22/03/2010

‘Unthinkable’ not to Witness to Faith during Holy Week and Easter

As parishes across England and Wales prepare to enter the most important time in the liturgical calendar Bishop Kieran Conry invites churchgoers to witness to their faith.

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20/03/2010

Statement from Archbishop Vincent Nichols on Pope Benedict XVI's Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Ireland

I welcome the strong leadership of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI in issuing this letter. From our experience in England and Wales, we have learnt that the most important thing is to recognise and take to heart the profound damage done to children who have been abused. Putting the safeguarding of children and all vulnerable people at the centre of the Church’s efforts is essential.

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20/03/2010

Pope Benedict XVI's Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Ireland

The Pope has written a Pastoral Letter to all the Catholics of Ireland, expressing his dismay at the sexual abuse of young people by Church representatives and the way this was addressed by local bishops and religious superiors. He asks that the Letter be read with attention and in its entirety.

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19/03/2010

Day of Prayer for Dementia 2010

The National Day of Prayer for Dementia day is 19 March. It is a day to think of and pray for loved ones with dementia. A day to remember those we have lost.

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17/03/2010

Statement on the High Court judgement on the case of Catholic Care (Diocese of Leeds)

By requiring the Charity Commission to review its decision the Court has upheld the legitimate freedom of charities to organise themselves in such a way that their activities reflect their religious ethos when justified in the public benefit, as we believe is the case in this instance.

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17/03/2010

Bishop of Leeds on Catholic Care court ruling

The Court has confirmed that Catholic Care was correct in its reading of the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 and has agreed with us that Regulation 18 can apply to any charity subject to it being in the public interest.

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16/03/2010

Beatification of Cardinal Newman by Pope Benedict XVI confirmed

The Fathers and many friends of the English Oratories are delighted by the official announcement that our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI will beatify our founder, the Venerable John Henry Newman, in the Archdiocese of Birmingham during his visit to Britain in September. Newman made his home in the Archdiocese for all his adult life, first in Oxford, where he lived as an Anglican and was received into the Catholic Church, and later in Birmingham itself where he founded and worked in the Birmingham Oratory for over forty years.

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16/03/2010

Buckingham Palace statement on Pope Benedict XVI's state visit

Her Majesty The Queen today confirmed the state visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to England and Scotland from 16-19 September 2010.

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16/03/2010

UK Government and Catholic Bishops welcome state visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United Kingdom

The UK Government and the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Scotland, England and Wales today welcomed the forthcoming visit to the United Kingdom of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. At a joint press conference, they said that the Papal Visit represents an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen ties between the UK and the Holy See on global initiatives, as well as the important role of faith in creating strong communities.

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16/03/2010

New forms of collaboration for Catholic priests in England and Wales

The stage is set for a new form of collaboration between Catholic priests and Bishops in England and Wales. After the final conference of the old-style National Conference of Priests of England and Wales (NCPEW) a working party is drawing up the new constitution on guidelines unanimously agreed by 30 priest representatives from across the 22 dioceses.

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09/03/2010

Olympics bring greater Christian unity to Vancouver churches

Following their involvement with the Winter Olympics, the churches of Vancouver and beyond are more united. That is the assessment of a delegation from the UK’s More Than Gold initiative that will help churches make the most of London’s 2012 Games.

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08/03/2010

Bishop Malcolm McMahon writes in the Times Online on the Catholic Approach to Sex and Relationships

The Children, Schools and Families Bill will get its second reading today in the House of Lords. As you may recall, the Bill’s aim is to make the teaching of Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE), including Sex and Relationships education, a statutory part of the National Curriculum in all schools.

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03/03/2010

New Publication: Choosing the Common Good

The Bishops today launched Choosing the Common Good to present key themes in Catholic Social Teaching as a contribution to the wide-ranging debate about the values and vision that underpin our society.

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03/03/2010

England Should be a Catholic Country again - Spectator Debate

I am delighted to see so many of you here this evening for this great event. Not like the bishop who went to a parish for a function. There were very few people there and he was a bit annoyed. He said to the Parish Priest, Father, there are very few people here; didn’t you tell them the bishop was coming? No, my Lord, says the Parish Priest, but the news must have leaked out somehow! Well, the news of this debate has clearly leaked out and you want to know why England should be a Catholic country again.

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02/03/2010

Catholic Youth Ministry Federation (CYMFed) Congress 2010

Over 1,000 youth leaders, chaplains, teachers, priests and religious gathered in London this weekend for the first national Congress for youth leaders spearheaded by CYMFed - the new Catholic Youth Ministry Federation for England and Wales.

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25/02/2010

Publication of the DPP Assisted Suicide Guidelines: Comment from the Archbishop of Cardiff

“I welcome the revised Guidelines published by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) this morning. He was given a near impossible task by the Law Lords and many people were extremely concerned by the wording of the interim guidelines and some of the factors to be taken into account against prosecution..."

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24/02/2010

Catholic Education Service (England/Wales) statement regarding Amendment 70 to the Children, Schools and Families Bill

Following the Third Reading of the Children, Schools and Families Bill, Amendment 70 has been accepted as part of the Bill.

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23/02/2010

Rite of Election: Weekend of joy for the Catholic community

Thousands of people gathered to pray in Catholic Cathedrals across England and Wales last weekend to support and welcome those people preparing to join the Catholic Church.

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22/02/2010

Bishop Mark Davies ordained as Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Shrewsbury

Bishop Mark Davies was ordained as Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Shrewsbury at a ceremony held in St Anthony’s Church, Wythenshawe, Manchester on Monday 22nd February 2010, the feast of the Chair of St Peter.

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19/02/2010

Bishop Lynch calls for an end to the "inhumane" detention of young people in immigration removal centres

Bishop Patrick Lynch, Chair of the Bishops' Conference Office for Migration Policy, has joined religious leaders in calling for an end to the imprisonment of children, babies and young people in immigration removal centres.

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