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Let Us Adore Him: Seeing Afresh (Ep. 7)
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'Let Us Adore Him' is a podcast series that explores 'Adoremus' - the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress taking place in Liverpool from 7 - 9 September 2018. For our seventh podcast we join Father George Bowen, a school chaplain and priest at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, better known as Brompton Oratory in London. Fr George talks about oratorian founder Saint Philip Neri and his famous devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. He also offers some inspiring thoughts from Blessed John Henry Newman to make time in meditation more fruitful.

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Cardinal meets with refugees at Jesuit centre in London
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Cardinal Vincent Nichols has visited the Hurtado Jesuit Centre in Wapping, east London, home of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK. On Thursday 12 July, Cardinal Nichols, President of the Bishops' Conference, met with refugees and learnt more about the challenges they face on a daily basis. "What the Jesuit Refugee Service sets out to do is to be with people - to accompany them - not pretending that it can solve some of the difficult problems around the presence of refugees in this country. "This accompaniment is symbolised in a meal that is provided every day which is shared together... this provision of human warmth and shared food is what those living in destitution most appreciate. "In a way it contrasts with the harshness of the way our procedures deal with those that seek asylum. I have heard heart-rending, terrible stories about how some people have been treated."

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Let Us Adore Him: I am the Bread of Life (Ep. 6)
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'Let Us Adore Him' is a podcast series that explores 'Adoremus' - the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress taking place in Liverpool from 7 - 9 September 2018. For our sixth podcast we join Canon John O'Toole, National Ecumenical Officer and Secretary to the Bishops' Conference Department of Dialogue and Unity. Canon John reflects on the underlying theme of the Eucharistic Congress - Jesus, I am the Bread of Life.

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Who was Pope Saint Clement I?
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Pope Clement I served as pope for just over a decade before being martyred around the year 101AD by the Roman emperor Trajan. He was tied to an anchor and thrown into the sea off the Crimea - modern-day Ukraine. As a result he is the patron saint of mariners. Archbishop George Stack, Chair of the Bishops' Conference Patrimony Committee, tells us about St Clement having received a relic - a bone fragment - of the saint from James Rubin, owner of Enviro Waste - the company that discovered it in some rubbish collected in central London.

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Saint's bone fragment restored to Westminster Cathedral having been found by waste clearance firm
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A press briefing was held yesterday, 19 June, at Clergy House behind Westminster's Catholic Cathedral to explain how a relic of an early Pope - St Clement I - was discovered in rubbish collected in central London and given to Westminster Cathedral to form part of its Treasures exhibition. Pope Clement I served as pope for just over a decade before being martyred around the year 101AD by the Roman emperor Trajan. He was tied to an anchor and thrown into the sea off the Crimea - modern-day Ukraine. As a result he is the patron saint of mariners. Archbishop George Stack, Chair of the Bishops' Conference Patrimony Committee received the relic of Pope Clement I from James Rubin, owner of Enviro Waste - the company that discovered the bone fragment. In this briefing, Sophie Andreae, historian and Chair of the Bishops' Conference Patrimony Sub-Committee, introduced the subject to the gathered journalists before Archbishop Stack explained the importance of Pope St Clement to the early Church. James Rubin then explained how Enviro Waste came to be in possession of the relic and his decision to give it to Westminster Cathedral. Dr Tessa Murdoch, Deputy Keeper of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass at London's Victoria & Albert Museum was also involved in the process and gave her expert view. The panel then took questions from journalists.

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Grenfell Tower Fire - Anniversary Mass
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A special Mass was held at a local Catholic church, St Francis of Assisi in Notting Hill, on the eve of the anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire. Cardinal Vincent Nichols was the principal celebrant as the congregation prayed for those who lost their lives, and their families. 15 of the victims were members of the parish community. This short feature has audio from the Mass held at St Francis of Assisi in Notting Hill on 13 June 2018. Clips from interviews with Cardinal Vincent Nichols and parish priest Fr Gerard Skinner.

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Cardinal prays at "deeply heartfelt and emotional" Mass for victims of Grenfell Tower fire
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Today marks a year since the fire at Grenfell Tower in Kensington, west London, that claimed 72 lives. A Mass was held at a local Catholic church on the eve of the anniversary, 13 June, at St Francis of Assisi in nearby Notting Hill, to remember and pray for those who lost their lives - 15 of whom were parisioners. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, celebrated the Mass and reflected on an emotional and prayer-filled evening.

