29/12/2009

Catholic Education Service for England and Wales supports Diocese in ensuring fair admissions procedures - Cardinal Vaughan School

The Catholic Education Service for England and Wales (CESEW) welcomes the decision in support of the Diocese of Westminster by the Schools Adjudicator, in relation to the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School’s admissions procedures.

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25/12/2009

True happiness comes from family and community, says Archbishop Nichols at televised Christmas Midnight Mass

Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, offered thanks for the "unswerving love of God, who comes to be with us in the birth of Jesus", as he celebrated Christmas Midnight Mass in Westminster Cathedral.

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22/12/2009

Holy See announces Monsignor Mark Davies will be new Coadjutor Bishop of Shrewsbury

The Diocese of Shrewsbury is delighted to announce the appointment by the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, of Monsignor Mark Davies, Vicar General of the Diocese of Salford, as the new Co-Adjutor Bishop of Shrewsbury.

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21/12/2009

CESEW welcomes the Government’s support for schools with a religious character

The CESEW has welcomed the Government’s emphasis of its support for schools with a religious character. This has come in a recent letter to the CESEW Chief Executive as well as in a recent debate in the House of Lords.

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17/12/2009

Myth busting briefing on Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)

The Catholic Education Service for England and Wales has produced a ‘myth-busting’ document that hopes to provide clarity and alleviate any concerns regarding the Government’s recent proposals regarding Personal Social Health and Economic education (PSHE) and Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) and what they mean for Catholic Schools and Colleges.

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16/12/2009

CESEW response to the Supreme Court Ruling in relation to admission to a Jewish school

I am very disappointed at today’s ruling in which a secular body, i.e. the Supreme Court, is deciding on the matter of membership of a faith group for the purposes of schools’ admissions. What constitutes membership of a faith group or a religious denomination should be a matter for that faith or denomination to determine.

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16/12/2009

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor Bids Adieu to Sir Terry Wogan

It is rather strange – and somewhat sad – to be sitting opposite Terry Wogan for the last time, on this programme anyway, and I’ll come back to that in a moment.

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11/12/2009

Pastoral Letter for the Year of the Priest from Bishop Malcolm McMahon OP

On the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in June this year, Pope Benedict inaugurated the Year of the Priest. This is a very timely initiative by the Holy Father as it calls everyone, priests and people alike, to look once again at what priesthood means for the Church.

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08/12/2009

Archbishop Bernard Longley Installed ninth Archbishop of Birmingham

The Most Rev Bernard Longley, formerly an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Westminster, has been Installed as the ninth Archbishop of Birmingham. The Mass and Installation took place at the Metropolitan Cathedral and Basilica of Saint Chad on 8 December 2009 - Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and one of the patronal feasts of the Archdiocese.

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04/12/2009

Pope Benedict XVI accepts the resignation of Archbishop Kevin McDonald of Southwark

Pope Benedict XVI has today accepted the resignation of Archbishop Kevin McDonald of Southwark in accordance with Canon 401 §2. The Archbishop submitted his resignation to the Holy Father having taken account of medical advice.

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01/12/2009

Churches become official dialogue partners for the European Union

The 1st December marks the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty. In addition to institutional reform, the Treaty introduces into EU primary law an Article of notable importance for the Churches.

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30/11/2009

Report shows that schools with a religious character make strong contribution to community cohesion

“Strong schools for strong communities”, a report published by the Church of England demonstrates that schools with a religious character contribute strongly to community cohesion.

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23/11/2009

Archbishop Nichols visits the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir - Europe’s first traditional Hindu temple

The Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has made an official visit to the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Europe’s first traditional Hindu temple in Neasden, north London.

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22/11/2009

New youth advisory body commended by Bishops

A new youth advisory body has been set up to "form and serve the Catholic Youth Ministry community in England and Wales."

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20/11/2009

Catholic Bishops’ Plenary meeting - November 2009

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales meet twice yearly in Leeds to discuss matters of national and international interest to the Church in England and Wales and the wider world. Here's the news from the November 2009 meeting.

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20/11/2009

Press statement on completion of voting on the Roman Missal

The bishops have completed their approval of the new translation of the Roman Missal. At the November 2009 meeting they considered the Supplement which contained texts, such as the Pentecost Vigil, which have been added to the Missal since the publishing of the 3rd edition in Latin in 2002.

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18/11/2009

100 parishes join launch of Friends of the Holy Land

Over 100 parishes from the Archdioceses of Birmingham and Liverpool were represented at the celebrations to launch the new national Friends of the Holy Land Charity at St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham and the Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool last weekend.

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16/11/2009

His Beatitude Fouad Twal address to the Bishops of England and Wales

On Monday 16 November, His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem addressed the Bishops of England and Wales at the Bishops' Conference meeting in Leeds.

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17/11/2009

National Youth Sunday 2009

This year’s National Youth Sunday links Pope Benedict’s World Youth Day message with the feast of Christ the King. The Pope addresses young people on the theme of hope, saying that although youth is “a special time of hope”, it can also be marked by a “crisis of hope” when difficulties threaten to overwhelm us.

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16/11/2009

Catholic mothers inspired by St Monica to pray for a homecoming this Christmas

The Bishop responsible for the work of Evangelisation in England and Wales is inviting Catholic mothers to pray for those who are distant from parish life.

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