16 Aug 2016 Articles No comments

Be Forgiven

As Christians, we all know that we are sinners. And, as sinners, we all would like to be forgiven of our sins. Some of us (most of us?) have at one time or anot…

Read more

01 Sep 2015 News USA No comments

Citing Pope Francis, bishops call on Congress to renew religious freedom commission

Congress has only one month to reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Many human rights activists and religious leaders have stress…

Read more

07 Sep 2015 Articles Resources Comments (1)

How The Saints Faced Anxiety

Some saints were as prone to worry and anxiety as the rest of us are. But, by placing their trust in the Lord’s presence and care, they were able to overcome th…

Read more

29 Sep 2015 Middle East - Africa News No comments

Wave of violence in Central African Republic, site of November papal visit

Violence has flared in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic and site of a papal visit in November, according to a wire service reports. The As…

Read more

31 Oct 2015 Europe News Comments (1)

Italian Church to assist poor families with utility bill during Year of Mercy

The Holy Year of Mercy will be an opportunity to encourage Christians to meet people's "real needs" with concrete assistance, to experience a "true pilgrimage" …

Read more

25 Sep 2015 News USA Comments (1)

Pope condemns abortion and hostility to migrants in speech to US Congress

History is made as Francis becomes the first pope ever to address a joint meeting of Congress The past, the promise and the potential of the United States mu…

Read more

05 Dec 2014 Q&A Comments (1)

Is it a requirement of all priests to say Mass daily, whether in private or in assembly, on vacation, or…

Full Question Is it a requirement of all priests to say (or concelebrate) Mass daily, whether in private or in assembly, on vacation, or their days off? …

Read more

07 Apr 2015 Q&A Comments (1)

Are extraordinary ministers allowed to bless communicants with the consecrated host?

Full Question An extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at my parish holds up the host and uses it to make a cross in the air before placing it in the co…

Read more

10 Aug 2016 News No comments

Aid agency calls for Aleppo ceasefire to allow help to reach two million people in need

Cafod is amongst the aid agencies unable to enter the Syrian city because of heavy fighting The UK aid agency, Cafod has urged all sides of the Syria conflic…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Armed police patrol Canterbury Cathedral amid terrorist fears

Security has been increased following the murder of Fr Jacques Hamel

Police with guns are patrolling Canterbury Cathedral amid fears about terror attacks.

The extra security comes after a series of jihadist attacks across Europe, including the murder of Fr Jacques Hamel.

Essex and Kent Police have ordered armed officers to guard potential terrorist targets, including the cathedral, major shopping centres, the port of Dover and London Southend Airport.

Photos have emerged of police officers carrying Heckler and Koch G36 assault rifles, Glock 17 semi-auto 9mm pistols and Tasers outside the cathedral.

A spokesman for Canterbury Cathedral said: “Having grown used to armed police patrols in our rail stations, airports and in the capital cities we should not be surprised that Kent Police has judged the same provision for the security of people needs to be made at significant sites in their own area.

“It is a sadness to us all that such a response is necessary but the police has made this decision with the safety of the public in mind."

In July, the Home Office also announced £2.4 million of funding to bolster security in places of worship and churches were advised to review their security measures.

Canterbury Cathedral, consecrated in the 11th century, is the cathedral of the Archbishop of Canterbury. It receives a million visitors a year.


Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories