04/10/2015 11:43 am

Pope Francis: Church should defend fundamental values but be a "Field Hospital" for those who suffer

Pope Francis has celebrated Mass in St Peter's Basilica to open the Ordinary Synod on the Family that will run from 4 - 25 October 2015. 

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01/10/2015 12:05 pm

Cardinal to Lawyers: Reflect on the Place of Mercy in the Administration of Justice

Justice and mercy were the twin themes of Cardinal Vincent Nichols' homily given at this year's 'Red Mass' - an annual service in Westminster Cathedral for members of the legal profession at the beginning of their year - 1 October. 

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30/09/2015 3:00 pm

Is America abdicating its values in Syria?

The latest opinion piece from our consultant on the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, Dr Harry Hagopian Looks at the way American politics has handled the ongoing situation in Syria. Originally published on Dr Hagopian's website epektasis.net.

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28/09/2015 12:00 pm

Appointment of new national Scout Chaplain

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has appointed Fr Jonathan how as the new National Catholic Scout Chaplain in succession to the late Fr John Seddon who died earlier this year. Fr Jonathan is a priest of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton and is currently Director of Studies at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh where he teaches liturgy and philosophy.

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24/09/2015 2:02 pm

Bishops Welcome EU Quotas to Resettle Refugees

The Catholic Bishops’ of England and Wales welcome the EU’s approval of quotas for a fairer relocation of refugees across Europe along with a more co-ordinated approach in handling the migrant crisis. 

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22/09/2015 9:59 am

Survey: The Call, the Mission, the Journey - A Summary of Responses

On the Feast of the Holy Family 2014, the bishops of England and Wales invited parishes to reflect, with true spiritual discernment as requested by Pope Francis, on the themes emerging from the Extraordinary Synod on the Family. This report offers a flavour of the feedback to the key questions, based primarily on diocesan summaries received from 16 dioceses. 

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21/09/2015 1:13 pm

Archbishop on Refugee Crisis: "Counter the myths that lead to prejudice and fear"

Archbishop Peter Smith, Vice President of the Bishops' Conference and Archbishop of Southwark, joined with the Anglican Bishop of Dover and the Catholic Bishop of Arras - the French diocese that encompasses Calais and the surrounding areas - for a 'Day of Action' in Calais to show prayerful solidarity with those who are exiled from their homelands. 

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16/09/2015 3:55 pm

Holy Land Christians: Call for Solidarity

Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Eamon Martin, Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences of England and Wales, and Ireland, have called for solidarity with, and prayer for the Christian communities who live in the Holy Land. 

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16/09/2015 4:00 pm

Message from the Plenary Assembly of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences, Holy Land 2015

The Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European nations have released a statement at the conclusion of their Plenary Assembly in the Holy Land, 11-16 September.  

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14/09/2015 12:00 pm

Bishop Lynch Statement on the current refugee crisis

Bishop Patrick Lynch, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark and the Catholic Church's lead bishop on migration, in light of the current refugee crisis has said: "The Prime Minister’s promise to accommodate a further 20,000 refugees is an important part of our national response to the devastating conflict engulfing Syria and the historic numbers of people being forced to flee their homes".

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11/09/2015 2:29 pm

Archbishops comment on the defeat of the Assisted Dying Bill (No2) at Second Reading

"I welcome Parliament’s recognition of the grave risks that this bill posed to the lives of our society’s most vulnerable people. There is much excellent practice in palliative care which we need to celebrate and promote, and I hope now the debate on assisted suicide is behind us, that this will become a focus for political action." 

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10/09/2015 11:47 am

Nottingham's Catholic and Anglican bishops ask local community to stand in solidarity with refugees

This joint statement on the refugee crisis is by the Right Reverend Patrick McKinney, Catholic Bishop of Nottingham and the Right Reverend Paul Williams, Anglican Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham.

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09/09/2015 3:02 pm

Motu Proprio on the handling of annulments of marriages

Pope Francis released two documents on 8 September reforming the way that the Church deals with the handling of annulments of marriages. The documents were released in the form of a Motu Proprio, which is a Papal document issued on his own initiative and signed by the Holy Father.

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09/09/2015 1:21 pm

Statement on the Refugee Crisis

The refugee crisis is a huge challenge, not only in Europe and the Middle East, but in many others parts of the world where large numbers of refugees live deeply uncertain and perilous lives. Consequently, as a Catholic community, and as a country, we need to be committed to helping refugees over a long period. To sustain that effort we need moral imagination. 

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09/09/2015 8:53 am

Cardinal expresses "great loyalty and gratitude" of Catholic community as Queen Elizabeth II becomes longest reigning Monarch in British History

On the occasion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becoming our longest reigning monarch, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops' Conference, has offered prayers of thanksgiving for 63 years of "outstanding and unstinting service". 

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08/09/2015 9:01 am

Catholic Bishops issue national message focussing on Pope Francis’ call to Mission and Mercy

In response to Pope Francis’ soon-to-be opened worldwide Year of Mercy, the Catholic Bishops in England and Wales have issued a joint Pastoral Letter to be read out at every Mass in both countries on Home Mission Sunday, 20 September. 

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07/09/2015 12:40 pm

Cardinal invites Catholics to respond to Refugee Crisis with Prayer and Practical Action

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Bishops’ Conference, has made a statement on the refugee crisis saying the "Catholic Church in England and Wales will respond to Pope Francis' challenge to be generous in supporting people who have been forced to flee their homes." 

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07/09/2015 12:29 pm

Pope asks all European parishes to take in a refugee family

Pope Francis has called on European parishes and religious communities to offer shelter to a migrant family. "May every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe, take in one family" Pope Francis appealed. 

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03/09/2015 12:48 pm

Catholic Education Service "disappointed" it is unable to open new free schools

The Catholic Education Service (CES), is disappointed that it’s prohibited from the Government’s push for free schools due to an arbitrary cap on admissions. The largest provider of secondary education in England and Wales, the Catholic Church, is unable to open new free schools despite significant demand from many thousands of parents. 

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01/09/2015 12:00 pm

World Day of Prayer for Creation

Today, 1 September, we celebrate the first World Day of Prayer for Creation. As Pope Francis says, it offers "individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation..." 

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