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Today, the Feast of #OurLadyofMountCarmel, we contemplate the Virgin who stands beside the Cross of Christ. That is also the place of the Church: close to Christ.

In today's Gospel, Jesus proposes the Samaritan as a model. By loving his neighbor as himself, he demonstrates how to love God with one's whole heart, while at the same time expressing true religiosity and full humanity.

Today we celebrate #SeaSunday, dedicated to seafarers and fishermen. I pray for them and their families, and I encourage every effort to protect and safeguard their human rights.

Faith is a gift that keeps alive a profound and beautiful certainty: that we are God’s beloved children.

May God the Father welcome Vincent Lambert in His arms. Let us not build a civilization that discards persons those whose lives we no longer consider to be worthy of living: every life is valuable, always.

We pray for the sick who are abandoned and left to die. A society is human if it protects life, every life, from its beginning to its natural end, without choosing who is worthy to live or who is not. Doctors should serve life, not take it away.

“This is not just about migrants”, in the twofold sense that migrants are first of all human persons, and that they are the symbol of all those rejected by today’s globalized society. w2.vatican.va/content/france…

On this sixth anniversary of the visit to Lampedusa, my thoughts go out to those “least ones” who daily cry out to the Lord, asking to be freed from the evils that afflict them. w2.vatican.va/content/france…

In today's Gospel Jesus tells us of the real joy of his disciples: "Rejoice because your names are written in heaven" (Lk 10, 20), that is, in the heart of God the Father.

We need people and institutions that defend the dignity of workers, the dignity of work and the good of the earth, our common home. #CoopsDay

In difficult times, even more than in times of peace, the priority for believers is to be united to Jesus, our hope.

Through your attention to the little ones and to the poor, you can kindle stars in the night for those who suffer.

The Bible is not just a beautiful book to keep on a shelf. It is the Word of life be sown, a gift that the Risen Jesus asks us to accept in order to have life in His name.

We all go through difficult days at times, but we must always remember that life is a grace. It is the miracle that God drew forth from nothing.

#StsPeterandPaul were transparent before God. Throughout life, they preserved this humility, to the very end. Both understood that holiness does not consist in exalting but rather humbling oneself.

Pray for all Priests and for my Petrine Ministry, that every pastoral action may be sealed with the love that Christ has for every person. #SanctificationOfPriests

Today we celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. I invite you to pray with me to be united to the Heart of Jesus and to enter together into a mission of compassion for the world.

Jesus looks at us, loves us and awaits us. He is all heart and all mercy. Let us go with confidence to Jesus. He always forgives us. #SacredHeartofJesus

Blessed are those who believe and who have the courage to foster encounter and communion.

How many times, in prayer, do we limit ourselves to asking for gifts and listing requests, forgetting that the first thing we should do is praise God’s name, adore Him, and then go on to acknowledge His living image in our brothers and sisters.

Saying “yes” to the Lord means having the courage to embrace life with love as it comes, with all its fragility and smallness, with all its contradictions.

The example of Saint John the Baptist invites us to be a Church that is always at the service of the Word of God; a Church that does not want to draw attention to itself, but to Jesus Christ.

Blessing is not about saying nice words or trite phrases; it is about speaking goodness, speaking with love. The Eucharist is itself a school of blessing. #CorpusDomini

The Eucharist prepares us for a place in eternity, because it is the Bread of Heaven. #CorpusDomini

  • Tweets from Bishop Egan

Lots of things are happening in the Diocese at the moment, including Ordinations this coming weekend: see this week's @PortsmouthRC e-News for more on this and for all the other news this week: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue236…

test Twitter Media - Lots of things are happening in the Diocese at the moment, including Ordinations this coming weekend: see this week's @PortsmouthRC e-News for more on this and for all the other news this week: https://t.co/JEYDVSUjMZ https://t.co/3QRFbUVqpb

Just arrived at Quarr Abbey to say 9 am Mass and to attend part of an international Chant Forum. This is a holy place very dear to me since my teenage years. It’s great to be here on this feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel - let’s ask her prayers for our special intentions today.

