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New Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle

 

PRESS RELEASE - New Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Robert Byrne as Bishop of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. Bishop Byrne will be the fourteenth Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle. Bishop Séamus has therefore been appointed as Apostolic Administrator, by Pope Francis, until Bishop Robert’s installation on 25th March 2019.

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The Bitter

 

Truth The most popular speakers are the ones who tell us what we want to hear. However, when speakers raise truths which make us uncomfortable or cause us to look carefully at ourselves, they usually go down like a lead balloon. Such is the case in today’s gospel.

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An Unusual King

 

Of all the titles we could bestow on Jesus that of ‘king’ seems the most inappropriate. It makes us think of the things Jesus rejected. He had no throne, no crown, no palace and no army. He was surrounded by the poor and the sick, by sinners and outcasts.

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Better Together

 

One clear message in this weekend’s readings is that community is a critically important aspect of our faith. In the First Reading, Ezra gathers the people of Jerusalem and reads the Torah to them so that they can rededicate themselves to God.

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A Space For Song

 

During the last week you may have heard a sound clip of the moments that the guns fell silent on 11th November, 1918. It has been recreated using a graph produced by sound ranging equipment, in use by the Allies to plot where the enemy's artillery was located.

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