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13/01/2016 12:00 pm

Time is running out for youth of the Middle East

“We don’t have work, we don’t have money, we don’t have education. Life here has stopped.” These were the heart-breaking words of Fadi, a young man from Mosul, but they could equally have been spoken by any of the Iraqi and Syrian refugees we met in Jordan last month.

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13/01/2016 10:07 am

St Dymphna - Pray for Us on ‘Blue Monday’

In the run up to Blue Monday, the Mental Health Project of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has been raising awareness of St Dymphna - the patron saint of those with mental or nervous disorders or mental illness and of the St Dymphna Befriending Group, a support group for those facing mental health challenges. 

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11/01/2016 8:26 pm

Israeli police prevent Bishops from visiting the Cremisan Valley

Bishops visiting the construction site of the Separation Wall in the Cremisan Valley have been stopped and forced to turn back by Israeli authorities. The Holy Land Coordination was travelling to the area for the third year running when they were confronted by security forces and instructed to leave. 

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11/01/2016 7:13 pm

Parish Priest in Gaza City: Gaza is a prison but your prayers give us power

Fr Mario da Silva is a Brazilian priest working in a small Catholic parish. Not unusual you might think. That is until you learn that Fr Mario's ministry is to offer spiritual support to the Christians of Gaza - that beleaguered, small strip of Palestinian land on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean bordering Egypt and Israel. 

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10/01/2016 11:14 pm

Plight of Iraqi Christians: Bishops highlight harsh situation of refugees from Isis persecuted for their faith

An report from Gaza by Donald Macintyre of The Independent looking at the Holy Land Coordination Bishops' solidarity visits to Gaza and Jordan. 

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11/01/2016 9:13 am

Pope Francis' Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2016

Pope Francis has released his message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2016 that will be celebrated on Sunday, 17 January. The theme chosen by Pope Francis for 2016 is 'Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us. The Response of the Gospel of Mercy.' 

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05/01/2016 11:58 am

CSAN and CAFOD Sign Joint Letter to PM on Refugee Crisis

Bishops' Conference agencies CSAN (the Caritas Social Action Network) and CAFOD, our agency for overseas aid and development, have signed a joint letter to call on the UK government to take responsibility for responding to the refugee crisis on Europe’s doorstep. 

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06/01/2016 9:01 am

Bishops visit vulnerable Christians of the Middle East

Bishops from across Europe, North America and South Africa visit the vulnerable Christian communities of Gaza, Bethlehem and refugees in Jordan for the 2016 Holy Land Coordination meeting. 

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01/01/2016 12:00 pm

Pope's Angelus: Appeal for Peace

Pope Francis renewed his calls for peace and goodwill throughout the Earth on Friday, New Year’s Day, the Solemnity of the Mother of God and the World Day of Peace. The Holy Father’s appeal came at the Angelus prayer with pilgrims and visitors gathered in St. Peter’s Square after Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. “Today we celebrate the World Day of Peace, whose theme is: ‘Overcome Indifference and win Peace’,” said Pope Francis.

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01/01/2016 9:55 am

Pope Francis: Overcome Indifference and Win Peace

A message from His Holiness Pope Francis for the Celebration for the 49th World Day of Peace. It will be celebrated on 1 January 2016. 

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