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Northern Ireland bishops urge MLAs to reject abortion legislation

In a letter addressed to the Members of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly (MLA), the country’s bishops express their concern over the "extreme" nature of Westminster’s Regulations regarding a new law decriminalising abortion in Northern Ireland. Ahead of the...

Bishop hails key workers as the ‘new icons of esteem’

Speaking in his homily during the latest weekly Mass for the sick, their families, care workers and NHS staff, Bishop of Middlesbrough Terence Drainey said he believed the increasing desire to foster the common good seen in recent months will last beyond the current...

Pope asks consecrated virgins to help the poor, stand up for justice

Women who have discerned a call to consecrate their virginity to God in service to the Church must be living signs of God's love in the world, especially where too many people live in poverty or suffer from discrimination, Pope Francis said. "Be women of mercy,...

Healing people more important than the economy, says Pope Francis

Pope Francis said on Sunday that healing people was "more important" than the economy, as countries around the world continue to ease lockdown restrictions. The Pope made his first address from his window overlooking St Peter's Square in three months. Many thronged to...

Pray for your intentions by lighting a virtual candle with SVP

Recognising the growing desire to grow in spirituality and reflection during these unprecedented times, Christian charity the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP England and Wales) has created a light-a-candle platform on its website, to give people another way to pray for their intentions. 

For any Christians missing the opportunity to find peace and serenity in church, praying for their chosen intention and lighting a candle symbolise that prayer. Now they can find a small place of spiritual calm on this SVP website: www.svp.org.uk/light-candle.

Candles and prayers can be dedicated towards a cause of their choice – a loved one, the victims of Covid-19, NHS workers and carers, the SVP’s 10,000 volunteers or the 80,000 vulnerable people the SVP helps each year.

By visiting the SVP’s Light a Candle page, members of the public can simply click the button as directed and a lovely flickering candle will appear for their chosen intention. Just like a real candle, it will burn down over time, and when it finally goes out people can light a new candle if they wish.

A donation can be made for those who wish to give to the SVP.

There is a long tradition in the Christian faith of people lighting candles to symbolise the light of Christ. Lighted candles are reflections of our emotional self and help to illuminate our hearts when we feel burdened. SVP volunteers offer friendship and support to tens of thousands of vulnerable, isolated people every year, and in this time of crisis demand is growing.

A donation to Light A Candle will go toward helping the Society’s emergency work in responding to the Covid-19 crisis, especially needed at this time when more people are feeling the impact of hunger, stress and isolation.

To give, visit www.svp.org.uk/light-candle
 
To find out more about the SVP, visit www.svp.org.uk.

Picture: Screenshot of the SVP website. (SVP).

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OTHER NEWS

Northern Ireland bishops urge MLAs to reject abortion legislation

In a letter addressed to the Members of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly (MLA), the country’s bishops express their concern over the "extreme" nature of Westminster’s Regulations regarding a new law decriminalising abortion in Northern Ireland. Ahead of the...

Bishop hails key workers as the ‘new icons of esteem’

Speaking in his homily during the latest weekly Mass for the sick, their families, care workers and NHS staff, Bishop of Middlesbrough Terence Drainey said he believed the increasing desire to foster the common good seen in recent months will last beyond the current...

Pope asks consecrated virgins to help the poor, stand up for justice

Women who have discerned a call to consecrate their virginity to God in service to the Church must be living signs of God's love in the world, especially where too many people live in poverty or suffer from discrimination, Pope Francis said. "Be women of mercy,...

Healing people more important than the economy, says Pope Francis

Pope Francis said on Sunday that healing people was "more important" than the economy, as countries around the world continue to ease lockdown restrictions. The Pope made his first address from his window overlooking St Peter's Square in three months. Many thronged to...