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East Africa Crisis

East Africa Crisis In the Horn of Africa a drought has driven thousands from their homes in search of food and water. The drought is so wide spread that it has forced some to walk for months. Many of whom left Somaliato seek shelter in neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia. An emergency meeting of European leaders was called to address the food crisis that has been caused by drought, armed conflict and high food prices. The meeting was attended by leaders from NGO’s, government representatives, as well as Jacques Diouf, the leader of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and World Food Programme executive director, Josette Sheeran.  Sheeran recently made a trip to the refugee camps in Somalia to see the situation first hand.  Josette Sheeran Executive Director, WFP “People come here, some of them haven’t eaten in days or...

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CORPUS CHRISTI Prayer Group

CORPUS CHRISTI Prayer Group 1 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, LONDON Tel: 020 7836 4700 Corpus Christi Prayer Group 27 July 2011 – Corpus Christi Church, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden LONDON WC2E 7NB 7pm   Corpus Christi prayer group for young adults and for those seeking to deepen their prayer and spiritual life. Afterwards we meet in a nearby pub for socialising. Includes music ministry, prayer, Mass 1st Wednesday’s, confessions, rosary and contemplative prayer. We meet every Wednesday at 7pm in Corpus Christi Church, Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E...

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U.S.Based Media Producer Not Approved by WYD 2011

U.S.Based Media Producer Not Approved by WYD 2011 WYD Cultural Programme Participants Must Be Endorsed by Bishops’ Conferences     STATEMENT It has come to our attention that Michael Voris, a US based media producer, is scheduled to offer independent catechesis sessions out of a hotel in Madrid during World Youth Day 2011. There has been some confusion regarding his affiliation with World Youth Day. Michael Voris, the clergy and the laity associated with him, and their media efforts “Real Catholic TV” and “No Bull inMadrid” are not in any way recognized or approved by World Youth Day 2011. Catechesis at World Youth Day is offered by Bishops of the Catholic Church in union with Pope Benedict XVI, who has invited the young people of the world to join him in Madrid for this celebration of faith and life....

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Cardinal Virgilio Noè, R.I.P.

Funeral Mass for Cardinal Virgilio Noè This morning at the Altar of the Cathedra in the Vatican Basilica, His Eminence Angelo Cardinal Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals, presided at the Funeral Mass for Cardinal Virgilio Noè who died on 24 July at the age of 89. The Mass was concelebrated by a number of cardinals, archbishops and bishops. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI sent a telegram of condolence to Maria Noè, sister of Cardinal Virgilio Noè, Archpriest emeritus of the Vatican Basilica, Vicar General emeritus of the Pope for Vatican City State, and President emeritus of the Fabric of St. Peter’s. In the telegram the Pope spoke of his participation in the mourning for the Cardinal, “who was for many years a diligent collaborator of the Holy See, particularly in the Office of Liturgical Celebrations and as...

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Archbishop of Westminster says his prayers are with the people of Norway

Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster has said that his prayers are with the people of Norway after the tragic events in Norway last Friday.   He said: ‘My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Norway, especially those who have lost their lives, the injured and their loved ones. May God grant a merciful welcome into heaven for those who have died and grant strength and faith to those who are mourning and injured.   I pray, too, that the people of Norway with be strong in the solidarity they show and resolute in their peaceful resistance to all violence.   + Vincent Nichols Archbishop of...

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Pope Benedict XVI offers his prayers and solidarity for the people of Norway

Below is the message of condolences and solidarity for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Norway. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, sent the message on behalf of the Holy Father to the King of Norway, His Majesty Harald V:   His Majesty King Harald V King of Norway Profoundly saddened by the news of the great loss of life caused by the acts of senseless violence perpetrated in Osloand Utøya, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI offers fervent prayers for the victims and their families, invoking God’s peace upon the dead and divine consolation upon those who suffer. At this time of national grief he prays that all Norwegians will be spiritually united in a determined resolve to reject the ways of hatred and conflict and to work together fearlessly in shaping a future of mutual respect, solidarity...

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Hope University awards DD to Archbishop of Westminster

Liverpool Hope University awards Doctorate of Divinity to Archbishop of Westminster  Liverpool Hope University’s 2011 Graduation Ceremonies concluded on 21st July, with the third and final celebration in Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral. The University marked the occasion by awarding an honorary Doctorate of Divinity to the Archbishop of Westminster, Most Reverend Vincent Nichols.    Archbishop Nichols (pictured, right) was born in Crosby, Liverpool, in 1945 and was ordained priest for the Archdiocese of Liverpool in 1969. In 2009 he was appointed the eleventh Archbishop of Westminster by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.     Pictures from all three days’ ceremonies can be viewed...

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Anniversary of Papal Visit to the UK

‘Fresh Wind In Our Sails’: Call to celebrate and share testimonies of grace to mark the Papal Visit anniversary to England & Wales   The Bishop responsible for Missionin England and Wales is inviting Catholic parishes, families, groups and individuals to celebrate and share their experiences of the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the UK. Bishop Kieran Conry (Arundel and Brighton) is Chair of the Bishops’ Conference Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis and said in a video message recorded in advance of the anniversary, which coincides with Home Mission Sunday on 18 September 2011: “What’s it done for you? Has it made you feel different about being a Catholic? Has it inspired you to do anything? Tell stories if you can of what you’ve seen round the parish as a result of it.” He added: “Share your experience. What...

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Newman statue funding issue solved

Beatified John Henry Newman statue funding issue solved Artist Tim Tolkien. A funding shortfall to pay for a work of art to celebrate the visit of Pope Benedict XVI toBirminghamhas been met by the city council. The sculpture of the Blessed John Henry Newman was commissioned by the authority, to mark the visit last year. It was hoped public donations would pay for the statue of the Victorian clergyman who was beatified by the Pope in a special Mass. However, because not enough was raised the council has plugged the gap. The statue of the Blessed John Henry Newman has been made by Tim Tolkien, the great-nephew of author JRR Tolkien. The city council said it cost £30,000 of which £5,000 was raised by public donations. ‘Economic benefit’ Chris Rice, head of Heritage Services at the council said: “We...

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