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Gospel of 8th June 2020 – Matthew 5:1-12 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blesse…

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St William of York

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Saint Of The DayArchbishop. A patron saint of victims of injustice. St William of York’s early career in the church was very successful. As a young man in 1130, he was appointed treasurer of York and chaplain to King Steven. He was known as a kind and good-natured person. When the Archbishop of York died, the authorities chose William as his successor. From that time on things went badly wrong, as he became the innocent victim of malicious gossip. Bernard and the Yorkshire Cistercians accused him of a number of wicked deeds shortly before he was to be installed as Archbishop of York. This set off a wrangle that was to last for years.

William retired to Winchester and lived devoutly as a monk until 1153, when his name was cleared. Enormous crowds greeted him when he returned to York. But he died suddenly, possibly of poisoning, just a month later.

He was buried in his cathedral and many miracles began to be reported at his tomb. Pope Honorius II appointed the monks of Fountains and Rievaulx to investigate his life and miracles. He was canonised in 1227. In 1421 the famous St William window was made, depicting his life, death, translation and miracles in 62 scenes.

St William’s shrine flourished for centuries. It was destroyed during the Reformation. Some pieces have since been excavated and are now in the collection of the Yorkshire Museum, York.

St William’s tomb is still in the Minster. His stone coffin was actually a reused Roman sarcophagus, although the top is modern. On St William’s day, in June, small services are still held in the Western Crypt, and the area around the tomb is used as an area of quiet reflection.

A few modern churches are named after him

Climate Sunday launched to promote Church climate action

Climate Sunday’ has been launched to provide a focus for churches across Britain and Ireland committed to action on climate change.

Climate Sunday has been organised by the Environmental Issues Network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, supported by charities including CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund, A Rocha UK, and Operation Noah.

Local churches are encouraged to hold a C…

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LGBT+ Catholics Westminster reach out beyond lockdown

London’s LGBT+ Catholics, parents, families and friends have reached out globally through Farm Street Jesuit Church’s Sunday evening live-streamed Mass for Trinity Sunday, 7 June 2020. Farm Street Church’s live-stream Masses attract thousands of global hits.

Usually gathering on the 2nd Sunday of each month at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, but now prevented by lock…

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Pax Christi AGM hears call for ‘a revolutionary agenda’

Pax Christi’s peace education outreach in schools, work with the Vatican on nonviolence initiatives, lobbying for UK expenditure on Trident nuclear weapons to be redeployed, and highlighting apartheid policies in Israel/Palestine were among the areas of work highlighted at the AGM of Pax Christi England and Wales yesterday. More than 60 Pax Christi members attended by zoom from at least 10 dioc…

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Chair’s report to Pax Christi 2020 AGM

Holly Ball, the outgoing Chair of Pax Christi England and Wales gave the following report at the AGM of Pax Christi, on Sunday, 7 June, which was held via zoom.

In my article in the Annual Report, I talked about the past year. Today I want to talk about the future.

We are living in the Covid Era – a perfect storm of pandemic, mass unemployment, a global financial crash, systemic ra…

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Holy Land: The slow exodus of Palestinian Christians

Jonathan Cook writes: Israel has exploited the steady decline in the numbers of Palestinian Christians to advance its claim that they are being hounded from the region by Muslim extremists. But the real blame lies with Israel and the foreign Churches

It was inevitable that when the coronavirus pandemic reached the occupied Palestinian territories, as it did in early March, it wou…

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Remembering the 58 Chinese found dead at Dover 20 years ago

Refugee Week runs from 15 to 21 June and includes not only UN World Refugee Day on Saturday 20 June, but also the 20th anniversary of the grim discovery of 58 dead young Chinese in a sealed container at Dover docks during the night of 18 June 2000.

This tragedy will be remembered in an event live-streamed from Dover at 11.30am on World Refugee Day.

Prior to lock-down Seeking Sanctua…

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Volunteers needed at London Jesus Centre

The Crisis Shower Hub urgently needs volunteers to help run the shower and laundry hub on weekdays.

About the Role: In response to the current difficulties that rough sleepers in Westminster are facing due to the coronavirus outbreak, we are offering free access to showers and a laundry service for up to 10 clients a day. The Hub will operate as a referral only, appointme…

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Churches in England to reopen for private prayer from 15 June

Cardinal NicholsChurches in England will be permitted to reopen for individual prayer from Monday 15 June. The UK government announced today in a statement: “This move recognises the spiritual and mental health benefits for people being able to pray in their place of worship, and that for some people this cannot be replicated by praying at home.

“New guidance will be published shortly to ensu…

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Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbon – 7 June 2020

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Every day since ‘lockdown’ began, I set myself the task of writing six original prayers each day, one for morning, afternoon and evening on my Twitter and Facebook accounts. I did this as a spiritual discipline because it focused my prayer and also gave me a solid structure resembling a little, the monastic day of prayer, work and relaxation. I haven’t zoom…

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