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05/04/2015 1:37 pm

Peace in Iraq and Syria the Focus of Pope's Easter Message

In his Easter message, Pope Francis, prayed that the Risen Lord would "lighten the sufferings of our many brothers and sisters who are persecuted for his name, and of all those who suffer injustice as a result of ongoing conflicts and violence." 

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08/04/2015 8:45 am

Bishop Declan Lang: Delight at the Cremisan Valley Final Judgement

I am delighted that the High Court of Justice in Israel ruled on Maundy Thursday that the extension of the separation wall through the Cremisan valley “violated the rights” of the people of Beit Jala. The proposed wall through the Cremisan valley threatened to separate the nineteenth century Salesian monasteries and a convent school. The Court has instructed the Israeli government to plan a new route, although it has set no time frame for the new plans. 

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13/04/2015 9:28 am

Cardinal: Much more needs to be done to help refugees in Iraq

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has praised the Catholic community in Erbil, Iraq, for the 'admirable and effective' welcome given to thousands of people displaced by instability and fighting in the region. 

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13/04/2015 3:00 pm

Cardinal Nichols: Erbil's displaced refugees 'need our help'

The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has travelled to Erbil, the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, to meet displaced Christians living in makeshift camps who have sought refuge from ISIS violence. They were driven out of their homes with little more than three hours notice. Then, at check points, they were robbed of anything of value. A fifty mile trek brought them to the relative safety of Erbil.

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17/04/2015 4:45 pm

Bishop asks, “is God calling fewer people" as he invites diocese to 'storm heaven' for vocations

In a Pastoral Letter to be read in all the churches of the Diocese on the weekend of 25/26 April, the Rt Rev Mark O’Toole, Bishop of Plymouth, challenges all in the Diocese to promote priestly vocations. Bishop Mark notes: “Is God calling fewer people? I think not. God is still calling; but many are not able to discern His call. When a vocation goes unanswered it is not only a sadness for the one who does not respond, but also a sadness for the entire Church which has just lost another priest. God, in His loving Providence, gives to the Church all the gifts she needs. The challenge today is not a lack of vocations, but rather a lack of responses.”

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20/04/2015 4:45 pm

Statement on the Mediterranean Migrant Deaths

Responding to the loss of several hundred lives after a vessel carrying 700 migrants capsized in Libyan waters south of Lampedusa on 19 April, Bishop Patrick Lynch, Bishop for Migrants, called on European Union member states to 'work collaboratively' to find a solution to these humanitarian disasters. 

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20/04/2015 7:06 pm

Bishop Declan Lang on the atrocity committed against Ethiopian Christians in Libya

Bishop Declan Lang, Chair of the Bishops' International Affairs department, has prayed for the 30 Ethiopian Christians apparently murdered by Daesh in Libya and said, in a statement, that the Christian faith "encourages us to stand in solidarity with all those vulnerable peoples and communities across the MENA region that spurn merciless and ungodly ideologies." 

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22/05/2015 4:00 pm

Statement: Rohingya Crisis

The escalating humanitarian crisis facing the Rohingya people cannot be ignored by the international community. It is more important than ever that Burma's authorities take decisive action to end the persecution, destitution and intercommunal tensions that are forcing thousands of people into perilous journeys on the Andaman Sea.

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20/05/2015 8:59 am

Bishop Philip Egan Celebrates Mass in the presence of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin

The relics of the parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux, Blessed Louis and Blessed Zelie Martin continue their journey through the South of England. Today, Thursaday 21 May, they are in St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth, for a Day of veneration. Bishop Philip Egan presided over mass and his full homily can be found below.

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27/05/2015 6:00 pm

St Augustine of Canterbury is a fine patron for communications, says Cardinal Nichols

On the Feast Day of St Augustine of Canterbury, Cardinal Vincent Nichols adopted St Augustine as a ‘fine patron’ for the work of communications. In his homily at the CCN’s World Communications Day Mass and Lecture at St Patrick’s in Soho, London, the Cardinal said that Augustine ‘showed many of the characteristics that we too need’.

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