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Today’s Gospel in Art – They will persecute you too

Nero's Torches, by Hendryk Siemiradzki 1876 © National Museum, Krakow, PolandGospel of 16th May 2020 – John 15:18-21 Jesus said to his disciples:

‘If the world hates you, remember that it hated me before you.

If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you do not belong to the world, because my choice withdrew you from the world, therefore the world hates you.

Remember the words I said to y…

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Pianist JP Ekins Classical Concerts from Quarantine – for NHS

John Paul EkinsPianist John Paul Ekins has set up ‘Classical Concerts from Quarantine’ to bring high quality live classical music to those stuck at home and starved of such stimulation during the Covid 19 lockdown. This takes the form of weekly 3pm Sunday solo piano recitals broadcast live from his music room on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

He takes requests and so the 45 minute programme each week …

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US Bishops express soldiarity with Native communities badly hit by pandemic

Bishop Shelton J Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux and chairman of US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, Archbishop Paul S Coakley of Oklahoma City and chairman of USCCB’s Committe on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop James S Wall of Gallup and chairman of the USCCB’s Subcommittee on Native American Affairs have released the following statement …

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Pope emeritus writes to Polish bishops on birth centenary of Pope St John Paul II

St John Paul IIPope emeritus Benedict XVI has written a letter to the Bishops of Poland for the centenary of the birth of his predecessor, Pope St John Paul II. “The whole of the Pope’s life was centred on subjectively assimilating the objective centre of the Christian faith – the teaching of salvation – and allowing others to accept it,” the Pope emeritus wrote.

“Thanks to the risen Christ, …

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CAAT condemn continued UK military support for Saudi forces during Covid crisis

Campaign Against Arms Trade has condemned the role of UK arms company, BAE Systems, and the RAF, in continuing to transfer and maintain military equipment to Saudi Arabian forces throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

Responding to recent parliamentary questions, the Minister for the Armed Forces, James Heappey, said: “These BAE Systems operated flights provide logistics support for UK-supplied …

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UK/Canada/USA: Online Masses and prayers for the Deaf

Father James Clarke, Chaplain to the Deaf in Salford DioceseOne of the saddest things about the Covid-19 lockdown has been the closure of our churches. The Mass is still broadcast on radio and television – and many parishes now stream Masses and prayers on-line – but these are very difficult to follow for people with hearing impairment. There are a growing number of parishes that offer signed services online. Here is an up-to-date list of websites in th…

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Mother and daughter marathon challenge raises hundreds for CAFOD

Lewry family selfieIntrepid mother and daughter duo, Jo and Anna-Maria Lewry, are celebrating the completion of a marathon distance – all in aid of the coronavirus appeal from international development charity, CAFOD.

Jo and Anna-Maria were looking for a way to feel connected during the physical distancing of lockdown. They decided to embark on their very own marathon challenge – inspired by the ‘2.6 Challe…

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Ireland: Bishops meet Taoiseach to discuss plan to reopen churches

Taoiseach Leo VaradkarArchbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, President, Vice President and Secretary of the Irish Episcopal Conference, met with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, yesterday to share thoughts on the reopening of places of worship over the course of the coming weeks and months ahead.

The Church shared information on the work that is being done at all levels to d…

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