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Open Letter to Pope Francis regarding title of forthcoming encyclical Fratelli Tutti

Dear Pope Francis,

This letter has been distributed for signature by the Catholic Women’s Council – a coalition of Catholic women’s networks from around the world, campaigning for the full recognition of women’s dignity and equality in the Church.

We represent the broad diversity of the Catholic tradition on many issues, and we do not speak with one voice. However, we are committed …

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Today’s Gospel in Art – Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel & Raphael

The Three Archangels and Tobias,  by Francesco Botticini 1470 Uffizi Museum, FlorenceGospel of 29th September 2020 – John 1:47-51 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming he said of him, ‘There is an Israelite who deserves the name, incapable of deceit.’ ‘How do you know me?’ said Nathanael. ‘Before Philip came to call you,’ said Jesus ‘I saw you under the fig tree.’ Nathanael answered, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel.’ Jesus replie…

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Vatican appeals for 300,000 seafarers stranded at sea by Covid

image: ICN/JSIt is estimated that more than 300,000 seafarers and marine personnel are currently stranded at sea, due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, has appealed for their safe passage home.

As the Catholic Church marks 100 years of its ministry to seafarers, the Vatican is calling on governments, interna…

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SVP community shops see sales grow

The average person in the UK throws away around 400kg of waste each year, according to a recent report by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Add to that startling statistic the ever-present threat of economic decline in the age of Covid-19 and the rise of the charity shop on the high street makes perfect sense.

Charity shop sales grew by 3.2% year-on-year duri…

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Pakistan: Court struggle to rescue kidnapped girl – latest news

A 14-year-old Pakistani girl’s struggle to be free of the man who raped her – and blackmailed her into marriage and religious conversion – has taken an unexpected turn after the defendant failed to appear in court.

The court, in Rawalpindi, requested fresh evidence, including medical reports, as well as documentary material, including police records and birth and marriage certificates in …

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Nonviolence Days of Action

Theresa Alessandro, director of Pax Christi, writes: The Catholic Nonviolence Initiative runs until Friday 2nd October. At Pax Christi we are celebrating nonviolence, sharing stories and working to understand better how to make active nonviolence our way of life.

Pope Francis calls us to live differently when we emerge from the pandemic. He says, ‘Let us not be afraid to dream b…

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Missionary in Peru calls for greater protection for Indigenous people

The tragic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on indigenous people in Peru was highlighted on Saturday by a Columban missionary priest, who works for REPAM, a Catholic Church network that promotes the lives and dignity of people living in the Amazon. Fr Peter Hughes, who is based in Lima, reported that the actual death toll from Covid is likely to be double the official figure of 32,000 for Pe…

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