29/01/2015 4:07 pm

Vatican hosts international gathering to identify new ways to ‘pass on’ faith

"There is not a single day when Pope Francis doesn’t call us to go out to share our faith" were the decisive words addressed to European delegates in The Vatican recently, meeting to identify effective ways to pass on the Catholic Faith.

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28/01/2015 12:00 pm

Britain has a ‘Moral Responsibility' to Refugees from Syria say Faith Leaders

Muslim, Jewish and Christian faith leaders have called on David Cameron to urgently increase the number of Syrian refugees resettled in the UK in response to ‘one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes of our time’.

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26/01/2015 11:20 am

Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

27 January 2015 is Holocaust Memorial Day. It also marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau - the infamous Nazi death camp. 2015 also sees the 20th anniversary of the Genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia. It's particularly appropriate that the theme for this major anniversary year focuses on memory.

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26/01/2015 12:00 pm

Is it a Hobson’s choice between religious beliefs and free speech

Over the past couple of weeks, there have been reams of analyses and volumes of interviews regarding the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris as well as the subsequent attack on a kosher hypermarket.

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23/01/2015 4:00 pm

2015 Message for World Communications Day: Communicating the Family

The Vatican has issued Pope Francis’ Message for the 49th World Day of Social Communications, the only worldwide celebration called for by the Second Vatican Council (Inter mirifica, 1963). The theme of this year’s message: “Communicating the Family – a Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love.”

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21/01/2015 9:21 am

Archbishop prays for Christian Unity at service marking 50th Anniversary of ‘Unitatis Redintegratio’

At a service tonight in Northampton Cathedral, the Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Rev Bernard Longley, will say that Unitatis Redintegratio, marked the first time that the “teaching authority, the Magisterium of the Pope and Bishops assembled together, had formally and with humility recognised the graces and gifts bestowed by Christ beyond the communion of the Catholic Church.”

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18/01/2015 3:00 pm

Bishop for Migrants calls on UK and European governments to find a way to receive refugees

In a homily to mark the World Day for Migrants and Refugees, 18 January, Bishop Patrick Lynch has appealed to the UK and European governments to find a way to receive people who are refugees - especially unaccompanied children who are forced to “leave their homes and their country because of violence, war or persecution.”

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15/01/2015 9:14 am

Bishops call for human dignity as basis for peace in Holy Land

"We came to pray with and support the Christian community and to promote peace and human dignity in this divided land. We witnessed the tragic consequences of the failure of both local and international politicians to advance peace. Human dignity is given by God and is absolute. The ongoing conflict assaults the dignity of both Palestinians and Israelis, but in a particular way our commitment to the poor calls us to lift up the suffering people in Gaza." 

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14/01/2015 1:41 pm

French Bishop talks about his 24-hours in Gaza

Bishop Michel Dubost, President of the Council for Interreligious Relations of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of France offers his reflections on his time spent in Gaza in January 2015. Bishop Dubost was part of a delegation of bishops who visited the tiny Palestinian territory as part of the annual Holy Land Co-ordination organised by the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

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13/01/2015 12:18 pm

Bishop Marcus Stock returns to Birmingham for Thanksgiving Mass

The Bishop of Leeds, the Right Reverend Marcus Stock returned to St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham on Tuesday, 13 January, for a Mass of Thanksgiving “not for (his) consecration as a bishop”, but for “the love, support and nurture of (his) faith” received from the parishioners and religious during his 27 years as a priest in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

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12/01/2015 6:09 pm

Bishops celebrate Mass in Bethlehem Carmelite Convent founded by soon-to-be declared saint

Bishops from around the world taking part in this year's Holy Land Co-ordination today celebrated Mass at the Carmelite Convent in Bethlehem. The Carmel was founded by Mariam Baouardy - Sister Mary of Jesus Crucified - a Palestinian Discalced Carmelite nun who will soon be declared a saint. 

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11/01/2015 1:38 pm

Bishops from around the world pray at the Gaza/Israel border

Unable to celebrate Mass with the Catholics of Gaza, the Bishops of the Holy Land Coordination prayed in solidarity with the Gazans at the Erez crossing - the Israel/Gaza border. 

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09/01/2014 8:32 pm

Cardinal Nichols writes to Archbishop of Paris following terrorist attacks

His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols has written to His Eminence Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, the Cardinal Archbishop of Paris, on 9 January expressing his condolences and offering his prayers for the French community following the attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday 7 January.

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08/01/2015 12:30 pm

Pope Francis: prayers for victims of Paris attack

Pope Francis offered prayers on Thursday morning, especially for the victims of the deadly terror attack on the Charlie Hebdo satirical review in Paris on Wednesday. 

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06/01/2015 4:00 pm

Faith leaders stand together to build a movement for change.

Bishop Declan Lang is co-signatory of a letter in the Times today which highlights that this year will provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity for progress on new goals for sustainable development and a new climate treaty.

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06/01/2015 12:00 pm

Bishops to visit local Christian communities in Gaza

The Christian community of Gaza is again the focal point of this year’s visit to the Holy Land by Bishops from across Europe, North America and South Africa in support of the local Christian communities and the pastoral work of the Church at the service of all in the Holy Land. The Holy Land Co-ordination meets from 11 January to 15 January, 2015.

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01/01/2015 11:32 am

World Day of Prayer for Peace 2015

The 2015 World Day of Peace is celebrated today, 1 January, on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. The World Day of Peace was introduced in 1967 by Pope Paul VI.

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