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Preventing Sexual Violence: A Bold Initiative worth Supporting

Preventing Sexual Violence: A Bold Initiative worth Supporting On 25 September, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague co-hosted an event at the UN General Assembly alongside Zainab Bangura, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. He spoke about his Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI), launched in London last May. The PSVI aims to strengthen international efforts and co-ordination to prevent and respond to sexual violence in conflict, to erode the existing culture of impunity, to increase the number of perpetrators brought to justice internationally and nationally, and to support states to build capacity. Sexual violence has long been used as a weapon against civilian populations, including refugee populations, in conflict. It is often deliberately inflicted in order to physically and psychologically injure, to humiliate, to degrade and to stigmatise individuals and communities. Rape as a war crime...

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New websites about consecrated life in England and Wales

New websites about consecrated life in England and Wales The National Office for Vocation has produced a new website about consecrated life in England and Wales:     The site contains a wide range of information about the various forms of consecrated life, advice on discernment, vocation stories, videos, teaching resources and links to the websites of all Religious Institutes in England and Wales.     The ‘How to be a nun‘ page has instantly proved to be extremely popular.         The website for 10-16 year olds about consecrated life has also been re-designed: ...

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Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary Republished

Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary Republished   Augustin Cardinal Mayer, then-Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, promulgated the editio typica of the Collectio Missarum de Beata Maria Virgine on August 15, 1986.   In the decree of promulgation, he wrote, “Because of the great number of requests from pastors and the faithful and especially from rectors of Marian shrines, it seemed opportune to publish a collection selected from existing Marian Mass formularies, many of which are outstanding for their teaching, piety, and the significance of their texts.”   Some of those texts, though far from all, are also now found in the Roman Missal, Third Edition. Many others come from various Marian shrines around the world. Given the popularity of the Collection (the English translation was approved in 1990 by the Congregation), it seemed opportune...

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British Ambassador to Holy See on Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

British Ambassador to Holy See on Queen’s Diamond Jubilee   This first week of June marks the official celebration in the UK and across the Commonwealth of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. Only the second British monarch to celebrate 60 years on the throne, the Queen and her family lead a river pageant down the Thames on Sunday, host a concert at Buckingham Palace on Monday and attend a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday. In towns and villages across Britain and beyond, there will be street parties, the lighting of beacons and other events to mark this significant moment in the nation’s history.     Philippa Hitchen spoke to Britain’s ambassador to the Holy See, Nigel Baker about these events and about the Queen’s role as a symbol of unity for people of all faiths...

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UK  PRIEST    UK  PRIEST is the official website for Catholic diocesan priesthood in England and Wales. The life of a priest and how to become one…   With links to all of the dioceses of England & Wales to find out who the Vocation Director is in your part of the country. Each will have different programmes and events for those who are thinking about the priesthood or consecrated life.     See also:-   Video Story: A Priest at Work in the Community      ...

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Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Photographic Exhibition

 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Photographic Exhibition Under the Dulverton Bridge (Liverpool Main Cathedral)   04th – 23rd June 2012 09:00 – 18:00 (each day) The exhibition, curated by Canon Val Jackson, Liverpool Cathedral Archivist, charts all the occasions when her Majesty was present in Liverpool Cathedral and will bring back happy memories for many people. This exhibition has actually been in place since May 23rd but will continue for some weeks yet until 23rd June so there is still ample opportunity for everyone to share the experiences of the Queen’s visits to this great place. This  current exhibition is part of the Cathedral’s wider celebrations of  Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee and offers a remarkable photographic reminder of the several occasions when Liverpool Cathedral has played host to Her Majesty over these many years. Her first visit was as Princess Elizabeth...

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Marking the Diamond Jubilee

Marking the Diamond Jubilee  We are running a range of activities to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and explain why Britain is such a creative, open, connected and dynamic country to live, work and visit. This weekend thousands of people are gathering for Diamond Jubilee celebrations to mark 60 years of Her Majesty the Queen’s reign. People all over Britain are holding street parties, lighting beacons and attending festivals, treasuring our shared heritage and coming together for community events. Thousands will line the streets of London on Tuesday 5 June to watch the Queen travel to Buckingham Palace, after a service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. See examples of FCO activity on our Pinterest board British missions around the world will mark the Diamond Jubilee with a series of events to celebrate the...

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The magazine Claritas is born

The magazine Claritas is born Claritas Journal Claritas is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed online/open access academic journal inspired by the Focolare Movement’s life and thought, dialogue and initiatives. General Information The mission statement for Claritas is the following: The Focolare’s life and thought, dialogues and initiatives provide the inspiration for this interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, online/open access academic journal. Claritas also seeks to facilitate critical and constructive dialogue among scholars from all research disciplines and encourages cross-disciplinary and intercultural collaboration. Exploring the “life and thought, dialogues and initiatives” inspired by the Focolare vision of unity means that Claritas is interested in being a vehicle for the publication of research on all consonant topics. Claritas is published semiannually in March and October. Its first issue appeared in March 2012.   Claritas, a new online journal connected with the Focolare Movement’s Città...

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St. Hildegard of Bingen and St. John of Avila to become Doctors of the Church

St. Hildegard of Bingen and St. John of Avila to become Doctors of the Church   To the thousands of pilgrims who went to St. Peter’s Square to pray the Regina Coeli with the Pope on Sunday, 28 May, 2012,  His Holiness announced that he would confer at the beginning of the XIII ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS ON THE NEW EVANGELIZATION FOR THE TRANSMISSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH,  the Doctorate of the Universal Church on St. Hildegard of Bingen and on St. John of Avila. Benedict XVI “I am pleased to announce that on October 7, the day that begins the assembly of the Synod of Bishops, I will proclaim St. John of Avila and St. Hildegard of Bingen Doctors of the Church.” The title of Doctor of the Church is given to Saints whose...

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