01/04/2019 4:30 pm

Standing Together to stop knife crime

Churches to support rally in Trafalgar Square this Saturday to call for an end to knife crime

Read More

27/03/2019 12:00 pm

Standing in Solidarity: Rabbi reads at Mass which is offered for the victims of the New Zealand, and those affected “closer to home” at the meeting of Catholic coordinators for dialogue

Tuesday 26 March saw a meeting of Catholics who came together to celebrate the dialogue work with other religions, and with other Christians – using the special relationship Catholicism has with Judaism as a bridge between the two. 

Read More

26/03/2019 12:00 pm

Royal College of Physicians - statement by Bishop John Sherrington

Speaking on behalf of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, Bishop John Sherrigton, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, said:  “We are disappointed at the Royal College of Physicians dropping their opposition to assisted suicide and moving to a ‘neutral’ position on the topic, despite a majority voting to oppose any change in the law

Read More

25/03/2019 1:00 pm

Rt Rev Robert Byrne Installed Fourteenth Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle

The Solemn Mass of Installation of the the Right Reverend Robert Byrne, C.O. (Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri), as the fourteenth Bishop of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, will take place at 12.00 noon on Monday, 25 March 2019 in the Cathedral Church of St Mary, Newcastle upon Tyne. The day chosen is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.

Read More

22/03/2019 5:38 pm

Letter: Self-interest must not guide UK aid

The Catholic Bishop of Salford and Church of England Bishop of Coventry respond to article in The Guardian on UK Aid. 

Read More

22/03/2019 3:00 pm

Bishop Paul McAleenan writes a letter to other bishops about the EU citizens Settled Status scheme

In light of the very large proportion of EU citizens who are Catholic and attached to our parishes in England and Wales, it is a good time to highlight further details about the Settlement Scheme for EU/EEA citizens who wish to remain in the UK after Brexit.

Read More

18/03/2019 5:35 pm

Faith and Civic Leaders unite post New Zealand Terrorist Attack

Faith and civic leaders gathered at London Central Mosque this afternoon to show a united front in solidarity with those who suffered the terrorist attack in New Zealand last Friday. Over 50 people were killed in the terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch on New Zealand’s south island.

Read More

15/03/2019 11:35 am

Pope Francis sends condolences and heartfelt prayers after New Zealand attacks

His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life caused by the senseless acts of violence at two Mosques in Christchurch, and he assures all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his heartfelt solidarity in the wake of these attacks.

Read More

28/02/2019 11:00 am

Pope's Lenten Message

Pope Francis in his message for Lent focuses on three subjects; The redemption of creation, The destructive power of sin and the healing power of repentance and forgiveness. He reminds us that God, "gave us this joyful season where we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed … as we recall the great events that gave us new life in Christ”.

Read More

27/02/2019 12:00 pm

Cardinal Nichols launches Lenten Appeal and a new food relief initiative

Ahead of the start of Lent, His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols has launched his annual Lenten Appeal, which this year focuses on the problem of food poverty and food insecurity. At the same time, he announced the launch of a new food relief initiative across the Diocese of Westminster.

Read More

25/02/2019 10:30 am

Vatican announces concrete commitments and initiatives to protect children

The Vatican meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church concluded with a press briefing that saw concrete commitments and initiatives announced to protect children and to combat abuse.

Read More

24/02/2019 12:20 pm

Pope Francis: Protecting children - eradicating abuse

In a major address on Sunday, 24 February, Pope Francis contextualises the 'scourge' of abuse, and appeals for an "all-out battle against the abuse of minors, both sexually and in other areas."

Read More

24/02/2019 2:00 pm

Protection of Minors: Press Briefing on Day Three

Day Three of the “Protection of Minors in the Church” Meeting in the Vatican focusses on the theme of “Transparency”. Among the participants at the Press Briefing, an African woman religious, the Jesuit Superior General, and the President of the German Bishops’ Conference.

Read More

22/02/2019 12:00 pm

Protection of Minors: Press Briefing on Day Two

“The Protection of Minors in the Church” Meeting in the Vatican entered its second day on Friday. The day’s theme was “Accountability” and the Press Briefing included testimonies from both Cardinal Cupich and Cardinal O’Malley.

Read More

21/02/2019 5:00 pm

Protection of Minors: Press Briefing after Day 1 Morning Session

“Responsibility, Accountability, and Transparency” need to be “part of the Church’s DNA”. This is the opening statement with which the ad interim Director of the Vatican Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, introduced the Press Briefing on Day One of the “Protection of Minors in the Church” Meeting in the Vatican.

Read More

22/02/2019 11:00 am

Protection of Minors: Archb. Scicluna pledges to protect minors 'at all costs'

Arcbhishop Charles Jude Scicluna on Thursday addressed the 3-day Meeting on “The Protection of Minors in the Church” taking place in the Vatican and pledged to “protect minors at all cost”.

Read More

22/02/2019 3:00 pm

Bishop Paul Mason preaches for HM the Queen on the Centenary of the Royal “Prefix” to the Army Chaplains Department

On 22 February 1919, His Majesty King George V bestowed the Prefix ‘Royal’ on the then Army Chaplains’ Department in recognition of its outstanding service and sacrifice during the First World War. His Granddaughter, Her Majesty The Queen, attended a special service of commemoration with the entire Army chaplaincy community, to mark this auspicious anniversary on 22 February 2019 in the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks.

Read More

21/02/2019 5:00 pm

Protection of minors: Pastors need to touch, heal the wounds of victims

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle opened the 3-day Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church on Thursday in the Vatican, speaking about the need for pastors to know and feel the pain of abuse victims and heal their wounds.

Read More

21/02/2019 12:00 pm

Pope: Hear the cry of the little ones who ask for justice

Pope Francis opens the “Protection of Minors in the Church” Meeting in the Vatican telling the Bishops and Religious gathered, “the Holy People of God look to us and expect from us not simple and predictable condemnations, but concrete and effective measures to be established”.

Read More

20/02/2019 12:00 pm

Bishop calls on MPs to end indefinite detention

Bishop Paul McAleenan has called for MPs to support a 28-day time limit on immigration detention, saying that detaining people indefinitely “does not reflect the justice due to every person that we as a nation pride ourselves on upholding”.

Read More