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Blog Action Day: Human Rights and the Holy See

Blog Action Day: Human Rights and the Holy See The British Foreign Secretary William Hague speaking at the launch of the action plan on business and human rights (4 September 2013). 16 October is Blog Action Day, when bloggers across the world are encouraged to post on the same theme. I participated last year. As the theme for 2013 is “Human Rights”, as a blogger and as an Ambassador to the Holy See, I can hardly fail to do so again. I recommend to anyone interested in the engagement of the Holy See with universal human rights work the speech given by Secretary for Relations with States Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, earlier this year in Geneva, at the 22nd Session of the Human Rights Council. Mamberti explains that the Catholic Church’s approach to human rights is by definition universal, because...

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Fr. Ben Hughes to join Dublin Marathon 2013

Dear Friend, On October 28th 2013 Fr Ben Hughes will run the Dublin City Marathon. This year he is raising funds for the Blessed Sacrament Congregation to help us expand our Eucharistic apostolate, an apostolate which brings hope and healing to many each day. In order to raise funds we would greatly appreciate your sponsorship: your donation, no matter how big or small will make a difference. You can donate in two ways. Firstly you can give one single donation. Secondly you can ask for a sponsorship card and collect sponsorship from your family and friends. Please contact the Chapel at Bachelors Walk for more details; Telephone 01- 8724724. Your support is very important and will be most...

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Sign Prince George’s Christening Card

Sign Prince George’s Christening Card Add your name to the card to bless Prince George on his forthcoming christening Prince George, the nation’s future King, is being christened on Wednesday 23 October. As William and Kate make promises to bring up George in the love of Jesus Christ, we want the Christian community to send their blessings to the Royal family.   Simply add your name to the giant card that Premier Christian Radio will be delivering to St James’ Palace, and join thousands of Christians praying for God’s blessing on the baptism of Prince George.,1WKQ8,9DB156,6TYUX,1     We will email you with a photo of the finished card as it’s delivered to the...

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Fr Timothy Radcliffe, O.P., gives 2013 Romero Lecture

     Fr Timothy Radcliffe, O.P., gives 2013 Romero Lecture in London, Manchester, Edinburgh   A Disturbing Truth – The Church, the Poor and Oscar Romero     Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP The 2013 Archbishop Romero Memorial Lecture will be given by Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, former Prior General of the Dominican Order. His title is: A Disturbing Truth – The Church, the Poor and Oscar Romero’. The lecture will take place in London, Manchester and Edinburgh as follows:- London: Westminster Abbey, London SW1P 3PA on Tuesday 29 October at 6.30pm.  Tickets available free – from Manchester: Holy Name University Chaplaincy Church, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PG on Thursday 31  October at 7pm. Edinburgh: The Lauriston Jesuit Centre, 28 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DJ on Friday 1 November at 7pm – where he will be joined by Archbishop Leo Cushley. All are warmly...

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SILENT PRAYER BEFORE THE CRUCIFIX OF SAINT DAMIAN ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCIS TO THE CLOISTERED NUNS Chapel of the Choir of the Basilica of Saint Clare, Assisi Friday, 4 October 2013   I thought that this meeting was going to be like the one we had twice before in the chapter hall in Castel Gandolfo: alone with the nuns. But I must confess to you that I do not have the courage to send away the cardinals. Let’s do it this way. Good. I thank you all very much for the welcome and the prayers for the Church. When a cloistered nun consecrates her entire life to the Lord, a transformation happens beyond our understanding. It would be natural to think that this nun becomes isolated, alone with the Absolute, alone with God: it is an ascetic and penitent...

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           VIDEO MESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS Prayer Vigil at the Shrine of Divine Love Marian Day – Year of Faith (12 October 2013)   Dear Brothers and Sisters, I greet all the pilgrims present in this Shrine of Divine Love, and all those who join us from the Marian shrines of Lourdes, Nazareth, Lujan, Vailankanni, Guadalupe, Akita, Nairobi, Benneux, Częstochowa and Marian Valley. This evening I am united to all of you in praying the Holy Rosary and in Eucharistic adoration under the gaze of the Virgin Mary. Mary’s gaze! How important this is! How many things can we say with a look! Affection, encouragement, compassion, love, but also disapproval, envy, pride and even hatred. Often a look says more than words; it says what words do not or dare not say. At...

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St. Anthony’s Relics Visit Ireland and the United Kingdom

    St. Anthony’s Relics Visit Ireland and Great Britain October 17 – November 3   The Franciscan Friars invite you to join them in welcoming Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church,  on the occasion of the 750th Anniversary of the Discovery of Saint Anthony’s Relics by Saint Bonaventure.   St Anthony will be visiting you in the form two precious relics from his Basilica in Padua, Italy. The relics will be accompanied by three friars from the Messenger of Saint Anthony in Padua and the Greyfriars of Great Britain and Ireland.  Please click  here for Itinerary:     A Messenger of Hope from Padua, Italy   He’s the popular saint known to help people find lost items and his miracles have won him affectionate veneration among Christians and non-Christians alike. This autumn, tens...

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Proper Mass texts for Blessed John XXIII, Pope

  Proper Mass texts for Blessed John XXIII, Pope   11 October Mass propers for Blessed John XXIII (     The General Instruction of the Roman Missal The Choice of the Mass and its Parts On weekdays in Ordinary Time, there may be chosen either the Mass of the… 355   On Optional Memorials: c. weekday, or the Mass of an Optional Memorial which happens to occur on that day, or the Mass of any Saint inscribed in the Martyrology for that day, or a Mass for Various Needs, or a Votive Mass. If he celebrates with the people, the Priest will take care not to omit too frequently and without sufficient reason the readings assigned each day in the Lectionary to the weekdays, for the Church desires that a richer portion at the table of God’s Word should...

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Marian Day in the Year of Faith

SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER 2013 XXVIII Sunday of Ordinary Time HOLY MASS CELEBRATED BY HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS Marian Day in the Year of Faith “BLESSED ARE YOU BECAUSE YOU BELIEVED” Saturday, October 12, 5:00 PM In St. Peter’s Square, the reception of the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima in the presence of the Pope   Information for Pilgrims     Sunday 13 October 2013 Marian Day – Holy Mass presided over by His Holiness Pope Francis at 10.30 am From St. Peter’ s Square, Holy Mass presided over by Pope Francis on the occasion of the Marian Day, follwed by the recitation of the Angelus Prayer Live Broadcast from 10.20 a.m. – in French for Africa on kHz 17.520 SW, for the Rome area on MHz 103,8 FM and via Internet on Channel 2 -in English for...

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