Posts Tagged “Catholic”

Pope Francis & Bartholomew I visit Lesbos; 3 families return to Vatican with Pope

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Pope Francis & Bartholomew I visit Lesbos; 3 families return to Vatican with Pope

This morning’s Guardian newspaper reports that Pope Francis will today spend five hours on Greek the island of Lesbos with Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, and with Ieronymos II, archbishop of Athens and all Greece. His visit is described as “a dramatic rebuke to the European Union’s policy of sending…

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Trócaire

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Trócaire

Trócaire was established by the Bishops of Ireland in 1973 as a way for Irish people – north and south – to donate to development and emergency relief overseas. The organisation has a dual mandate: to support the most vulnerable people in the developing world; while also raising awareness of development at home in Ireland. Trócaire…

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Caritas Internationalis

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Caritas Internationalis

Caritas Internationalis is confederation of over 160 members who work at the grassroots in almost every country of the world. It describes itself as “the helping hand” of the church, inspired by Catholic faith and reaching out to the poor, vulnerable and excluded, regardless of race or religion, to build a world based on justice…

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Meeting God in Friend and Stranger

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Meeting God in Friend and Stranger

Working with refugees – whether those who have spontaneously arrived in UK and Ireland, or those arriving as part of government-backed resettlement programmes – is an opportunity for Christians and congregations to think again about other faiths and religions. Meeting God in Friend and Stranger was originally published in 2010 by the Catholic Church in…

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Prayer – to end war and suffering

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Prayer – to end war and suffering

The Catholic Church in England and Wales have published a prayer for peace by Pope St John Paul II that can be used to pray for an end to the war in Syria and for peace for the Syrian refugees fleeing violence. On their website they also link to statements, opportunities for action and materials…

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CAFOD (Catholic Agency For Overseas Development)

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CAFOD (Catholic Agency For Overseas Development)

CAFOD (Catholic Agency For Overseas Development) are the official aid agency for the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Guided by the values of compassion, solidarity and hope, we are rooted in the Catholic community. Together, with the help of our volunteers, we put our faith into action to help our sisters and brothers living…

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CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network)

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CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network)

CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) is the official agency of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales for domestic social action. [CAFOD is the corresponding agency for international development.] They support a network of 43 Catholic charities in England and Wales, working with some of the most vulnerable people of society, providing support for…

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Bishop Lynch’s message for World Day for Migrants and Refugees

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Bishop Lynch’s message for World Day for Migrants and Refugees

Bishop Patrick Lynch is a Southwark Auxiliary and chairs the Office for Migration Policy for the Bishops’ Conference. He spoke on 11 January about the suffering of refugees: “In his message for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees on 17 January, Pope Francis invites us to respond to the challenge of migrants and refugees…

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Welcome resources for Irish parishes

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Welcome resources for Irish parishes

The Irish Episcopal Council for Immigrants have produced a number of resources to assist parishes in welcoming those from other countries in their liturgical celebrations. These include: a welcome poster; greeting and dismissal of congregation in different languages; some first steps to welcome ‘the stranger’ into parishes; prayers of unity in different languages (English, Chinese,…

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Irish Bishops’ statement on refugees

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Irish Bishops’ statement on refugees

The Autumn 2015 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference discussed the issue of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. In a statement, the Bishops affirmed and expressed gratitude to “faith-based organisations in showing leadership, collecting donations and providing vital humanitarian assistance in our dioceses – with the Saint Vincent de Paul Society standing out as…

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