24th January 2020

Story of a Conversion: ‘My Atheist Family Was Appalled’

Thirteen years ago, not long before my 40th birthday, I decided to become a Roman Catholic. My mum, dad and brother, all atheists, were astonished and appalled in equal measure. I had always had a sense of God, but no church that suited me. Now I had been to mass with a friend and felt at home there. It was that simple. The congregation all … Read more

Missio: Recruiting for Two New Posts

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two outstanding community fundraisers to work with diocesan volunteer teams to raise funds to enable Missio to achieve its mission. This is an opportunity which would suit someone wanting to use their proven fundraising skills to support the Church’s mission overseas by building effective relationships with Diocesan Directors, Parish Coordinators (Local Secretaries), Volunteers, Supporters, Schools, Religious and Parish Priests … Read more

United Kingdom – China: A Chilling Christmas Card Surprise

Tesco has suspended production of charity Christmas cards at a factory in China after a six-year-old girl found a message from workers inside one. The note, found by Florence Widdicombe, was allegedly written by prisoners in Shanghai claiming they were “forced to work against our will”. “Please help us and notify human rights organisation,” the message said. Tesco said it was “shocked” by the report, … Read more

Advent: Lighting a Candle

When I started visiting people in detention every Thursday, lighting a candle soon became a habitual pattern before leaving my house. It has become my personal daily prayer, through which I am strongly convinced that the energy of ‘light’ will reach and comfort each person I visit. This has been an important task for me each day. By lighting a candle, I know I will … Read more

St Francis Xavier: Tracing his Footsteps in Japan

St Francis Xavier spent two years in Japan from 1549-51. I bet he was curious as he sailed into the port of Kagoshima, on the island of Kyushu in south Japan. He had been at sea for almost four months and had been planning his journey since first hearing about the ‘island’ of Japan two years previously. As one of the founder members of the … Read more

Africa-Europe Faith and Justice Network: UK Branch Closes

On the 6th November a ZOOM video conference meeting of CORE group members of the UK antenna of the Africa. Europe, Faith and Justice Network implemented a wider consensus of members to mark the closure of its network. We thank everyone who has been part of the network founded in the mid-eighties by returning religious from Africa and those who have given support to the … Read more

UK: A Song for an Age of Polarisation – ‘May We Be Reconciled’

Andy Flannagan said: “As someone from Northern Ireland, I know only too well what can happen when two tribes begin to live separately within one country. This is a heart-cry for us to come together. It is not a song about Brexit. It is a song about Jesus. But it has been written in the shadow of Brexit – it’s a song of repentance to … Read more