25/12/2014 12:45 pm

Pope Francis' Urbi et Orbi Christmas Message 2014

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has delivered his second Christmas message Urbi et Orbi on the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord. 25 December 2014. 

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25/12/2014 12:08 am

Wishing our visitors a very peaceful and blessed Christmas and New Year

Wishing you all a very holy and peaceful Christmas and New Year. God bless. With prayers from all of us here at the Secretariat of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. 

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23/12/2014 12:44 pm

Pope writes Christmas letter to Middle East’s persecuted Christians

Pope Francis has written a pre-Christmas letter to the Christians of the Middle East to express his closeness to them at a time of “afflictions and tribulations” due to “the continuing hostilities in the region, but especially because of the work of a newer and disturbing terrorist organisation.” 

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23/12/2014 11:57 am

Sacred Music at Christmas

The joyful news of Christ's birth has inspired Christians throughout the centuries to sing the praises of God says Monsignor Philip Whitmore. And, he adds, Christmas carols are among the best loved of all forms of sacred music. 

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19/12/2014 9:17 pm

Cardinal offers prayers after "horrendous" Peshawar school massacre

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops' Conference, has written to Pakistan's High Commissioner in London to express his condolences and prayers after the Peshawar school massacre on 16 December that resulted in the deaths of 141 people, mostly children.

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19/12/2014 5:23 pm

Cardinal Nichols' Christmas message to BBC Radio 2 listeners

Cardinal Vincent Nichols today gave a message to listeners of BBC Radio 2 on a very seasonal Jeremy Vine show. Rounding off the programme, the Cardinal looked to the crib, to Bethlehem, and spoke of the need for all of us to look out for the vulnerable and lonely this Christmas. 

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19/12/2014 2:39 pm

Free Christmas dinner for homeless in the city of Birmingham

On Saturday 20 December, St George’s Hub in Birmingham will open its doors to around 200 homeless guests for a free Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) based at the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Redditch supported by parishioners from both St Anne’s and St Catherine’s in Birmingham will serve dinner to the many men and women finding themselves alone and or homeless this Christmas.

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15/12/2014 2:00 pm

New Rector for National Shrine at Walsingham

Monsignor John Armitage has been appointed the new Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, in Norfolk. Mgr Armitage will leave his post as a Vicar General of the Brentwood Diocese. Cardinal Vincent Nichols said: "I am delighted to learn that Mgr John Armitage is to take up this position".

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15/12/2014 11:00 am

Cardinal introduces new Pope Francis inspired national evangelisation initiative

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, is inviting Catholic dioceses, parishes and groups across England and Wales to support a new Pope Francis-inspired outreach initiative.

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05/12/2014 2:15 pm

“Never forget the victims of trafficking” urges Pope Francis, as Santa Marta Conference opens in London

Writing to Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Pope Francis has sent a message to the police chiefs, government officials and bishops gathered in London for an international conference on human trafficking. "We must never forget, nor may we ignore, the suffering of so many men, women and children whose human dignity is violated through this exploitation." 

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04/12/2014 10:01 am

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the UK and the Holy See

A special Mass was held last night in Rome to mark the 100th anniversary of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and the Holy See. Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin presided at the Mass in the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls.

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03/12/2014 1:00 pm

Why does the Autumn Statement ignore working families on low pay?

CSAN, Caritas Social Action Network, today questioned why the Chancellor, George Osborne, had not taken the opportunity to use the Autumn Statement to pledge better support for working families. 

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03/12/2014 11:00 am

Police and Church partner to combat Human Trafficking at London Conference

Police chiefs and Church representatives from across the world met in London joining Home Office ministers for a Conference that aimed to develop strategies to combat human trafficking. 

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01/12/2014 1:22 pm

Recruitment and training of confident Bible readers vital to Catholic life in England and Wales

The Catholic bishop with national oversight of the work of evangelisation in England and Wales has highlighted the need to recruit and train more people to read confidently in public, and understand better, the content of the Bible.

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02/12/2014 5:00 pm

Archbishop Bernard Longley celebrates Mass for Year of Consecrated Life

In a homily to mark the beginning of the Year for Consecrated Life, the Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley said that remarkable Religious men and women had moved and inspired others to leave their homelands and families to serve the needs of the poor in the ‘industrial heart of this country’ through their lives of ‘radical discipleship’.

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01/12/2014 12:00 pm

Ordinariate in bid to buy church of its own

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham is launching an appeal for funds this week to help it to buy a redundant Methodist church in Torquay Devon.

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26/11/2014 5:26 pm

The Christmas story needs and deserves to be re-told, says Archbishop of Birmingham

In a homily to mark the annual Civic Mass, at the Metropolitan Cathedral and Basilica of St Chad, Birmingham, on Sunday, 23 November 2014, the Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, spoke of how it is a “challenge that many people remain unaware today of the basic facts of the life of Jesus Christ – this is a story that needs and deserves to be re-told.” 

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25/11/2014 5:00 pm

Year for Consecrated Life Begins

This Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent, sees the start of the Year for Consecrated Life. In announcing this year, Pope Francis said "Religious should be men and women able to wake up the world." Throughout England and Wales, dioceses and religious congregations are celebrating the start of the year with liturgical events such as Mass in Westminster and Birmingham Cathedrals this Saturday, vespers at Worth Abbey for Arundel and Brighton the following week and a day for consecrated men and women at Brentwood Cathedral centre last Saturday. 

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Pope urges a “lonely” “self-absorbed” Europe to recover its soul

Pope Francis called on a “haggard” and “lonely” Europe to recover its role as a world protagonist, its identity as a defender of the transcendent dignity of man, the poor, the migrant, the persecuted, the old and the young, to recover its soul: Christianity.

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24/11/2014 12:05 pm

Cardinal's first visit to Gaza: Dramatic, traumatic, shocking

Cardinal Vincent Nichols made his first visit to Gaza on Sunday, 23 November, and described what he witnessed as "traumatic" and "shocking". The Cardinal, President of the Bishops' Conference, saw first-hand the devastation caused by the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas in August. Cardinal Nichols found himself shocked by a number of observations. 

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