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Poems for Zimbabwe
Poems for Zimbabwe

ZANE (Zimbabwe a National Emergency) is a small charity which does great work in Zimbabwe, working with more than 2,600 elderly, often very lonely, people to whom they give aid, support and encouragement. ZANE funded the first clubfoot correction programme in Zimbabwe. Eleven treatment centres have been established and over 2,110 children have received treatment to date.

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Calais Poem: This WAS our Church
Calais Poem: This WAS our Church

To the Church of St Michael in the Jungle, Calais

'Our prayers have risen to the Lord
Not in a glorious building
But in a tent which has been an a symbol of hope
To so many trapped in the jungle around us.

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Swords into Ploughshares
Swords into Ploughshares

He was priest, prophet, poet and prisoner.
Anti-war campaigner, with brother Phil
Using homemade napalm to burn draft files.

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Modern day Epiphany
Modern day Epiphany

Now the scraps are all that's left / For lucky dog and compost bin....

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Calling all poets
Calling all poets

"A faith without works, a faith that doesn't get you involved, isn't faith. It is words and nothing more than words." - Pope Francis CAFOD is looking for a keen lyricist to write and perform a spoken word poem which inspires young people to put their faith into action and to become leaders for change. The poem will form part of a video resource that the charity is in the process of producing. If you're interested in spoken word poetry and want to use your skills to volunteer, this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

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London: Poetry workshops with Sarah de Nordwall
London: Poetry workshops with Sarah de Nordwall

Writing your own poetry, even if you've never tried it before, can be a great way of deepening your own spiritual life. At St Mary of the Angels parish in Bayswater, central London, a group called 'Creativity to Contemplation' has been attracting participants from as far away as Somerset. The sessions are facilitated by performance poet and bard Sarah de Nordwall, whose unique brand of Stand Up Poetry is featured in the current edition of Good News Magazine and Catholic Life. Sarah is a parishioner of St Mary's. Besides writing and performing, she is a Catholic Voice and has appeared on BBC 1

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Poem: 'Winter wakeneth all my care'
Poem: 'Winter wakeneth all my care'

The blogger A Clerk of Oxford has posted this beautiful mediaeval poem as we enter the darkest days of winter and the season of Advent: Wynter wakeneth al my care, Nou this leves waxeth bare; Ofte I sike ant mourne sare When hit cometh in my thoght Of this worldes joie, hou hit goth al to noht. Nou hit is, and nou hit nys, Also hit ner nere, ywys; That moni mon seith, soth hit ys:

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Father Rob Esdaile: 'Renew, Refresh, Rejoice'
Father Rob Esdaile: 'Renew, Refresh, Rejoice'

‘The Round Church’ is the popular name for the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Lourdes on Hampton Court Way, Thames Ditton, and it will be 50 years old in 2015. So parishioners are undertaking a vast effort to raise £250,000 for the repair and renewal of their church buildings. With a target like that to aim at, it’s ‘all hands to the pump’. Events range from the recent Parish Ball run by the Women’s Group to a Car-Wash organised by teenagers in the parish. Now Parish Priest Fr Rob Esdaile, is making his own contribution, publishing a volume of poetry

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Waltham Abbey, 14 October
Waltham Abbey, 14 October

A few have come to remember him
At the site of his earlier church.
He’s thought to be buried here –
“The noble earl who enjoyed little stillness

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 Listen: Poetry Retreat with Gerard Manley Hopkins
Listen: Poetry Retreat with Gerard Manley Hopkins

This beautiful series of reflections, produced by Pray-as-you-go, is based on the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Beginning with an introduction on the life of this extraordinary Jesuit poet, each eight-minute session then focusses on an individual work. Poems in the series are: The Caged Skylark, The Wreck of the Deutschland, Pied Beauty, As Kingfishers, Felix Randal,

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When first I was
When first I was
How I was when I first was, was not to be forever the same thereafter,
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Heythrop to host evening on poetry and faith THIS DATE HAS BEEN CANCELLED - FURTHER INFORMATION TO FOLLOW.
Heythrop to host evening on poetry and faith THIS DATE HAS BEEN CANCELLED - FURTHER INFORMATION TO FOLLOW.
Dr Elena Rutt will be leading an evening entitled: 'The Familiarity of Wonder: The Relationship between Poetry and Faith' at Heythrop College next Friday. The evening will be introduced by Antonio Spadaro SJ editor of La Civilta’ Cattolica, who interviewed Pope Francis in September. The event will be organized around a reading of some of Elena’s recently published poems and a selection by Elena of some poems by modern and contemporary poets: Roger McGough, Mary Oliver and William Carlos Williams.
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Seamus Heaney: 'Walk on air against your better judgement'
On 30 August 2013, news of the death of Nobel Prize-winning poet, Seamus Heaney, was met with sorrow around the world. He was universally admired for his kindness as well as for his poems, which ‘gaze into the reality of the world and see its mystery’. Writing in Thinking Faith, on National Poetry Day, Edel McClean pays tribute to the life and work of a man whose death, according to his fellow poet, Don Paterson, ‘seems to have left a breach in the language itself’.
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A poem at one with nature
A poem at one with nature
When I lived in Japan, I met a poet, Toshie Kuroko, (her pen name). In a predominantly Buddhist country she stood out as a Catholic. We became very good friends. I found her to be charming, intelligent, generous of spirit, kind and a great inspiration. She wrote this poem, a reflection of how she is feeling at this present time. She wrote it in Japanese. I have translated it into English. Her words are simple yet poignant. Her thoughts in harmony with nature and with life. M Knows
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Workshop on poetry of Pope John Paul II
Workshop on poetry of Pope John Paul II
A workshop exploring the contemplative poems and dramatic technique pioneered by Pope John Paul II is taking place this Saturday in London. The Place Within is a six-hour workshop led by the poet and author Sarah Fordham, who recently completed an MA at St Mary's University College, Twickenham with a thesis titled 'How can the poetry of Karol Wojtyla be
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