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July 31, 2015
Catholic Herald View
a new community of contemplative religious Sisters has arrived in the Diocese of Portsmouth. The Sisters of Maria Stella Matutina will be based in the parish of St Joseph’s, Grayshott, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth announced on Sunday in a letter to parishes. In his letter Bishop Egan said: “The Sisters, although contemplative, are not
July 31, 2015
Catholic Herald View
David Cameron has raised concerns about religious segregation in Britain. In a speech on tackling extremism, the Prime Minister said that Britain was a “multi-racial, multi-faith democracy” and a “beacon to the world”. No one should be demonised, he said; moderate Muslims also hated the “sick world view” of extremists. But he said that segregation
July 31, 2015
Catholic Herald View
The annual Croagh Patrick pilgrimage in Ireland was cancelled on Sunday due to dangerous weather conditions. Visibility on the mountain was less than 10 feet and gales blew away the temporary extension to the oratory at the summit. Despite the “Reek Sunday” climb being cancelled for the first time ever, hundreds climbed the mountain, and
July 31, 2015
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Cafod Lent appeal reaches £5m target CAFOD’s Lent appeal has reached its target of £5 million, a figure that will be matched by the Goverment. Ian Farthing, head of fundraising at the charity, praised the “generous donations” of the public, which will help many people “rebuild their lives after disasters”. Hiroshima victims commemorated Pax Christi
July 31, 2015
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Fr Robert Barron has been named as one of three new auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles by Pope Francis. Known for his strong commitment to evangelisation, Fr Barron is the founder of the “global media ministry” Word on Fire, which produces programmes for EWTN and YouTube. He is currently rector of the
July 31, 2015
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After decades of world leaders trying to set global goals to address climate change and extreme poverty, city mayors gathered at the Vatican last week to promise that they will take concerted action. The Pope spoke briefly to them in Spanish on Tuesday after more than 60 mayors attended a day-long workshop on modern slavery
July 31, 2015
Catholic Herald View
The Little Sisters of the Poor have asked the US Supreme Court for relief from being forced to comply with the federal contraceptive mandate or face heavy fines. Sister Loraine Marie Maguire said: “We hope the Supreme Court will hear our case and ensure that people from diverse faiths can freely follow God’s calling in
July 31, 2015
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The Catholic tradition “offers a unique perspective on crime and punishment, one grounded in mercy and healing, not punishment for its own sake”, two American bishops have said in a statement renewing the Church’s push to end the death penalty. “No matter how heinous the crime, if society can protect itself without ending a human
July 31, 2015
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Donor fatigue is hampering efforts to help Christian refugees fleeing ISIS, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem has said. Sounding dejected, Patriarch Fouad Twal said he identified with the humiliations faced by the refugees in Jordan who have gone from living a placid life in which they attended school, went to work and were able to
July 31, 2015
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Polish bishops say they are “deeply disappointed” that a bill allowing state funding for in vitro fertilisation has been signed into law by outgoing president Bronisław Komorowski, despite a seven-year Church campaign to block it. Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warsaw-Praga said the law “opens all doors to every possible abuse of human life. It’s a
July 31, 2015
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Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian who was sentenced to death for blasphemy, has had her execution temporarily suspended after the country’s supreme court agreed to hear her appeal. Mrs Bibi was arrested in 2009 after being involved in a dispute over a water bowl with a group of Muslim women she was working with. The
July 31, 2015
Catholic Herald View
A German cardinal has condemned an arson attack that destroyed a reception centre for asylum seekers. Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich-Freising, president of the German bishops’ conference, said the attack showed that “some groups” were trying to “sow hatred” against migrants. The incident in the Bavarian town of Reichertshofen was the latest in a wave
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