SVP disputes Edwina Currie’s comments on food banks

The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) has countered Edwina Currie’s criticism of food banks by arguing that they are sometimes a necessary step on the journey to longer term solutions for people suffering from poverty. The former Conservative MP  from 1982-1997,  who served as junior food minister for two years, (she resigned over salmonella in eggs)  argued on the BBC Daily Politics programme that food banks could be considered as counterproductive in meeting the complex needs of the poor. […]

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New research points to authenticity of Turin Shroud

New research indicates that the Turin Shroud, with its mysterious image, may genuinely date from the time of Jesus. An Italian team at the Politecnico di Torino, claims the powerful magnitude 8.2 earthquake, which occurred in Old Jerusalem in the year 33 AD, would have been strong enough to release neutron particles from crushed rock. The flood of neutrons, may have imprinted an X-ray-like image onto the linen burial cloth by reacting with nitrogen nuclei, they say. In addition, the […]

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Pope Francis has birthday breakfast with three homeless men

Pope Francis turned 77 today and celebrated Mass in the Santa Marta guesthouse with three homeless men, his closest collaborators and staff from the Santa Marta guesthouse, who afterwards greeted him with a birthday song and joined him for breakfast. Those present at his morning Mass included Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Secretary of State and Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Dean of the College of Cardinals, together with staff from the guesthouse. The congregation also included the Almoner Monsignor Konrad Krajewski […]

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Sacred Music Radio

An interfaith radio station, playing some of the world’s most beautiful sacred music has just been launched. Sacred Music Radio which plays 24 hours a day, features religious and sacred pieces of music from the Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Zoroastrian and Islamic faiths, as well as music not directly connected with any specific religion. Michael Vakil Kenton, one of the founders of the station, says: “Music has the ability to cut through cultural dividers, going beyond borders and boundaries, creating […]

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