 December 10.30 for 11am start - 4pm. We will use the model of the Jesse Tree for exploring your own family tree and how it has shaped your perspective of self and your relationship with God. The aim of the day is to connect with God creatively and intuitively. The day will include prayer, scripture, poetry, prose, music, meditation and contemplation.

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Help London hospices choir reach Christmas Number 1!
Help London hospices choir reach Christmas Number 1!


A newly-formed choir of 300 patients, families, staff and volunteers from 18 London hospices are aiming for this year's Christmas number 1 - and to raise awareness of the hospice movement - with a cover of 'The Living Years' alongside Paul Carrack, who was also lead vocalist on the original 1991 hit.  The multi-generational London Hospices Choir recorded their new take on the classic track at the world famous Abbey Road Studios and shot the moving music video with patients at Clapham's Royal Trinity Hospice, under the direction of top Hollywood film director Annabel Jankel

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Heartwarming ad shows friendship between Vicar and Imam
Heartwarming ad shows friendship between Vicar and Imam

A heartwarming ad from retail giant Amazon, which will be shown in cinemas and on TV up to Christmas, tells a story of an Anglican Vicar and a Muslim Imam who are old friends. They meet for a cup of tea and discover that they share the same problem. The next day the Vicar has a moment of inspiration and decides to do something to make the Imam's life and work a little easier. What the Vicar doesn't know, is the Imam has hit on the same idea for his friend.

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Brian Sewell bequeaths painting to National Gallery
Brian Sewell bequeaths painting to National Gallery

The legendary art critic Brian Sewell, who died last September, has bequeathed one of his favourite paintings to the National Gallery. Maternal Affection, a small oil on copper work from 1773 by the French artist Louis-Jean-François Lagrenée, goes on display today in Room 33 alongside works by fellow French painters such as Fragonard, Vernet, and Watteau. The picture shows a woman nursing a child, with another infant held towards her by one of her female companions.

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Booking now: Amos Trust Bethlehem Carol Service 2016

Booking now: Amos Trust Bethlehem Carol Service 2016


The annual Amos Trust Bethlehem Carol service at St James's Piccadilly this year focuses on the stories of the women of Palestine and will feature a wide cross-section of guest musicians and speakers. There will be special guests from Palestine as well as Philippa Whitford MP who will talk about her time at Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza; Garth Hewitt who will be previewing songs from his new Christmas album; Vox Holloway Choir with Justin Butcher & Harvey Brough Beth Rowley & Amaka Okafor Opera 4.

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London: Jesse Tree Creativity and Spiritual Retreat Day
London: Jesse Tree Creativity and Spiritual Retreat Day

The second Jesse Tree Creativity and Spiritual Retreat Day takes place next week. JudyAnn Masters writes: We'll be meeting again at the Oblate Retreat Centre, DeMazenod House, 62 Chamber St. London E1 7BL on Saturday 5 November at 10:30 for 11am start. Last month we looked at Christ's and our own genealogy in terms of Nature, the physical bloodline, physical body that connects us to God. We experienced an aspect of Jesus' genealogy that is connected to our own family tree (including adopted family lines).

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 Booking Now: Night Under the Stars - Benefit for the Passage
Booking Now: Night Under the Stars - Benefit for the Passage

Tuesday 8 November - the day of the US Presidential Election - there will be an evening of entertainment at the iconic Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank to raise funds for the work of The Passage. Appropriately, this year's concert features music by the leading American composers of the 20th century - including Gershwin, Barber and Bernstein - performed by a line up of top international performers. There's music from Broadway too, in the form of hits from the musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein with Streetwise Opera.

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Blue Swan Quartet - booking now for parties, wedding receptions
Blue Swan Quartet - booking now for parties, wedding receptions

This talented and versatile young quartet of saxophone, violin, piano and bass has a unique sound. With a large and ever-growing repertoire of classical and popular pieces Blue Swan are available to play at wedding receptions, official functions and informal parties. This London-based band can also bring a vocalist if needed. For bookings and more information contact: bookings@blueswanmusic.co.uk

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London: Poetry Workshop on  Gerard Manley Hopkins
London: Poetry Workshop on Gerard Manley Hopkins

A day exploring selected poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins, led by Graeme Watson will take place at the Meditatio Centre in Islington on Saturday, 22 October. Hopkins' poems describe God's world in dynamic images and rhythms. Stretching language almost to breaking point, the poet invites the reader to observe the natural world more closely , to look inward into the human mind and heart, and then to take the final step of entering into the stillness and silence of contemplative prayer.

