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News Briefing: From Britain and Ireland

News Briefing: From Britain and Ireland

by: Bernadette Kehoe - The Tablet in Reporters,

A former BBC political correspondent, Martina Purdy,  has professed her vows as a member of the Adoration Sisters in Belfast. Her one-time media colleagues were in the congregation for theprofession at St Peter’s Cathedral in Belfast. Sr Martina and a former barrister, Sr Elaine Kelly, received their brown veils as well as the ring and brown scapular of the congregation.

Spell out Immigration Benefits: Brexit myths

Spell out Immigration Benefits: Brexit myths

by: Editor - The Tablet in Reporters,

British businesses are increasingly alarmed that they will be shut out of markets they rely on. Many on both sides of the political divide see that it will damage the economy and lead to the loss of jobs. So why have they not organised to say so, with all the zeal displayed by their opponents? ... Jeremy Corbyn and those around the Labour leader seem to share Mrs May’s conviction that the referendum result was primarily a protest about immigration.

Pope Francis canonizes seven new saints

Pope Francis canonizes seven new saints

by: Junno Arocho Esteves, CNS in Reporters,

An estimated 80,000 people attended the canonization Mass at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City October 17, 2016. The seven new saints of the church were holy not because of their own efforts but because of "the Lord who triumphs in them and with them," Pope Francis said.

"Fiat Lux: Illuminating our Common Home"

"Fiat Lux: Illuminating our Common Home"

by: ucanews.com reporters in Reporters,

The three-hour event, "Fiat Lux: Illuminating our Common Home" saw the colorful display of images of people from various places, the natural world and climate change against the facade of St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 8. About 1.5 million spectators watched the show. The light show was staged by a conglomerate of social justice organizations.

Travelodge chain removes bibles from all hotel rooms

Travelodge chain removes bibles from all hotel rooms

by: Claire Bennett - Catholic Universe in Reporters,

The budget hotel Travelodge has admitted that it has removed Bibles from its rooms despite receiving no complaints from customers about their presence. Representatives of the 500-strong chain claim that inclusion of the Bibles, donated by the Gideon Society, no longer reflect Britain’s growing “multicultural society”.

Vietnam seminaries expand facilities

Vietnam seminaries expand facilities

by: ncroonline.org in Reporters,

In recent years the government has eased limitations on recruitment, priestly ordination and the reshuffling of priests. Major seminaries in Vietnam are upgrading facilities to accommodate the growing need of priestly formation after the government relaxed seminary enrollment rules.

Catholic college in Leeds mourns ‘kind and hard-working’ teacher

Catholic college in Leeds mourns ‘kind and hard-working’ teacher

by: Madeleine Teahan - Catholic Herald in Reporters,

A Catholic school community in Leeds is in mourning today after a female teacher was stabbed to death yesterday morning. Anne Maguire, taught Spanish and Religious Education at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Neville Road and was stabbed by a pupil in front of a class of 30 pupils, according to reports. 

The ethical Church-Bank of England

The ethical Church-Bank of England

by: Archbishop Cranmer blog in Reporters,

The Church Commissioners for England confirmed that as part of a consortium of investors they will be partnering with Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to create a leading challenger bank from 314 RBS branches across the UK.

Pope gives blessing to cause for Chesterton

Pope gives blessing to cause for Chesterton

by: Scottish Catholic Observer in Reporters,

English author GK Chesterton, best known for his Father Brown stories, has begun the journey to Beatification and Canonisation with the blessing of the Pope.Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton, the diocese in which Chesterton lived, has ordered an examination of the life of the Catholic writer.

Baroness Thatcher ‘gave us a backbone’ – Lord Carey leads religious leaders' tributes

Baroness Thatcher ‘gave us a backbone’ – Lord Carey leads religious leaders' tributes

by: John Bingham - The Telegraph in Reporters,

The most senior Roman Catholic cleric in England and Wales, the Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, said: “It was with sadness that we heard the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher, who served this country for many years both as a Member of Parliament and as Prime Minster. "We pray for the repose of her soul and for the intentions of her family and all those who now mourn for her.”

From Dublin to Capernaum

From Dublin to Capernaum

by: Fr. Stephen Wang in Reporters,

I’m just back from the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin. Eighteen of us went to represent the seminary, and we had a fantastic week – despite the patchy weather. They talk about the rain in Ireland being ‘soft’, but for the two hours of the Mass for Reconciliation on Thursday afternoon it got distinctly hard.

Island priest saves ship disaster relics as reminder

Island priest saves ship disaster relics as reminder

by: Steve Scherer - Reuters in Reporters,

 On Friday night he opened the doors of his church, standing less than 100 meters from the port in Giglio, to about 400 survivors of the Costa Concordia who straggled up the steps to the entrance seeking shelter and food.  "I pulled out all the food I had," he said. "I still had some panettone cakes from Christmas so I gave them that, and then the community brought more."

A new church initiative in Maoist area of West Bengal, India

A new church initiative in Maoist area of West Bengal, India

by: George Vayaliparampil - The C.S.F. in Reporters,

A study commission headed by the Claretian Missionary Father Michael presented a report to the assembly of Bishops and Major Superiors to take practical measures for the church presence in developmental activities. This joint initiative of Regional Bishops and Major Superiors is to be grounded in the poor areas of West Bengal which is traditional considered as Maoists stronghold. 

South Sudan: How long will the smiles last?

South Sudan: How long will the smiles last?

by: From Will Ross BBC News, Juba in Reporters,

 "Our parents and grandparents were suffering for so long because of war. They brought us independence and so I thank them and I thank God," secondary school student Sarah Keji told me. Expectations here are high and the wish list is as long as the Nile. "After independence, life will be better than before. We are going to see justice, prosperity and our country will develop."

Fear in the pulpit - Oppression in Zimbabwe

Fear in the pulpit - Oppression in Zimbabwe

by: Sarah Mac Donald - The Tablet in Reporters,

Catholic priests face arrest and torture by Robert Mugabe’s secret police masquerading as Massgoers as the dictator’s instruments of repression turn their attention to the Church, branding it an enemy of the state.

Christians in the UK are being persecuted - MP

Christians in the UK are being persecuted - MP

by: CW Postings in Reporters,

Christian MP David Simpson has raised his concern over the treatment of Christians in the United Kingdom and around the world in a debate in the House of Commons this week. The DUP politician told ministers that if they wanted to see instances of Christian persecution they need not go to other countries but “simply look to our own back door”.