Pope Francis delivered his Urbi et Orbi message from St Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis waves to the crowds in St Peter’s Square (AP) Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Christmas! Christ is born for us, let us rejoice in the day of our salvation! Let us open our hearts to receive the grace of this day, which is Christ himself. Jesus is the radiant “day” which has dawned … Read morePope Francis delivered his Urbi et Orbi message from St Peter’s Basilica

Cardinal Increases Pressure on PM over Migrant Crisis

The Tablet 03 September 2015 11:16 by James Roberts

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has called the pictures of bodies being washed up on beaches “a disgrace” to wealthy Europe.

Speaking on ITV News last night after distressing images of a dead Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach emerged across the world’s media, Cardinal Nichols said that the clamour for a more generous political response was growing.

“It is a disgrace that we were letting people die and seeing bodies on the beaches when together Europe is such a wealthy place,” he said. “If we take 10,000, it’s a fraction of the problem.

Parishes Called To Take In Desperate Refugee Families

Paul Keenan in The Irish Catholic
September 3, 2015

Irish parishioners have been urged to take the lead in welcoming desperate migrants fleeing persecution and war by offering them accommodation in the local community.

The bold move would offer a much-needed grassroots attempt to tackle Europe’s migration crisis in the absence of coherent political leadership.

Fr Alan Hilliard, who has advised the bishops’ conference on migration for many years has said the Church should “become the main agent for the resettlement of refugees and asylum seekers”.

Francis calls on every parish across Europe to house refugee families


Pope Francis has made an extraordinary appeal to every single Catholic parish and community across Europe, asking each to house at least one of the tens of thousands of refugee families risking death to migrate to the continent from the Middle East.

Making the appeal during his weekly Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, the pontiff said the Gospel does not allow Christians to sit back from helping those in need.