22/05/2009

Bishop William Kenney, C.P. elected Diocesan Administrator of the Archdiocese of Birmingham

The Rt Rev William Kenney, C.P. was elected Diocesan Administrator of the Archdiocese of Birmingham by the College of Consulters, during their meeting at Cathedral House, Birmingham, on Friday 22 May.

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19/05/2009

Comment by Archbishop Peter Smith on assisted suicide amendments to the Coroners and Justice Bill

It has been announced that there is to be a free vote in June in the House of Lords during the committee stage of the Coroners and Justice Bill on amendments to change the law on assisted suicide. 

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19/05/2009

Bishops celebrate National Family Week

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales are marking National Family Week (25 – 31 May) by drawing attention to a new resource to promote the holiness of family life. The Home is a Holy Place resource pack is now available free of charge to all Catholic parishes across England and Wales.

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19/05/2009

Vatican communications chief encourages use of new media for 'positive interactivity'

Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, Director of the Holy See's press office, encouraged communicators to meet the challenge of using the internet to engage positively to further the Gospel message of the Church.

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13/05/2009

Bishops hold conference on Catholic heritage at St. Paul’s Cathedral

The Patrimony Committee, the body charged with promoting Catholic heritage on behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, held its annual Historic Churches Committees Conference on Thursday 7 May at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

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12/05/2009

Sony Gold for local Catholic Church

A radio programme featuring a budgerigar and a prisoner has won gold at the Sony Radio Awards. 

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05/05/2009

Growing trend to spend a year ‘discovering priesthood’ before entering seminary

An increasing number of men are being asked by their bishops to spend a year ‘discovering priesthood’ before actually entering seminary, according to statistics released by the National Office for Vocation.

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28/04/2009

Vocations Sunday - "It's All About Prophets"

This Sunday, 3 May, is Vocations Sunday, the day which marks the launch of the Catholic Church’s annual campaign to encourage young men and women to think about how they’ve been called by God and to consider whether priesthood or religious life might be for them.

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15/01/2009 9:00 am

Communiqué: Stop the Violence, Start Building Peace

Stop the violence! Stop the killing! Start to build peace! Over and over again we heard these cries during the ninth visit of the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences to the Mother Church of Jerusalem in this divided and suffering land. The violence in Gaza was on everyone's minds and lips. We heard directly about the human tragedy from the parish priest of Gaza, Father Manawel Musallam.

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11/01/2009 9:00 am

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem condemns Gaza violence

In an impassioned address yesterday at the conclusion of an annual children’s procession to Bethlehem, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal condemned “the violence in the Middle East and in a special way the attacks in the Gaza Strip.

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11/01/2009 9:00 am

Archbishop of Liverpool calls for immediate ceasefire in Gaza

Archbishop Patrick Kelly, speaking from Bethlehem where he is leading the Holy Land Co-ordination, called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza on Sunday morning.

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