16/09/2014 4:26 pm

Charities welcome Prison Inspectorate’s report on prisoners’ families and call for more action

A group of prison-based charities has welcomed the findings in a new joint report published today by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation, and Ofsted, that far too little attention is being paid to the role of families in the rehabilitation of ex-prisoners.

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15/09/2014 11:01 am

Pope Francis appoints Monsignor Marcus Stock as new Bishop of Leeds

Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Marcus Stock, currently the general secretary of the Bishops’ Conference, as Bishop of Leeds. He will be the 10th Bishop of Leeds. Mgr John Wilson has been diocesan administrator since former Bishop of Leeds, Archbishop Arthur Roche, left for Rome in 2012 to take up the position of secretary of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Sacraments in the Curia of the Holy See.

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15/09/2014 1:26 pm

Archbishop Peter Smith encourages Catholics to participate in survey on Religion and Belief in the Workplace

Archbishop Peter Smith, Vice President of the Bishops' Conference, has welcomed a survey conducted by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to seek people’s views on their experiences of religion and belief in the workplace and as the recipients of services.

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11/09/2014 12:40 pm

Simplicity at the heart of Church growth

Results of a national Catholic evangelisation project published today give a unique insight into what is attracting people to the Catholic Faith. Beauty and art, using Catholic signs and symbols; use of everyday language and offering opportunities for a one-to-one with someone of faith, are just some of the simple and effective means and methods of evangelisation that have been identified through the work of the 'Crossing the Threshold' project.

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11/09/2014 12:05 pm

Bishop Kenney urges MPs to vote in favour of overseas aid legislation

Bishop William Kenney has joined other faith leaders in writing to The Guardian newspaper to support the International Development Spending target - Britain's commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on international aid.

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28 September: Day of Prayer for the Family Synod

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has asked that the Church sets aside a Day of Prayer on Sunday 28 September to pray for this autumn's Synod of Bishops gathering in Rome to discuss family life - particularly in the context of evangelisation. Here we have some suggested prayers for use during Mass and other liturgical celebrations.

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09/09/2014 11:22 am

Cardinal Vincent Nichols on Jim Dobbin MP

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops' Conference, expresses his "profound sorrow" at the sudden death of Jim Dobbin MP and commends his life of "radical service".

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08/09/2014 8:09 pm

Bishops launch new document in support of Catholic education

The Catholic Education Service has announced the launch of a new document, revised and approved by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, celebrating the important impact that Catholic education has on our communities.

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08/09/2014 7:29 pm

Archbishop Peter Smith pays tribute to Jim Dobbin MP

Vice President of the Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Peter Smith, pays tribute to Jim Dobbin MP after his sudden death on 7 September 2014. 

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08/09/2014 8:50 am

The Reinterment of King Richard III

The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and the Archbishop of Canterbury will both be taking part in services in Leicester Cathedral to mark the reinterment of King Richard III. This means the most senior clergy of both the Catholic Church and the Church of England in this country will be present as the former monarch is laid to rest during a week of events from 22 – 28 March next year. 

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05/09/2014 4:28 pm

Middle East Church Leaders meet in London to discuss the plight of Christians and minority communities in Iraq and the wider region

On Wednesday 3 September, an ecumenical gathering took place at Lambeth Palace, hosted by the Most Rev Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, and initiated by His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom.

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03/09/2014 9:43 am

Youth homelessness charity marks 25th anniversary with appeal to Catholic community

Twenty-five years ago, the charity Depaul UK was set up in response to the growing number of young people sleeping rough on the streets across the country. A thanksgiving mass will celebrate the charity’s anniversary at 2pm on 27 September 2014 - the feast day of St Vincent de Paul - at Westminster Cathedral, presided over by the charity’s patron Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

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02/09/2014 4:26 pm

A MENA region on the skids!

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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02/09/2014 12:28 pm

Bishop for UK's Ukrainian Catholics commends 'heartfelt' prayer appeal from Primate of Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church

"The letter of the Primate of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is a heartfelt appeal for prayer and support for the Ukrainian people of all faiths in this most dangerous and volatile situation, as well as a plea to be wary of many forms of misinformation 

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21/08/2014 9:18 am

Bishop Declan Lang signs letter on Religious Freedom in Iraq

Bishop Declan Lang is one of a number of UK-based religious leaders who have signed a letter calling on the international community to send "a clear signal of intent" to the militants committing atrocities in northern Iraq.

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20/08/2014 9:32 am

Tilbury container death: Mass held for ferry crew

A Mass was held on Monday, 18 August, for the crew of the ferry on which a shipping container was found with 35 migrants at Tilbury port. The discovery has left the crew of the Norstream distressed and Catholic seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) is supporting them.

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18/08/2014 7:57 pm

Minorities in the MENA: new realities or old memories?

The latest opinion piece from our consultant on the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, Dr Harry Hagopian, on minorities in MENA. Originally published on Dr Hagopian's website epektasis.net.

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18/08/2014 2:38 pm

Statement on Shipping Container death at Tilbury Docks

“It is becoming increasingly apparent that vulnerable men, women and children are being exploited by criminals all over the world,” says Bishop Patrick Lynch on the discovery of migrants in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks. 

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18/08/2014 2:29 pm

Bishop of the Forces calls for an end to the persecution of Christians and all minority groups in Iraq

The Bishop of the Forces, the Right Reverend Richard Moth has asked military chaplains to “offer Mass for those persecuted for their faith" on Sunday 31 August. "The crimes being committed against our brothers and sisters are heinous in the extreme and demand continuing humanitarian aid and increased diplomatic efforts from the world community that stability can be brought to the region."

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13/08/2014 12:00 pm

Cardinal writes to the Foreign Secretary about unfolding disaster in Iraq

In a letter to the Foreign Secretary, Cardinal Nichols has “welcomed the humanitarian efforts” that the British government has made in Iraq over the past few days and has urged that the “relief operation” and “crucial diplomatic efforts” be increased.

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