09/02/2007

Vatican Radio interview with Archbishop Kelly: Support for the Holy Land

Vatican Radio interview with Archbishop Kelly: Support for the Holy Land

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09/02/2007

Archbishop Patrick Kelly on the 2007 Holy Land Co-ordination

Archbishop Patrick Kelly reviews the 2007 Holy Land Co-ordination. Perceptions of the Holy Land are often polarized between Biblical stories of 2,000 years ago and the modern media’s reports of violence and conflict. Between these poles are the Israelis and Palestinians of today: Christians, Jews and Muslims, who live here now. Every year the Holy Land Co-ordination, a group of Bishops from Europe and North America come to bear witness and walk in solidarity with the local Church.

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09/02/2007

Bishops from across Europe and North America visit Holy Land

The Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool and Vice President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, will be leading a group of European and North American bishops to the Holy Land from 13 to 18 January this year.

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09/02/2007

National Marriage Week - ‘Speak Up With Love, Reach Out to the Hurting’

The Catholic Church is launching two major initiatives to mark National Marriage Week (7-14th February)

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09/02/2007

Mary, Help of the Sick - World Day of the Sick

There are many icons of Catholicism. Apart from the crucifix, the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes might qualify as one of the most common. It can be seen in Churches or in homes and whether it takes the form of high accomplished art or just the plastic statue bottle that holds the Lourdes water that thousands of pilgrims bring home with them, the image and the reality to which it points remains constant.

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05/02/2007

Daily Telegraph article by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

The debate about the role to be played by Roman Catholic adoption agencies has brought into public awareness the outstanding contribution they make to the common good. In his statement on Monday evening, the Prime Minister expressed his desire not to lose this expertise. Indeed one of the terms of reference for the independent assessment panel that is to be established is to find ways to ensure that “the valuable expertise of faith-based adoption agencies in successfully placing the most vulnerable children, including the full range of post-adoption services, is retained and developed”.

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05/02/2007

Note from Archbishop Peter Smith regarding Catholic adoption agencies and the current controversy

Since June 2006 we have been in dialogue with the Government over the impact of proposed discrimination regulations on our Catholic adoption agencies. These regulations would require our agencies to consider adoption applications from same-sex couples. As you will be well aware, matters came to a head over the last week.

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31/01/2007

Press statement from Catholic adoption agencies

Catholic adoption agencies are still very much in business. As widely documented over the past weeks, our services are in demand and greatly valued.

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31/01/2007

Cardinal’s interview on BBC R4 ‘Today’ programme: Tuesday, 30 January 2007

The question of whether the Catholic Church should be given an exemption from the law on adoption for gay couples would not on the face of it seem to be stuff of high political drama. Yet it has divided the leadership of the two big political parties and it has, it seems, become much wider and more significant than the specific point at issue.

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29/01/2007

Statement from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop of Westminster

It is clear from the Prime Minister’s statement that he has listened to some of the concerns of the Catholic Church in regard to its adoption agencies.

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22/01/2007

Cardinal writes to the Prime Minister and Members of the Cabinet re: Catholic Adoption Agencies

It has always been the wish of the Catholic Church in this country to work with the Government for the common good of its people. We believe we do this in matters of social care, education and in many other ways. Catholic teaching urges us to do this, and we do it gladly in a spirit of co-operation.

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18/01/2007

Breaking the hold of fear, anger and despair in the Holy Land

In the wake of a traumatic year for Israelis, Palestinians and the peoples of the Middle East, the work of our Co-ordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church of the Holy Land seems more important than ever before. In our home countries and among Catholic people, there is enormous interest in and concern for the situation in the Middle East. 

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16/01/2007

New DVD on Natural Family Planning fulfils urgent need among Catholics for instruction

In an exciting new venture, the Catholic Truth Society, a long-established publisher, is launching this month, in partnership with Luton Good Counsel, a new DVD for introducing Catholic couples and young people to Natural Fertility Awareness: The Joy of God’s Plan.

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15/01/2007

Don’t Worry Be Happy Day

Feeling the post-Christmas blues? Already broken your New Year resolutions? Struggling to see the light? Don’t despair, help is just round the corner. On Monday 22 January, a free self-help resource is on offer packed with top tips for finding some seasonal hope and the chance to win an exclusive one to one with a ‘spiritual life’ coach.

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12/01/2007

Bishops from across Europe and North America to visit Holy Land

The Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool and Vice President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, will be leading a group of European and North American bishops to the Holy Land from 13 to 18 January this year.

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11/01/2007

CES delighted at continued success of Catholic schools and colleges

The Catholic Education Service (CES) has congratulated Catholic schools and colleges on their excellent results after the publication of the 2006 A-Level and GCSE league tables. Oona Stannard, Chief Executive and Director of the CES, said ‘academic success is only one part of what we offer in our schools but it is a vital part and I am very pleased at how well we continue to perform. This bears out the confidence of the numerous parents who choose a Catholic education for their offspring.’

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09/01/2007

Sunday Worship at 8:10am on BBC Radio 4 this Sunday comes from Pakistan

Following in the footsteps of Bishop Kevin Dunn and Bishop Terrance Brain, Bishop Peter Doyle spent a week in Pakistan visiting parishes, schools and projects sponsored by the Pontifical Mission Societies.

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