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First Black cardinal of the United States

Pope Francis announced yesterday that he will create 13 new cardinals at a consistory in the Vatican on November 28, among them Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory (Photo above) of Washington, D.C., who becomes the first Black cardinal of the United States.

Nine of them are cardinal electors with a right to vote in a conclave, while the other four are over the age of 80 and do not have that right. Of the current electors after the consistory, 73 will have been appointed by Pope Francis.

Building Blocks Children’s Ministry conference

The Building Blocks Children’s Ministry conference 2020 will be held on 7 November beginning at 10am. This will involve online webinars for leaders and workers in Children’s Ministry and details may be had from Lydia Monds at admin@cmn.ireland.anglican.org

Tribute to former Lord Mayor of Cork

Yesterday was the centenary of the death of the former Lord Mayor of Cork, Terence MacSwiney. A short and simple wreath-laying ceremony took place at his grave in St Finbarr’s Cemetery. The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Joe Kavanagh laid a wreath, and prayers were read by Archdeacon Adrian Wilkinson (Bishop’s Commissary), and Bishop Fintan Gavin. Cork1920

New webinar series will explore role of bilateral dialogues among diverse churches

A webinar on 27 October will be the first in a series on ecumenical bilateral dialogues and their importance for the one ecumenical movement.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) is organizing the new series to draw on the profound experience of those involved in bilateral dialogues, who will share their processes, methodologies, results, and reception.

In addition, the webinar series will bring insights into emerging issues and trends.

The first webinar will be moderated by Rev. Dr Miriam Haar from the Institute for Ecumenical Studies and Research in Bensheim, Germany.

Invited speakers include:

Archbishop Prof. Dr Job of Telmessos, permanent representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the World Council of Churches

Bishop Dr Brian Farrell, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

Rev. Dr Odair Pedroso Mateus, WCC interim deputy general secretary, director of the WCC Faith and Order Commission

Link to join the webinar 27 October, 13:00-14:00 CET

[[] https://www.oikoumene.org/live ]

Well said

If there were love of neighbour there would be no terrorism, no repression, no selfishness, none of such cruel inequalities in society, no abductions, no crimes.
– Archbishop Oscar Romero

Pointers to Prayer

Give thanks for the Trussell Trust and other groups fighting to end food poverty in the UK. In the UK, more than 14 million people are living in poverty – including 4.5 million children.

In these days of change and challenge, pray that CMSI will find new ways to help parishes around Ireland find their call to bring hope and transformation to their communities and to play their part as members of the worldwide family of God.

Pray for families trapped in Helmand. Civilians are caught up in fighting between government forces and the Taliban in Afghanistan’s southern province and up to 35,000 have already fled their homes.

Pray for all those suffering from COVID-19 at this time, and especially today for those struggling with mental illness in isolation.

Pray for cities across Nigeria. Demonstrations against police brutality have escalated in response to attacks on protesters by unidentified men with machetes. We pray for a just peace in Nigeria and an end to police violence worldwide.

The Lord bless us and keep us, the Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us, the Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon us and give us peace. Amen.

God in creation

Cormorant rock, Antrim north coast