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Protect Life: End the Death Penalty

Protect Life: End the Death Penalty 10 October is the 11th World Day against the Death Penalty. The campaign represents an alliance of 145 NGOs, bar associations, unions and other bodies – including Catholic organisations like the Community of Sant’Egidio – that was set up in Rome on 13 May 2002.The United Kingdom, which supports its work, campaigns for worldwide abolition of the death penalty because we believe it undermines human dignity, there is no evidence that it works as a deterrent (despite popular myth), and because any error in its application is irreversible – the horrible possibility that the state could, and in the past has, taken innocent life through judicial processes designed to protect that life. 21 countries have abolished the death penalty for all crimes since 2002. Yet 21 countries still carried out executions in 2012,...

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BLESSED SACRAMENT PROCESSION   The annual Blessed Sacrament Procession will take place on Saturday 12th October, beginning at Westminster Cathedral at 1.30pm and ending at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, SE1 7HY, with Benediction around 2.45pm.   All are very welcome to attend.   Website:

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Lancaster Diocese Guidelines for Liturgical Celebrations in Schools

GUIDELINES FOR LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS IN   SCHOOLS & COLLEGES OF THE DIOCESE OF LANCASTER   CELEBRATED BY   THE BISHOP OF LANCASTER       The Right Reverend Michael Campbell OSA is the Bishop of Lancaster     Read Bishop Campbell’s Guidelines for Liturgical Celebrations in Schools with the Bishop issued to Catholic schools and colleges in the Diocese of Lancaster here:-   (The Bishop’s Office)

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“A tabernacle has been desecrated…”

A tabernacle has been desecrated, there are fears of the actions of Satanists Cochin (Agenzia Fides) – The tabernacle of the Catholic Church of St. Anthony in Aluva, in the Indian state of Kerala (southern India), was desecrated and the Hosts stolen. As reported to Fides, the episode which occurred in past days has aroused serious concern in the local Church: Church authorities suspect, in fact, that the desecration of the Eucharistic bread can be linked to satanic cults or sects, and that the theft was the work of people celebrating “black masses”. Fides sources refer that the Bishops of Kerala have invited all the pastors to “raise the threshold of attention”. “We strongly suspect the involvement of satanic groups. One can observe that the donation box in the church was intact; therefore the purpose of the raid was...

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Vatican’s rules on Eucharistic sharing could be further relaxed

Vatican’s rules on Eucharistic sharing could be further relaxed Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham Abp Bernard Longley (front left) Co-Chairs ARCIC Photo Credit: ACNS/Neil Vigers From the Church of Ireland Gazette The Roman Catholic Co-Chair of the Third Anglican/Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC III) has expressed his personal view that, seeing how in 1993 certain relaxations were made in the Vatican’s rules on eucharistic sharing, further relaxation is possible.  Speaking last week to the Gazette editor following a joint session of the National Advisers’ Committee on Ecumenism of the Irish (Roman Catholic) Episcopal Conference and representatives of the Church of Ireland’s Commission for Christian Unity and Dialogue, at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, the Most Revd Bernard Longley – Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham and ARCIC III Co-Chair -referred to the changes in “specified circumstances” set out in the 1993 Ecumenism...

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Westminster Cathedral Choral Vespers

Westminster Cathedral Choral Vespers Duration: 1 hour Live broadcast: Wednesday 09 October 2013 at 15.30 on BBC Radio 3   Repeat broadcast Sun 13 Oct 2013 at 15:00 on BBC Radio 3 .. Choral Vespers live from Westminster Cathedral on the optional memoria of Blessed John Henry Newman       Introit: Tout puissant (Poulenc) Hymn: Iste confessor (Plainsong) Psalms 14, 111 (Plainsong) Canticle: Magna et mirabilia (Plainsong) Responsory: Iustus Dominus (Plainsong) Magnificat for Double Chorus, Op.164 (Stanford) Motet: Iustorum animæ (Stanford) Antiphon: Salve Regina (Bruhns) Organ Voluntary: Præludium in E minor (Bruhns) Master of Music: Martin Baker Assistant Master of Music: Peter Stevens Organ Scholar: Edward Symington.   Related Link Westminster Cathedral (

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‘Basil Hume would be proud of this’

‘Basil Hume would be proud of this’   On 1 October the Most Rev. Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, visited the Cardinal Hume Centre to bless the newly opened Basil Hume House. The building houses five flats, providing the young people who are resident at The Centre with the chance to live more independently. Sara Batista (19) was the first person to move into the house. She explained her relationship with the Centre having lived in the hostel two years ago and then coming back to the Centre to live, volunteer and work. She praised the flats’ construction and the opportunity it will give her to grow up more and feel more independent. The independence of residents in the new House is a key idea behind its construction – it aims to help those in need and prepare them...

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Pastoral Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to Assisi

              Pastoral Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to Assisi Friday 4 October 2013   PROGRAMME Live broadcasting from CTV (Vatican Television Centre)      Friday 4 October 2013  7:00 Departure by helicopter from the Vatican heliport     7:45 Arrival at the sports camp of the Serafico Institute of Assisi     8:00 Meeting with the sick and disabled children assisted at the Serafico Institute of Assisi Address of the Holy Father   9:00 Private visit to the Shrine of San Damian     9:30 Meeting with the poor assisted by Caritas in the “Sala della Spoliazione” of the Archbishop’s residence Address of the Holy Father   10:00 Private visit to the Church of Saint Mary Major     10:20 Private visit to the Upper Basilica of Saint Francis and...

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October 16, 2013 – World Food Day

Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition” will be the focus of World Food Day in 2013. The official World Food Day theme – announced at the start of every year by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – gives focus to World Food Day observances and helps increase understanding of problems and solutions in the drive to end hunger. Today almost 870 million people worldwide are chronically undernourished. Unsustainable models of development are degrading the natural environment, threatening ecosystems and biodiversity that will be needed for our future food supply.   A food system is made up of the environment, people, institutions and processes by which agricultural products are produced, processed and brought to consumers. Every aspect of the food system has an effect on...

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