18/09/2011 9:00 am

Archbishop of Canterbury: Papal Visit a "great gift" for the UK's Christian communities

In a message sent to mark the one-year anniversary of Pope Benedict's visit to England and Scotland, Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, looked back with "abiding gratitude" on a visit that was "a great gift for all the Christian communities of the United Kingdom, affirming their role in society and strengthening their resolve to serve the communities of this country."

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18/09/2011 9:00 am

Papal Visit Anniversary: Pope renews call for Catholics to bear joyful witness to the Gospel

On the first anniversary of his historic visit to the UK, Pope Benedict XVI has expressed his appreciation "to all those who contributed to the happy outcome of his Visit."

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18/09/2011 9:00 am

Bishops issue message a year after Pope’s Visit

Bishops from England and Wales have called on all Catholics to be confident, faithful and courageous in playing a full part in building a better future for all in this country, especially during these difficult times of economic and social turbulence.

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17/09/2011 9:00 am

A Catholic response to the Mining Tragedy at Gleision Colliery

Bishop Thomas Matthew Burns, SM, on behalf of the Catholic Community, expresses his heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of the four miners, Charles Breslin, David Powell, Garry Jenkins and Phillip Hill whose bodies were recovered yesterday following the mining tragedy at Gleision Colliery.

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16/09/2011 9:00 am

Chief Rabbi Sacks gives first Pope Benedict XVI Lecture

Last night, the inaugural Pope Benedict XVI Lecture was given by Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, commemorating the visit to the University College by the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, last September.

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15/09/2011 9:00 am

Bishop Lang writes to the Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli

As Chairman of the International Affairs Department, the Bishop of Clifton, Declan Lang, has written to the Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli to express the Bishops' Conference’s deep sense of Christian solidarity, concern and prayers for the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa.

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15/09/2011 9:00 am

Friday Penance: Will’s story

In a moving and thought-provoking video recording, 20-year-old, Will Desmond from Sussex, shares his reasons for abstaining from meat on Fridays and the positive effect that it has had on his life.

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15/09/2011 9:00 am

International Workshop: European Justice and Peace Commissions

Representatives of the 30 national commissions that constitute the Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions (Justice and Peace Europe) will meet in Albania from 16-20 September 2011 for its annual international workshop and general assembly

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14/09/2011 9:00 am

Ordination of Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster

At a Solemn Mass held at Westminster Cathedral, today, Wednesday 14 September 2011, the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the Right Reverend John Francis Sherrington was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, assigned the titular see of Hilta.

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12/09/2011 9:00 am

Consultation launched to provide Catholic Guidance on the Equality Act

In a letter sent out on Friday to Catholic parishes and dioceses; schools and colleges, charities and agencies, the Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster and Chair of the Equality Act Working Group, Department of Christian Responsibility and Citizenship, Bishop John Arnold, has launched a consultation within the Catholic community to inform guidance which the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales will be producing on the Equality Act.

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12/09/2011 9:00 am

Future Goals for Inter-Faith Relations - Address by Archbishop Nichols

An address by the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, at a conference on the theme  "The Future for Inter-Faith Relations". 

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09/09/2011 9:00 am

New British Ambassador to the Holy See

Ambassador Nigel Baker presented today his Letters of Credence to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, following his appointment as Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to the Holy See.

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06/09/2011 9:00 am

Submission to Equality and Human Rights Commission consultation

Here is the response from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales to the Equality and Human Rights Commission consultation: "Legal intervention on religion or belief rights: seeking your views".

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05/09/2011 9:00 am

Friday Penance

The Bishops of England and Wales believe it is important that all the faithful again be united in a common, identifiable act of Friday penance because they recognise that the virtue of penitence is best acquired as part of a common resolve and common witness.

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30/08/2011 9:00 am

Archbishop invites pilgrims to share treasured UK Papal Visit memories and to be confidently Catholic

In a video message released ahead of the anniversary of the Papal Visit and Home Mission Sunday (18 September) Archbishop Vincent Nichols has invited Catholics to participate in a special weekend of celebration.

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26/08/2011 9:00 am

New Missal Podcast

In a few days Catholic parishes in England and Wales will begin to use the new translation of the Roman Missal for the celebration of Mass. Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth, Executive Director of the Secretariat of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), talks about the new translation.

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22/08/2011 9:00 am

Support each other and the Church, Pope tells young pilgrims

In his homily for the final Mass of World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Pope Benedict XVI urged young Catholic pilgrims to return to their countries and witness to their faith together in parish and community life.

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20/08/2011 9:00 am

Confession World Youth Day Madrid 2011

Eleanor was just finishing lunch when I caught her. It was 3pm and I was melting like a marshmallow in the heat. She, however, grinned so cheerfully at me that I just had to ask - half-joking - whether Confession was at the root of it. (It was, after all, what we had sat down to talk about).

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20/08/2011 9:00 am

The Way of the Cross World Youth Day Madrid 2011

As with any of the main events in Madrid that involve the presence of Pope Benedict, all the crowds gather with great anticipation. Ensuring early arrival to Plaza de Cibeles, was essential in order to achieve one purpose: to get the smallest glimpse of the Holy Father.

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19/08/2011 9:00 am

Vatican Cardinal's message for Eid at the end of Ramadan

As we approach the festival of Eid at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the Holy See has sent a message of greeting to the world's Muslims. Titled "Christians and Muslims: Working together for mankind’s spiritual dimension", President of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Jean-Loius Cardinal Tauran, stresses the common ground between Christians and Muslims.

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