Thursday, 25 May 2017

Bishop Richard Moth Asks for Prayers for Manchester Arena Victims this weekend

Virgin Mary in Prayer by Albert Durer
Bishop Richard Moth has asked for parishes in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton to remember in prayer at Masses this weekend the victims and families of the Manchester Arena bombing.

Bishop Richard was shocked and horrified on hearing of the recent bombings in Manchester and joined with the local Bishop, Rt Rev John Arnold and Pope Francis in offering prayers and concern for all those affected. He said: "Please pray for the victims and their families at this time."

Bishop Richard is confident that the people of Manchester for whatever race or faith will stand together in unity in the face of this barbaric attack.

At this time we are also called to remember all victims of violence across the world wherever they occur.

Here is a prayer from Manchester Anglican Diocese:

God of compassion,
you hear the cries of all who are in trouble or distress;
accept our prayers for those whose lives are affected by the bombing in Manchester;

We pray especially for those suddenly facing a future without a child, parent or loved one,
young ones who are in deep distress
those who are injured, traumatized or awaiting news
strengthen them in their hour of need,
grant them perseverance and courage to face the future
and be to them a firm foundation on which to build their lives;
this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.

You can also find suggested prayers and liturgy for a tragedy on the Salford Diocesan website.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Pope Francis prays for Manchester victims

Pope Francis
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His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and tragic loss of life caused by the barbaric attack in Manchester, and he expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this senseless act of violence. He commends the generous efforts of the emergency and security personnel, and offers the assurance of his prayers for the injured, and for all who have died. Mindful in a particular way of those children and young people who have lost their lives, and of their grieving families, Pope Francis invokes God’s blessings of peace, healing and strength upon the nation.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State

Read full text here: http://catholicnews.org.uk/pope-manchester-attack-230517

Monday, 15 May 2017

Christians in Africa - Pope's Video for May 2017



Africa is a continent full of life, with a great cultural and religious patrimony. We cannot abandon it. Let us join our voices to the voice of the African peoples.

“When we look at Africa, we see much more than its great natural richness.

We see its joie de vivre, and above all, we see grounds for hope in Africa’s rich intellectual, cultural and religious heritage.

But we cannot fail to see the fratricidal wars decimating peoples and destroying these natural and cultural resources.

Let us join with our brothers and sisters of this great continent, and pray together that Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace.”

From the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer): www.popesprayer.net

If you would like to see other videos on the pope’s prayer intentions, you will find them at: www.thepopevideo.org

With the collaboration of the Vatican Television Center: (http://www.ctv.va)

Produced by La Machi Communication: http://www.lamachi.com

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Bishop Richard Moth on the Risky Business of the Call to Priesthood - Pastoral Letter

Bishop Richard Moth Ordaining a Priest
In his Pastoral Letter for 4th Sunday of Easter, 7th May to the people of Surrey and Sussex the Bishop of Arundel & Brighton, Rt Rev Richard Moth, speaking of vocation to the priesthood, echoed the words of Pope Francis that being open to the possibility of a priestly vocation involves both good will and a certain risk.

Bishop Richard said, “Good will leads to an openness of mind and heart that enable us to listen to the stirrings of the Holy Spirit.” These stirrings of the Spirit are to be discerned in prayer and through the actions and example of people around us.

The risk says Bishop Richard is that “the decision to reflect further on Priestly Vocation and to offer oneself for Formation and Ordination is a step into life-long commitment and service.”

The whole of the Church in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton also has a role in promoting vocations, especially through prayer. Bishop Richard to assist in this work of prayer has produced a new Vocations Prayer card which has been sent to all parishes to be given out a Masses on 7th May.

Bishop Richard concludes “To those of you who sense these stirrings of the Holy Spirit, calling you to service of Christ and his Church, I say this: be open to the call, pray, take the risk. Be a part of the Mission of this Diocese as a Priest. You are needed and valued by the whole of our Diocesan Family and can be assured of the prayers and support of all.”

You can read the full letter on the Diocesan website.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Charity Concert - Friar Alessandro, 'Voice from Assisi'

Friar Alessandro
A charity concert on Saturday 6th May at 7.45pm, supported by the RC Archdiocese of Southwark and hosted by St George's Cathedral, featuring the much acclaimed 'Voice from Assisi' Friar Alessandro Brustenghi.

A collection will be taken during this concert, and the proceeds will be shared by: The CAFOD East Africa Crisis Appeal and Caritas Bakihta House supporting women who have escaped human trafficking.

Download poster from the Diocesan website for more information.

Admission: with reserved ticket only available by clicking here.  

You can also see him perform here on YouTube

Thursday, 20 April 2017

In the Footsteps of the Nazarene: Fr. Behnam Benoka



In a return visit to the west, Fr. Benoka has granted us another interview in "In the Footsteps of the Nazarene." Fr. Benoka is an Iraqi priest residing in Kurdistan, where he founded several dispensaries and medical centers for Iraqi refugees who have left their homes because of persecution. 

In this program, he informs us on the current situation of the Christians in Iraqi Kurdistan: their concerns, the current health situation, the miracles that they witness every day thanks to Providence that allows them to continue onwards and on which they "hang." Moreover, Fr. Behnam Benoka takes us deeper into the reality of the conflict that, sooner or later, will leave its mark on Europe. He encourages us to defend the Christian roots of a continent which, little by little, is being Islamized at an accelerated pace.

Follow Him who is the Truth and His witnesses, in "In the footsteps of the Nazarene." See https://www.eukmamie.org/en/