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homily given at the Mass to mark the formal launch of the project to complete the restoration of the church of St Augustine of Canterbury at Ramsgate, Kent, on 3 September. The homily was given by the Rector of the Shrine of St Augustine, Fr Marcus Holden

Letter from Pope Francis addressed to the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization

Fr Ceirion Gilbert was a parish priest at Briton Ferry in Neath, director of youth services, chaplain to two secondary schools, secretary to the bishop’s council and in charge of the diocese’s online and social media presence. He is also a fluent Welsh speaker. He has now, however, announced he is to be received into the Church in Wales on 12 October and will continue ordained ministry in the Diocese of Llandaff.

A panel of survivors of clerical abuse will be set up to help put survivors’ voices at the heart of the work of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission.

This is the latest exchange in the row between the Work and Pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, and a group of prominent Catholics. Three weeks ago the group wrote an open letter to Mr Duncan Smith, a Catholic, criticising the Government's welfare reforms. In this week's Tablet he responds, saying the reforms were changing attitudes attitudes towards gaining employment and that saying the Government had already made "considerable improvements" to the Work Capability Assessment process. However in a new letter, printed below, the group takes issue with his argument.

In his encyclical on the care for the environment Pope Francis urges the world to embark upon a revolutionary ethical rethink and change of heart in its relationship with the planet.

Pope Francis praised martyred archbishop Oscar Romero for his ministry, which he said was 'distinguished by his particular attention to the poor and marginalised'. This was expressed in a letter which was read out at Romero's beatification Mass last Saturday in San Salvador. Read the full letter below:

At the Monmouth Assizes on 8 January 1840, John Frost was found “guilty with mercy” of leading the march of the Chartists from the deprived valleys of South Wales to the city of Newport.

Ahead of Pope Francis' much-anticipated "green" encyclical, Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl was at the Vatican this week taking part in a conference entitled "The New Climate Economy: How Economic Growth and Sustainability Can Go Hand in Hand".

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