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Only those able to acknowledge their mistakes and ask pardon receive understanding and forgiveness from others.

The message of Jesus is troubling and disturbs us because it challenges worldly religious power and stirs consciences.

In our daily lives we experience the tenderness of God who lovingly saves us from our sins, fears and anxieties.

When we confess our sins with humility and sincerity, we receive forgiveness and are reunited with God and our brothers and sisters.

We need the Holy Spirit to transmit the faith. We cannot do it alone.

I feel deep pain for the many children torn from their families and forced to become child soldiers. This is a tragedy!

To serve human life is to serve God and life at every stage: from the womb of the mother, to the suffering and sickness of old age.

May the sick always be shown love in their fragility and respected in their inviolable dignity.

The Lord is present in our lives, showing us all His love and encouraging us to respond with generosity.

Christians are called to keep alive the memory of how much God has done through them.

We cannot remain silent before the suffering of millions of people whose dignity has been wounded.

Let us welcome victims of human trafficking, and all those fleeing from war and hunger, with a compassionate heart.

As we grow in our spiritual lives, we realize how Grace comes to us and to others, and must be shared with everyone.

All of us are called to commit ourselves to protecting minors in the digital world.

One who is aware of his own wretchedness and lowers his gaze with humility feels God’s merciful gaze set upon him.

Jesus wants to be found by those who look for Him. But to look for Him we have to get up and go out.

A life of faith means wanting to be with the Lord, and that means constantly searching for Him wherever He is.

May every person come to Christ, the Light of Truth, and may the world advance along the path of justice and peace.

A faith that does not trouble us is a troubled faith. A faith that does not make us grow is a faith that needs to grow.

Jesus is our mediator, who reconciles us not only with the Father but also with each other.

Goodness, together with love, justice and solidarity, are not achieved once and for all; they have to be realized each day.

Through prayer we can enter into a stable relationship with God, the source of true joy.

I pray for those who suffer from Hansen’s Disease and I encourage those who are committed to their care and reintegration into society.

Here we are, Lord, ashamed of what humanity, made in your image and likeness, is capable of doing. Remember us in your mercy.

Christian joy cannot be bought. It comes from faith and from meeting Jesus Christ, who is the reason for our happiness.

  • Tweets from Bishop Egan

Great day today with the Rite of Election here in the Cathedral! There’s some excellent new members of the Church joining this Easter. Pray that they will be faithful and place all their time treasure and talents at Christ’s service.

I’m now en route to Didcot to bless the new stained glass windows installed in the Church in honour of St John Houghton and the Carthusian Martyrs, St Thomas More and the excellent St Edmund Campion. May the English Martyrs pray for us today.

Lent has begun! I said the 1215 Mass in the Cathedral today - it was full, with lots of young people and families too. I asked everyone to keep their ashes on all day as an evangelising act of witness.

Tomorrow we begin the great Season of #Lent with #AshWednesday. Try to get to Mass if you can, to hear God’s Word, to be renewed by Christ’s Sacrifice and to receive the ashes. Meanwhile, there’s lots of food for thought in @PortsmouthRC e-News this week: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue171…

I’ve been busy today writing the paper for St Mary’s Twickenham on ‘Newman’s Idea: Towards the Future of Catholic Education’. It’s at 6 pm next Tuesday evening 20th if you’re able to be there.

Today we commemorate Our Lady of Lourdes. Let’s ask her prayers for all the sick and for all pilgrims to Lourdes, especially the youth from our Diocese this summer and also for Fr John Cooke and our Diocesan pilgrimage team

Click on this inspiring story: catholic.org/saints/saint.p…. Today we honour St Josephine Bakhita. Please say a prayer to her for the many victims of human trafficking.

test Twitter Media - Click on this inspiring story: https://t.co/Nxhwkkj95L. Today we honour St Josephine Bakhita. Please say a prayer to her for the many victims of human trafficking. https://t.co/DwY7US6uvM

I have just returned from a most memorable visit to Bamenda. I hope over the next weeks in e-News to run a series of reflections about it. Meanwhile, here's this week's issue: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue170… I wish you every blessing in the run-up to Lent, which begins next week.

It’s the feast of St Paul Miki and Companions today, martyrs of Japan. Please do pray for the mission of the Church in that country. Meanwhile I’m busy today coping with ‘post-travel trauma’ though still full of joy from Bamenda!

