13/03/2006

'Awesome' global response to MP3 prayer trial

A new initiative by the British Jesuits to offer commuters daily prayer sessions in MP3 format, as free downloads from the internet, has proved an instant success, not just in Britain but overseas as well.

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07/03/2006

Copca Director to Join Government Panel of Experts

The Secretary of State for Education has invited Eileen Shearer, director of the Catholic Office for Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults to be a member of an independent panel of experts on child protection.

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07/03/2006

Bishops' Symposium on Catholic Schools

After months of extensive briefing since the publication of the Education White Paper in October, the Bishops of England and Wales met, following the publication of the Education Bill (28th Feb 2006). They came together with their advisers to consider their initial response to the Bill.

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07/03/2006

Pope invites families to join him in Valencia

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor and Bishop John Hine (Chair of the Bishops' Committee for Marriage and Family Life) will be leading a contingent of families from England and Wales to Valencia for the fifth World Meeting of Families in Spain later this year.

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06/03/2006

Bishops invite Pope to visit

The Bishops Conference of England and Wales has invited Pope Benedict XVI to visit Britain.

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03/03/2006

Attitude shift key to welcoming back non-practising Christians

Speakers at a national ecumenical conference dedicated to reaching “prodigals” last week urged Churches to radically change their attitudes towards non-practising Christians.

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27/02/2006

CES Response to Education and Inspections Bill

Whilst most of the press attention has focused on the structural changes proposed by the White Paper and the Bill, there are also a number of very significant educational reforms.

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01/03/2006

Ash Wednesday Sermon

‘Don’t ask what you can do for Lent; ask, rather, what Lent can do for you!’

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27/02/2006

Virtual priest attracts unexpected congregation

An online interactive learning tool developed to help primary school pupils in Religious Education lessons has led to a significant rise in the number of hits on the Catholic Church’s priesthood website for England and Wales.

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24/02/2006

CES statement on the joint agreement on religious education

This week a joint statement by the D f ES and major faith groups of England on religious education was published. The statement offers a timely reminder of the importance of religious education and what it contributes to the development of young people.

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23/02/2006

New centre to support priests and religious

A new therapeutic and educational centre for Catholic priests and religious in Britain and Ireland has been opened.

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23/02/2006

Catholic Church hails "sign of hope" for seafarers as historic Convention is adopted

The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and the Apostleship of the Sea (AOS) in Great Britain have both expressed their delight at the overwhelming adoption today in Geneva of a new international Convention to protect seafarers, and have praised the British government for its support.

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20/02/2006

Holy See hails historic opportunity for seafarers

The Holy See's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva has described a proposed international convention to uphold the rights and human dignity of seafarers as “an indispensable tool of decent work” which could herald “the emergence of a new maritime world order”.

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20/02/2006

Landmark conference promises to help parishes re-engage with the lapsed

national conference being held next week is being tipped as a landmark event offering ideas and resources to help parishes re-engage and reach out to the lapsed.

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14/02/2006

Sermon for the Episcopal Ordination of the New Auxiliary Bishops for Southwark

At the heart of the rite of Episcopal ordination is the anointing of the bishops elect with the oil of Chrism. That oil is blessed here in the Cathedral every Maundy Thursday and is used throughout the diocese for conferring the sacraments of baptism, of confirmation, and ordination to the priesthood.

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14/02/2006

New Auxiliary Bishops for Southwark

Archbishop Kevin McDonald, in a packed and multi-culturally vibrant service on Tuesday 14th February at St. George's Cathedral, Southwark, ordained as auxiliary Bishops for Southwark, Patrick Lynch ss.cc , 58, and Paul Hendricks, 49.

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14/02/2006

Top marks from Queen for Catholic inner city Sixth Form College

Loreto Catholic Sixth Form College in Hulme, Manchester , has been awarded the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education for: “educational provision in an urban context: raising achievement and aspiration” .

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07/02/2006

Interviews for schools admissions

Both the Church of England and the Catholic Church have pressed Government over the past few years to outlaw interviews for the selection of pupils for Church schools.

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07/02/2006

Catholic Association for Racial Justice Statement on Racial and Religious Hatred

In the wake of Parliament's refusal to pass effective legislation on incitement to religious hatred, there is space for reflection on how we can reduce hate crime and promote understanding and cooperation in an increasingly diverse society. Those groups who opposed the legislation, as well as those who favoured it, have an obligation to contribute to this discussion.

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02/02/2006

Episcopal Ordination of the Rt Rev John Arnold

At a Solemn Mass held at Westminster Cathedral, today, Thursday 2nd February 2006, the Rt Rev John Arnold was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster , assigned the titular see of Lindisfarne . Bishop John Arnold will have responsibility for the pastoral care of the deaneries of Barnet, Brent, Enfield, Haringey, and Harrow and in December 2005 was appointed Moderator of the Curia.

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