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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18/11/2014 5:42 pm

Applying Equality Law in Practice: Guidance for Catholics and Catholic Organisations

A new guidance document intended to demystify the complex area of Equality Law for Catholics and Catholic organisations in England and Wales was today published by the Christian Responsibility and Citizenship Department of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

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18/11/2014 3:00 pm

Bishop opens seafarers’ centre at King’s Lynn port

Bishop Alan Hopes, Bishop of East Anglia has opened a new seafarers’ centre at King’s Lynn port in East Anglia on November 17. With the launch, crew arriving at King’s Lynn port, owned by Associated British Port’s (ABP), now have a place to call their own.

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17/11/2014 3:30 pm

Catholic Church in England and Wales looks to ethnic minorities for future priests

The Catholic Church in Britain is to target men from ethnic minorities to boost numbers at seminary. The move follows a fact-finding visit to the US where vocations promoters have started having "Hispanic breakfasts" with community leaders. Spanish speakers outnumber English speakers in many US dioceses yet the number of Hispanic seminarians remains very low.

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14/11/2014 3:38 pm

Bishops of England and Wales hold Plenary Meeting in Leeds

The Bishops of England and Wales met at Hinsley Hall, Leeds, for their autumn plenary meeting from 10-13 November 2014. The bishops discussed many subjects and issued resolutions on: the Family Synod 2014, next year's General Election, Day for Life, the Year of Consecrated Life and Religious Education.

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14/11/2014 3:00 pm

Discounted Hopes for Jerusalem

The latest opinion piece from our consultant on the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, Dr Harry Hagopian, on the power struggles and alarming volatility of the MENA region. Originally published on Dr Hagopian's website epektasis.net.

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14/11/2014 12:00 pm

Statement: Religious Education

The Bishops’ Conference affirms the central importance of Religious Education as the core part of the curriculum and school ethos in all Catholic schools. We believe that theologically sound Religious Education is essential to the formation of the individual.

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14/11/2014 12:00 pm

Statement: Year for Consecrated Life

We welcome with joy the Year of Consecrated Life which will begin on the First Sunday of Advent 2014 and conclude on 2nd February 2016.

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14/11/2014 12:00 pm

Resolution: Day for Life – Change of Date

The Bishops’ Conference agrees that, from June 2016, the annual celebration of the Day for Life, and its associated collection, be moved to the third Sunday in June. 

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14/11/2014 12:00 pm

Resolution: General Election 2015

The Bishops’ Conference approves for publication the General Election letter to Catholics and authorises the President and Vice-President to make any final editorial amendments which may be necessary.

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14/11/2014 12:00 pm

Resolution: The Family Synod

In response to the invitation of Pope Francis, the Bishops’ Conference agrees the following in preparation for the Synod of Bishops in October 2015.

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14/11/2014 11:22 am

Appointment of New National Ecumenical Officer and Secretary to the Department for Dialogue and Unity

The Dean of St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, Rev Canon John O’Toole MA, AKC, Cert.Ed., has been appointed as the National Ecumenical Officer and Secretary to the Department for Dialogue and Unity at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales he will take up his new post in January 2015.

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12/11/2014 10:44 am

Church leaders come together to pray for Christian couple burned to death in Pakistan

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, and the Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Tony Robinson lit candles and prayed in St Anne's Cathedral in Leeds for the couple and their unborn daughter who were burned to death in Pakistan last week.

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11/11/2014 9:47 am

Liverpool Priest Appointed to Senior Vatican Role

Pope Francis has appointed a Liverpool priest, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, to be Secretary for Relations with States in the Secretariat of State of the Holy See. The position, effectively Foreign Minister for the Holy See, involves the specific duty of attending to matters which involve civil governments.

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07/11/2014 7:20 pm

Remembrance Sunday 2014

Remembrance Sunday falls on the Sunday nearest Armistice Day, 11 November, which marks the end of the First World War. On this day we remember all those who gave their lives for their country, all who suffered and died through acts of war and those who were left behind to grieve and mourn. 

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07/11/2014 7:03 pm

Research challenges Catholic parishes and schools to work more closely together

Parish and school collaboration is essential to reach out to non-churchgoing Catholics, according to an extensive research project on evangelisation in England and Wales. Acknowledging the good work currently being done, the research calls for the Church to be more responsive to the experience of parents who have sent their children to Catholic schools. 

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06/11/2014 9:26 am

Church of England Education Division and Catholic Education Service have called for action on Religious Studies GCSE

The Church of England's Education Division and the Catholic Education Service - representing over 6,000 schools and 1.7 million pupils - have welcomed the Prime Minister's commitment to launch a new set of criteria for Religious Studies qualifications at GCSE and A-Level without delay.

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