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THE REDEDICATION In 1381, England was dedicated to Mary by King Richard II and was 'set apart for her among the nations. This year, the Christians of England are called to make a personal dedication to Mary, taking up her example as Christ’s first disciple. History...

Prayers to say for the rededication of England as Mary’s Dowry

At noon today (Sunday, 29 March), England will be rededicated as the Dowry of Mary. While celebrations have been scaled back for obvious reasons, Catholics can still make join in at home by saying the prayers below. You can say the prayers at any time of day, although...

Online Mass and CAFOD are helping fill the holes left in our Sundays

With the coronavirus pandemic causing Masses across the country to be cancelled, there is now a large demand for virtual worship – and Catholic charity CAFOD hopes its weekly ‘Children’s Liturgy Live!’ will inspire families across the UK after the first session saw...

Catholic Churches in Europe opened to fight COVID-19

Catholic dioceses and religious orders across Europe are offering to turn church facilities into spaces needed for health care or housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Church leaders throughout Europe have been struggling to maintain Catholic religious devotions...

CAFOD takes its activities online as world stays home

With the onset of the coronavirus leaving many spending more time inside, organisations have swung into action moving their activities online, including UK charity CAFOD, which hopes its digital events and resources will unite international communities. The Covid-19...

Nicaragua bishops condemn attacks on protesters, Jesuit university

Nicaragua’s bishops demanded an end to police and paramilitary attacks on unarmed protesters, who have continued to call for the Central American country’s authoritarian president to step aside.

The bishops issued an urgent statement on 31st May, the morning after an especially brutal crackdown on protesters, which claimed at least 13 lives, according to media reports.

“The bishops of Nicaragua have experienced with deep pain, the violent events perpetrated last night by armed groups related to the government against the civil population. We energetically condemn all these violent acts,” the Nicaraguan bishops’ conference said in the statement.

“(We) condemn all of these acts of repression on the part of groups close to the government, and we want to leave it clear the national dialogue talks cannot continue while the Nicaraguan people continue being denied their right to protest,” the prelates said.

At least 5,000 protesters – including women and children – sought refuge on the campus of the Jesuit-run University of Central America on 30th May, according to the rector, Jesuit Fr Jose Alberto Idiaquez.

The university denounced “this new criminal attack” and called on authorities to “immediately cease the repression, which uses shock forces to kill with impunity.”

Picture: Demonstrators in Managua, Nicaragua, stand behind a barricade during clashes with police on 30th May. Nicaragua’s bishops issued an urgent statement on 31st May calling for an end to police and paramilitary attacks on unarmed protestors. (CNS photo/Oswaldo Rivas, Reuters).

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JOIN US FOR THE RE-DEDICATION EVENT -WATCH OUR LIVESTREAM BELOW AT NOON

THE REDEDICATION In 1381, England was dedicated to Mary by King Richard II and was 'set apart for her among the nations. This year, the Christians of England are called to make a personal dedication to Mary, taking up her example as Christ’s first disciple. History...

Prayers to say for the rededication of England as Mary’s Dowry

At noon today (Sunday, 29 March), England will be rededicated as the Dowry of Mary. While celebrations have been scaled back for obvious reasons, Catholics can still make join in at home by saying the prayers below. You can say the prayers at any time of day, although...

Online Mass and CAFOD are helping fill the holes left in our Sundays

With the coronavirus pandemic causing Masses across the country to be cancelled, there is now a large demand for virtual worship – and Catholic charity CAFOD hopes its weekly ‘Children’s Liturgy Live!’ will inspire families across the UK after the first session saw...

Catholic Churches in Europe opened to fight COVID-19

Catholic dioceses and religious orders across Europe are offering to turn church facilities into spaces needed for health care or housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Church leaders throughout Europe have been struggling to maintain Catholic religious devotions...

CAFOD takes its activities online as world stays home

With the onset of the coronavirus leaving many spending more time inside, organisations have swung into action moving their activities online, including UK charity CAFOD, which hopes its digital events and resources will unite international communities. The Covid-19...