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The Pope Kisses the Feet of South Sudan Leaders to Plea for Peace (May 2019)

Recently in the Vatican: In an unprecedented gesture, Pope Francis kisses the feet of South Sudan President Salva Kiir as he prays and begs for peace in that country.

This is the conclusion a two-day retreat at the Vatican for South Sudan’s political leaders. The pope begged the leaders to give peace a chance. At right is Vice President Riek Machar.

Link:  Read more on the Vatican Website

Video:  15 Things You Didn’t Know About Pope Francis

Sir Robert Aske Plaque

Bishop Terry Unveils a Plaque To Honour Robert Aske & the Pilgrimage Of Grace at Clifford’s Tower York

On Friday 30th November 2018, Bishop Terry unveiled a plaque to commemorate Robert Aske following an ecumenical  service at All Saints Pavement.  The plaque is located opposite the Hilton Hotel at the foot of Clifford’s Tower.  The plaque is the result of joint venture between York Civic Trust and the Knights of St Columba whose crests appear on the plaque.

Robert Aske was the leader of the Pilgrimage of Grace, the popular uprising against the rule of Henry VIII that began in Yorkshire in October 1536. He was tricked by the king into dispersing his army and then executed at Clifford’s Tower on July 12 1537 by being hung in a cage until he died of starvation and dehydration.

Link1:  Middlesbrough ‘Catholic Voice’ Nov p15       Link2:  York Press Article (14 Nov)

Link3: The Pilgrimage of Grace                                    Link4:  Who was Robert Aske


Reasons for Almsgiving




20 Nov 2016Vatican:

Mass for the closing of the Jubilee of Mercy    [Homily]    [Photos]


13 Nov 2016

“The art of Dying Well”

. . . is a new website that offers a helping hand to those grappling with issues around death and dying. Based in the Catholic tradition but open to all, it features real-life stories about dealing with the journey through death to eternal life. It launched in November – the traditional month for the Dead. See


25 Sep: 2016

‘At the hour of our death’ . . .

[‘The Tablet’ Article]

Before he died on 13 September 2016 after a long illness, a distinguished historian wrote this advice to others who are dying / By Jonathan Riley-Smith


04 Sep 2016motherteresa2b

St Mother Teresa of Calcutta  (prayer)

Links: 1) Her life (vid 4 mins)

2) The moment of Canonisation (vid 2 mins)

3) Her Canonisation Mass (vid 2 hrs)

4) Her moments of darkness (vid 3 mins)


01 June 2016homelessjesus

Homeless Jesus:   also known as Jesus the Homeless, is a bronze sculpture by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz that depicts Jesus as a homeless person, sleeping on a park bench.

Link (Wikipedia):


 01 May 2016:

Year of Mercy Pilgrimage – to the Relics of Nicholas Postgate

Saturday 14 May 9.30am – 5.00pm (£7 adults, children free)

Coach to St Hedda’s, Egton Bridge.   Bring a packed lunch & drink.

Sign up on the list in StMC/StP porch by Sun 17 April/see newsletter

Links: [Postgate Society]  [St Hedda’s/Egton Bridge]  [Area map]


Apr 2016:

Pope Francis: ‘Amoris Laetitia’ (“The Joy of Love”)

Link1:  Summary on Vatican Website

Link2:  Vatican – Video introducing ‘Amoris Laetitia’

Link4:  Interpretation (Catholic News Agency)


Apr 2016:st_teresa_of_avila444

St Teresa of Avila

Born 28 Mar 1515,  Died 4 Oct 1582,  Feast day 15 Oct

Spanish nun – one of the great mystics & religious women of the Roman Catholic church

[Say – Prayers ]   (Read – Her life)  (Watch – Video)   (Listen – Audiobook)


Bar Convent Chapel Altar



Dec 2015:

The Bar Convent – York – State of the Art!  (06/12/2015)

The Bar Convent – England’s oldest living convent – now houses a state-of-the-art Exhibition, + Cafe + Guest House + Conference facilities.



 May 2015:

The Carmelite Sisters – Thicket Priory – YouTube

‘Carmelite Sisters Thicket Priory – Glimpses Of Our Life’

Sit back and enjoy 20 minutes of peace & joy  (have the sound on…)

Link(video):  ‘Glimpses Of Our Life’ (20 mins)      (17/05/2015)

Building of the New Convent (18 mins)