30/10/2014 10:00 am

Refusal to join in Mediterranean migrants rescue operations would be a misguided abdication of responsibility

In light of the recent announcement that the Italian search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea will cease and the UK government will not assist the European-wide operation, Bishop Patrick Lynch has issued the following statement: 'Last summer at Lampedusa Pope Francis challenged us to take responsibility for our brothers and sisters. He warned us against losing our bearings in a culture of comfort and becoming insensitive to the cries of other people.'

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Cardinal Nichols’s written intervention for the Family Synod

The image used by Cardinal Vincent Nichols for the various stages of the Synod on the Family was that of a Symphony with various movements. We are now in the “quiet movement” stage. Once the working document from the Extraordinary Synod Secretariat has been received, each Bishops’ Conference will decide how best to engage the local church in reflecting on the important issues raised.

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27/10/2014 12:50 pm

First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund Award

Canon Gerry Breen, Dean of St. Chad’s Cathedral Birmingham, said: ‘We are absolutely thrilled with this award of £227,000.00 from Her Majesty’s Government which will enable us to carry out important structural repairs to this historical cathedral’. St. Chad’s is the first Catholic cathedral to be built in the U.K. after the Reformation of the 16th century.

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24/10/2014 10:50 am

Middle East without Christians "unthinkable" but what can the Church do?

Pope Francis convened a Consistory of Cardinals on Monday, 20 October, in the Vatican, originally to proceed with the causes of candidates for beatification but the agenda was swiftly modified to include discussion of the ongoing crisis in the Middle East. Bishops' consultant on the Middle East North Africa region, Dr harry Hagopian, today reflected on the Pope's words and offered his thoughts.

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21/10/2014 5:01 pm

Archbishop of Birmingham visits the Golden Temple, Amritsar, India

The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley is visiting Amritsar this week, 21-28 October, at the invitation of Bhai Sahib Dr Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia - the spiritual leader of one of the largest Sikh communities in Birmingham. He's travelling together with representatives from the Birmingham Faith Leaders Group – a group which consists of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists created in the wake of 9/11 to discuss issues of common concern to all faiths.

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21/10/2014 2:48 pm

Cardinal Nichols holds a Press Conference to reflect on Extraordinary Synod on the Family

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Bishops' Conference, held a press conference to offer his reflections to the assembled journalists on the recently concluded Extraordinary Synod on the Family that took place in Rome from 5-19 October 2014. 

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20/10/2014 3:02 pm

Pope Francis Appoints English Priest to take International Bible Role

Rev Dr Adrian Graffy, priest of the Brentwood Diocese, has been nominated by Pope Francis to become a member of The Vatican Commission that takes a lead in Bible scholarship, interpretation and promotion for the Catholic Church.

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20/10/2014 8:39 am

Turks, Israelis and Riddled Realities!

The latest opinion piece from our consultant on the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, Dr Harry Hagopian, looks at two subjects that may not initially seem comparable - the Armenian Genocide, commonly held to have started in 1915, and Palestine's quest for independence. 

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17/10/2014 9:31 pm

You've read the reports, here's the inside track on the Family Synod from Cardinal Vincent Nichols

In the last of his audio dispatches from Rome, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, representing England and Wales, gives us a fascinating, passionate, and in-depth summary of the two-week Vatican summit on family and marriage. 

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19/10/2014 4:27 pm

Pope Francis beatifies Paul VI at Family Synod's Closing Mass

Pope Francis has celebrated the Closing Mass for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family. During the Mass in St Peter’s Square, the Holy Father beatified his predecessor, Pope Paul VI, whom he described as a “great Pope,” a “courageous Christian” and a “tireless apostle.” 

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18/10/2014 5:41 pm

Final Message: Third Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family

On Saturday 18 October 2014, the Final Message of the Third Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, dedicated to the “Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelisation” was released.

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19/10/2014 9:03 am

Pope Francis gives closing address as Family Synod concludes

At the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Pope Francis addressed the assembled Fathers, thanking them for their efforts and encouraging them to continue to journey. Here's Vatican Radio's provisional translation of Pope Francis' address to the Synod Fathers. 

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17/10/2014 9:31 pm

Cardinal Vincent Nichols gives an exclusive insight into Week Two of the Family Synod

Cardinal Vincent Nichols gives us an exclusive update on the second week of discussions at the Family Synod in Rome. Today we hear about the small group discussions and the dynamic and challenging debates. 

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17/10/2014 1:53 pm

Pope Paul VI to be beatified on Sunday 19 October 2014

Pope Francis will officially declare Pope Paul VI Blessed on Sunday 19 October during the closing ‎Mass of the 3rd Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. Pope Paul VI was cleared for ‎beatification on 9 May when Pope Francis recognised a miracle attributed to the intercession of his ‎predecessor, who headed the worldwide Catholic Church from 1963 to 1978.

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16/10/2014 1:05 pm

European Anti-Trafficking Day

On Saturday 18 October, the European Union marks the EU Anti-Trafficking Day. It presents a good opportunity for us to pray for those currently suffering at the hands of traffickers, survivors and all working to eradicate this heinous crime. The Bishops' Conference's Department for International Affairs - through its Office for Migration Policy - takes a lead on the response to this violation of fundamental human rights.

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14/10/2014 3:28 pm

Cardinal Nichols comments on the Family Synod mid-term report - Relatio Post Disceptationem

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has given his comments from Rome on the Relatio Post Disceptationem - the mid-term report on the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops meeting in the Vatican to discuss family life.

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14/10/2014 1:51 pm

Bishop Robert Byrne answers the question "Why was Newman so great?"

Birmingham Oratory’s 'Day of Prayer' for Cardinal Newman on Saturday saw the Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, Bishop Robert Byrne, preaching about Newman’s greatness. The bishop began by referencing Blessed John Henry Newman’s funeral which is widely known to have attracted 20,000 people lining the streets around the Oratory to pay him their respects.

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13/10/2014 4:42 pm

Catholic-Orthodox Pastoral Consultation in England

After almost two years of careful preparation, the first meeting of a new pastoral consultation between Orthodox and Catholics in England took place in Oxford in February 2014. It is jointly sponsored by the Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius and the Society of St John Chrysostom, the sister societies for East-West unity founded within a year of each other in the 1920s.

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14/10/2014 9:31 am

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor's 'Pause For Thought'

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor gives today's 'Pause for Thought' on BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Breakfast Show. His focus falls on having pride in your birthplace, family and local community.

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13/10/2014 2:28 pm

Second phase of Family Synod discussions to take place in Vatican from 4-25 October 2015

As discussion at the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family got underway Monday morning, it was announced that the second phase of this process, next year’s Ordinary Synod, will be held 4 - 25 October 2015, and will have theme: The vocation and mission of the family in the church and the modern world.

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