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Human jealousy and divine generosity

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Human jealousy and divine generosity

Is God unfair? A sermon by Fr Stephen Wang, about the dangers of jealousy, the wonder of God’s generosity, and the puzzle of why he gives some things to some people and not to others.

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Pre-synod jostling points to dynamism of Rome meeting on family

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Pre-synod jostling points to dynamism of Rome meeting on family

The Australian cardinal whom Pope Francis earlier this year put in charge of Vatican finances has added his voice to a large number of senior church figures warning against expecting changes to come from next […]

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The power of film: surprise Spanish hit “La última cima” (The Last Summit)

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The power of film: surprise Spanish hit “La última cima” (The Last Summit)

Imagine a film about a priest that’s a box-office knock-out, a cinema success that outsells Harry Potter. Now imagine this priest is neither a Pope nor a celebrity nor a cause of scandal, but simply […]

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Pope Francis appoints Monsignor Marcus Stock as new Bishop of Leeds

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Pope Francis appoints Monsignor Marcus Stock as new Bishop of Leeds

Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Marcus Stock, currently the general secretary of the Bishops’ Conference, as Bishop of Leeds. He will be the 10th Bishop of Leeds. Mgr John Wilson has been diocesan administrator since […]

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Confidence and the love of self

Filed in Spirituality by on September 13, 2014 4 Comments
Confidence and the love of self

[Guest post by Stephen Rooney] How do you react when you meet someone who seems to be full of self-confidence? Authentic confidence is characterised by humility and is simultaneously munificent, benevolent and magnanimous.  Always seeking […]

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St John Chrysostom

Filed in Spirituality by on September 13, 2014 2 Comments
St John Chrysostom

Deception and intrigue worthy of any James Bond movie seem to surround the life of this great preacher. Given the title ‘Chrysostom’ which translates from the Greek as “golden mouthed” because of his great oratory […]

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Aradin: supporting Christian culture in the Middle East

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Aradin: supporting Christian culture in the Middle East

A guest post from Dr Amal Marogy. From 30th June to 8th July, Aradin Charitable Trust (www.aradin.org.uk) organised a cultural course for priests and clergy of the Middle East under the title ‘Be inspired to inspire’. […]

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How to turn your inbox from a threat into a source of renewal

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How to turn your inbox from a threat into a source of renewal

Sound psychological advice here from Eric Barker about how to use email to cultivate friendships and even to find a little bit of happiness each morning: On the subject of happiness: Every morning send a […]

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Transformed in Christ – a new Confirmation programme – available now

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Transformed in Christ – a new Confirmation programme – available now

A new confirmation programme has just been launched, and both the Candidate’s Workbook and Catechist’s Guide are available to purchase from Gracewing now. See the Transformed in Christ website here. And the publisher’s ordering information […]

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This is My Body: now booking for the human trafficking play from Ten Ten Theatre

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This is My Body: now booking for the human trafficking play from Ten Ten Theatre

This Is My Body: Now Booking There are “reasonable grounds” to suspect that a Romanian woman, who has been working as a prostitute in the UK, is the victim of human trafficking. She is given […]

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Summer news from Ten Ten Theatre

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Summer news from Ten Ten Theatre

We hope this finds you well and that you have had a restful summer. Summer can be a great opportunity to be refreshed and reminded of what God is calling each of us to – […]

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Celebrating the feasts of St Monica and St Augustine

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Celebrating the feasts of St Monica and St Augustine

On Wednesday and Thursday this week we celebrate two great Saints, St. Monica and her son St. Augustine. Monica is a great example of Christian motherhood. In fact she is the patron of all married […]

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“The Church is alive!” How the faith of young people is renewing Catholic life in the UK

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“The Church is alive!” How the faith of young people is renewing Catholic life in the UK

I’m just back from the Youth 2000 Summer Festival in Walsingham. One of the many highlights was the final evening of Thanksgiving and Testimony, where a good twenty or so young people had the courage […]

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Pope Francis press conference on papal plane from Seoul: full transcript

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Pope Francis press conference on papal plane from Seoul: full transcript

On his flight back from Korea yesterday Pope Francis held another lengthy press conference, generating a series of stories today: He approved the idea of military intervention in Iraq to prevent the genocide now taking place at […]

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Natural Family Planning UK Conference – 15 November 2014

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Natural Family Planning UK Conference – 15 November 2014

All NFP practitioners in the UK are warmly invited to attend the UK:NFP Conference. Booking for the 2014 conference  in London, on 15 November 2014, is now open. Natural Family Planning in the UK is delivered by […]

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How to awaken curiosity about the faith in our friends and colleagues

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How to awaken curiosity about the faith in our friends and colleagues

One of the most difficult things we can encounter as Christians are friends who have no interest at all in Christianity, even if they “respect me for being a Catholic”. It is like a bridge of trust is there, […]

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Grief to Grace, Healing the Wounds of Abuse – London retreat this November

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Grief to Grace, Healing the Wounds of Abuse – London retreat this November

Grief to Grace is running a London retreat this November, facilitated by Dr Theresa Burke the founder of the programme. It takes place at the Kairos Centre, Roehampton, London SW15 4AJ, from 3-8 November. Contact […]

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Youth 2000 Summer Festivals coming up in Ireland and the UK

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Youth 2000 Summer Festivals coming up in Ireland and the UK

Take a look at this video about the Youth 2000 experience. It’s made by the Irish team, but it represents the spirit of Youth 2000 wherever you are in the world. If you are a […]

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Physician-assisted Suicide: Some Reasons for Rejecting Lord Falconer’s Bill

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Physician-assisted Suicide: Some Reasons for Rejecting Lord Falconer’s Bill

I have just written a report about the Assisted Dying Bill which is available to read and download here at the Care Not Killing website. The title of the report is Physician-assisted Suicide: Some Reasons for […]

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Cardinal’s Iraq Appeal: “Help and protect persecuted communities facing a threat to their very existence”

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The President of the Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has released a statement on Iraq calling for urgent “help and protection” for the persecuted communities in the north of the country. Cardinal Nichols calls on […]

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