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Saint Edmund Gennings

Thursday, December 10, 2015
St Edmund Gennings is a martyr of the Catholic faith in England. He has one of the most remarkable stories of the English martyrs. Saint Edmund ministered to the persecuted Catholics of England in the 1590’s and is particularly noted for his love of the Mass and the English people. 
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Care of Our Common Home: talks

Tuesday, December 08, 2015
News Blackfriars Priory recently hosted talks on “Care of Our Common Home: Reflecting on Laudato Si’”. The speakers were Dr Austen Ivereigh (Catholic Voices) and Professor Paul Younger (Rankine Chair of Engineering, University of Glasgow). 
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Gospel Reading of the Day Reflection

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What is it that Jesus preaches that would turn family, friend and neighbour against his followers? Christians are being taken to civil and religious courts all because of following the name of Jesus, who preached truth, love, freedom, peace and justice. As we approach the end of the Church’s liturgical year, the warnings of Jesus in Luke 21 are as relevant today as they were in the earliest days of Christianity.  Read more

Laudato Si': Education

Thursday, November 05, 2015

In chapter six of Laudato Si’ Pope Francis discusses “towards a new lifestyle” and environmental education. Francis starts in §202 with “Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change”. The course needs to be changed, but the path of renewal is a long one with a great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge before us.  Read more

Laudato Si': Everyday ecology

Thursday, October 29, 2015
It is always difficult to write about individual-level changes that we can make to reduce our own impact on the environment. The fact is, everything has an environmental impact. The products we purchase, the mode of travel we take, the heating or cooling of our homes and places of work. It is not just down to individuals to respond to what Pope Francis discusses in Laudato Si’, but requires strong intervention at a government and corporate level.  Read more

Laudato Si': "The Gospel of Creation"

Friday, October 16, 2015

I remember my civil engineering Professor tell a story of a construction project he was involved in, at a site used previously by a chemical works. The construction works started off on schedule and under budget. The site was cleared, and the workers started piling steel beams into the ground to stabilise the foundations. Then the project hit a snag. The steel started to dissolve in the sulphuric acid left behind in the soil by the previous occupant. Decades of irresponsible handling of toxic chemicals had left the land polluted.  Read more

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