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Furness Abbey relics go on show in south Cumbria

Furness Abbey relics go on show in south Cumbria      The head of the crozier is made of gilded copper and decorated with gilded silver medallions     Rare treasure found by chance in a grave in south Cumbria is to go on display at Furness Abbey after lying undiscovered for more than 500 years. A silver-gilt and copper crozier and a jewelled ring were found in 2010 and said to be in a “remarkable condition”. They were discovered in the undisturbed grave of a mystery abbot thought to be one of the heads of the monastery. Situated in the presbytery, seen as a prestigious position in the church, his grave could date to the 1150s. Kevin Booth, senior curator at English Heritage, said: “This is a very rare find which underlines the abbey’s status as one of...

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XVAssembly Union of the European Conferences of Major Superiors

   Union of the European Conferences of Major Superiors  XVth General Assembly -19-25 March 2012 – Lourdes – FRANCE      “The Voice of the Future”     Message from Religious Women and Men in Europe 1) We, members of the XVth General Assembly of UCESM (Union of the European Conferences of Major Superiors), have been gathered together, from 27 countries, in Lourdes (France), from 19th to 25th of March 2012. During our Assembly, we have been reflecting on the theme “Religious Men and Women in Europe – Life as a vocation”. We support and approve this message written by some young religious invited to take part in our meeting. These days, we have been touched by the living presence of Mary in this shrine of Lourdes and by the example of the life of Bernadette; and we found the vocation of...

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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 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

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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    ...

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