31/03/2015 5:41 pm

Middle East: Over Militarised, Over Weaponised

Why did the heads of states at the Arab League summit in Egypt agree, in principle, to a joint military force to combat crises across the Middle East North Africa region? In this short audio clip, our consultant on the MENA region, lawyer and analyst, Dr Harry Hagopian, says he isn't convinced that adding another military presence to the Middle East is a sensible or practical solution.

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30/03/2015 3:35 pm

Proclaim ’15: Sell-Out National Catholic Evangelisation Conference

The first event of its kind in living memory, a full capacity city-centre venue is preparing to welcome Cardinal Nichols, around 20 bishops, ecumenical guests and over 800 evangelisation leaders from across England and Wales, for a national event focussing on Catholic evangelisation. Proclaim ’15 is the name of a new Bishops’ Conference initiative that aims to support the building of missionary parishes through promoting prayer and offering practical resources in support of parish evangelisation. A highlight of the year will be the National Catholic Evangelisation Conference at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 11 July, for which a number of dioceses already have a waiting list.

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30/03/2015 10:12 am

Right to asylum must never be denied when people's lives are truly threatened

It was until recently fashionable to complain that immigration was never debated in politics. Now politicians seem sometimes to argue about little else. Where does the Catholic Church stand on this important policy area? As Christians, we need to pause amid a sometimes times frenzied debate, and think carefully about our response to immigration. The forthcoming general election in May provides a good reason to reflect. 

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30/03/2015 12:00 pm

Migration in the Light of Catholic Social Teaching

Archbishop Bernard Longley’s offers a moral perspective on resettlement at a Citizens UK Birmingham event held at Birmingham University. Based on the life and teachings of Jesus, the Church’s teaching has provided the basis for the development of basic principles regarding the right to migrate and the attempt to exercise a God-given human right. At the same time the root causes of migration – poverty, injustice, religious intolerance armed conflicts – must be addressed so that migrants can remain in their homeland and support their families.

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26/03/2015 5:28 pm

Seven Cathedrals Benefit from First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund

The announcement by the Chancellor earlier today of the last round of grants to cathedrals in England under the First World War Centenary Cathedrals Repairs Fund brings welcome news to seven Catholic cathedrals and 24 Church of England cathedrals.

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26/03/2015 5:08 pm

Cardinal Welcomes Modern Slavery Act 2015

Following Royal Assent being given to the Modern Slavery Bill today, Cardinal Nichols welcomed the Modern Slavery Act 2015: "I welcome the Modern Slavery Act 2015 as the Bill receives Royal Assent today. While no Act can cover everything in the serious criminal activity of human trafficking and modern slavery, which abuses vulnerable people, the enhanced support and protection for victims is particularly to be welcomed."

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26/03/2015 9:00 am

New Leader for Father Hudson Society

Andrew Quinn has been appointed as the new head of Father Hudson’s Society. Andrew has worked for Father Hudson’s Society for the last ten years, latterly as its Head of Community Projects and Development. He succeeds Tim Bradford who will retire at Easter after nearly twenty years at the Society, the last four of which, as its CEO, developing an exciting new vision for its social action work. 

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25/03/2015 3:45 pm

Pope Francis asks for prayers for the Synod on the family

On the solemnity of the Annunciation, during this Wednesday's general audience held in a rain-soaked St Peter's Square, the Pope announced to the faithful that today would be a special catechesis, a pause for prayer during his path of reflections on the family.

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24/03/2015 4:00 pm

New book looks at “hidden gem” of the North

The treasures of one of the North of England’s hidden gems are revealed in a new book to be published today. Treasures of Ushaw College presents more than 50 highlights from the collections of the former Catholic seminary on the outskirts of Durham City. The book - beautifully illustrated and with texts by leading experts – also gives an account of the architectural development of the site and an outline of the College’s history penned by historian and academic Eamon Duffy.

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24/03/2015 11:40 am

Catholic charity struggling to cope with huge demand for English language classes

A Birmingham-based Catholic charity is desperately appealing for more volunteer English teachers and more space to help run its free English as a Second Language (ESOL) programme. Students from over 120 different countries are crying out for the lessons. 

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24/03/2015 9:00 am

Time for benefit sanctioning to change

CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) has welcomed a report from the Work and Pensions Select Committee published today which calls for an independent review of the benefit sanctioning policy. Having provided recommendations to the Committee in December 2014 as well as frequently highlighting the impact of sanctions, CSAN hopes that this report will lead to change in current policy.

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23/03/2015 5:54 pm

Cardinal prays for the "merciful judgment of our loving God" on Richard III at Requiem Mass

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has celebrated a Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of King Richard III at Holy Cross Priory in Leicester. The Cardinal wore a beautifully embroidered 550-year-old chasuble called the ‘Westminster vestment’ - an item that could well have been worn by priests to celebrate Masses attended by the Catholic monarch.

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23/03/2015 11:52 am

Mass for the Repose of the Soul of King Richard III

This evening, Monday 23 March 2015, just three days before Richard III is re-interred in Leicester Cathedral, the mediaeval Catholic parish church of Leicester, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, will celebrate Mass for the repose of his soul in Holy Cross Church, the current Catholic parish church and Dominican priory in Leicester city centre. 

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22/03/2015 10:28 pm

Cardinal commends soul of King Richard III to God so his remains may rest in peace

Cardinal Vincent Nichols this evening incensed the coffin of King Richard III and offered prayers for the monarch who died in 1485 at Bosworth Field and whose remains were found buried beneath a council car park in Leicester in 2012.

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21/03/2015 1:55 pm

Cardinal Nichols calls for the cries of the poor to be central to our prayers

Cardinal Vincent Nichols called for the cries of the poor in every part of the world to be central to our prayer in a homily delivered today at an ecumenical service for Archbishop Oscar Romero at St Martin in the Fields in London.

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21/03/2015 11:01 am

Bishop asks for prayers as he prepares to “guide and serve” the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton

The newly appointed fifth Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, the Rt Rev Richard Moth, has asked for prayers as he looks ahead to his new role. Pope Francis announced the appointment in Rome on 21 March 2015.

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21/03/2015 11:01 am

Pope Francis Appoints Bishop Richard Moth as the New Bishop of Arundel and Brighton

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Richard Moth, currently Bishop of the Forces, as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. He will be the Fifth Bishop of Arundel and Brighton.

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18/03/2015 5:00 pm

CSAN: The Budget still fails the poorest

Helen O’Brien, Chief Executive of CSAN, said “whilst the increased funds for children’s mental health services and support for small charities through Gift Aid regulations are welcome, significant further cuts for welfare and public spending in this year’s Budget Statement will fail to stop the squeeze on the most vulnerable. 

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18/03/2015 9:30 am

Bishop calls for urgent action on prisons

Bishop Richard Moth - the Catholic Bishop for Prisons, has called on the government to take urgent action following the House of Commons Justice Select Committee’s report on prison planning and policies.

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17/03/2015 11:01 am

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor's 'Pause for Thought' on St Patrick's Day

This morning, Tuesday 17 March, the Feast of St Patrick, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor contributed his 'Pause for Thought' on 'The Chris Evans Show' on BBC Radio 2. His reflection focuses on St Patrick and what we can learn from his humility and faithfulness. 

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