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Medieval pope’s seal discovered in Shropshire

A pope's seal dating back 700 years has been discovered in Shropshire. The medieval find represents the 1.5 millionth archaeological object to have been officially unearthed by the public in Britain. Pope Innocent IV, whose papacy began in 1243, used the lead...

Caritas worker warns of disaster in Burkina Faso

A Catholic aid worker has warned of a humanitarian catastrophe in Burkina Faso, with over 2 million facing starvation in the face of Islamist attacks and poor harvests. "People have been unable to cultivate their lands, so there've been no harvests, and this has all...

Bishops call on Government to help prevent annexation of West Bank

Catholic and Anglican Bishops from the Holy Land Co-ordination group have called on the UK government and parliamentarians to help prevent annexation of the West Bank, which could begin on 1st July.

Their intervention follows a recent statement by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster expressing the churches’ strong opposition to plans for annexation, which local Christian leaders have warned would “bring about the loss of any remaining hope for the success of the peace process.”

Bishop Declan Lang (Catholic Bishop of Clifton and Chair of the Holy Land Co-ordination group) and the Bishop Christopher Chessun (Anglican Bishop of Southwark and Anglican representative on the Holy Land Co-ordination group) said: “From our dialogue with communities in the Holy Land, we know first-hand that the situation is rapidly deteriorating. Annexation would only bring more conflict, suffering and division.

“The UK Government has a duty to act and to do everything possible to dissuade the Government of Israel from annexing the West Bank in violation of international law.

“This week we have made representations to the government and senior parliamentarians about the situation. Alongside other churches and faith groups we will continue to work on this fundamental question of justice and peace.”

Picture: Members of the Holy Land Co-ordination visit East Jerusalem on 14th January 2020. (CNS photo/Marcin Mazur, Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales).

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Medieval pope’s seal discovered in Shropshire

A pope's seal dating back 700 years has been discovered in Shropshire. The medieval find represents the 1.5 millionth archaeological object to have been officially unearthed by the public in Britain. Pope Innocent IV, whose papacy began in 1243, used the lead...

Caritas worker warns of disaster in Burkina Faso

A Catholic aid worker has warned of a humanitarian catastrophe in Burkina Faso, with over 2 million facing starvation in the face of Islamist attacks and poor harvests. "People have been unable to cultivate their lands, so there've been no harvests, and this has all...