test Twitter Media - Just arrived at Quarr Abbey to say 9 am Mass and to attend part of an international Chant Forum. This is a holy place very dear to me since my teenage years. It’s great to be here on this feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel - let’s ask her prayers for our special intentions today. https://t.co/xm4ZpNQlaB

On Tuesday, the Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, let’s ask Her prayers. A mother from the Good Counsel Network is appealing the High Court’s draconian decision to permit Ealing Council to impose a prayer-free buffer-zone around the Marie Stopes abortion centre.

test Twitter Media - On Tuesday, the Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, let’s ask Her prayers. A mother from the Good Counsel Network is appealing the High Court’s draconian decision to permit Ealing Council to impose a prayer-free buffer-zone around the Marie Stopes abortion centre. https://t.co/ZVRtUbZRUS

I’m studying at the moment Stephen Bullivant’s rather sobering ‘Mass Exodus’. How to (re)connect with the 87% of Catholics in our Diocese who don’t practice is presently the focus of our Diocesan Pastoral Council. Let us pray for the ‘lapsed’ and do our best to befriend them.

test Twitter Media - I’m studying at the moment Stephen Bullivant’s rather sobering ‘Mass Exodus’. How to (re)connect with the 87% of Catholics in our Diocese who don’t practice is presently the focus of our Diocesan Pastoral Council. Let us pray for the ‘lapsed’ and do our best to befriend them. https://t.co/0MDyfw6EWe

As this new BSA report shews, secularism continues its relentless rise, with over 51% now saying they are ‘nones’. As Catholics, graced with the Good News of Christ, let’s redouble our prayers and missionary efforts. google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theg…

Here’s a picture from the Significant Wedding Anniversaries Mass on Saturday in Basingstoke. 80 couples came and as ever St Bede’s parish treated us all royally!

test Twitter Media - Here’s a picture from the Significant Wedding Anniversaries Mass on Saturday in Basingstoke. 80 couples came and as ever St Bede’s parish treated us all royally! https://t.co/yNN2VLhs4P

We had an amazing celebration of the Mass last night in a full Cathedral in which four of the Franciscan Friars were ordained to the priesthood. It was a most sacred occasion full of joy. Let’s pray for them today as they say their first Mass.

test Twitter Media - We had an amazing celebration of the Mass last night in a full Cathedral in which four of the Franciscan Friars were ordained to the priesthood. It was a most sacred occasion full of joy. Let’s pray for them today as they say their first Mass. https://t.co/2STe1kT4XM

Happy Feast of Bl Pier Giorgio! Here comb in hair, he’s climbing to the top. He once wrote “Unfortunately earthly friendships produce sorrow in our hearts because of the departure of those we love but I’d like us to pledge a pact that knows no earthly boundaries: Union in prayer”

test Twitter Media - Happy Feast of Bl Pier Giorgio! Here comb in hair, he’s climbing to the top. He once wrote “Unfortunately earthly friendships produce sorrow in our hearts because of the departure of those we love but I’d like us to pledge a pact that knows no earthly boundaries: Union in prayer” https://t.co/3V28qS8M3W

Just back from the wonderful Catholic Secondary School and Sixth Form, Blessed Hugh Faringdon in Reading, where I blessed and opened their new Mary Ward Centre which specialises in assisting and supporting students with Asperger’s symptoms. It was a great occasion full of joy.

test Twitter Media - Just back from the wonderful Catholic Secondary School and Sixth Form, Blessed Hugh Faringdon in Reading, where I blessed and opened their new Mary Ward Centre which specialises in assisting and supporting students with Asperger’s symptoms. It was a great occasion full of joy. https://t.co/FnEit6KvYZ

Here's this week’s e-News, which besides all the other news for this week, gives the list of clergy moves after the summer holidays: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue235…

test Twitter Media - Here's this week’s e-News, which besides all the other news for this week, gives the list of clergy moves after the summer holidays:  https://t.co/H0HCu5exHf https://t.co/hBDU7Rgh6M

