Walking in solidarity in Monmouth

St Mary’s parish in the historic market town of Monmouth had organised their Share the Journey walk to coincide with the start of this year’s Refugee Week.

Parish Priest, Father Nicholas James, gave his blessing as the intrepid walkers, set off after Mass on Sunday morning (17 June).

The route chosen was the beautiful Peregrine Path, which after leaving the centre of Monmouth – the birthplace of Henry V – and crossing underneath the A40 – finds tranquillity and nature in all its glory as the path curls along the former railway line which ran adjacent to the beautiful River Wye – known for its salmon-rich waters – towards Symonds Yat in the Wye Valley.

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Step in to the Gap student visits schools in the Archdiocese

At very beginning of July and heading towards the end of the Summer term, Step in to the Gap volunteer, Charlotte Bray enjoyed a very busy week as she visited several schools in the Archdiocese of Cardiff.

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Marches for Refugees in Swansea and London

stand-as-one-rally-flyerThis September, world leaders meet at two crucial summits in New York to discuss the refugee crisis.

Before these summits we have an opportunity to demonstrate to governments around the world that we care about refugees and we want our own countries to do more to support them and to find a long-term solution to the refugee crisis.

A large and varied group of organisations including CAFOD, Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) and others are working together to host a march in central London on September 17. Continue reading

Pope calls for new Spiritual and Corporal Work of Mercy

Africa-Kenya-plain_opt_fullstory_largeThursday 1 September was the second World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and Pope Francis has used the day to say that destroying our environment is a sin.

Pope Francis yet again showed his knack for surprises and his openness to “newness” by adding the care of creation to the traditional sets of both the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Our eighth work of corporal and spiritual work of mercy is ‘To care for our common home’.  

It calls for a “grateful contemplation of God’s world.” And “simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness” and “makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world.” Continue reading

Our Lady Star of the Sea in Mumbles

Fr Mansel Usher and OLSS parishioners with Lampedusa Cross

Fr Mansel Usher and OLSS parishioners with the Lampedusa Cross

The parish of Our Lady Star of the Sea in Mumbles hosted a talk by CAFOD on the Year of Mercy on Friday 22 July at 7 pm.

 

This presentation offered an opportunity to delve into and discover some of the deeper themes of what Pope Francis is hinting at in this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

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The Lampedusa Cross tours Cardiff and Menevia Dioceses

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On a cold night, three years ago a boat filled with refugees trying to reach Europe capsized off the coast off Lampedusa.

311 people perished. Moved by the loss of life, local carpenter Francesco Tuccio, made the Lampedusa Cross from the wreckage of the boat and offered this simple, handmade cross to the survivors of the disaster as a sign of hope.

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