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EUROPEAN DAY FOR A WORK-FREE SUNDAY ON 3 MARCH 2013   The European Sunday Alliance reminds all members and supporters to also take action this year on Sunday, 3 March 2013, as the EUROPEAN DAY FOR A WORK-FREE SUNDAY!     Sundays have no price! That’s the message from the European Sunday Alliance, which is calling for workers all over Europe, where possible, to take a break from their jobs on Sunday, 3 March. The campaign says in a statement: “In times of financial and economic crisis when more and more social and employment rights are coming under pressure, the work-free Sunday is a clear and visible demonstration that the people and our societies are not dependent solely on work and the economy. “We believe that all citizens of the European Union are entitled to benefit from decent working hours...

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Union of the European Conferences of Major Superiors

  Gratitude of the religious men and women of  UCESM to the Holy Father   After the announcement of the decision taken by His Holiness Benedict XVI, Fr. Giovanni PERAGINE, President of UCESM, expressed in a message to the Holy Father the union in prayer and the gratitude of all the religious men and women of Europe for his action at the service of Christ and of His Church, in this complex moment of history. He conveyed to him their deep gratitude for the words received throughout his Pontificate through his messages and encyclicals and his concern for Consecrated Life. Those words have been a teaching and an encouragement contributing to nourish their testimony. Today, in this year of the Faith opened by the Holy Father, the Religious men and women of Europe receive like a Prophetic Word his...

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Premier Radio’s Catholic audio magazine

  Premier Radio’s Catholic audio magazine Premier Radio’s latest edition of Heart to Heart – the audio magazine for Catholic listeners out today, has begun a daily on-line report from the Vatican by Maria Toth. In other features,  Dec’s cousin (Dec of Ant and Dec fame) Fr Dermott Donnelly, speaks about his family, faith and youth ministry in the North East; there’s an interview with Stephen Callaghan – Creative Director of Lentfest 2013 the Archdiocese of Glasgow Arts Project; and the programme visits the Ace of Clubs, a Clapham homeless charity started by the Redemptorists; the story of Matt Fradd who went from porn addict to setting up counter-cultural website The Porn Effect. In the newsletter Dr Marcus Pound, a lecturer in Theology and Religion at Durham University, speaks about the ecumenical movement, exploring how we can enter into the...

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Lent Masses, Confessions and Devotions in the Archdiocese of Glasgow

Metropolitan Archdiocese of Glasgow   Lent Masses, Confessions and Devotions     During Lent many people look for opportunities to get to Mass or Confession, and to pray the Stations of the Cross (Via Crucis) during the working week, often travelling some distance to find services that fit in with their busy schedules.  To assist people who may be looking to do something extra for Lent we have created a special page with times of Lenten weekday Masses, Confessions and Devotions in the Archdiocese. It can be accessed here ...

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More than a thousand appeal for return of Sunday Half Hour

  More than a thousand appeal for return of Sunday Half Hour   More than a thousand people have now signed a petition deploring the axing of Sunday Half Hour by BBC Radio 2. The popular thirty minute programme featuring hymns was suddenly removed from the Sunday evening schedule a month ago. Its replacement is an hour long programme at 6am on Sunday. Many protestors are criticising this early hour as being the worst aspect of the snap change. Listener Paul Bright speaks for many when he says that he cannot believe how insensitive the BBC can be to the traditional audience of a well-loved programme. “Do they not realise how many older people, who may be house-bound or living in care homes or may be unable to attend a place of worship, especially during the dark winter evenings or...

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In Search of the Real Pope Benedict

BBC Radio 4   In Search of the Real Pope Benedict   Edward Stourton reassesses Pope Benedict’s life and looks for clues as to what has really driven him during his long career. Broadcast · BBC Radio 4  · Saturday, 16 February, 2013 at 22:15  on BBC Radio 4  ...

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Benedict XVI and the UK

Benedict XVI and the UK Pope Benedict XVI and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh (Papal visit to the United Kingdom, 16 September 2010). Photo: ©Osservatore Romano The news that Pope Benedict XVI was stepping down led to messages flowing in to Rome from all corners of the world. Amongst the warmest have been many from the United Kingdom. The Prime Minister sent Pope Benedict the best wishes of Her Majesty’s Government. Foreign Office Minister of State Baroness Warsi wrote a moving testimonial in the British media on her personal encounters with the Pope. And the Archbishops of Canterbury and Westminster were quick to respond to the announcement with their prayers and support. There is a reason for this. As the Prime Minister noted, the relationship between the United Kingdom and the Holy See has...

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Free download: CTS guide to Papal election

  Free download: CTS guide to Papal election           Following His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement of his resignation on Monday, many are now speculating on what is going to happen next. This new and completely up-to-date publication takes you step by step through what happens until the election of the new Pope. Written by expert Monsignor Charles Burns, Ecclesiastical Adviser at the British Embassy to the Holy See, this free downloadable book from the Catholic Truth Society,  is an easily accessible and authoritative explanation of what happens, when and why. To get your copy, click here: To browse all CTS publications, see:

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Heroic Media

   Heroic Media   Heroic Media, a faith-based company that promotes alternatives to abortion through mass media, has an online news portal at The initiative is aimed at making a broad cultural impact, complementing its current outreach to women in crisis pregnancies.

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