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April 27, 2022
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York is to visit Poland and Slovakia this week to meet Ukrainian refugees. The purpose of the visit is to demonstrate solidarity with the victims of the conflict, with the cardinal being taken around receiving centres along the Polish and Slovak borders with Ukraine, as well as in Kracow and
April 04, 2022
Revised national guidelines for the College of Policing will allow for sacramental access at crime scenes where operationally possible following the conclusion of a working group set up in the aftermath of the murder of MP Sir David Amess. The murder in October 2021 raised a number of questions concerning the appropriate response to granting
March 24, 2022
The UK office of a charity helping persecuted and other suffering Christians has announced the appointment of its new chief executive.  Dr Caroline Hull will take over from Neville Kyrke-Smith as national director of the British section of Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). Dr Hull, who is currently ACN (UK)’s Head
December 03, 2021
Fra’ Matthew Festing, the 79th Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, has been laid to rest following a funeral in Valletta. A mighty clap of thunder heralded the arrival of the coffin of Fra’ Matthew as it reached the massive doors of St John’s Co-Cathedral in the Maltese capital. The organ echoed the
November 29, 2021
Pope Francis has called for solutions to the European migrant crisis that last week cost the lives of 27 people in the English Channel. The Holy Father used his Sunday Angelus to make a “heartfelt appeal” for an end to problems in France, Belarus and the Mediterranean, which, he said, had become “a tomb” for
November 24, 2021
On a crisp and sombre November day at a packed out Westminster Cathedral, His Eminence Cardinal Nichols was the Principal Celebrant at the Requiem Mass for Sir David Amess MP, who had been MP for Southend West until his murder on October 15th at a parliamentary surgery. His body lay to rest in the crypt of
November 13, 2021
On Friday, the Grand Magistry of the Order of Malta announced the death of Fra’ Matthew Festing, the 79th Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, who died in Malta, aged 71. Elected in March 2008, the charismatic Amplefordian served as Grand Master until January 2017 after being forced to resign by the Vatican
August 24, 2021
One of the leading relief operations that is providing assistance to Afghans and others desperate to flee the country is led by a Catholic, Timothy Keegan, who is also CEO and Founder of The Coalition of Hope Foundation (COH) and also works in the financial sector. Keegan established COH to provide Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief
August 23, 2021
Claims on the internet that the Taliban have slaughtered more than 200 Christians in Afghanistan were quickly dismissed as “fake news” which has been circulating for more than four years. There are scarcely any Christians in the country. Following the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Pope St John Paul II established a Missio sui
July 13, 2021
Pope Francis's stay in hospital following the operation on July 4 was originally slated for five days. That prediction was extended last week, and Pope Francis prayed the Angelus in hospital. On Monday, the Vatican announced that he would remain in hospital some days more.
July 13, 2021
"A man of justice, peace and unity," Pope Francis writes, "[the late Cardinal Monswengo] has been deeply involved in integral human development in the Democratic Republic of Congo."
July 11, 2021
"Free health care," the pope said, "that assures good service, accessible to everyone," is a "precious benefit" that "must not be lost."
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