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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13/02/2018 11:01 am

Why do we receive ashes on Ash Wednesday?

If I was given £1 for every comment on Ash Wednesday from a well-meaning non-Christian telling me I may look better if I remove the dirt smudged across my forehead, I'd be writing this from the Bahamas.

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12/02/2018 11:00 am

Pope Francis appoints Lancashire-born Canon Paul Swarbrick as next Bishop of Lancaster

Pope Francis has named a priest of the Diocese of Lancaster as the seventh Bishop of the Diocese - Canon Paul Swarbrick.

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09/02/2018 5:00 pm

Message of his holiness Pope Francis for World Day of the Sick 2018

Pope Francis delivered the 26th message for the World Day of the Sick. The theme for this year is provided by the words that Jesus spoke from the Cross to Mary, his Mother, and to John: “Woman, behold your son ... Behold your mother. And from that hour the disciple took her into his home” (Jn 19:26-27). 

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09/02/2018 12:00 pm

Pope: Tackle broader issues of human trafficking like "models of economic growth that privilege profit over persons"

Pope Francis has met with Santa Marta Group members at the conclusion of their two-day conference that sought to build on a partnership founded in 2014 to fight human trafficking and modern slavery.

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09/02/2018 11:00 am

Regional focus on the dark face of globalisation

This year’s Santa Marta conference focused on regional realities with tailored solutions to human trafficking in each continent. With input from every continent, each region discussed their experiences, both the successes and challenges they face, with growing collaboration identified as a priority in neighbouring countries where the challenges are similar.

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08/02/2018 5:00 pm

Cardinal Nichols: step up efforts to combat human trafficking

Churches, governments, police and business leaders must do more to tackle the growing phenomenon of human trafficking. That’s the view of English Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, who is in the Vatican this week for a meeting of the ‘Santa Marta’ group on combatting modern slavery and trafficking.

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08/02/2018 12:00 pm

Migrants at risk of human trafficking

Marking the World Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, one woman deeply committed to eliminating this scourge speaks out.

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07/02/2018 6:00 pm

Pope appeals for joint action to contrast human trafficking

Speaking on the eve of the Day of Prayer and Awareness Raising against Human Trafficking, the Pope urged civil society and institutions to take concrete action to protect the victims and eliminate this terrible scourge that affects so many forced migrants and refugees.

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08/02/2018 9:11 am

Santa Marta Group meets at the Vatican to promote struggle against human trafficking

Senior law enforcement officers, Bishops, religious women and key international organisations are meeting together for the fifth Santa Marta Group conference this week in the Vatican to update and share best practise in the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery.

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06/02/2018 12:00 pm

Conscientious Objection Bill

In January the Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill sponsored by Baroness Nuala O’Loan began its passage through parliament. The bill will protect freedom of conscience for medical professionals including doctors, midwives, nurses, and pharmacists.

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29/01/2018 3:00 pm

Traffickers convicted by evidence from Caritas Bakhita House residents

Three residents of Caritas Bakhita House, the refuge for women rescued from modern slavery, have given evidence which has led to the successful prosecution of their captors. All three women were trafficked from Romania and trapped in modern slavery in the UK. 

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26/01/2018 10:30 am

Bishop for Prisons: "Build a criminal justice system that meets the human dignity of all people"

The Lead Bishop for Prisons, Bishop Richard Moth offers his reflections on the recent outcome of inspections in HMP Liverpool and HMP Nottingham.

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26/01/2018 9:00 am

Remembering Genocides - and the Power of Words

Once a year we remember those who suffered, and continue to suffer, as a result of the Jewish holocaust. Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 falls on Saturday 27 January.

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25/01/2018 3:00 pm

Westminster Cathedral Mass for Members of the Travelling Community

On Saturday 24 February at 2:30pm, a Mass for Members of the Travelling Community is taking place in Westminster Cathedral. The main celebrant will be Bishop Paul McAleenan, the Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster and the Catholic Bishop with oversight for Ethnic Chaplaincies.

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24/01/2018 10:00 am

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for World Communications Day

Pope Francis has continued his tradition on the Feast of St. Francis de Sales as he publishes this year's Message for World Communications Day, celebrated on the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. This year's theme is "'The truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32). Fake news and journalism for peace"

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22/01/2018 10:19 am

English and Scottish Bishops call on the Government for swift implementation of the Sandhurst Treaty

Bishops Paul McAleenan and William Nolan have issued a joint statement on the Sandhurst Treaty that will streamline the process of migration from France to the UK - the first treaty on the Calais border in 15 years. 

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19/01/2018 5:23 pm

Joint Message from the Presidents of CCEE and of CEC to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018

The presidents of CCEE, the Committee of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences, and CEC, the Conference of European Churches, have released a joint message for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity stressing that Europe needs hope and that a "European plan focusing on accumulation of wealth, incapable of solidarity or hospitality, paradoxically creates new poverty." 

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