03/07/2009

Pope Benedict XVI approves miracle paving the way for Cardinal Newman’s Beatification

Pope Benedict XVI today recognised the healing of Deacon Jack Sullivan in 2001 as a miracle resulting from the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God John Henry Newman.

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30/06/2009

CESEW Parliamentary Reception 2009

The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families this week paid tribute Catholic schools at the CESEW annual Parliamentary Reception to celebrate, promote and affirm Catholic education.

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30/06/2009

Bishops’ Conference response to GMC consultation on end of life care

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, through its Department of Christian Responsibility and Citizenship, today submitted a response to the General Medical Council’s (GMC) consultation on end of life treatment and care.

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29/06/2009

Archbishop of Westminster receives Pallium from Pope Benedict XVI

The Very Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, today received the Pallium from Pope Benedict XVI in Rome on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Monday 29 June 2009.

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29/06/2009

Religious leaders express concern over assisted suicide amendment to the Coroners and Justice Bill

The Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, has joined the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams and Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks in writing to The Daily Telegraph newspaper to express his concern over an amendment to the Coroners and Justice Bill focusing on assisted suicide.

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26/06/2009

Archbishop offers prayers for those serving in the Armed Forces

A message from Archbishop Nichols for the first Armed Forces Day, 27 June 2009: "As Archbishop of Westminster on this the first Armed Forces Day I would like to greet all of you who are serving in the Armed Forces, and your families."

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26/06/2009

Jewish Free School Court of Appeal judgment

Quote from Oona Stannard, the Chief Executive and Director of the Catholic Education Service (CESEW): “I am really extremely disappointed by this ruling. It is highly regrettable that this has happened because it says that the state is interfering in what constitutes membership of a church and religious group." 

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24/06/2009

Bishops call for G8 leaders to fulfil commitments to world’s poor

Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols and Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien, Archbishop of Edinburgh and St Andrews, have called on the government to protect the poor and vulnerable across the world amidst the ongoing economic crisis.

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19/06/2009

Bishops oppose proposal to allow advertising of abortion and contraceptives on broadcast media

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have expressed their opposition to a proposed code which would allow for the advertising of abortion and contraceptives on broadcast media in the UK.

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17/06/2009

Mass to mark the tenth anniversary of the death of Cardinal Basil Hume

The tenth anniversary of the death of Cardinal Basil Hume has been marked by a Requiem Mass celebrated at Westminster Cathedral, Wednesday 17 June 2009, by the Right Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.

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19/06/2009

World Refugee Day 2009

Saturday 20 June marks World Refugee Day. The theme for this year “Real People, Real Needs” focuses on the real stories of refugees and underlines the challenges faced by many of them and those who work on their behalf in the present global economic downtown.

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19/06/2009

Cardinal celebrates Requiem Mass for Sir Michael Quinlan: “A fine Catholic lay man”

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor celebrated a Requiem Mass for Sir Michael Quinlan, former Permanent Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Defence, on 18 June 2009 at Westminster Cathedral.

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19/06/2009

The Church and ‘flu: Guidance

As members of the Church it is right that we take every reasonable care of each other's well being. At the present time, for example, we should all take those precaution which help avoid spreading the influenza ('flu) virus.

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18/06/2009

Catholic Church in England and Wales celebrates the Year for Priests with a call to remember to pray for priests

Pope Benedict XVI will officially launch the special ‘Year for Priests’ on Friday 19 June 2009 during a service of Vespers at the Vatican Basilica. The launch date coincides, not by coincidence, with the Feast of the Sacred Heart and the 150th anniversary of the death of St. Jean Marie Vianney ‘Cure of Ars’ - a great saint known for his care and direction of souls who at times could divine sins withheld during confession.

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12/06/2009

Archbishop Peter Smith calls for greater awareness about cord blood donation

Archbishop Peter Smith this week encouraged increased cord blood donation as the focus for World Blood Donor Day (14 June).

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11/06/2009

Evangelisation conference attracts Bishops from around the world to London

Over twenty Catholic Archbishops and Bishops from across the world attended an international conference this week to learn about and celebrate the fruits of one of the most well-known evangelisation programmes in England and Wales: the Alpha course.

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03/06/2009

New Apostolic Administrator sede vacante of the Apostolic Exarchate for Ukrainian Faithful of Byzantine Rite in Great Britain

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Hlib , Titular Bishop of Bareta, Apostolic Administrator sede vacante of the Apostolic Exarchate for Ukrainian Faithful of Byzantine Rite in Great Britain.

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27/05/2009

National Board of Religious Inspectors and Advisors meet in Rome

The National Board of Religious Inspectors and Advisers (NBRIA) recently met in Rome for their annual conference which focused particularly on education, catechesis and evangelisation in parishes and schools – how best to equip our Catholic community to celebrate and live their faith in contemporary culture.

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26/05/2009

Vote and make our opinions known, says Bishop ahead of European elections

Bishop William Kenney, Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham and Spokesman for Europe for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has urged Catholics to make their voices heard in the forthcoming European elections (4 June).

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26/05/2009

Excitement grows as countdown to relics visit begins

Cathedrals, parish churches, Carmelite convents, a hospice and even a prison are among the venues hosting a visit of the Relics of St. Thérèse of Lisieux to England and Wales this autumn. 

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