Bishop Kevin Dowling of Rustenberg in South Africa recently said: "It is appalling experiences like Syria -with over 400,000 people killed already - that has driven Pope Francis to state that we are in the midst of a "third world war in instalments". Bishop Kevin, co-president of Pax Christi International. is coming to Leeds to speak at a meeting organised by the Diocese of Leeds J& P Commission. John Battle commented: "His visit couldn't be more timely.
..Pope Benedict XVI said: "A humanism which excludes God is an inhuman humanism. Only a humanism open to the Absolute can guide us in the promotion and building of forms of social and civic life - structures, institutions, culture and ethos - without exposing us to the risk of becoming ensnared by the fashions of the moment." Values are not found in isolation, but by interaction with practices by institutions and individuals.
At the Chrism Mass today at St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham, bishops, priests, deacons and lay faithful from the archdiocese saw Archbishop Bernard Longley blessing the holy oils, and priests and deacons renewing their promises to serve God and his people, the Archbishop invited those gathered to draw 'inspiration and courage' from the words of Blessed John Henry Newman: 'Let us pray for each other,
ICN was set up back in 2000, and now although our audience has increased to millions of unique viewers every year - the design hasn't really changed. In the past couple of years in particular, our audience has risen to almost 45% from mobile devices like iPhones and iPads, which the site is not currently designed for. Text is very small & navigating it is a very slow process. As of today around midday, we've redesigned
Egypt's Muslim leaders have condemned the suicide attacks that hit two Coptic churches on Sunday, killing at least 44 people and wounding more than 100 others. The Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Ahmed Muhammad al-Tayyeb, said in a statement that "attacks against places of worship go against the authentic Islamic religion and its teachings of tolerance, but fail to undermine the unity of the Egyptian people."
Today, Pax Christi International released a statement regarding the ongoing conflict in Syria. The statement, entitled, 'Endless war crimes and enormous human suffering: the people of Syria are in need of justice and peaceful support,' begins: Syria's war has created the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. Six years have passed since violent repression by the Assad regime turned what began as
The much acclaimed 'Voice From Assisi', Friar Alessandro Brustenghi, expressed his delight at returning to perform in London once again - the destination of his first ever flight on a plane and where he recorded at Abbey Road studios in recent years. Friar Alessandro Brustenghi is a Franciscan Friar from Assisi and acclaimed international tenor. His three CDs, entitled 'Voice from Assisi' , 'Voice of Joy'
There was standing room only as more than 3,000 people gathered at Westminster Cathedral for the Chrism Mass today, concelebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols with Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, Bishops John Sherrington, Nicholas Hudson, Paul McAleenan, John Wilson, Bishop Mark Jabalé, and more than 300 priests from parishes and chaplaincies around the diocese. "Be accompaniers of the
On 9 April hundreds of Christians celebrated Palm Sunday in burned out churches in Qaraqosh and Karamles, towns near Mosul that were recently liberated from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS). Qaraqosh was Iraq's largest Christian town until its 50,000 inhabitants were forced to flee in August 2014. The displaced Christians haven't been able to move back to Qaraqosh since the liberation of
At the core of the trial of Jesus, Pontius Pilate asks a question, self-servingly and flippantly, "What is truth?" Pilate scoffs at Jesus' idea of bearing witness to the truth. From Pilate's position of power, truth is optional, inconsequential even; truth can be defined how one wants. In many ways it seems as though the same attitude to truth prevails in the world of today.