Sadly we’re leaving Africa today - here’s a picture of me with some of the Bamenda seminarians! Archbishop Cornelius has promised us another two badly needed priests. But let’s pray that, though obstructive to date, our UK Immigration service will this time allow them through.

test Twitter Media - Sadly we’re leaving Africa today -  here’s a picture of me with some of the Bamenda seminarians! Archbishop Cornelius has promised us another two badly needed priests. But let’s pray that, though obstructive to date, our UK Immigration service will this time allow them through. https://t.co/8spDm4MXaE

Here’s the Visually Impaired Unit at the Franciscan Handicapped Centre for Children that our Diocese of Portsmouth sponsors in Bamenda. I pray we can help even more in the future.

test Twitter Media - Here’s the Visually Impaired Unit at the Franciscan Handicapped Centre for Children that our Diocese of Portsmouth sponsors in Bamenda. I pray we can help even more in the future. https://t.co/a83acQyAuz

Please remember Archbishop Cornelius and everyone here in your prayers. Pray earnestly for a conversion of hearts and minds that the return of the 47 Anglophone leaders to Cameroon will become an opportunity for dialogue leading to an end to discrimination.

test Twitter Media - Please remember Archbishop Cornelius and everyone here in your prayers. Pray earnestly for a conversion of hearts and minds that the return of the 47 Anglophone leaders to Cameroon will become an opportunity for dialogue leading to an end to discrimination. https://t.co/AwVk2tbWWn

I’m writing this @PortsmouthRC e-News to you from Archbishop’s House Bamenda sending you prayers and greetings from Archbishop Cornelius, Bishop Michael Bibi, Fr Bonaventure (the Chancellor) and many others. They are all on great form. portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue169…

Packed day today with a trip over to Kumbo. We first visited the Stella Matutina Sisters - as full of joy as our own in Grayshott! - then St Aloysius Minor Seminary, before lunch in Bishops House, followed by the old church at Shisong and the impressive Franciscan Hospital.

test Twitter Media - Packed day today with a trip over to Kumbo. We first visited the Stella Matutina Sisters - as full of joy as our own in Grayshott! - then St Aloysius Minor Seminary, before lunch in Bishops House, followed by the old church at Shisong and the impressive Franciscan Hospital. https://t.co/hdOZIXlYG2

Visited a traditional African shrine yesterday - remarkable carvings. This is a beautiful country but the political situation is becoming very tense. Please say prayers (eg the Memorare which people here have been saying for us) that some new ways forward might be found.

test Twitter Media - Visited a traditional African shrine yesterday - remarkable carvings. This is a beautiful country but the political situation is becoming very tense. Please say prayers (eg the Memorare which people here have been saying for us) that some new ways forward might be found. https://t.co/DQogQY0eGc

Had a fascinating day today visiting St John Vianney PreSeminary (shewn here) - where our Fr Bernadine was rector! - the St Joseph’s Handicapped Centre, the palace of the fon at Bafut then St Bernard’s Monastery. The

test Twitter Media - Had a fascinating day today visiting St John Vianney PreSeminary (shewn here) - where our Fr Bernadine was rector! - the St Joseph’s Handicapped Centre, the palace of the fon at Bafut then St Bernard’s Monastery. The https://t.co/AP78b8bjDC

Here with the youth of Bamenda! Just been to Benediction in the Cathedral where we sang with gusto the Tantum ergo and Pater noster. Latin not only raises the heart and mind to God but it’s also such a helpful tool in creating a universal Catholic culture.

test Twitter Media - Here with the youth of Bamenda! Just been to Benediction in the Cathedral where we sang with gusto the Tantum ergo and Pater noster. Latin not only raises the heart and mind to God but it’s also such a helpful tool in creating a universal Catholic culture. https://t.co/ZIGcJUutwI

Just at Heathrow now, awaiting the flight to Brussels then connecting to Douala. Please pray to The Blessed Virgin to obtain a safe journey. I’ll be in touch again once in Cameroon.

Fascinating conference! We’re now going to hear a paper “Understanding Islam to Help Muslims” by the Egyptian Jesuit, Fr. Samir Samir, leading scholar and author of “111 Questions on Islam” (ISBN 978-1-58617-155-1)

I’m amazed how popular and helpful Mat Kelly’s ‘Rediscover Jesus’ is to so many. I’ve received loads of letters and emails thanking me for this Christmas gift. I pray this book will truly help deepen faith, hope and love in our Diocese.

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