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Charity accuses international community of failing Iraq’s Christians

By John Newton and Maria Lozano If the international community does not take immediate action, forced emigration could decimate what remains of the Christian population in the Nineveh Plains – a Catholic charity has warned in a new report. According to the report by...

Top author backs CAFOD project

CAFOD has launched a new creative writing project for young people, with the intention of capturing their thoughts and feelings as we emerge from the Covid-19 lockdown as part of the Catholic aid agency’s Summer of Hope campaign. Award-winning Catholic author Frank...

School plans marked down as ludicrous by Catholic head

A Catholic headteacher has condemned Government plans to issue fines to parents if they do not send their children back to school in September as “ludicrous” . The criticism comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said parents will be forced by law to send their...

UK detention policy lacks humanity, says JRS report

Immigration detention destroys the sense of humanity and fosters a culture of death, a new report from the Jesuit Refugee Service UK has found. Detained and Dehumanised: The Impact of Immigration Detention draws from the accounts of 27 forcibly displaced people...

Peer labels climate change as bigger threat than Covid crisis

Failing to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero to curb climate change will be far more damaging than the coronavirus pandemic, a Catholic peer has warned. Lord Deben, the chairman of the Government’s advisory Committee on Climate Change likened global warming to a...

Scotland’s bishops finalise plans to re-open churches

The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has finalised its proposed infection control standards which will govern the re-opening of parishes and confirmed that they have sent their guidelines to the Scottish Government.
 
Commenting on the progress being made towards parish reopening, Bishop Hugh Gilbert, president of the Scottish Bishops’ Conference, said: “A great deal of work has been done to provide guidance and support to clergy as they prepare for the phased reopening of our parishes. The guidelines have been prepared to reflect advice given in the Scottish Government’s Route Map on the gradual removal of restrictions. The Bishops’ Conference continue to engage with the Scottish Government and have today (Wednesday 3rd June) sent a copy of the guidance document to them.”
 
Bishop Gilbert said the conference hopes it is able to issue the infection control and liturgical guidelines within the coming week. 

“They will highlight the fact that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains dispensed until further notice and everyone is asked to consider carefully whether or not they should return in the early phases. We are mindful of our duty of care to elderly clergy and lay people, which together with social distancing reductions in capacity will mean that the availability of Mass may reduce in some areas,” he said. 
 
Bishop Gilbert concluded: “We are asked, in the words of Pope Francis to show ‘wisdom, foresight, and common commitment, so that all the efforts and sacrifices made so far will not be in vain’. In the hope that this pandemic will ‘stimulate our creativity, our ingenuity, and our ability to respond’, in a way that helps us ‘on the path of praise of the Lord and service to our brothers and sisters’.”

Picture: A ‘drive-in’ area for coronavirus testing is designated with a sign at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 2nd March 2020. (CNS photo/Jane Barlow, Reuters).

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Charity accuses international community of failing Iraq’s Christians

By John Newton and Maria Lozano If the international community does not take immediate action, forced emigration could decimate what remains of the Christian population in the Nineveh Plains – a Catholic charity has warned in a new report. According to the report by...

Top author backs CAFOD project

CAFOD has launched a new creative writing project for young people, with the intention of capturing their thoughts and feelings as we emerge from the Covid-19 lockdown as part of the Catholic aid agency’s Summer of Hope campaign. Award-winning Catholic author Frank...

School plans marked down as ludicrous by Catholic head

A Catholic headteacher has condemned Government plans to issue fines to parents if they do not send their children back to school in September as “ludicrous” . The criticism comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said parents will be forced by law to send their...

UK detention policy lacks humanity, says JRS report

Immigration detention destroys the sense of humanity and fosters a culture of death, a new report from the Jesuit Refugee Service UK has found. Detained and Dehumanised: The Impact of Immigration Detention draws from the accounts of 27 forcibly displaced people...

Peer labels climate change as bigger threat than Covid crisis

Failing to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero to curb climate change will be far more damaging than the coronavirus pandemic, a Catholic peer has warned. Lord Deben, the chairman of the Government’s advisory Committee on Climate Change likened global warming to a...