ST HELENS have announced the signing of 23yearol

first_imgST HELENS have announced the signing of 23-year-old utility forward Mark Flanagan on a two-year deal for 2012 and 13.Flanagan was formerly with Wigan Warriors and is currently in his second year at Wests Tigers in Sydney.Saints Coach Royce Simmons stated: “I coached Mark previously at Wests Tigers. He is a very good young British player who has benefited from his time in the NRL.“He has an excellent attitude both on and off the field. He is tough and versatile, can play in the middle or on an edge and can cover at hooker if need be.“He is a good addition to our squad for next year.”Oldham-born Flanagan played for Wigan from 2007 to 2009 before making his NRL debut for Wests in March 2010 against Manly.Since then he has made 22 appearances, scoring two tries.last_img read more

Ticket

first_imgYou can still reserve your tickets online here up until 5pm today while stocks last. There are mostly just single seats remaining in most blocks with some additional tickets still remaining in unallocated Bronze blocks.There will be limited cash turnstiles on the evening on a first-come first served basis in the Totally Wicked North Stand blocks NH and NI – tickets in these blocks will not be available from the Ticket Office.Any remaining tickets from other areas including South block SB, will be available at the Ticket Office while stocks last. We cannot guarantee there will be any tickets remaining before kick-off so we advise fans to secure theirs before gates open at 6pm.Those fans who have purchased their match tickets already and not yet collected them are advised to arrive early to avoid potential queues at the ticket collection point. Please note all PRE-BOUGHT match tickets can be collected from the Ticket Collection point only, which is located next to the ticket office.Please also be advised that the ticket office is only for purchases made on the evening and for collection of any 2019 Membership cards.The game will kick off at 7:45pm with gates open from 6pm.last_img read more

2131 persons asked for asylum in 2018

center_img More than 70 million fled war, persecution and conflict in 2018 – UNHCRThe number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million in 2018. This was the highest level that UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency has witnessed in its almost 70 years.Almost 70.8 million persons around the world are now forcibly displaced according to data from UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report. This means an increase of 2.3 million persons over 2017, and double the level of 20 years.UN High Commissioner for Refugee Filippo Grandi said that “What we are seeing in these figures is further confirmation of a longer-term rising trend of people needing safety from war, conflict and persecution. While language around migrants is often divisive, we are also witnessing an outpouring of generosity and solidarity by communities who are themselves hosting large number of refugees.” Grandi remarked that an unprecedented engagement by new actors is also being observed, “which not only reflects but also delivers the spirit of the Global Compact on Refugees”.Grandi further stated that one must build on these positive examples and redouble solidarity with people who are forced to flee their homes on a daily basis.WhatsApplast_img read more

New Ecumenical Commission set up in Gozo

first_imgGozo Bishop Mario Grech announced the setting up of an Ecumenical Commission on Gozo. He delivered the announcement last Monday, at ta’ Pinu Sanctuary, on the occasion of a Marian year.The representatives for the Commission are  Mgr. Ġużepp Attard, Ecumenical Vicar for Laity, and Canon John Muscat.In his message, Mgr. Grech stated that he had a deep yearning to meet other non-Catholic Christians living in Gozo. He stressed that it has become essential, in this day and age, that Christians seek each other for sustenance and to be witnesses to the world around them.With this in mind, he explained that the commission is to prove a forum for Christians to help each other while facing existential crises. He stressed that it is his wish that the Commission incorporates representatives from all Christian denominations present on the island.Bishop Grech recalled the visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth, due to the scene’s resonance; he said that in it, God’s promise to his chosen people is finally happening, even, if, at this stage, the waiting is still hidden in a process of gestation. The two women, Mary and Elizabeth, represent two periods of the history with God – two periods in the history of the Church. Between them, there is no confrontation, disparagement or discord but on the other hand, there is a harmonious sentiment of intent listening, collaboration and growth.In this, one can appreciate the gift of ecumenism as the movement that brings the various Christian churches closer to each other to share their respective theological, liturgical and spiritual legacies.The message, in fullMARY, MOTHER OF UNITYI had a deep yearning that during this Marian year I meet other non-Catholic Christians living in Gozo. I believe that in today’s age, it is essential that we Christians seek each other to firstly sustain ourselves as we follow Christ and also to be as witnesses to the world around us. I am convinced that many in our midst are seeking that which can fill their hearts and in this quest they ask both philosophical and theological questions. As neighbours living on the same island, I believe, that albeit our limitations, we Christians have a significant proposition that we can offer them.With this in mind, recently I have set up an ecumenical commission in Gozo. Even though I took this initiative in my role as Catholic bishop, I do not have any claim of authority on the work of this commission. It is my wish that we create a forum where we Christian brothers and sisters help each other when facing the existential crises that surround us. It is my ardent desire that this Commission incorporates representatives from all Christian denominations present on the island.On this occasion, I suggest that we meditate the icon of the visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. This scene is resonant with profound meaning because in it we can see that God’s promise to his chosen people is finally happening, even, if, at this stage, the waiting is still hidden in a process of gestation. The two women, Mary and Elizabeth, represent two periods of the history with God – two periods in the history of the Church. Between them, there is no confrontation, disparagement or discord but on the other hand, there is a harmonious sentiment of intent listening, collaboration and growth. These two women bless and help each other.The story of the visitation thus helps us to appreciate the gift of ecumenism as the movement that brings the various Christian churches closer to each other to share their respective theological, liturgical and spiritual legacies. For example, I have a longing that we understand the Anglican and Orthodox Mariology. Whilst it is true that this can be easily done by going through books, I am convinced that no book can compare to the real-life experience of faith and love that you live. “It is the very aim of the “dialogues” to enable one to discern the differences in them that could separate them out from those which are acceptable or which even constitute an enrichment for every Church. In this encounter there could be a divine surprise! As between Elizabeth and Mary, the Churches have experienced in ecumenical dialogue the help offered by the Holy Spirit who makes it possible to recognize the faith that leads to the heart of Jesus as Christ and Lord in the other Church too, a true and just faith, expressed with different words and coherences” (Elisabeth Parmentier, An image of Ecumenism”, L’Osservatore Romano 2, May, 2016).We ceaselessly pray that Mary helps us in this fresh ecumenical experience that we are launching in Gozo. One crucial insight that the Catholic Church acquired during Vatican Council II was that Mary is not only the Mother of God, but she is also a disciple of Christ. Her life was a pilgrimage of faith and thus she is our sister in our discipleship as we follow Jesus. The motto that we have chosen for this Marian year – Let us not be afraid to welcome Mary into our lives – aptly fits our ecumenical course. She, who is the Mother of unity amongst Christians, will lead us to stronger relations amongst ourselves. “Just as Mary’s presence in the early community fostered oneness of heart, which prayer strengthened and made visible (cf. Acts 1:14), so the most intense communion with her whom Augustine called the ‘Mother of unity’ (Sermo 192, 2; PL 38, 1013) will be able to bring Christians to the point of enjoying the long-awaited gift of ecumenical unity” (John Paul II, 12th Nov., 1997).WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more