Author: John Barrie

EU Referendum 2016

The referendum on 23rd June is important. In former times, the issue would have been decided by great statesmen persuading Parliament by reasoned arguments in thorough debates. All those who would have to decide would be there to listen, to speak and to have their views tested in rigorous argument. A true statesman would look […]

Charlemagne Prize 2016

Pope Francis, on Friday 6th May 2016,  received the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen, Germany, from Marcel Philipp, the Lord Mayor of the German city. The International Charlemagne Prize is awarded for work done in the service of European unification. The Prize is named for Charles the Great (Charlemagne), the Franconian king revered by his […]

His Holiness Pope Francis visits Lesbos

On Saturday 16 April 2016, His Holiness Pope Francis visited Lesbos to see for himself the conditions that refugees were living in. He was accompanied by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, Ieronymus II The Holy Father said ‘We have come to call the attention of the world to this […]

Summer Gathering 2016

The 2016 Summer Gathering was held on Saturday 25 June 2016 at St. Mary’s University. The day’s events started with Mass at the University’s chapel, which His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI visited during his visit to the UK in 2010. Mass was celebrated by Rev Fr John Dickson SDB. David O’Mahony, chairman of the Union […]

Syrian Refugees

Introduction 17 January 2016 was celebrated by the Catholic Church as the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.  Many people will think immediately of the current refugee crisis affecting the Middle East and Europe, but the concern of the Church for migrants and refugees is rooted in the Gospel and has a long history. For […]

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