Francis arrives in Poland, challenges government over immigration

Francis in Poland 😊

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Pope Francis has arrived in Poland at the start of a five-day trip to join the 31st World Youth Day. In the flight from Rome, which touched down just before 4pm local time, the Pope referred to the crisis of violence in Europe as a war, but not a war of religion (see Crux). After landing in Krakow for what will be the eleventh visit by a pope to Poland, Francis made his way to Wawel Castle for a meeting with the Polish premier (see Crux).

The speech contained a firm challenge to the Polish authorities over immigration as well as ecology – both areas where Poland’s right-wing Law and Justice Party has been at odds with Pope Francis (for background, see Politico).

The full text of the speech follows

Speech to Poland’s civic authorities

Mr President,

Honourable Authorities,

Distinguished Members of…

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Sometimes I take part in the Currently… blog hop series.



The British weather at the moment. It’s glorious and sunny; a good return from Italy, as there’s been a minimal drop in temperature. Indeed, the temperature indoors in Britain matches the air-conned lounges of Italia, so not much change there. But will it last?


My mum’s garden


THE TROUBLE WITH DEMONS by Lisa Shearin. I love this author’s style and characters, but I’ll admit that I am rubbish at keeping up with these books. I got given the Raine Benares series #1 and #2 and then didn’t read them for ages, then I only recently had the money to buy #3. As far as I am aware (from memory), there are at least 7 books.


Metropolitan Magic online collaborative story. I took a break to think out the layout of these coming POVs, but I think I’ve got over that bump and can’t wait to write more.

If only my serious novel rewriting was going so swimmingly…


I love watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. It’s very addictive, as all Netflix shows tend to be, yeah? Apart from that, there’s not much on my virtual to-watch list. My YouTube to-watch list, however…

Thinking about…

My plans for next year. I can’t say much, but there will be big things happening, and I have my eyes set on planning. Because planning is so much fun.:)


Starting my Masters course. It’s a bit of time away yet, but I’ll be moving to the capital, which of course, is something different for me. And different things have never sat so well.


For a safe and short journey for my holiday in Poland. I’ll be doing some volunteering for a week, then participating in the World Youth Day, which is something I’m definitely nervous about, but also proud I get to be a part of.


Have a good rest of your week.:) Did you post a Currently… post this week? What have you been up to?

Letter from Stella in Kenya

Wonderful acts by a CAFOD project:

CAFOD blog

Stella took part in our first Hands On project in Kitui, Kenya. Over two years, hundreds of people in Kitui were supported by more than 1,700 CAFOD supporters to rebuild their community dam and bring water back to the area. Having water nearby means families can irrigate their crops and don‘t have to spend hours walking to and from the river each day.

Stella winnows mung beans grown on her farm. Thanks to your generous donations, Stella is able to irrigate her farm and grow food for her family.

Dear friends,

I am very grateful to you for giving donations and enabling us to carry out this project.

The project has meant I am able to get a job and manage a small income. With my income I am able to buy seeds for my farm and cement so I can build a strong house. Before there was such a challenge with food that I had to…

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Glamour and Intrigue

Well, I intended to bl;og today. And I intended to write a bit of my old collaborative, Metropoliton Magic (which I have mentioned is coming to its exciting finale, and I want to keep following). Alas, the time has slipped away from me today.

I would like to say I have a proper excuse: doing work, for instance, or packing for the house-move my mum is currently in the middle of. In fact, neither of those are true today.

What I have to blame is this adorable–and addictively fun!–game, Slime Rancher. As YouTuber Markiplier would say “adorable little poops!” Yes, yes they are.

Anyway, here is the start of my July absence from blogging due to holidays. As to the title of this post, it is a reference to my first destination: Venice. Via The Orient Express train.

Now, I’ve always loved the 20s-50s (most particularly, the 30s, but the aesthetic and the music et al is loveable for me across all decades) and I have always loved trains – both train travel and the aesthetic of trains (though, ironically, my tachophobia means speeding trains passing I cannot stand) – but this is, indeed, the trip of a lifetime

The 50s in particular can be full of glamour and intrigue. Sure, we may romanticise the past, but that is what makes it valuable to us. In the same way that we imagine the future to be of space travel and communication instantly, imagining the good bits of the past allows us to stay positive about the life we live.

