Whitechurch Canonicorum, in Dorset.

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Today’s Gospel in Art – Parable of the Wicked Tenants

Parable of the Wicked Tenants, by Maarten Van Valckenborg © Kunsthistorisches Museum, ViennaGospel of 1st June 2020 – Mark 12:1-12 Jesus began to speak to the chief priests, the scribes and the elders in parables: ‘A man planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug out a trough for the winepress and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad. When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce f…

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Music video: An Irish Blessing launched on Pentecost Sunday

ScreenshotMore than 300 singers and musicians give a powerful rendition of An Irish Blessing, launched on Youtube for Pentecost Sunday.

The music video is especially dedicated to every healthcare worker in Ireland working with Covid-19 patients – and all the people of Ireland.

Participants include Moya Brennan, the Priests, brothers Fr Eugene and Fr Martin O’Hagan and Fr Martin Delargy togeth…

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Catholic Charities USA condemn killing of George Floyd

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) President and CEO, Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD, issued the following statement condemning the killing of George Floyd and the continuous acts of violence and indifference to human life:

“These past few days as we watched the news, many of us found ourselves moved to tears over the killing of George Floyd. Our horror at watching the murder of this man on li…

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Ireland: Reflection for Pentecost 2020 by Archbishop Martin

Archbishop Eamon MartinIt is Pentecost 2020. Restrictions continue. Many people remain isolated. Come Holy Spirit with your seven great gifts.

The gift of WISDOM helps us learn life-long lessons from the Covid-19 crisis. God invites us to consider wisely all that has been happening and to weigh up the choices we make.

The Spirit brings the gift of UNDERSTANDING. Everywhere there are statistics, econom…

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US Bishops ‘brokenhearted’ at killing of George Floyd

Thousands of people also marched  in London from Trafalgar Square to the US EmbassySeven US Catholic bishops have issued a statement in the wake of the death of George Floyd and the protests which have broken out in Minneapolis and in other cities in the United States. Thousands of people – including several church groups also took part in a peaceful march in London from Trafalgar Square to the US Embassy, to protest against the killing.

Bishop Shelton J Fabre of Houma-…

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People of faith are the unsung volunteering heroes

Abigail McMillan, parish volunteer, St Mary's, Harborne, BirminghamThis week (1-7 June) marks volunteer’s week – an annual celebration of the millions of people who give up their time to help their communities and country – and this year, there are more people to thank than ever before.

“During the coronavirus pandemic, we have seen some amazing feats of volunteering to support the coronavirus response both here and overseas – and people of faith have be…

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South African Viewpoint: Don’t go to church…?

Dr Anthony Egan SJNow that we are allowed to go to church, subject to certain restrictions, should we? This question admits no easy answers. On balance, my position is (and this may surprise you): No!

We could say: If business can resume, why can’t we? I’m unconvinced. They are two different categories. If we don’t restart companies the economy collapses and everyone starves. Emergency foo…

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South Africa: Jesuit Institute on opening places of worship

The Jesuit Institute South Africa has noted President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that places of worship may reopen with a limit of 50 people or less when the country moves into Level 3 on 1 June 2020. We wholeheartedly support the call for a National Day of Prayer on 31 May, Pentecost Sunday.

Many people of faith have suffered the loss and pain of not being allowed to gather in their …

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St Whyte

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Saint Of The DayThis early British saint gave her name to, and is buried at Whitechurch Canonicorum, in Dorset. Her modest shrine, together with that of Edward the Confessor, in Westminster Abbey, are the only two pre-Norman Conquest tombs to survive intact in England to this day.

Very little is known about her. She is sometimes also called St Candida. Some historians think she was a West Saxon, others say she may have been the Welsh saint Gwen, whose relics were given by St Athelstan to this church.

William Worcestre and John Gerard both mention her relics. St Thomas More referred to the custom of offering cakes or cheese on her feast day.

In 1990 her leaden coffin was opened. It was inscribed: Hic requiescunt reliquie Sancte Wite, and contained the bones of a small woman about 40 years old.

One local tradition identifies St Whyte as a Saxon holy woman who lived as a hermit on the cliffs, possibly lighting beacons to guide sailors. She may have been killed by Danish pirates during a raid. St Whyte’s well, probably her fresh water supply, is still there and the water has always been claimed to have healing properties, especially for eyes.