22/03/2017 12:00 pm

Partnership In Action: Lithuania and the UK

The Chancellor of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Lithuania, Mr Algirdas Stončaitis, led a delegation from the Lithuanian Internal Affairs Ministry and Lithuanian Police to meet with Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the President of the Santa Marta Group, on 21 March in London.

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10,000 Reasons to believe in the young people of England and Wales

Flame 2017, held at The SSE Arena, Wembley, on Saturday 11 March, saw almost 10,000 young people coming together to interact and celebrate their faith together.

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10/03/2017 10:39 am

Cardinal offers prayers and thanks for Pope Francis as he celebrates fourth anniversary of pontificate

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, has written to Pope Francis as he prepares to celebrate the fourth anniversary of his election as Bishop of Rome - the 265th successor of St Peter. 

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03/03/2017 3:38 pm

Response to NICE Guidance on Care of Dying Adults in the Last Days of Life

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales welcomes the latest guidance from NICE – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - on including a person's spiritual or religious needs in their care during the last few days of their lives.

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01/03/2017 2:00 pm

Catholic Education Service welcomes Government announcement on RSE

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon welcomes the Government’s commitment to improving Relationship and Sex Education in all schools. 

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27/02/2017 9:23 am

Podcasts: Join us on 'Our Lenten Voyage'

For this year's Lenten audio series, we've teamed up with Apostleship of the Sea, the bishops' agency that looks after the practical and pastoral care of seafarers to bring you insightful weekly reflections from port chaplain Father Colum Kelly. Father Colum's based out of Immingham - a port on the south west bank of the Humber Estuary near Grimsby. 

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23/02/2017 6:16 pm

Bishop Kenney echoes South Sudan Bishops' call for humanitarian assistance for the conflict and famine hit country

Bishop William Kenney, auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, has called on the world to wake-up to the man made humanitarian disaster playing out in famine-torn South Sudan - a country he visited in 2012.

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23/02/2017 5:30 pm

Pope Francis appeals for ‘suffering South Sudan'

Pope Francis has appealed for the hard-hit people of South Sudan, “where a fratricidal conflict is compounded by a severe food crisis which has hit the Horn of Africa region and condemns to death by starvation millions of people, including many children”. 

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23/02/2017 11:00 am

Together to witness Christ in Europe: CCEE-CEC Joint Committee meets in Paris

On 20 and 21 February in Paris, the Joint Committee of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) met to reflect on 45 years of ecumenical cooperation between the two organisations and to explore new ways of cooperating.

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14/02/2017 12:00 pm

Statement in Response to the Secretary of State for Justice’s Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

Bishop Richard Moth, Liaison Bishop for Prisons, responds to the recent speech by the Secretary of State for Justice on Criminal Justice Reform.

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12/02/2017 4:00 pm

Cardinal Nichols urges Government to work with renewed vigour to assist unaccompanied child refugees

President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has called for the Government to work with renewed vigour to assist vulnerable, unaccompanied child refugees. 

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10/02/2017 9:55 am

Bishop Paul McAleenan on the Dubs Amendment

The so-called Dubs Amendment - a scheme that requires the government to relocate unaccompanied refugee children from other countries in Europe - is set to close. Bishop Paul McAleenan, Chair of the Office for Migration and Refugee Policy, has made a comment on the news.

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10/02/2017 4:34 pm

Community Sponsorship Scheme - Resettlement of Refugees

The Community Sponsorship Scheme is a government-backed initiative that enables community groups - including the Catholic Church, its agencies and charities - to take on the role of supporting resettled refugees in the UK. 

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08/02/2017 9:39 am

Brentwood Diocese celebrating 100 years

Saturday 11 February sees the inauguration of Centenary celebrations across the Diocese of Brentwood, with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in every parish church from East London to the North Sea. The day is significant, marking as it does the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, principal patron of the Diocese. 

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06/02/2017 1:04 pm

National Marriage Week and New Guidelines for the Preparation of Couples for Marriage

Marriage Week runs from 7 - 14 February 2017. In response to the Pope’s call in Amoris Laetitia, and as a fruit of several years’ work, the Bishops' Conference has published ‘Guidelines for the Preparation of Couples for Marriage’. 

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01/02/2017 12:54 pm

Catholic and Anglican bishops come together for joint meeting

Catholic and Anglican bishops have engaged in a joint meeting to foster spiritual communion; to identify and develop programmes of joint witness and mission and to remain informed about the formal dialogue of ARCIC (Anglican-Roman Catholic Commissions). 

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05/02/2017 12:00 pm

Cardinal Vincent Encourages Community Sponsorship Scheme Amid Trump Travel Ban

On Sunday 5 February Cardinal Vincent spoke on the BBC Radio 4 Westminster Hour about the executive order issued by President Trump which suspends the refugee acceptance programme for 120 days, prioritises refugee claims of religious-based persecution and imposes a travel ban on nations from a countries of ‘particular concern’ (seven, predominantly Muslim, countries have been named).

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26/01/2017 4:00 pm

Shocking statistics on prison suicide demand government action on reform

Bishop Richard Moth has called on government to redouble its efforts on prison reform following today’s report from the Ministry of Justice stating that suicides in prisons across England and Wales reached their highest ever number last year.

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24/01/2017 10:00 am

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for World Communications Day

As has become the tradition, on the Feast of St. Francis de Sales the Holy Father publishes a Message for World Communications Day, celebrated on the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. This year's theme is "'Fear not, for I am with you' (Is 43.5) Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time".

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20/01/2017 11:00 am

Bishops thank Nuncio for six years of dedicated service as he ends his time in Great Britain

At the request of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, His Excellency Monsignor Antonio Mennini, is being transferred from his current responsibilities to serve directly in the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, assisting in its work in relation to States.

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