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Jewels of the North

Jewels of the North 30 August 2013 Europe’s finest Romanesque Cathedral will be transformed into a magnificent spectacle of colour, fragrance and floral design from 30 August to 4 September.  A spectacular festival of flowers and design celebrating innovation in North East England; inspired by the Anglo Saxon Lindisfarne Gospels and subsequent periods of creativity. Acclaimed designers Pauline Lund and Judith Clancy working with members of flower clubs in the Northumberland and Durham Area of NAFAS will fill the Cathedral with stunning arrangemensts on an unprecedented scale.  Over 50 magnificent designs will fill Durham Cathedral, including impressive large scale hanging installations. There will be much to inspire and surprise during the six-day Festival, ranging from complementary demonstrations, family activity and a variety of cultural events. Kate Adie OBE, Jewels of the North Patron said: “Growing up in Sunderland, Durham Cathedral...

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The Wisdom of Father Brown

The Wisdom of Father Brown Steve Townsend, Deputy Head of Mission The following is a guest blog by Steve Townsend, Deputy Head of Mission. It was announced this week that the Bishop of Northampton has started the investigation whether there is a case for canonisation for G K Chesterton.  This prompted me to go back to his best-loved creation, and one of my favourite fictional characters, Father Brown, who starred in five volumes of short stories. Father Brown was based on a real person – Father John O’Connor, a parish priest in Bradford, who was closely involved in Chesterton’s conversion to Catholicism in 1922.   We first meet Father Brown in “The Blue Cross”, where he is described as “a very short Roman Catholic priest” with “a face as round and dull as a Norfolk dumpling; eyes as empty as...

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Pope plans to consecrate the world to Our Lady

Fatima statue headed to Rome, as Pope plans to consecrate the world to Our Lady The statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima will travel all the way from Portugal to the Vatican, where His Holiness Pope Francis is planning on consecrating the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.    The ‘Marian Day’ ceremony, which is scheduled to take place at the Vatican on Sunday, October 13th, will be attended by hundreds of religious movements and institutions that have a special Marian devotion. This Mass is one of the last main events scheduled for the ‘Year of Faith.’  Even before that Mass, things will be busy at the Vatican. On Saturday October 12th, different prayer events are scheduled along with a pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Peter. Then on the 13th, Pope Francis will celebrate...

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World Congress on Mercy first time in Latin America!

WACOM 2014 BOGOTA COLOMBIA     Forthcoming World Congress on Mercy first time in Latin America! Colombian bishops and Cardinal Schönborn, President of the Congress, expect a lot of participants from the whole world in Bogota. Video Press Conference New entry to the Gospel Msgr. Garcia announced that, during the meeting, « Divine Mercy will be very significant for the missionary strengths of the Church. » The South American Bishop is encharged of the preparation of the Congress by the Colombian Bishop’s Conference. After Rome (2008) and Cracow (2011), it is the first time that the World Divine Mercy Congress will take place outside Europe. Cardinal Schönborn notices the Colombian capital has been chosen for its ability to focus on the heart of the Gospel and to offer an inspiration for the Church today. The Congress will express how the theme...

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Promoting Mutual Respect

Promoting Mutual Respect The British Ambassador to the Holy See Nigel Baker talks to students and staff of the Cambridge Muslim College The following is a guest blog by Steve Townsend, Deputy Head of Mission.  Pope Francis has signed the Holy See’s traditional message to the Muslims around the world who are celebrating the Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan. The theme of his message is Promoting Mutual Respect through Education, and in it the Pope calls on people of all religions to build their relationships on the foundation of mutual respect. Respect is a very significant concept. My trusty dictionary defines it as “a feeling of admiration for someone or something because of their good qualities or achievements”. Pope Francis has defined it slightly differently, as an “attitude of kindness towards people for whom we have consideration and...

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Church TV

Church TV About is an online streaming site which provides viewers with a direct link into Cathedrals and Churches for Mass and other events such as Weddings, Funeral, Novenas, Baptisms and lots more. With the launching of new services we are even more accessible to the community. is part of the Church Support Group.   With you can: Watch Live Religious services through your web browser. Watch Live on your mobile device. Watch playback on a television with the Church Telecom Set Top Box. Watch back recordings of services from the churches. Download recorded services for a permanent record of a Mass, Wedding, Funeral or Special Service If you would like further information or to discuss putting your church online please contact us. Our mission We believe the family is the basic unit of society...

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MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS FOR WORLD MISSION DAY 2013     ‘The strength of our faith … can be measured by the ability to communicate it …, to spread and live it in charity, to witness to it …’ Extract of the message of Pope Francis for the 87th World Mission Day, which will be celebrated on Sunday, October 20th, 2013 – just after the conclusion of the Year of the Faith – ‘’……..We also live in a time of crisis that touches various sectors of existence, not only the economy, finance, food security, or the environment, but also those involving the deeper meaning of life and the fundamental values that animate it. Even human coexistence is marked by tensions and conflicts that cause insecurity and difficulty in finding the right path to a stable peace. In this complex...

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YOUCAT in Chinese

The Youth Catechism in Chinese TAIPEI – With “Finally in Chinese with the classic yellow binding,” many young Taiwanese Catholics welcomed the online announcement that the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church, youcat for short, was now available in Chinese after being published in many other languages. “What we were waiting for, for many months, has finally arrived,” said a post on a Facebook account set up by young Hong Kong Catholics for youcat.For the past year, Catholic youth groups in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan have been reading the glossy yellow book (pictured). Since it was released in 2011 during World Youth Days in Spain, it has become a reference book for many young Catholics. Until recently, Chinese-speaking Catholics had to rely on the English version. Now the Kuangchi Cultural Group in Taipei translated and published it in...

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Pope Francis appoints new secretary of “Ecclesia Dei”

Pope Francis appoints new secretary of “Ecclesia Dei”   Mgr. Guido Pozzo returns to the Pontifical Commission of “Ecclesia Dei”.  A look at what really happened with the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate ANDREA TORNIELLI vatican city Today the Pope Francis appointed the Titular Archbishop of Bagnoregio, Mgr. Guido Pozzo, as Secretary of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”. Until today Mgr. Pozzo was Almoner of His Holiness. After less than a year the prelate from the northern Italian city of Trieste returns to the Pontifical Commission but this time with the added title of Archbishop. Why did the Pope decide to bring Mgr. Pozzo back to the Commission that handles the Vatican’s relations with the traditionalists and the Church’s dialogue with the Society of St. Pius X, whose 3 Cardinals seemed to have given up on the possibility of...

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