Plus, there were so many people to aspire to in those days. Culture changes, and, yes, it would be illogical to disagree or try to revert what we have now, but that does not stop our appreciating this past and what it has done for us. Let us not wish ourselves there, but enter respectfully and partake as an observer.

Food for thought, anyway.

So, I love the glamour and intrigue, and this is why this holiday is something I want to cherish.


See y’all on the other side.:)


Sometimes I participate in the Currently series on Tuesdays…



That there will be a new Five Nights at Freddy’s game. Okay, I don’t play the series, but I enjoy watching YouTubers like Markiplier and 8BitGaming playing it. As I mentioned in my review of the novel, I enjoy the lore and the elements of mystery the way Scott Cawthon has woven them through the games.


AlexB_Curse1A CURSE OF ASH AND IRON by Christine Norris. It’s a Steampunk Cinderella retelling, and it’s keeping me on my toes, even though I’m less than halfway through the novel yet. Another Curiosity Quills Press novel (I got it with Hour of Mischief), this flows around merrily (or not so😉 ) and has two voices from compelling characters.



Well, Star Trek: The Next Generation has just popped up on Netflix, so I’ve been watching a couple of episodes every night and relishing in nostalgia for a show I’ve always loved, but not seen for a number of years.


An old collaborative piece about that I have recently been inspired by my packing to work on. It’s coming to its end, and I don’t want to lose the work we have done, simply because the story is incomplete.

Whilst my chapters from 2009 are abysmal to say the least, you can read the story here.

Thinking About…

Packing. My mum is moving house mid-July whilst I will be on holiday in Poland, so all my packing has to be done before we go to Italy this week, and packing has been consuming my mind.



It goes without saying that I’m anxious about the state of Great Britain at the moment. Never have so many young people cared about the politics and seen it go so far the opposite of what they wanted. I honestly don’t know what’s going to happen next, but we must remember to not descend into negativity.

Making me happy…

The Boyfriend. He knows exactly how to cheer me up when I’ve not seen him for a couple of weeks, and I get to see him again tomorrow, then we’re heading to Venice, which lightens my heart.

On the Thames

Did you write a Currently post this week? What have you been up to?

Photo of the Week: Past

Isn’t it funny when one stumbles across pieces from one’s past, trinkets and tokens one thought one wouldn’t see again? I suppose primary (elementary) school work is not in the same league as those sorts of things, per se. Nevertheless, it is fascinating for me to see the differences and similarities between me then and me now.

Cute, too.:)


In Which I am a Graduate

It’s been one of those long journeys that passes in the blink of an eye, but yesterday I stood in front of a hall of people and shook hands with The Chancellor of Reading before accepting a scroll of paper from him, otherwise known as a degree certificate. Yesterday, I officially graduated from the University of Reading with a Bachelor’s degree of Psychology and Philosophy. It’s a weird feeling—I guess, now it’s really hit me that I’m not going back to Reading for another year, that I’ve finished my work on my undergraduate, and everything I had from that degree is ultimately in the past, reset to zero.

That’s not to say that I haven’t had a good time. There have been many aspects of being a British university student, and one of a joint honours in arguably controversial subjects, that I have not had the time or gall to ever blog about. There have been many ups and downs, of course—but that goes without saying when one spends three years of one’s life in a single place with the same sorts of people.

Eventually, though, I know I have to move. For secondary school, it hit me after five or six years. The feeling is kind of distant from the self, but more as if a knowledge of what needs to be done. I have done a lot of what I needed to at Reading, and experienced so many, but it’s not a town in which I want to spend the rest of my life. Nothing personal, just opinion from having lived around the gossamer spires of Oxford most of my life.

What a feeling it is to be moving on to academia new. Indeed, I would be lying to say that that has been the best thing about graduating when in fact it is such a gratifying feeling to be justly rewarded for three years’ hard work. However, it is good to know that I have something more after graduation.

So, there it is. I am a graduate now. I officially have a degree. (This is where I scream “hire me!” at you. Just kidding!) And the obligatory graduation photo? Oh, go on then.:)


Looking professional in my gown and mortarboard!

Have a blessed weekend.