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CAFOD Director urges MPs to give Global South a fair deal

In a recent virtual meeting of MPs in parliament, CAFOD Director Christine Allen discussed the impact of cuts to the aid budget, opportunities for the UK, “post Brexit-Covid chaos”, and the desperate need for debt cancellation. Christine began her speech to the Catholic All-Party Parliamentary Group by reminding them of Pope Francis’ call for a “radical conversion to a new society – where our poli… Read More

Statement by President Joe Biden on Ash Wednesday

History was made yesterday when Joe Biden became the first US president to mark the beginning of Lent with an Ash Wednesday statement. Earlier he received the ashes himself from Fr Brian McDermott SJ at Georgetown University.The White House released this message eight hours ago:Today, I join Christians across our country and around the worl… Read More

Today’s Gospel in Art – The Son of Man is destined to suffer grievously

Christ crowned with Thorns, by Fra Angelico © Livorno Cathedral, ItalyGospel of 18th February 2021 – Luke 9:22-25 Jesus said to his disciples:’The Son of Man is destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and to be put to death, and to be raised up on the third day.’Then to all he said:’If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross ev… Read More

Pope Francis: ‘Lent is a journey of return to God’

ScreenshotPope Francis celebrated Mass on Ash Wednesday in St. Peter’s Basilica, with the blessing and imposition of ashes. In his homily, the Holy Father reflected on Lent as a journey of return to God and as an opportunity to deepen our love of our brothers and sisters.God, said the Pope, is appealing to our hearts and our entire being, inviting us to Him.”It is a time to reconsider the path we are taking… Read More

Bishop John Arnold launches project to lead Catholic community to carbon neutral future

Bishop John ArnoldThe Diocese of Salford has launched a new research project that Bishop John Arnold hopes will spearhead the efforts of the Catholic community in England and Wales to tackle the current ecological crisis, by paving the way to a sustainable, carbon neutral future. The research team will collaborate with other dioceses, parish communities, industry experts, theologians and other groups to develop ca… Read More

Japanese, Korean bishops protest plan to dump radioactive water into sea

Fukushima explosion 2011 image UCANCatholic bishops in Japan and Korea have joined scientists, environmentalists and fishing groups to oppose plans to releasing radioactive water from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea.On 11 March 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the north-eastern coast of Japan, triggering a 15-metre tsunami. It seriously damaged the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The mel… Read More

Stella Maris chaplain celebrates first online Mass for crews at sea

Fr Paulo Prigol, chaplain of Stella Maris-Manila, celebrates Mass in ManilaThe Isle of Man Ship Registry has become the first flag state to broadcast a Catholic Mass direct to crew aboard its ships. Isle of Man Ship Registry director Cameron Mitchell said the Masses are being made possible through its new seafarer welfare app ‘Crew Matters’, which has been developed in partnership with Liverpool-based training company Tapiit Live. The app enabled th… Read More

Divestment webinar: ‘We cannot be people who profit from the wreckage of this planet’

Religious institutions have been thanked for their “remarkable response” to the campaign to divest from fossil fuels by one of the world’s leading climate campaigners. Bill McKibben was the first speaker at a webinar on 16 February, ‘The Climate Emergency, CO26 and Fossil Fuel Divestment’, organised by the Methodist Zero Carbon Group, Operation Noah, and Christian Aid. Nearly 400 people participat… Read More

Coptic Orthodox Church hosts Contemporary Martyrs Day webinar

The Coptic Orthodox Church marked ‘Contemporary Martyrs Day’, convened by HE Archbishop Angaelos, with Messages from His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, and His Holiness Pope Francis, and addresses by The Archbishop of Canterbury, Cardinal Koch, Fiona Bruce MP, The Bishop of Truro, and a panel of distinguished guests.’Contemporary Martyrs Day’ is marked annually by The Coptic Orthodox Church to commemo… Read More

Pakistan: Our little angel is home

Farah Shaheen (centre right in headscarf) reunited with family image ©Bishop Iftikhar Indryas/ACNA 12-year-old Christian girl in Pakistan, shackled and enslaved by a man who made her marry him and convert, is now back home after a stunning court victory.Faisalabad District and Sessions Court yesterday (Tuesday, 16th February) ruled that Farah Shaheen should be allowed to return to her father and siblings after declaring that her marriage to 45-year-old Khizar Ahmed Ali (Hayat) was invalid, as… Read More