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USA: Catholic campaign condemns execution amid pandemic

Walter BartonThe state of Missouri executed Walter Barton on Tuesday, in what became the first execution in the United States since the global declaration of the coronavirus pandemic. In that time, three states have stayed or rescheduled a total of eight executions, many citing concerns of COVID-19 infection.

“Our nation has gone to great lengths to save lives and prevent unnecessary loss of life duri…

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Healing Hands: Prayer guide for health workers

A new prayer guide for healthcare workers is joining the collection of Pray As You Go resources prompted by the coronavirus outbreak.

For many people, staying at home has become their new way of daily life. However, over the years we have received some amazing stories from doctors, nurses, carers and others who have found Pray As You Go a helpful part of their busy lives.


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Today’s Gospel in Art – The Ascension of Our Lord

Ascension, by John Singleton Copley 1775 © Museum of Fine Arts, BostonGospel of 21st May 2020 – Matthew 28:16-20 The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated. Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise t…

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Pope meets young athletes in first audience after lockdown

Pope Francis’s first audience in months was granted to a small group of athletes on Wednesday morning after the General Audience. The Pope met the group in his private library, with socially-distanced seating.

The young people had been due to take part in an international meeting called ‘We Run Together – Simul Currebant’ the next day, but it had been cancelled because of the coronavirus….

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Father Adolfo Nicolás, former Jesuit Superior General has died

Father Adolfo Nicolás SJFather Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, former Superior General of the Jesuits died on Tuesday in Tokyo.

The current Superior General, Fr Arturo Sosa SJ writes: Father Nicolás, affectionately called “Adolfo” by many of us and “Nico” by the Jesuits of Asia Pacific, was born in Palencia (Spain) on 29 April 1936. He entered the Society on 14 September 1953 and was ordained a priest on 17 Marc…

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Are Covid-19 and climate change linked?

Fr Augusto Zampini DaviesThis is one of the issues discussed in a special conversation with Fr Augusto Zampini, adjunct secretary of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Integral Human Development, and Christiana Figueres former Executive Secretary of the Climate Change Secretariat (United Nations Foundation on Climate Change).

The webinar, now available on YouTube, is part of a series prepared by the Global Catholic Clim…

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US Catholic leaders express solidarity with those affected by Covid-19 behind bars

Five United States Conference of Catholic Bishops committee chairmen, prominent men and women religious, and national lay leaders representing key Catholic organisations released a joint letter Wednesday in response to the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic within US prisons, jails, and detention and reentry centres.

The Statement of Solidarity: A Catholic Response to Covid-1…

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Church issues Guidelines for Catholics on Organ Donation following change in law

Today, 20 May, an opt-out system for organ donation was introduced in England. The Catholic Church has consistently encouraged its followers to consider organ donation. The act of donating organs before or after death has been considered a gift and an intrinsic good. However, a system of presumed consent risks taking away the right of the individual to exercise this decision, and therefore pote…

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Middlesbrough Catholics prepare for ‘Virtual Lourdes Pilgrimage’

Middlesbrough pilgrims in Lourdes last yearCatholics from across the Diocese of Middlesbrough – which stretches from Middlesbrough to Hull and includes Whitby, Scarborough and York – are preparing for a “Virtual Pilgrimage” to Lourdes after their annual visit to the French shrine was cancelled.

Bishop Terry Drainey and other clergy will lead a programme of online services from Saturday May 23 to Thursday May 28 at around the times…

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Abingdon: Lockdown – a Laudato Si’ moment?

Our Lady & St Edmund's, AbingdonWhilst praying that we look beyond our own preoccupations during lockdown, it also seems good to reflect that, practically speaking, for us at home in our everyday lives, lockdown is a Laudato Si’ moment!

We are being made aware of the interconnectedness of all things and all people.

We are living simply. We are enjoying clean air. We are taking a break from fossil fuel use. More o…

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