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Religious in England and Wales have been asked to offer space in their buildings to vulnerable people who face street homelessness as the emergency housing scheme put in place for the pandemic draws to a close.Hundreds of vulnerable people will urgently need accommodation by the end of July, when the hotels and hostels currently housing street homeless people reopen for business.Some 5,400 people who were housed in emergency accommodation for the three-month lockdown now face being made...
Dominic Robinson
Catholic groups have lobbied the Government in a bid to ensure that around 5,400 homeless people who have been housed in emergency pandemic accommodation for three months do not return to rough sleeping.The groups are calling for adequate resources made available to keep them off the streets post-pandemic. Also, they are urging the Government to revise its exclusion of vulnerable groups, to help for example the many migrants who have no recourse to public funds.“We are working with local...
 Volunteers from Farm Street and other London Catholic Churches have teamed up with Pandemic Pizza to provide homemade pizza, refreshments, fresh fruit and shower referrals to homeless people in London’s Trafalgar Square. The new, innovative partnership, set up today beside the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, is supporting some of the city’s most vulnerable people during the pandemic.  The Trafalgar Square Refreshment Hub was set up earlier this month by Farm Street volunteers...
Since the lockdown began, central London churches - including Farm Street, St Patrick's, and the French Church - have been serving hundreds of breakfasts and evening meals, thanks to the generosity of Claridges and the Connaught Hotel. Now homeless people also have somewhere to go during the day - the new homeless refreshment station under the Fouth Plinth. Anthony Doran, from Farm Street Church in Mayfair, explained that his group, which also includes volunteers from Westminster Cathedral...
Lockdown is saving lives but the tight restrictions have meant that hundreds of homeless people in central London have been stranded without help. With most centres now closed, many homeless have turned to churches for support, including Farm Street Church in Mayfair.Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, parish priest at Farm Street, gave an interview to the Independent Catholic News about what is being done to help. He said:“So many people are coming together to work hard in conjunction with the council,...
Fr Peter McVerry SJ
Fr Peter McVerry SJ and the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice (JCFJ) have expressed their deep criticism of the government’s homelessness action plan, Rebuilding Ireland, on the third anniversary of its launch. According to Fr McVerry in an Irish Times op-ed, the plan has been “an abject failure”.Since the plan was launched, the official figures for homelessness have increased a full 65%. And this does not include such hidden homelessness as migrants with refugee status who are unable to move...
Jesus among the homeless at Holy Trinity Church, Braamfontein
The Homeless Jesus sculpture is to be unveiled at a Jesuit church in South Africa next week. The ceremony at Holy Trinity Church in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, will be attended by many homeless people who regularly attend Monday evening activities at the church.The “Homeless Jesus” is a work by Canadian sculptor Timothy P Schmalz and is a visual representation of Matthew 25, suggesting that Christ is with the most marginalized in our society. It portrays the Christ figure on a...
Carols by Candleight at Holy Name, Manchester
The Manchester Universities’ Catholic Chaplaincy has been looking back over a busy year, which has seen a record-breaking Week of Guided Prayer, its very first Jesuit Mission visit to East Africa and the launch of several new projects. The Chaplaincy team provided a welcome to the Catholic students at Manchester Universities, which culminated with Carols by Candlelight last week, while providing initiatives which have enabled them to respond to the needs of the local community.When they...
Boscombe Angels in the Dorset town's precinct
Among the initiatives taking place for the Year of Mercy in Dorset is the Boscombe Angels. This is a group of volunteers who offer a practical caring Christian presence on the streets of Boscombe, particularly around the precinct. The project was set up by Churches Together in Boscombe in 2010 and teams of volunteers are out on the streets every Friday night and also on Saturdays when the town’s nightclub (capacity 1800) is open.“Parts of Boscombe are experiencing difficulties, largely caused...
'Homeless Jesus' at Regis College, Toronto
Methodist Central Hall in Westminster is applying to install one of the celebrated sculptures of the ‘Homeless Jesus’ by the internationally renowned artist Tim Schmalz. An original cast of the statue which depicts Christ lying anonymously in a blanket on a park bench is exhibited at the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto and Pope Francis himself has already blessed the work of art in the Vatican. If the application is successful, the sculpture at Methodist Central Hall,...

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