Fascinating morning today with Apostleship of the Sea visiting the container ship Montreal Express in Southampton. There’s a crew of about30, including many from Goa. They’re in dock til 7 pm tonight. It’s a demanding work at sea - God bless everyone on board.

test Twitter Media - Fascinating morning today with Apostleship of the Sea visiting the container ship Montreal Express in Southampton. There’s a crew of about30, including many from Goa. They’re in dock til 7 pm tonight. It’s a demanding work at sea - God bless everyone on board. https://t.co/G3RqU95Qiw

It’s fantastic news to learn that Bl John Henry Newman is at last going to be canonised! I hope to be there in Rome for the Mass on 13th October. I’m also hoping to organise a Diocesan Mass for when I get back. May this Great Scholar and Priest pray for us.

test Twitter Media - It’s fantastic news to learn that Bl John Henry Newman is at last going to be canonised! I hope to be there in Rome for the Mass on 13th October. I’m also hoping to organise a Diocesan Mass for when I get back. May this Great Scholar and Priest pray for us. https://t.co/vZdwcWJ5FF

Another view - this time inside, with one of my favourite priests ever, St John Southworth. May he earnestly pray for us all today.

test Twitter Media - Another view - this time inside, with one of my favourite priests ever, St John Southworth. May he earnestly pray for us all today. https://t.co/xbOX6xmSJc

I’m just arriving now at Westminster Cathedral for the National Mass of Thanksgiving. I wish you a Happy Feastday today! I include anyone reading this tweet in my prayers and my intention for this Mass.

test Twitter Media - I’m just arriving now at Westminster Cathedral for the National Mass of Thanksgiving. I wish you a Happy Feastday today! I include anyone reading this tweet in my prayers and my intention for this Mass. https://t.co/EYldQCBa6S

I’m hugely relieved that the despicable ruling by a UK court to force a mother to have an abortion has now been overturned. My brother Bishop John Sherrington expresses it well: see rcdow.org.uk/news/uk-court-…

Friday this week is the great Feast of the Sacred Heart – do try to get to Mass if you can. There are many beautiful things happening in the Diocese at the moment. May the Lord continue to bless us all with His love and with joy. Here's the latest e-News: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue234…

test Twitter Media - Friday this week is the great Feast of the Sacred Heart – do try to get to Mass if you can. There are many beautiful things happening in the Diocese at the moment. May the Lord continue to bless us all with His love and with joy. Here's the latest e-News:
https://t.co/dDs5BQF7tc https://t.co/lYDvIyUq1D

A great view of yesterday’s Corpus Christi procession - hundreds joined us - although as you can see we’re struggling a bit on the pavement with all the signage and street furniture!

test Twitter Media - A great view of yesterday’s Corpus Christi procession - hundreds joined us - although as you can see we’re struggling a bit on the pavement with all the signage and street furniture! https://t.co/wWcq0cVYLr

Just boarding the plane at Southampton for Guernsey and the Confirmation Mass there this evening (45 candidates). I’m also taking with me a relic (a hair) of St. Maximilian Kolbe for veneration in the Adoremus Centre on Alderney. Please pray for the sisters there.

test Twitter Media - Just boarding the plane at Southampton for Guernsey and the Confirmation Mass there this evening (45 candidates). I’m also taking with me a relic (a hair) of St. Maximilian Kolbe for veneration in the Adoremus Centre on Alderney. Please pray for the sisters there. https://t.co/1VfgknC2kC

Satan cannot take over our higher faculties but to get his own way he cunningly churns up our feelings, emotions and passions. These easily skew our reasoning and our decision-making - before you know it we’re blown off course into a crash.

test Twitter Media - Satan cannot take over our higher faculties but to get his own way he cunningly churns up our feelings, emotions and passions. These easily skew our reasoning and our decision-making - before you know it we’re blown off course into a crash. https://t.co/YKXrbQj9a8

Went out for a great lunch and walk along the Kennet Valley today - overcast and humid, but a delight. Thanks be to God! Meanwhile I’ve come across this interesting short article on how to reach out to the ‘nones’ (those of no religion) in our society: crisismagazine.com/2019/what-will…