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CCEE Presidency’s letter to Metropolite Hilarion on Christian intolerance

CCEE Presidency addresses its concern in regard to the recent act of religious hatred in the Russian Federation with a letter to Metropolitan Hilarion, Head of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate   The Presidency of the Council of European Bishops’ Conference (CCEE) has addressed today a letter to Metropolitan Hilarion, Head of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, expressing its “grave concern with regard to the numerous and increasing manifestations of discrimination against Christians in different countries, and of anti-Christian and anti-church sentiments which have been increasing especially in the Russian Federation in recent months”.     Regarding the increasing manifestations of hatred against Christianity in the Russian Federation, the CCEE Presidency rejects “the tendency to misunderstand freedom of art and freedom of expression when there is in fact instigation...

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Pope John Paul I Centenary of his Birth

  Pope John Paul I Centenary of his Birth  17 October 2012   Prayer for the Centenary Lord, Omnipotent and eternal God, We admire the marvels that You Grace works in your children. Today We bless you for the love You have poured out on Your Servant, Pope John Paul I, by calling him To life, to Your friendship, To serve You as pastor and as Your Vicar for the Universal Church. As we inaugurate the centenary year that recalls the history of his life in the light of your Providence, which guides men and events toward the encounter with You, from the testimony of life of John Paul I, a living image of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, help us to draw on those gifts that make us Your children and disciples of Christ: from his faith and serenity...

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Official English translation of Indulgence DECREE for Year of Faith

    Official English translation of Indulgence DECREE for Year of Faith     APOSTOLIC PENITENTIARY URBIS ET ORBIS D E C R E E During the Year of Faith special acts of penance will be rewarded with the gift of Sacred Indulgences.   On the day of the 50th anniversary of the solemn opening of the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council, to which Blessed John XXIII “entrusted the principal task to guard and present better the precious deposit of Christian doctrine in order to make it more accessible to the Christian faithful and to all people of good will” (John Paul II, Apostolic Constitution Fidei Depositum, 11 October 1992: AAS 86 [1994] 113), the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI established the inauguration of a Year dedicated in particular to the profession of true faith and its correct interpretation, with the...

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Young Adult European Meeting in Rome

Young Adult European Meeting in Rome December 28 to January 2 Rome is the city chosen to host the young adult European meeting organized by the Taizé Community December 28 to January 2. An event which will bring together thousands of young people from different religions with Benedict XVI.     The Taizé Community is an ecumenical religious community. Its members include Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants. It was founded by Brother Roger in 1940, in Taizé, France, when the world was divided by war.   Fr. David Taizé Community “The community started during the Second World War when the founder of the community, Brother Roger, arrived in Taizé with the idea of gathering a small group of men coming from different countries , different cultures, from different churches to be a sign of communion. A sign of peace”. Currently, the...

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The Power of We

The Power of We One of the great opportunities for an Ambassador to the Holy See is the access the role gives to the wider Holy See and Catholic networks. Some of these are integral to the outreach of the Holy See (such as the network of Apostolic Nuncios – Papal Ambassadors – managing relationships with 179 countries around the world). But most are networks operating to spread the good word, help people in need, and support communities – especially the poorest – requiring assistance, be it moral or pastoral, spiritual or practical, in education or healthcare. Such networks with which this embassy works include the Jesuit Refugee Service, on the ground in some of the world’s toughest places like Syria at the moment, selflessly assisting refugees and raising awareness of their plight. Or the Human Trafficking Network run...

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Choral Evensong BBC Radio 3

Choral Evensong  BBC Radio 3   Broadcasts BBC Radio 3 Wednesday 17 October 2012 15:30    Duration: 1 hour (Repeated:  Sunday 28th October 2012  16:00) Choral Evensong is aired twice weekly – live at 3.30pm on Wednesdays, and repeated at 4pm Sundays. If you would like to be in the congregation for Choral Evensong, please be seated by 3.15pm. Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on the Feast of St Ignatius of Antioch, including the first broadcast of a new composition commissioned for the Choirbook for the Queen, a collection of contemporary anthems, published to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. Organ Prelude: Lento (Marian Sawa) Introit: A new song (James MacMillan) Responses: Philip Duffy Hymn: Lord Jesus, when you dwelt on earth (Jesu, dulcis memoria) Psalms: 15, 112 (Bevenot, Mawby) New Testament Canticle: Revelation 15 vv3-4 New Testament Reading: 1 Peter 5 vv1-11...

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The Nicene Creed is the prayer for the Year of Faith   It is by believing with the heart that you are justified, and by making the declaration with your lips that you are saved. MAY THE YEAR OF FAITH LEAD ALL BELIEVERS TO LEARN BY HEART THE CREED AND TO SAY IT EVERY DAY AS A PRAYER, SO THAT THE BREATHING AGREES WITH THE FAITH. From the Pastoral Aid for the Year of Faith  The Profession of Faith I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all...

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New CTS Resourses on Vocations

      A Vocation to Religious Life National Office for Vocations A leaflet explaining God’s call to serve as a religious brother or sister Religious life has undergone great changes in recent decades but the call remains the same: to follow Christ as closely as possible and to do so according to the way of life of a particular religious institue.   The National Office for Vocations has published, in partnership with CTS, this leaflet explaining simply and clearly the calling to the religious life. What it means and what it entails. Price: £5.95 / $9.64 DL Leaflet, Pack of 25    8 Pages     A Vocation to the Diocesan Priesthood National Office for Vocations A leaflet explaining God’s call to serve him as a priest The National Office for Vocations has published, in partnership with CTS,...

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The Meaningful Chocolate Company

  The Meaningful Chocolate Company   The Meaningful Chocolate Company is run by people who are passionate about ethical trading and faith. We have experience in the manufacturing, commercial, financial, not-for-profit, marketing, voluntary, charity and ethical trading sectors.   We are an accredited Fairtrade company and are registered with the FLO, the international Fairtrade body and The Fairtrade Foundation. All of our products are Fairtrade ensuring that our growers receive a minimum price for their produce. We also contribute to Fairtrade’s Growers Premium which gives our growers a cash bonus for their produce to spend on improving their communities. We are proud to be part of the ethical trading community. Look out for us on your supermarket shelves, at Traidcraft or with cathedral and independent shops.   Most of the UK’s 20 million Christmas trees have nothing religious hanging...

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