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In response to news of the death of a child who attempted to travel across the English Channel to seek safety, Sarah Teather, Director of JRS UK said: “This is terrible news. He was just a child. What an awful way to die. In amongst the news coverage, we must remember that he was someone’s son, brother, and friend. We pray for all who loved him and who will grieve for him.  “This terrible tragedy tells us again that governments have to act. We have systematically closed down the safe managed routes for people to travel to claim asylum. In doing so, we force people into ever more perilous journeys, with the inevitable consequence that someone will lose their life.” According to the Independent, the 16-year-old Sudanese boy’s body washed up on a French beach, after he drowned in the English Channel while trying to reach the UK. French authorities announced the death with “immense sadness”.
In a special report, BBC2's Newsnight Fr Dominic Robinson of Farm Street Church talked about the crisis facing unemployed and homeless people after the pandemic. Speaking from the Central London Catholic Churches’ refreshment hub in Trafalgar Square, Fr Dominic said: "We are seeing more and more people who have lost their jobs in all sorts of places, a lot from the hospitality sector. This is a crisis that isn't going to go away." Sarah Teather, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service UK, which is continuing to distribute emergency food parcels to the homeless appealed to the government to lift its ban on funding to support people with irregular immigration status: "I want the No Recourse to Public Funds restrictions lifted in order to ensure that individuals are kept safe and that wider public health is protected." They are among those campaigning to have No Recourse To Public Funds restrictions lifted so that people who need emergency housing in the pandemic can be housed safely, regardless of their immigration status. As Cardinal Nichols explained in his interview in the same section of the programme: “We need to respond to that humanity in front of us, recognising the innate dignity of each person and not simply consign them into an abyss.”
When I celebrated mass publicly for the first time in almost four months on Tuesday 7th July, which happened to be my 47th anniversary of priesthood, I did something for the very first time at mass in those 47 years of priesting – wore a visor to give out communion. Liverpool Archdiocese has been meticulous in laying down practical rules and regulations to enable mass to be celebrated during the covid-19 era. The aim is to provide as secure a situation as possible to maintain high standards of mutual health and safety. Each parish had to fill in a risk assessment, and be approved, before public worship could re-start after lockdown of churches way back in March. Clearly, there has to be a sufficient number of stewards to welcome and oversee, to clean the church before and after, to maintain a two metre space between worshippers, to create a one-way system, to see to it that all have masks, and to ensure that everyone has hands sanitised before and after mass. This affects certain aspects of celebrating mass, as a “new normal” has to be introduced. There is no sign of peace, and individuals coming up to receive holy communion have to have their sacred space maintained, and communion may only be received in the hand. The priest has to sanitise his hands before and after communion, and wear a visor whilst distributing communion. And, should there be touch accidentally between priest and communicant, the priest has to stop and re-sanitise before approaching the next communicant. Here in Liverpool we are asked to give out communion at the very end of mass, after the final blessing. When a few churches were able to open for private prayer in mid-June we here at SFX were among them, and, after suitable risk assessment and practical measures, decided to have a quiet Holy Hour at lunch time on Mondays and Thursdays, at the time when we would usually be celebrating mass. When we began public masses again on Monday 6th July, here at SFX in Liverpool we asked to have masses for the moment on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 12 noon. Provided we can get enough stewards, we hope fairly soon to have mass at 12 noon on Saturdays, and in due course hopefully also at 10.15 on Sundays. Blog by Fr Denis Blackledge SJ, priest at St Francis Xavier Church in Liverpool
Fr Chris Corbally, 74, is a British Jesuit originally from London but has worked at the Vatican Observatory since 1983. He has just had an asteroid named after him. The asteroid, designated 119248 Corbally, measures approximately 1 mile across in size and was discovered in 2001 by Roy Tucker, a retired senior engineer who had worked closely with Vatican astronomers. Fr Corbally has a wide range of research interests spanning decades. These include multiple star systems, stellar spectral classification, activity in solar-type stars, galactic structure and star formation regions and telescope technology. His current research focuses on the characteristics of human sentience in the context of evolution. Naming an asteroid requires approval from a committee of the International Astronomical Union. Of this honour, Fr Corbally said: “I’m not a kind of asteroid guy. For me it came as a complete surprise. That’s why it’s kind of nice.” To read about this story in more detail, click on The Dialog article here. For a list of asteroids named for Jesuits click here. 
The photo shows members of the Edinburgh Jesuit community adding our prayer and a public gesture of solidarity to the “Black Lives Matter” movement taking place around the world. At Mass on Sunday we prayed for racial harmony and for racial justice. We then gathered in front of Sacred Heart Church at the same time that people in Edinburgh were assembling for a peaceful demonstration in Holyrood Park. Like so many prosperous cities in the United Kingdom Edinburgh has its own history of involvement in slavery and its citizens are more aware than ever of the need to recognise that history and where possible to make amendments. As one example, the monument to Henry Dundas (Lord Melville) which towers over St Andrews Square will soon have a plaque at its base to remind people of his role in prolonging the slave trade in the 1800s when he held the office of First Lord of the Admiralty. Our own community of seven Jesuits represents a considerable diversity of national backgrounds and as we kneel in solidarity with the renewed call for racial equality we remember how human history has been tainted in every land by the stain of racism. Behind us is the image of a dove. For Christians it symbolises the Holy Spirit coming at Pentecost, making of many nations a single people. For all of us it is the traditional symbol of peace and at this time of turmoil we remember that where there is no justice there can be no peace. In union with other churches, with civic leaders and community organisers and with all people of good will, we continue to pray for peace and to work for justice. David Pearsall S.J. 
Guide for walking out in creation. Pray as you go has added a new 40-minute prayer guide for walking out in creation. The guide was written by Iona Reid-Dalglish, a Spirituality Worker and part of the Jesuits in Britain family. Iona herself loves getting out in nature and enjoying God’s creation (see video). The format includes a time of preparation to get yourself ready with a moment of stepping over a threshold and setting off on your walk. Using the Ignatian spirituality theme of finding ‘God in all things’, listeners are encouraged to intentionally immerse themselves in their surroundings, staying present to this moment with God, before finally stepping back over the threshold to return home. We hope this is a really easy way to add prayer to your walking and a creative way to add walking to your prayer life. For this resource, we have also provided listeners the option of choosing a different voice to guide you through this extended time of prayer. The guide is available on our apps and website