15/01/2011 9:00 am

Decree erects first Personal Ordinariate

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has today published a Decree erecting the first Personal Ordinariate for groups of Anglican faithful and their pastors wishing to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. This new Ordinariate, established within the territory of England and Wales, will be known as the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and will be placed under the patronage of Blessed John Henry Newman.

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14/01/2011 9:00 am

Archbishop of Westminster welcomes beatification of Pope John Paul II

"Pope John Paul II is held in great affection by Catholics and people of good will in England and Wales. So many people here remember with great affection his visit to us in 1982. We also thank God for the powerful witness of his life and teaching, as well as the astonishing example he gave in suffering and death."

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14/01/2011 9:00 am

Bishops welcome "with great joy" news that Pope John Paul II will be beatified

"The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales welcome with great joy the news that the Venerable Servant of God, Pope John Paul II will be beatified by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, in May this year."

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13/01/2011 9:00 am

Migration Bishop on the 2011 World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Bishop Patrick Lynch, Chairman of the Office for Migration Policy of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has reflected on the issues raised by the Holy Father in his message.

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13/01/2011 9:00 am

Patriarch Twal's Homily at Co-ordination Closing Mass in Jerusalem

We come to worship together here at the very heart of Christianity, as you prepare to return to your countries. It is because of this place, ultimately, that the Church of Jerusalem calls herself “Mother Church”.

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13/01/2011 9:00 am

A Pledge of Prayer, A Call for Pilgrimage and A Commitment to Pursue a Just Peace

We have gathered for the eleventh time in the Holy Land to show, by sharing and exchanging our experiences and hopes, the love and solidarity of Catholics in our home countries for the Land of our Saviour, for the holy places and, in a special way, for the people who make up the community of believers here.

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11/01/2011 9:00 am

New publications demonstrate that Catholic schools are rated consistently better than other schools

The Catholic Education Service for England and Wales (CESEW) launched two new publications, Value Added: the Distinctive Contribution of Catholic Schools and Colleges in England and the CESEW Digest of 2009 Census Data for Schools and Colleges on Monday 10 January 2011.

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11/01/2011 9:00 am

Signs of hope in Palestine as Christians return

Palestinian Prime Minister Dr Salam Fayyad today thanked the bishops of the Holy Land Co-ordination for their work in promoting a just peace for all.

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11/01/2011 9:00 am

Establishment of a 'Personal Ordinariate'

Archbishop Nichols: "On Saturday 15 January, it will be my privilege to ordain John Broadhurst, Andrew Burnham and Keith Newton to priesthood in the Catholic Church. This ceremony will take place in Westminster Cathedral."

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11/01/2011 9:00 am

Address of Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal to the Orthodox community of Jerusalem at the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate

Your Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III, and all distinguished members of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate,
it is our great joy to come together as Catholic, Armenian, orthodox and evangelical churches, besides an International delegation of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences in USA and Europe, to wish you a very happy Christmas. Our visit is not only a protocol gathering. We want to witness our brotherly communion, our desire for full unity and our common faith in the same salvation obtained by Christ through his Nativity in Bethlehem.

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10/01/2011 9:00 am

Address: Latin Patriarch opens the 2011 Holy Land Co-ordination

We welcome you all, and we thank you for being faithful towards Jerusalem and the Mother Church. Your participation and your commitment towards strengthening the Mother Church, and your stand in our side in these years is highly appreciated. It is always a humbling pleasure to attend the Coordination meeting, that we come together for every year. It is a moving sign of the Catholicity of our life with Christ. Our relationship with him opens our hearts up, in unexpected ways to concerns and interests in people that we perhaps were not even enough aware of previously.

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10/01/2011 9:00 am

International Bishops' annual visit to the Holy Land

The Archbishop of Liverpool, Patrick Kelly, blessed and opened a youth centre in Nablus on Sunday 9 January, funded by Catholics in Liverpool and the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. The Most Reverend Patrick Kelly is currently in the Holy Land for the international bishops’ annual visit.

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04/01/2011 9:00 am

Receptions into full communion with the Catholic Church

On 8 November 2010, five Bishops of the Church of England (3 in active ministry, 2 in retirement) announced their intention to cease from public episcopal ministry and to resign from their pastoral responsibilities in the Church of England with effect from 31st December 2010.

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04/01/2011 9:00 am

Bishop Evans' Health Statement to the Diocese of East Anglia

My dear friends, Over the last five and more years, since my diagnosis with advanced prostate cancer, I have managed to cope with my developing illness, its ongoing treatment, the general decline in my health, and generally – I think – continued my ministry as best I can.

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