Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Update on Peru Floods

People of the Diocese of Chulucanas
Fides News Agency has issued the following information about the floods in Peru which our sister Diocese of Chulucanas was directly affected by and which Arundel & Brighton Diocese at the request of Bishop Richard Moth is supporting through fundraising:

The general toll of the latest floods and landslides in Peru has resulted in 145 deaths, 18 missing, 438 injured, over 235,000 casualties and more than a million people affected. The figures date back to the recent report released by the Center for National Emergency Operations (COEN), which was sent to Fides. The climatic impact has also caused the destruction of more than 25,000 homes, another 23,000 are inaccessible and 260,000 buildings have been damaged. Floods also destroyed 79 schools and 25 health centers, hit the structures of 2,600 schools and 840 health facilities.

Due to natural events, 4,000 kilometers of roads and 420 bridges have been destroyed, although most have been rebuilt or repaired, some 30,000 hectares of crops have been lost. The largest number of casualties were found in the coastal area north of the country, where in the regions of Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad and Áncash 66 deaths, 8 missing, 218 injured, about 200,000 casualties were recorded and nearly 730,000 damaged.

The most affected region is Piura, on the border with Ecuador, where more than 80,000 casualties, 360,000 people affected, 5,700 destroyed homes, and another 5,800 remained inaccessible. Floods have been sparked by the atypical phenomenon of "El Niño costero", which occurs when the water warming off the Peruvian coast generates intense and unusual rainfall in the country's desert, turning into floods and landslides, known in Peru as Quechua huaicos.

In recent weeks the rains have become sporadic and river levels have fallen, now the authorities' concern is to deal with the frosts that will be registered in the Peruvian Andes with low nocturnal temperatures close to -20 degrees Celsius.

You can support the Diocese in its work for the flood victims here. So far with money still to come in over £12,000 has been raised in the Diocese.

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.