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Prayer for Africa

Archbishop of York to lead Prayer for Africa at Annual Healthcare Service   Archbishop of York John Sentamu is to address Liverpool Cathedral at ‘A prayer for Africa’ service. The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, is to address Liverpool Cathedral at the ecumenical Annual Healthcare Service, which this year will also offer a prayer for Africa. The service starts at 3pm on Sunday 22nd April. The service is open to all, and especially those concerned for the health of the people and community in Merseyside. Representatives from the Liverpool Medical Institution and health organisations across the region will be in attendance.    Professor Peter Davies from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, President of the Liverpool Medical Institute, will be among a number of people giving readings or reflections. Sixth form students from Bellerive School will also lead...

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Prayer card to encourage military chaplaincy vocations

 Prayer card to encourage military chaplaincy vocations In response to a real shortage of military chaplains in all three Armed Services, the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Forces, Bishop Richard Moth, has asked servicemen and women and serving chaplains to fervently pray that more priests come forward to serve as chaplains. Prayer cards have been sent out to churches across the Bishopric of the Forces and serving chaplains. In a Pastoral Letter to accompany the launch of the prayer card, Bishop Moth highlights the chaplains’ vital ministry to service men and women: “I invite you all to reflect upon the ‘definite service’ that is Military Chaplaincy. This is a priestly ministry that is vital to the needs of the Military community. Every member of the Armed Services, together with their families, will have benefited from the ministry of their...

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H.M. The Queen sends message to Pope Benedict XVI

The Queen sends message to Pope Benedict XVI   Pope Benedict XVI and H.M. The Queen, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sent the following message of congratulations to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to mark his birthday on 16 April 2012: “It gives me great pleasure to send Your Holiness my congratulations on the celebration of your 85th birthday, together with my best wishes for the coming year. Elizabeth R”....

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Auguri

  Auguri Buon compleanno Alles Gute zum Geburtstag Felix natalis! Happy Birthday !   The Pope’s Secretary, Mgr. Georg Gänswein, has revealed that there will be no solemn celebration on the occasion of the Pope’s 85th birthday on Monday, 16th April.   Instead it will be a “very Bavarian” day. “There will be no solemn celebrations in the Vatican for the Pope’s birthday. Instead, it will be a family celebration”. “I do not want any big celebrations please,” the Pope himself said to us collaborators.” This was revealed by Mgr. Georg Gänswein, Pope Benedict XVI’s private secretary exclusively to Italian weekly magazine Gente. On 16 April the Pope will celebrate his 85th birthday and, three days later, on 19 April, he will begin his eighth year as St. Peter’s successor. “Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum; habemus Papam; Eminentissimum ac Reverendissimum Dominum,...

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My Brother, the Pope

  My Brother, the Pope       It wasn’t always the case that Msgr. Georg Ratzinger lived in the shadow of his younger brother, Joseph. Georg was an accomplished musician, who for over 30 years directed the world-famous boys’ choir of theRegensburg Cathedral. Brother Joseph was a brilliant young professor, but mostly known in German academic circles. Now Georg writes about the close friendship that has united these two brothers for more than 80 years. Those interested in knowing more about the early life of Benedict XVI will not be disappointed. Georg’s reminiscences are detailed, intimate, and warm. And while they begin with the earliest years of the Ratzinger family, they continue right up to the present day. “An evocative portrait… sheds new light on the experiences that shaped some of the thinking of Pope Benedict XVI.” —...

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Vocations Pilgrimage to Walsingham

  Vocations Pilgrimage to Walsingham 36th Vocations Pilgrimage: Walsingham – Saturday, 16th June 2012 Memoria of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Organised by the Salvatorians The Pilgrimage begins 1.30pm in Walsingham, carrying the Statue of Our Lady from Friday Market to the shrine. This is followed by rosary at the shrine and an hour of prayer in the chapel of reconciliation, and ends with 4pm Mass. Those wanting to participate in the vocations pilgrimage should make their own way to Walsingham. Perhaps those who aren’t able to attend could mark this date in some way with prayers for vocations?   Vocations Sunday Resources http://www.ukvocation.org/vocations-sunday-resources...

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People’s Choice Award, Liverpool

   People’s Choice Award, Liverpool We are inviting you to tell us about your favourite place to visit in Liverpool City Region. Simply complete the questions below to nominate your favourite museum, hotel, restaurant, piety shop, or other attraction that you have visited in the last 12 months. Nominations that receive the most votes will be short listed for a prestigious award at The Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards in June 2012 Closing date for nominations Friday April 29   http://www.visitliverpool.com/survey    ...

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New and improved website of the Venerable English College, Rome

The new and improved website of the Venerable English College, a seminary in Rome for the formation of priests for the dioceses of England and Wales.    Which makes it particularly appropriate for us to breath  ‘new life’ into our website. The new website makes it easier for us to update the pages regularly with diary events and news.  We hope you also like the new design!   The seminary was founded in 1579, and there has been an English presence on the site in Via di Monserrato since the establishment of the Hospice of St Thomas in 1362, making us the oldest English institution outside England. This year we celebrate 650 years since the foundation of the Hospice. For more on the 650th anniversary click here.   These two dimensions – hospitality and the formation of priests – still lie at the...

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UK launch of the ‘Catholicism’ series

  UK launch of the ‘Catholicism’ series Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies is the UK’s first permanent centre devoted to pioneering research and teaching in Catholic theology in the public academy. The Centre operates within the UK’s premier research Department of Theology and Religion and works in close partnership with the Catholic Church to produce future leaders, foster talent, and foment Catholic scholarship locally and globally. Centre for Catholic Studies: www.centreforcatholicstudies.co.uk UK launch of the ‘Catholicism’ series In an exciting pre-cursor to our 2012 Year of Faith later this year, on Wednesday 25th April, the Centre for Catholic Studies will host the UK launch of the ‘Catholicism’ series, in partnership with the St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Chaplaincy at Durham University. On the evening of Thursday 26th April, Fr Barron will deliver the Word on Fire Lecture at Durham University...

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