19/03/2018 9:18 am

Death of Archbishop Emeritus Keith Patrick Cardinal O’Brien

At 1am on Monday 19 March 2018, His Eminence Keith Patrick Cardinal O’Brien, Archbishop Emeritus of St Andrews & Edinburgh, died at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle-upon-Tyne surrounded by family and friends and fortified by the rites of Holy Church. He was 80 years old.

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19/03/2018 12:00 pm

CCEE-CEC Joint Committee asks for the Status Quo in Jerusalem to be respected

Following the meeting of the members of the CCEE-CEC Joint Committee in Brussels, from 9-10 March, presidents of the two European ecclesial organisations - Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, CCEE president and Bishop Christopher Hill, CEC president, issued a letter of support to the three leaders of the churches who recently signed a joint statement protesting the proposal of the municipality of Jerusalem to tax the religious buildings.

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13/03/2018 8:50 pm

UK detention centres “shameful” says Lead Bishop on Migration

Following the HM Inspectorate of Prisons reporting that torture victims were being kept in detention, Bishop Paul McAleenan said the UK government’s effective imprisonment of the most vulnerable in society is "shameful" and that it should end indefinite detention. 

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13/03/2018 12:00 pm

Wim Wenders: ‘Pope speaks directly to viewer in new film’

Wim Wenders, writer and director of the new film “Pope Francis – A Man of His Word”, in an exclusive interview with Vatican News, says the movie allows the Holy Father “to speak directly about all his concerns and all the issues that matter to him.”

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06/03/2018 2:13 pm

Bishop Lynch: Government cuts to support for survivors of modern slavery "deeply disappointing"

Bishop Patrick Lynch has expressed his deep disappointment at the Government's decision to cut the weekly subsistence payments for survivors of modern slavery by more than 40% - from £65 to £37.75. 

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05/03/2018 3:10 pm

Cardinal and Archbishop of Canterbury: Protect the Status Quo at the holy sites in Jerusalem

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols have called on the Israeli Government to protect the status quo at the holy sites in Jerusalem. 

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01/03/2018 1:04 pm

Catholic Church responds to IICSA report on child migration

The Catholic Church in England and Wales notes the findings of the report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse into the child migration programmes and looks forward to continuing to work with and assist the Inquiry in its deliberations.

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27/02/2018 1:55 pm

Cardinal Nichols gives "Dialogue in Action" address at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has given a speech focusing on interreligious dialogue at the Oxford Centre for Islamic studies titled "Dialogue in action: the witness of St Francis of Assisi". 

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27/02/2018 9:40 am

Catholic Mental Health Project brings organisations together for 2018 grants launch

Groups from all over the country were brought together to launch the Catholic Bishops’ Conference mental health work grants for 2018. 

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26/02/2018 9:48 am

Holy Sepulchre closes in protest over Jerusalem's "discriminatory" Church Lands Bill

The heads of Churches in charge of the Holy Sepulchre and the Status Quo governing the various Christian Holy Sites in Jerusalem have issued a statement on the decision to close the Church of the Holy Sepulchre as a protest over payment of the 'Arnona' - a municipal tax levied on holders of buildings and land.

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05/02/2018 10:00 am

Pope calls for Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace on 23 February

On Friday, 23 February 2018, Pope Francis invites us to observe a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace and an "end to violence and conflict, especially in South Sudan and in the Democratic Republic of Congo".

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21/02/2018 6:16 pm

Bishop Lang: Eastern Ghouta deaths "a grievous offence to our common humanity"

Bishop Declan Lang, Chair of the Bishops' Conference Department for International Affairs, has called the killing of civilians in Eastern Ghouta a "grievous offence to our common humanity" and criticised the international community for failing to protect innocent people over seven years of war, conflict and turmoil in Syria.

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20/02/2018 3:00 pm

Young People Participate in Synodal Process

300 young people will participate in a first-ever of its kind Pre-Synodal Meeting which will take place from 19-24 March in preparation for the XV Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.

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19/02/2018 12:00 pm

Pope Francis appoints new members to Commission for Protection of Minors

The Holy Father has nominated sixteen members to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, including nine new members from all corners of the world.

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16/02/2018 5:00 pm

Bishop McAleenan calls on Home Secretary to put a time limit on immigration detention in post-Brexit law

Bishop Paul McAleenan, the lead Catholic Bishop for asylum and migration, has urged the government to end the shameful practice of indefinite immigration detention. He spoke alongside other faith leaders as Liberty launched a major public campaign calling for a time limit of 28 days to be included in the forthcoming Immigration Bill. 

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16/02/2018 4:45 pm

Comment: Organ donation consultation

The Government has launched an open consultation titled, “Introducing ‘opt-out’ consent for organ and tissue donation in England”. This consultation will run until 6 March. Responding to the consultation, Bishop Paul Mason, the Catholic bishop responsible for healthcare, said, “The Government’s plans to introduce ‘opt-out’ consent for organ and tissue donation in England undermine the concept of donation as a gift, and cross the line of what is a reasonable action for the state to take in relation to the individuals within it.

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16/02/2018 4:00 pm

Comment: Abortion Clinic Protest Review

Bishop John Sherrington, the Bishop with responsibility for the Day for Life, responds to The Governments Abortion Clinic Protest review. The review, which could lead to the establishment of ‘buffer zones’ which prohibit protests or vigils near abortion clinics, concludes on 19 February.

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15/02/2018 12:00 pm

Motu Proprio: Learning How To Resign

On 12 February, 2018, Pope Francis signed an Apostolic Letter in the form of a Motu Proprio called “Learning How To Resign.”

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13/02/2018 12:00 pm

Lent Resources: Lifting the Lid on Mental Health

Livability – the disability charity that connects people to their communities – have launched ‘Lifting the Lid’ today. For churches, it’s a free study resource to help explore the topics of emotional and mental wellbeing, using the Bible as a guide.

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13/02/2018 1:41 pm

Pope Francis: Lenten Message 2018

Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near!.. Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life. 

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