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Pope’s August Prayer Intention: Seafarers and the Maritime World

“The life of sailors or fishermen and their families is very difficult,” Pope Francis notes in the video message in his native Spanish language.  “Sometimes they are victims of forced labor or are left behind in distant ports.” “The competition of industrial fishing and the problem of pollution make their work even more complicated.”  However,…

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Japanese and US Bishop Call for Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

Archbishop Takami, president of the Japanese bishops’ conference, opened his remarks by explaining how he is a survivor of the bombing of Nagasaki, his hometown and the center of Japan’s Catholic faith community. He was in his mother’s womb at the time. “I did not witness the horrific scenes that unfolded immediately following the bombing…

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Brazil: Draft Letter of Significant Group of Bishops Causes Stir

In the letter, more than 150 bishops accuse the federal government of “inaction and omission” in combating the coronavirus pandemic and of “inability and incapacity” to face the crisis. “Closing its eyes to the appeals of national and international entities, the federal government demonstrates omission, apathy and rejection by the poorest and most vulnerable of…

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Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The Real Cost of Nuclear Weapons

Life is a gift. Precious. Sacred. The global pandemic reveals a lot about our values and our priorities. Every minute thousands are spent on nuclear weapons, where it takes just pennies to address humanity’s most basic needs. We know how to save life. And how to take it. A face mask costs 53 cents. A…

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Debt Relief – A Cry from the Heart

DEBT RELIEF – I BEG TO DIFFER! (A critique not dissent or discord).  From Pope Francis to the Ecumenical body in the UK, the G20 is urged to encourage developed and indebted Nations to suspend or cancel their respective Debts with poorer and developing countries, to alleviate the devastating impact of the ongoing pandemic vis-av-is…

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Missio UK: ‘Think outside the Box!’

Missio, the Pope’s official charity for world mission, is providing alternative ways for supporters to donate to the Red Box scheme during lockdown. Due to COVID-19, supporters are unable to get their iconic Red Boxes, of which there are over 200,000 in homes across England and Wales, to their local Red Box volunteers or churches…