An ecumenical service to mark the 37th anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero took place at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square on Saturday. The theme of the event was: 'A light breaking forth like the dawn'. In his words of welcome, the Revd Richard Carter said the message of Oscar Romero was more relevant than ever today. There was a minute's silence for the victims of the attack on Westminster Bridge last Wednesday.
Sister Martha Zechmeister CJ gave the following address on Saturday, at the National Ecumenical Service for Romero Week 2017 at St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, London, entitled: The Secret of Romero: Passion for God and Compassion for the Poor "Over these ruins of ours the glory of the Lord will shine." Archbishop Oscar Romero spoke these words that we heard just now
Over the May Bank Holiday weekend (28th April - 1st May), young Christians from across the UK and Europe will gather in Birmingham to explore their faith at a meeting organised by the Taize Community. Welcome and hospitality will be strong themes during the weekend: in the welcome into local families of those who attend the meeting, in the experience of meeting with those from
Pope Francis received a very warm welcome during his pastoral visit to Milan on Saturday. Thousands of people turned out to meet the Holy Father as he travelled by Popemobile to meet with immigrant families in the Forlanini quarter of the city for the start of his day. Upon his arrival, residents gave him two gifts: a priestly stole and a statue of Our Lady.
During a Mass offered for the victims of the London attacks, Cardinal Vincent Nichols spoke of the darkness experienced by those who suffer and mourn. "We know this experience," he said. "It's very immediate and very painful for some today." He added that it is Jesus who is "the light of the world, the light that shines in the darkness of the world, the darkness of grief and sin, a light by which we learn to
Since she was 11 years old, Jazell was forced to live alone with an older man of almost 40 years of age. She was treated as if she was his 'wife,' living in the house with him, cooking, cleaning and constantly being sexually abused. She became pregnant at 14 like a normal wife and had a baby. Her father approved it and the community seemed to ignore it or consented to it by looking the other way.
Because of modern medicine and health-care many of us can rejoice that we have relatively good eyesight. Compared to generations before us, problems like cataracts, that in some countries are an unremitting problem for many without adequate access to good surgery, can, if provision is found, now be cured by a small routine operation! Yet we also have many whose condition makes it
The Holy See has called on the United Nations to promote "responsibility for those who come after us", in the areas of climate change and justice for the poor. Archbishop Bernardito Auza's words came in an address to a high-level discussion at the UN on "Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda". The Holy See's Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer to
Christian Aid has welcomed the Home Office announcement to grant Syrians resettling in the UK refugee status, saying Britain should be proud to offer sanctuary to people fleeing violence and conflict. Thousands of people who have fled Syria and resettled in the UK under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme (VPRS) will now have access to rights, including higher education
Bishop Treanor writes: Yesterday Pope Francis met with 27 European Union heads of state and government who gathered in Rome to mark and celebrate the 60th Anniversary of signing the Treaty of Rome. This Treaty was originally signed within the broader context of a continent emerging from war, experiencing political tension, polarisation, and social deprivation. The Treaty sought to bring
Several hundred people gathered at St George's Cathedral Southwark today, to celebrate the Feast of Blessed Oscar Romero. The principle celebrant was Bishop Patrick Lynch, auxiliary in Southwark, and at least 16 priests concelebrated. Among them were Frank Turner SJ; Fr Joe Ryan of Westminster J&P; and Columban Tom Ryan. Several priests travelled from East Anglia where the late Bishop Michael
Pope Francis addressed Heads of State and Heads of Government of European Union countries on Friday afternoon, the eve of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the treaties creating the European Economic Community and the European Atomic Energy Community - the first major structural steps toward creating the European Union.
Victims of Wednesday's attack on Westminster Bridge and at the Palace of Westminster this week were remembered by faith leaders in a vigil and a minute's silence at North Green, Westminster Abbey on Friday, 24 March. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, was joined by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster;
We in the Westminster Justice and Peace Commission extend our prayers and sympathy to all affected by the tragic events at Westminster. We express our sadness at the loss of life and concern for those injured and all affected by this tragic event. Our congratulations to all who responded in an amazing fashion, emergency services, paramedics, police and the public who
Professor Veronica O'Mara, a leading academic in the field of nun's literacies and preaching in the medieval period, will deliver her inaugural professorial lecture at the University of Hull on Monday 27th March. Everyone is invited to attend. 'The Education of a Medievalist: English Godly Literature Unbound'. In this lecture Professor O'Mara will explore her on-going education as a medievalist
Bill Bryson, best-selling author of books on travel, the English language and science, has revealed his 14 favourite churches for 'ExploreChurches' - the UK's new church tourism website. The Italian Chapel, Orkney, a beautiful Catholic chapel which was constructed by Italian POWs during the Second World War, Hexham Abbey and London's St Martin the Fields are among Bill Bryson's
More than 80 people from faith institutions across London attended a Welcome Refugee reception at the Islamic Cultural Centre & London Central Mosque Trust by Regents Park on Tuesday evening. Parishioners from Farm St Mayfair and Holy Apostles Pimlico were among the participants. The panel of speakers included: Tania Bright of Church Response for Refugees, Sarah Hayward, Leader
During his homily at morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta on Thursday, Pope Francis pointed out that when we turn away from God and are deaf to His Word, we become hard hearted, unfaithful or even "Catholic atheists." Reflecting on the First Reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah the Pope said: "When we do not stop to listen to the voice of the Lord we end up moving away, we turn away
The Columban JPIC team, mission office and lay missionaries were represented at Flame 2017 in Wembley Arena, on 11 March. We listened to witness stories, joined in the joyful singing along to the music of Matt Redman and participated in a vibrant Mexican wave encircling the Wembley Arena. The Redmond song, '10,000 Reasons' was a theme of the day, referring to God's blessings
A celebration marking the centenary of the founding of Brentwood Diocese on 22 March saw church leaders remember those affected by the terrorist attack in London earlier in the day. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, Bishop Alan Williams sm of Brentwood Diocese and Bishop Roger Morris, Anglican Bishop of Colchester, all said their thoughts and
A new Christian Aid report highlights that inequality in the region based on identity, gender, economic situation, climate change impact or geographic location remains an outrage. These inequalities interlink and exacerbate exclusion for many people, stalling development. Women bear the brunt of inequalities in Latin America and the Caribbean:t hey are more often victims of
The Westminster Abbey flag is flying at half mast as a mark of respect to those who died in the attack yesterday. The Abbey is open as normal for prayer. Entrance is through the Great West Door. There is no tourist visiting. The Dean of Westminster Rev John Hall tweeted last night: "Glad to offer hospitality in Westminster Abbey to members and staff and others from Parliament. - sad incident today." Canon Pat Browne, Roman Catholic Duty Priest at the Houses of Parliament was in
We have once again seen the worst and best of humanity in yesterday's Westminster attack. One person was intent on harming and ending life, while countless hundreds of others tirelessly did their utmost to maintain and protect the lives of those they may not even have known. Our prayers are first and foremost with those who have lost loved ones, those who are injured and those who will
Pope Francis has sent a message to Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, assuring the "nation of his prayers" after yesterday's terror attack in Westminster (22 March). The message, communicated via the Holy See's Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, commends those who died to the loving mercy of Almighty God as Pope Francis "invokes divine strength and
Yesterday's attacks in Westminster have shocked us all. The kind of violence we have seen all too often in other places has again brought horror and killing to this city. I know you will lead people in prayer, especially for those who have lost their lives and those who have lost one they love. Pray for Aysha Frade, killed by the car on Westminster Bridge. Her two children attend St Mary of the Angels