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London Retreats: The Jesse Tree and Me
London Retreats: The Jesse Tree and Me

Three day retreats will be held on 8 October, 5 November and 10 December covering three aspects of The Jesse Tree: Our Lord's genealogy: nature, nurture and spiritual heritage. We will use this model for exploring your own family tree and how it has shaped your perspective of self and your relationship with God.

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'A Miracle in Wood' the story of St Mary's altar in Krakow
'A Miracle in Wood' the story of St Mary's altar in Krakow

It's been described as 'a miracle in wood'. St Mary's Altar, towering behind the high altar of St Mary's Basilica in Kraków, is the largest Gothic altarpiece in the world and a national treasure of Poland. For centuries, pilgrims have come from around the world to gaze on this masterpiece. The work consists of 200 fine wooden sculptures, painted in vibrant colours and gold leaf. The central part, with huge 2.7 metre tall lifelike statues, depicts dramatically the death of the Virgin Mary, surrounded by the twelve Apostles.

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One day, one million strong choir on International Day of Peace
One day, one million strong choir on International Day of Peace

Choirs and singers across the whole world got together to send a message of peace and unity on International Day of Peace. A million people were involved in One Day One Choir, a global choral initiative started in 2014 by singer Jane Hanson to mobilise the power of singing to unite people globally. A flash mob in Trafalgar Square, London, led by choir leaders Jeremy Haneman and Tom Morley, brought together singers for an impromptu performance of songs about peace.

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Choirs sing for peace in Trafalgar Square
Choirs sing for peace in Trafalgar Square

3FF's (Three Faiths Forum) intercultural choir the Mixed Up Chorus is joining other choirs and singers to send a message of peace and unity on International Day of Peace. As part of the One Day One Choir flash mob, the choir will sing in Trafalgar Square on Wednesday 21 September at 6:30pm. The singers will be led by acclaimed choir leaders Tom Morley and Mixed Up Chorus's musical director Jeremy Haneman. One Day One Choir is a global choral initiative, starting in 2014 by Jane Hanson, which has been created to mobilise

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New works by Canadian sculptor depict Jesus and terrorists
New works by Canadian sculptor depict Jesus and terrorists

To mark the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America, Timothy Schmalz, the world-renowned Catholic sculptor best known for his controversial 'Homeless Jesus' statue, has unveiled two new works, 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' and 'Love Your Enemy.' 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' depicts Christ with his face in his hands weeping over the dead body of a hooded individual. Three bullet holes are clearly visible in the person's back.

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London Synagogue hosts 'Midwives of Freedom'
London Synagogue hosts 'Midwives of Freedom'

One Sunday morning in 1941 in Nazi Occupied Netherlands a mysterious character rode up on his bicycle and entered the Calvinist Church. He ascended the podium and read aloud the story of the midwives who saved the Hebrew babies and defied Pharaoh's policy of genocide. "Who is today's Pharaoh?" he asked. "HItler" the congregation replied. "Who are today's Hebrew babies?" "The Jews" the again replied. "Who will be today's midwives? He left the church leaving his question hanging in the air. Seven families from this little church hid Jews and

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New music for canonisation of Blessed Mother Teresa
New music for canonisation of Blessed Mother Teresa

A parishioner from St Joseph Church, Christchurch in Dorset, Mr Santhosh Thomas, has composed the music and lyrics for three theme songs on a new album of music in preparation for Blessed Mother Teresa's Canonisation on September 4th, released by the Kerala Catholic Bishops Council. Mr Thomas was brought up as a member of Syro- Malabar Church in India and became a parishioner of St Joseph's in 2003. He has written the lyrics and music for more than 500 Christian devotional songs.

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