26/02/2015 3:00 pm

It is vital that young Catholics involve themselves in politics

In May this year, the country will return to the polls to elect a successor to the Coalition. The new government is very unlikely to be a rerun of 2010’s Conservative – Liberal Democrat pact. But the election will be notable for the absence of several prominent Catholic MPs from across the aisles, including Labour’s Paul Murphy (Torfaen), the Lib Dem Sarah Teather (Brent Central), and two Conservatives, Mark Hoban (Fareham) and Jonathan Evans (Cardiff North).

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24/02/2015 3:21 pm

Audio: General Election Press Conference

At a press conference in London on 24 February, Cardinal Vincent Nichols released a letter to Catholics in England and Wales on the General Election. We have uploaded two audio files to our SoundCloud stream.

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24/02/2015 11:00 am

General Election 2015 – Bishops’ letter to all Catholics in England and Wales

The Bishops have released a letter addressed to Catholics across England and Wales about this year’s General Election. Over 500,000 copies of the letter have been sent to the parishes. The letter can be read in full here. It's also available as a PDF download in English and Welsh. 

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24/02/2015 4:00 pm

Archbishop Longley: The Catholic Church embraces you today

At St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, Archbishop Longley welcomed 250 catechumens and candidates to the Rite of Election on Sunday. The Archbishop said. “The Catholic Church extends an embrace of welcome to all the catechumens and those preparing to be received into full communion this Easter.”

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20/02/2015 4:35 pm

The Scientific Case Against Three Parent Embryos

An international petition to stop genetic modification of human embryos and the creation of 3-parent children is aiming to collect 100,000 signatures from across the world. The petition is against the UK attempt to introduce regulations which would allow scientists to create a child using DNA from three adult sources, mother, father and egg donor.

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19/02/2015 12:00 pm

Statement on violence in Burma/Myanmar

Bishop Declan Lang, Chair, Bishops’ Conference Department of International Affairs, has made a statement on violence in Burma/Myanmar.

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18/02/2015 2:00 pm

24 Hours for the Lord

For a second straight year, the Holy Father has invited dioceses, parishes and communities to join with him in participating in the initiative entitled 24 Hours for the Lord. This program, which has been organised by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, and is aimed at placing the Sacrament of Reconciliation once again at the centre of the pastoral activity of the Church, will be held on March 13th and 14th.

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17/02/2015 11:10 am

Catholic Education Service response to Education Select Committee Report ‘Life lessons: PSHE and SRE in schools’

Relationship & Sex Education (RSE) is essential for young people to learn about the nature of marriage, family life and relationships, taught in an age appropriate way. In Catholic schools RSE must be taught in the context of Church teaching and with the full consultation and involvement of parents.

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17/02/2015 10:00 am

Morning and Evening Prayer Book for People in Prison

The Bishop for Prisons, Bishop Richard Moth was in prison (Feltham Young Offenders) last week to launch a new 'Morning and Evening Prayer Book for People in Prison', published by Bible Alive. Already in its second edition, the initial print run of 7,000 flew of the shelves and as a result another 15,000 more have been printed - a number which reflects the number of Catholic prisoners in England and Wales.

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17/02/2015 9:00 am

The Presidents of Churches Together in England express solidarity with Coptic Christians

"We are united in prayer for the bereaved families of the twenty-one Coptic Christians murdered yesterday for no reason other than their faith." Say presidents of Churches Together in England.

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13/02/2015 5:43 pm

General Election 2015 – Bishops’ letter to all Catholics in England and Wales

In two weeks’ time, on 1 March, Catholics across England and Wales will receive a letter from their Bishops about this year’s General election. Over 500,000 copies of the letter will be sent to the parishes. The letter will be launched at a press conference hosted by Cardinal Vincent Nichols on 24 February.

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11/02/2015 6:33 pm

400th anniversary of martyrdom of Scotland’s only post-reformation canonised Catholic martyr

Pope Francis is to send Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor as a special envoy to Glasgow to mark the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of St John Ogilvie, Scotland’s only post-reformation canonised Catholic martyr. 

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11/02/2015 9:27 am

Cardinal Vincent Nichols speaks out against sexual violence in conflict

His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols addressed the Inter-faith Consultation Conference on mobilising faith communities in ending sexual violence in conflicts on 9 February 2015 at Lancaster House.

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10/02/2015 10:13 am

New directives on the preaching of homilies

Archbishop Arthur Roche has presented new directives for the Church on the preaching of the homily in Mass. The Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments quoted Pope Francis’ encyclical Evangelii Gaudium where the Holy Father said that “the homily cannot be a form of entertainment like those presented by the media, yet it does need to give life and meaning to the celebration. It is a distinctive genre, since it is preaching situated within the framework of a liturgical celebration”. 

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09/02/2015 3:15 pm

Audio: Health and Social Care Staff: Good Samaritans for the 21st century?

Audio from the November 2014 health and social care seminar that asked whether health and social care staff were Good Samaritans for the 21st century. 

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03/02/2015 5:15 pm

Statement on Mitochondrial Donation following the vote in Parliament

Statement from Bishop John Sherrington on behalf of the Bishops Conference of England and Wales (following the vote in Parliament)

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03/02/2015 4:00 pm

Bishop Philip Pargeter Celebrates 25 years as a Bishop

A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated at Oscott College yesterday for the Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Birmingham, Philip Pargeter’s Episcopal Silver Jubilee.

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03/02/2015 12:00 pm

Key to nurturing missionary parishes is massgoers' conversion of heart

The Catholic bishop who has oversight of the work of evangelisation in England and Wales says radical advancement of Church’s mission can only happen if massgoers embrace afresh their own need for conversion, before trying to reach out to people. 

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02/02/2015 12:00 pm

The Archdiocese of Southwark is truly grateful for the presence of religious men and women, says Bishop Patrick Lynch

At a Mass in Southwark Cathedral to celebrate the World Day or Prayer for Consecrated Life (2 February), Bishop Patrick Lynch said that religious men and women in the Archdiocese of Southwark had led the way in “educating our young people, caring for our elderly and the sick and serving the poor.” 

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30/01/2015 3:09 pm

Statement on Mitochondrial Donation

On Tuesday 3 February, MPs will vote to amend the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. Bishop John Sherrington, from the Bishops’ Conference department for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship, has issued the following statement.

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