03/02/2016 11:48 am

Real promise of 'gene editing' is ethical therapy for those born with conditions that have no cure

Professor David Albert Jones, Director of The Anscombe Bioethics Centre in Oxford, has made a comment on so-called 'gene editing'.

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01/02/2016 11:25 am

Two churches in the north east take Ash Wednesday to the streets of Sunderland

On Ash Wednesday, 10 February, two churches in the North East of England, St Mary’s Catholic Church and Sunderland Minster, will be working together to offer 'Ashes to Go' - a new approach to a centuries-old Christian tradition. 

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29/01/2016 12:00 pm

Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter

The Holy Year of Mercy invites all of us to reflect on the relationship between communication and mercy. The Church, in union with Christ, the living incarnation of the Father of Mercies, is called to practise mercy as the distinctive trait of all that she is and does. What we say and how we say it, our every word and gesture, ought to express God’s compassion, tenderness and forgiveness for all. Love, by its nature, is communication; it leads to openness and sharing. If our hearts and actions are inspired by charity, by divine love, then our communication will be touched by God’s own power.

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27/01/2016 9:53 am

Safeguarding and the Catholic Church in England and Wales

The safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults is at the heart of the Church's mission. There is no place in the Church, or indeed society, for abuse - a grievous crime which can affect people for their entire lives. Victims come first. This has not always been the case. The Church deeply regrets all instances of sexual abuse and the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults, and accepts that grave mistakes were made in the past. 

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25/01/2016 2:01 pm

Episcopal Ordination of Auxiliary Bishops for the Diocese of Westminster

The Right Reverend Paul McAleenan and Right Reverend John Wilson were ordained as Auxiliary Bishops for the Diocese of Westminster on the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, 25 January 2016, at the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Most Precious Blood. Bishop McAleenan has been assigned the titular see of Mercia and Bishop Wilson has been assigned the titular see of Lindisfarne. 

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22/01/2016 4:00 pm

Bishop John Sherrington invites Christians to ‘renew their commitment to visible unity’ during Christian Unity Week

On Wednesday 20 January, Bishop John Sherrington joined the prayer service for Christian Unity at the Coptic Cathedral in Stevenage. This was his last official public engagement as Auxiliary Bishop with pastoral responsibility for Hertfordshire and as Chair of Churches Together in the county. In his reflection, Bishop Sherrington invited those in attendance 'to incline our ear to the Lord and listen with the heart to his Will', as they prayed together for Christian unity.

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21/01/2016 3:43 pm

Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 – Don’t Stand By

Once a year we remember those who suffered, and continue to suffer, as a result of the Jewish holocaust. The day, 27 January, marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi concentration camps and on this day we remember the millions of people killed in the Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

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18/01/2016 5:54 pm

Bishop meets Minister for Syrian refugees

Bishop Patrick Lynch today met with Richard Harrington MP, the Minister responsible for Syrian refugees, to reaffirm the Church’s support for efforts to accommodate people fleeing the conflict and discuss the next stages of the Government’s resettlement scheme. 

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18/01/2016 1:01 pm

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2016

It's the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Throughout the week, and indeed the year, we can celebrate the degree of communion to which the churches have already reached, and pray together for that full unity which is Christ’s will. Here we have links to resources and downloads. 

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14/01/2016 10:59 am

You Are Not Forgotten: Final Statement of the 2016 Coordination of Bishops’ Conferences in support of the Church in the Holy Land

Here in this land holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims, we have been reminded during our visit of the Church's enduring presence among the weak and vulnerable and those who are too often forgotten. We take away our experiences and the stories that we have heard, and we are determined to give a voice to the voiceless. 

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13/01/2016 10:07 am

St Dymphna - Pray for Us on ‘Blue Monday’

In the run up to Blue Monday, the Mental Health Project of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has been raising awareness of St Dymphna - the patron saint of those with mental or nervous disorders or mental illness and of the St Dymphna Befriending Group, a support group for those facing mental health challenges. 

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11/01/2016 8:26 pm

Israeli police prevent Bishops from visiting the Cremisan Valley

Bishops visiting the construction site of the Separation Wall in the Cremisan Valley have been stopped and forced to turn back by Israeli authorities. The Holy Land Coordination was travelling to the area for the third year running when they were confronted by security forces and instructed to leave. 

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11/01/2016 7:13 pm

Parish Priest in Gaza City: Gaza is a prison but your prayers give us power

Fr Mario da Silva is a Brazilian priest working in a small Catholic parish. Not unusual you might think. That is until you learn that Fr Mario's ministry is to offer spiritual support to the Christians of Gaza - that beleaguered, small strip of Palestinian land on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean bordering Egypt and Israel. 

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10/01/2016 11:14 pm

Plight of Iraqi Christians: Bishops highlight harsh situation of refugees from Isis persecuted for their faith

An report from Gaza by Donald Macintyre of The Independent looking at the Holy Land Coordination Bishops' solidarity visits to Gaza and Jordan. 

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11/01/2016 8:51 am

Bishop Lynch: We must work together to find a solution to the Refugee Crisis in Calais

Bishop Patrick Lynch, a Southwark Auxiliary and Chair of the Bishops' Conference Office for Migration Policy, addresses the need to build peace in the Middle East and ease the plight of Syrian Refugees in a message released for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

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11/01/2016 9:13 am

Pope Francis' Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2016

Pope Francis has released his message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2016 that will be celebrated on Sunday, 17 January. The theme chosen by Pope Francis for 2016 is 'Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us. The Response of the Gospel of Mercy.' 

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05/01/2016 11:58 am

CSAN and CAFOD Sign Joint Letter to PM on Refugee Crisis

Bishops' Conference agencies CSAN (the Caritas Social Action Network) and CAFOD, our agency for overseas aid and development, have signed a joint letter to call on the UK government to take responsibility for responding to the refugee crisis on Europe’s doorstep. 

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06/01/2016 9:01 am

Bishops visit vulnerable Christians of the Middle East

Bishops from across Europe, North America and South Africa visit the vulnerable Christian communities of Gaza, Bethlehem and refugees in Jordan for the 2016 Holy Land Coordination meeting. 

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01/01/2016 12:00 pm

Pope's Angelus: Appeal for Peace

Pope Francis renewed his calls for peace and goodwill throughout the Earth on Friday, New Year’s Day, the Solemnity of the Mother of God and the World Day of Peace. The Holy Father’s appeal came at the Angelus prayer with pilgrims and visitors gathered in St. Peter’s Square after Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. “Today we celebrate the World Day of Peace, whose theme is: ‘Overcome Indifference and win Peace’,” said Pope Francis.

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01/01/2016 9:55 am

Pope Francis: Overcome Indifference and Win Peace

A message from His Holiness Pope Francis for the Celebration for the 49th World Day of Peace. It will be celebrated on 1 January 2016. 

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