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Priest of nearby Church reflects on Grenfell Tower fire one year on
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Fr Gerard Skinner is parish priest at St Francis of Assisi Catholic church in Notting Hill. 15 of his parishioners died in the Grenfell Tower fire one year ago. Fr Gerard looks back on how the community came together and how the parish united to support each other - to help, to support, to take donations, to comfort, to listen and to hear.

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Onward Christian Soldiers - The role of military chaplains
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Serving in the Armed Forces can be very challenging - especially on active service in times of conflict. Military chaplains minister to our servicemen and women - and their families - in the British Army, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. They provide the very best operational, spiritual and pastoral support. No two days are the same for the 'padre' but a big part of the job is to offer a listening ear to whoever needs it - whether that's facing a life-or-death situation on the front line or on a base back at home. In this feature, we hear from a high ranking officer in the British Army - Lieutenant-General Patrick Sanders, Commander of the Field Army and a number of serving military chaplains. The contributors were recorded at the 60th International Military Pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Lourdes in the foothills of the French Pyrenees. May 2018.

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Sacred Heart of Jesus: A United Kingdom
Catholic Church

Our film review for The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the 2016 film 'A United Kingdom'.

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Not just Catholics on the International Military Pilgrimage to Lourdes
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Navy Officer Cadet Ross attended the 60th International Military Pilgrimage held at the Marian Shrine at Lourdes from 17 - 21 May 2018. He's not a Catholic but wanted to experience the faith, camaraderie and unique atmosphere on offer.

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Helping survivors of human trafficking - Caritas Bakhita House
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Caritas Bakhita House is an initiative of the Caritas Westminster Group, set up in 2015. They provide for women escaping human trafficking and help them to begin their recovery process. Their work includes providing emergency support, legal and financial assistance, mentoring, accessing accommodation and more. The values of Caritas Bakhita House are centred around love, respect, community and spirituality. These principles are brought together to nurture in all who visit, a knowledge of the love of God and their dignity as individuals. We spoke to Karen Anstiss, the manager of the house, about her work to restore the lives of the survivors.

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Major Ann O'Flynn on life in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps
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Being a professional surgeon in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps is a unique and challenging job. Major Ann O'Flynn, an international rugby player prior to joining the forces, has 16 years experience in the field - both in military and ceremonial roles. "Entertaining and exhausting in equal measure".

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Six-time Lourdes veteran Major Ann O'Flynn
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Major Ann O'Flynn has been on pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine at Lourdes six times. She describes the International Military Pilgrimage as "a family gathering with international heart". Rank is less important in the eyes of God and Major O'Flynn describes how care, support, faith and fellowship are the order of the day.

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Lourdes - a special place for Major Serena Dark
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The Marian shrine at Lourdes in the south of France has played quite a part in the life of Major Serena Dark. In May 2018, Major Dark attended the International Military Pilgrimage for the third consecutive year. Each pilgrimage marked a significant event in her life. The first visit saw her then-boyfriend propose to the backdrop of the beautiful basilica. The following year the couple were married in Wales and headed straight off to Lourdes to celebrate their 'mini-moon' - a mini honeymoon. Finally, this time round, Major Dark attended with her three-month-old baby son - a miracle in every sense of the world.

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For new recruits - Military Chaplains are 'the best friends you've never met'
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Fr James Mealy is a priest chaplain in the RAF. He loves his job bringing Christ to the serving personnel in the Royal Air Force. So what does being an RAF chaplain entail?

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RAF Chaplain Father James Mealy lives out his 'vocation in a vocation'
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Father James Mealy, an RAF Chaplain from Birmingham, felt the call to the priesthood from a very young age. He's a champion boxer too! Fr James loves his job - his calling - and shares his story about the path to military chaplaincy.

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Father Philip Smith gives his take on life as an Army Chaplain
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Father Philip Smith, a priest of the Archdiocese of Southwark was a reservist before becoming a full-time military chaplain in the army. He has been in post for three years and shares his thoughts on this unique calling.

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Father Daniel Hernandez on Army Chaplaincy
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Father Daniel Hernandez has served as a chaplain in the UK Army for over 18 years. He talks about this unique vocation and how it has changed his life and the lives of others.

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Lieutenant General Patrick Sanders - Commander Field Army
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Lieutenant General Patrick Sanders, Commander Field Army, attended the 60th International Military Pilgrimage in Lourdes, France from 17 - 21 May 2018. General Sanders talks about how the event brings the servicemen and women together to share their experiences, re-charge their batteries and explore their faith.

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