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#PrayForPriests during Holy Week, says Cardinal Nichols

Cardinal Vincent Nichols is encouraging Catholics to pray for our priests through Holy Week – particularly on Maundy Thursday when we recall the Last Supper and the institution of the Holy Eucharist. “We’re asking priests to renew their promises, the promises they...

Cardinal Nichols calls for prayers for Boris Johnson

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has urged Catholics to pray for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is currently in intensive care receiving treatment for Covid-19. In a tweet, Cardinal Nichols said: ‘Prime Minister Boris Johnson has a personal fight on his hands against the...

Vatican calls for creative ways to protect elderly from loneliness

Local churches and individuals must do more to help and to protect the elderly from loneliness and infection during the coronavirus pandemic, a Vatican office said. "We must devote new energies to defend them from this storm, just as each of us has been protected and...

Catholics urge political leaders to take steps to curb gun violence

In an open letter to President Donald Trump and members of Congress, Jesuit Fr Michael Sheeran, president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, urged US leaders to listen to the teens who survived the Parkland, Florida, school shooting and help them ‘fix this’ plague of gun violence in our country.

‘We adults have repeatedly failed to fix this singularly American phenomenon,’ said the priest on behalf of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the US.

He called the 14th February school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School a national tragedy but said that since it occurred, there have been signs of hope through the voices of its ‘poised, articulate young survivors’.

Fr Sheeran said ‘ending the horrific mass killings in our schools and streets is a great thing we all are called to do’ and he urged the president and members of Congress to ‘to listen and to fix this indeed’.

The Sisters of Bon Secours similarly urged political leaders to take action against gun violence, calling for among other things universal background checks and banning civilian ownership of high-capacity weapons and magazines. On the state level, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago urged Illinois legislators to enact restrictions to curtail gun violence particularly after the Parkland shooting.

Picture: Automatic handguns are shown in the weapons vault at the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms National Laboratory Center in Beltsville, Md., in this 2013 file photo. (CNS photo/Gary Cameron, Reuters).

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#PrayForPriests during Holy Week, says Cardinal Nichols

Cardinal Vincent Nichols is encouraging Catholics to pray for our priests through Holy Week – particularly on Maundy Thursday when we recall the Last Supper and the institution of the Holy Eucharist. “We’re asking priests to renew their promises, the promises they...

Cardinal Nichols calls for prayers for Boris Johnson

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has urged Catholics to pray for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is currently in intensive care receiving treatment for Covid-19. In a tweet, Cardinal Nichols said: ‘Prime Minister Boris Johnson has a personal fight on his hands against the...

Vatican calls for creative ways to protect elderly from loneliness

Local churches and individuals must do more to help and to protect the elderly from loneliness and infection during the coronavirus pandemic, a Vatican office said. "We must devote new energies to defend them from this storm, just as each of us has been protected and...