29/12/2012 3:55 pm

Augustinian Sister acknowledged by Her Majesty the Queen in New Year’s Honours List

Sister Mary Thomas, an Augustinian Sister, has been awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in the New Year’s Honour’s List for services to ‘St George’s Park Retirement Village’. She has been the leading light in the creation of this imaginative and innovative state of the art care village which enables older people to live an active and fulfilled life in a secure and supportive environment.

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25/12/2012 12:30 pm

Pope Benedict XVI's Christmas Message and Blessing

In his traditional Christmas message, the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has urged people never to loose hope in peace this Christmas, even in situations of conflict such as Syria, or nations afflicted by terrorism such as Nigeria, because the “Truth has sprung out of the earth”, with the birth of Christ.

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25/12/2012 1:22 am

Bishops' Conference President's Christmas Homily

The President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, celebrated Midnight Mass at Westminster Cathedral. In his homily, Archbishop Nichols spoke of the Incarnation and what it means for Christians today.

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20/12/2012 11:55 am

Archbishop Vincent Nichols on BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought

The Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster was on Radio 2’s Chris Evans breakfast show on Thursday 20 December. 

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19/12/2012 11:05 am

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor on Radio 2’s Pause for Thought

The Cardinal gave a Christmas reflection on BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans Breakfast Show today. You can listen again here. 

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18/12/2012 12:40 pm

Message for World Day of Peace

Pope Benedict XVI has released his message for the 46th World Day of Peace which falls on the first day of the New Year – 1 January 2013. The theme for this year is 'Blessed are the Peacemakers". 

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18/12/2012 4:50 pm

Launch of Guidelines for Interreligious Marriage

Guidelines for the increasing number of interreligious marriages have been launched by the Christian-Muslim forum. “When Two Faiths Meet. Marriage, Family and Pastoral Care – Ethical principles” is available free online. 

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12/12/2012 4:20 pm

Marriage in its current form is essential to the common good

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark, Vice-President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, wrote this comment piece on same-sex civil marriage. The article originally appeared in The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday, 12 December.

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12/12/2012 3:10 pm

Combating human trafficking training days

The first in a series of training days focussing on human trafficking took place this week which are being run by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in conjunction with the International Organisation for Migration, UK. 

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12/12/2012 3:00 pm

Bishop speaks of the ‘greatest gift given to him in life’

Rt Rev Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury, has spoken of the moment when he joyfully realised that God was truly present in the Eucharist. 

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12/12/2012 10:35 am

Pope posts historic first tweet

Pope Benedict XVI has sent his first tweet into the twittersphere announcing his pleasure at communicating on the social micro-blogging platform.

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11/12/2012 5:05 pm

Every parish in Lancaster opens at the same time for confessions

Every Wednesday of Advent; 5, 12 and 19 December 2012 every Catholic parish church in the Diocese of Lancaster will be open and a priest available from 7pm to 8 pm for Catholics to go to Confession. 

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11/12/2012 3:30 pm

Statement on the government response to the same sex marriage consultation

Statement by Archbishop Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Peter Smith on the government response to the same sex marriage consultation. 

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11/12/2012 4:15 pm

Response to the 2011 Census

The Office for National Statistics 2011 census figures on religion published today show that the number of people self-identifying as Christian stands at 33.2 million (59%), down from 37.3 million (72%) in 2001. 

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07/12/2012 4:30 pm

Catholic Bible Engagement Survey Suggests Need to Support Scripture Use and Literacy

The results of a survey commissioned by the Bible Society, in partnership with the Home Mission Desk of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, suggest that Catholics may need greater help in deepening their knowledge and use of, and prayer with, the Bible each day.

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07/12/2012 3:15 pm

Catholic-Oriental Orthodox Ecumenical Vespers of Our Lady

Following the January 2012 publication of a book containing the joint-statements and agreements issued by the Catholic and Oriental Orthodox Churches, a celebration of Solemn Vespers took place at St James' Church, Spanish Place in central London on Thursday 6 December.

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06/12/2012 12:05 pm

New Master of the Catholic Writers’ Guild

Dr James Kelly, St Cuthbert’s Society Fellow at Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies, has been named the new Master of the Catholic Writers’ Guild. 

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05/12/2012 4:34 pm

Statement on the Publication of the Apostolic Letter Intima Ecclesiae natura - ‘On The Service Of Charity’

Following an initial programme of conferences and seminars on the structure and organisation of Caritas around the world, the Bishops at their November 2011 Plenary Meeting agreed a three-part resolution for the further development of Catholic social action within England and Wales. 

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A Day of Prayer for the Middle East

At their recent plenary meeting, the Bishops of England and Wales reflected on the tragedy afflicting Syria and Gaza. As one sign of solidarity with the peoples of the whole Middle East North Africa region, the bishops asked that the Catholic community mark 4 December as a day of prayer for all those suffering from injustice. 

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04/12/2012 2:55 pm

Venerable English College received in audience by Pope Benedict XVI

The Venerable English College in Rome concluded its year of celebrations for the 650th anniversary of its foundation with an Audience with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. 

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