An exciting new exhibition of contemporary Christian art is being held in London for two weekends only. The show will feature the works of more than 30 artists, including Andrew White, Francis Hoyland and Marcia Scott, other well established artists and up and coming figures. The exhibition features works on a range of stages of the History of Salvation culminating in the Resurrection. It will be held at
The Latin Mass Society will be celebrating Holy Week with a wealth of traditional liturgy and sacred music at St Mary Moorfields in the heart of the City of London. Beginning on 'Spy Wednesday' with Tenebrae, one of the oldest offices in the Catholic Church, this year's Triduum celebration will feature the rarely heard complete set of Responsories by Spanish Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo (1566 - 1613) These will
Trafalgar Square in central London will be transformed into the Jerusalem of two millenniums ago, on Good Friday, when the 100-strong cast of Wintershall Players, accompanied by a number of animals, re-enact the Passion of Christ at 12 noon and 3.15pm. The epic performances will be relayed to massive screens and high quality sound systems will carry the actors' words around the Square. BSL interpreters
Pope Francis told scientists on Monday that they are accountable for their actions to themselves, to others and ultimately to God. In his address to members of the National Committee for Biosafety, Biotechnology and Life Sciences who attended an audience in the Vatican, Pope Francis said the themes and issues that their committee faces are of great importance for contemporary man, both as
More action is needed to protect Church communities in Egypt from attack, according to one of the country's Catholic bishops, who has appealed for prayer for the victims of two bomb blasts targeting worshipers on Palm Sunday. Coptic Catholic Bishop Kyrillos William of Assiut, Upper Egypt, said he had met state security staff following yesterday's attacks which left 44 dead and more than 120 injured in
Kathy Mohan writes: "To live is to change" wrote Blessed John Henry Newman, but as he went on to acknowledge, that isn't always easy. Over the last month Housing Justice has been undergoing one of the biggest changes in our recent history as we bid farewell to Alison Gelder, who retired as Chief Executive on 17th March. As Alison's successor, I know there are big shoes to fill and big challenges to face.
The first washing machines and tumble dryers for the homeless in Rome whirred into action on Monday as 'Pope Francis' Laundry' opened its doors to provide a much needed service. One of the many difficulties for those who live on the streets is to be able to wash, dry and iron their clothes and blankets, and the Vatican-sponsored laundry is a response to Pope Francis's invitation to give
Columban Aodh O'Halpin and Sr Margaret Healy are supporting a vigil tomorrow, Tuesday 11 April, organised by Justice 4 Domestic Workers, to save an overseas Filipina worker facing execution in the United Arab Emirates. Jennifer Dalquez, aged 30, a single mother of two children aged 8 and 5, is a Filipino national and a Catholic who travelled to Abu Dhabi to work as a domestic worker to support
As we begin the Holy Week, we stand in solidarity with the three families whose loved ones remain trapped underground at Lily mine in a lamp container that fell into a sinkhole. The three families have been waiting in agony for more than one year without a closure on the matter. We find this to be ethically unacceptable.
A record crowd gathered under blue skies on Palm Sunday, for the annual Ecumenical Procession and Blessing of the Palms at the Manor House gates of Finsbury Park, north London. Jesus' entry into Jerusalem was re-enacted with hymns and readings by parishioners from Brownswood Park Anglican Church, St Thomas More's Catholic Church, St Olave's, Woodbury Down, and St John the Evangelist, the United Reform Church and Finsbury Park Methodist Church.
In a majestic ceremony and amidst a spiritual atmosphere of blended fragrances of incense and angelic church hymns His Eminence Cardinal Vincent consecrated the Church of the Holy Family in West Acton, London on Saturday, April 1, 2017. The church was consecrated on the 50th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone. The foundation stone of the church was laid on April 1, 1967, by the Right Reverend Patrick Casey,
My dear families of the Disappeared, your experience and painful vigil has many lessons for the wider healing and reconciliation of our troubled past. Together we still gather each Palm Sunday, hoping against hope, that even at this late stage someone will come forward with fresh or more precise information to help the Independent Commission with its search. There are people on all sides who carry secrets -
Today, Egypt's Christians experienced yet another targeted attack, with a bombing of the Church of Saint George in Tanta during what was meant to be a joyous day of families celebrating Palm Sunday. A few hours later there was a second bombing in Alexandria, killing innocent men, women and children as they left a Palm Sunday Liturgy that was officiated by His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark.
Christians in Egypt request our prayers after two churches in Northern Egypt suffered bomb attacks during Palm Sunday services today. The first bomb exploded inside Mar Girgis (St George's) Coptic Orthodox church in Tanta, in Gharbiya governorate in the Nile Delta region. The bishopric has issued a list of 26 names of people who died in the attack. According to the Ministry of Health, 71 people were injured.
Tomorrow, as we begin Holy Week, I am conscious that this is a critical time in the peace process. Our politicians continue to seek a breakthrough at the talks in Stormont. I encourage everyone to pray this Holy Week that the talks will be guided by wisdom, courage, right judgement, and a spirit of cooperation and compromise.