04/12/2012 12:22 pm

New Bishop for Prisons

The Bishop of Salford, Terence Brain has stepped down from his role as liaison Bishop for Prisons, he is succeeded by the Bishop of the Forces, Richard Moth.

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04/12/2012 12:03 pm

Cardinal Turkson on the Importance of Overseas Mission

Cardinal Peter Turkson spoke of the need to bring Kingdom values on earth in a speech he gave to supporters of Missio at Westminster Cathedral Hall on Saturday.

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01/12/2012 4:38 pm

Martyrs' Day in Rome

The Venerable English College (VEC) celebrated Martyrs' Day on 1 December - the day each year when it remembers its proto-martyr Saint Ralph Sherwin who, in 1581, was martyred upon his return to England.

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29/11/2012 4:22 pm

Bishops call on Foreign Secretary to show support for Middle East peace process after abstention

Anglican and Catholic Bishops joined today in calling on Foreign Secretary William Hague to increase efforts to revitalise the stalled peace process in the Middle East.

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28/11/2012 2:00 pm

Archbishop of Westminster tells Parliamentarians care reform is a fundamental test for society

In a speech to Parliamentarians and representatives of Catholic charities, the Most Rev. Vincent Nichols- Archbishop of Westminster, today emphasised the urgency and importance of reforming the UK's care system.

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28/11/2012 11:16 pm

Guru Nanak Jayanti

Vatican message marking Guru Nanak Jayanti - the festival when Sikhs celebrate the coming into the world the first Guru of Sikhism.

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26/11/2012 7:05 pm

Catholic Schools more Ethnically Diverse and Higher Performing than National Averages

Today, 26 November, the Catholic Education Service launched its Digest of 2012 Census Data for Schools and Colleges. The data shows the prominent role of Catholic education in England and Wales with 2257 Catholic schools and colleges educating 838,756 pupils and employing 52,436 Teachers and 39,102 support staff.

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26/11/2012 6:40 pm

Pioneering use of Twitter during the 'Year of Faith'

A new way to teach the Catholic Faith and to encourage people to read the Bible is being piloted on Twitter - the social media micro-blogging tool.

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26/11/2012 6:25 pm

Jubilarians Celebrate Over 2,000 Years of Priestly Service

It wasn't just Her Majesty the Queen who celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Two priests - Clifton's Fr Gerard Rodgers and Fr Timothy Harrington of Shrewsbury, had the honour of meeting Pope Benedict XVI as they travelled to Rome to mark their 60 years of priestly service.

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26/11/2012 11:05 am

Archbishop Welcomes Welsh/Bi-lingual Versions of Year of Faith Logo

The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation has granted permission for the use of Welsh/Bi-lingual versions of the official logo for the 'Year of Faith'.

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26/11/2012 4:33 pm

Archbishop: "It cannot be presumed that everyone is in favour of same-sex marriage"

The Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, gave the following homily during the Annual Civic Mass, at the Metropolitan Cathedral and Basilica of St Chad, Birmingham, on the Solemnity of Christ the King, Sunday, 25 November 2012.

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23/11/2012 4:30 pm

Pope praises work of Apostleship of the Sea

Speaking at the close of Apostleship of the Sea’s 23rd international congress in the Vatican, he said, "Today too the Church sails across the seas to bring the Gospel to all nations, and your presence in ports throughout the world, your daily visits to ships docked in these ports and the fraternal welcome you give to the crews whilst in port are a visible sign of your concern for those who are not able to receive ordinary pastoral care."

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21/11/2012 1:35 pm

Nuncio visits Feltham Young Offenders Institution

During Prisons Week, 18-24 November, the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, Archbishop Antonio Mennini visited Feltham Young Offenders Institution in West London. He celebrated Mass for the young inmates on Wednesday 21 November 2012.

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20/11/2012 12:35 pm

Climax to 650th Anniversary Year of the English and Welsh Hospice in Rome

This year the Venerable English College - the Venerabile - has been celebrating a very significant milestone in the history of English and Welsh Catholicism. For 2012 marked the 650th anniversary of the Foundation of an English and Welsh Hospice on the site occupied by the Venerabile.

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16/11/2012 12:01 pm

Resolutions: Religious Education

The bishops agreed four resolutions relating to Catholic education and schools at their November 2012 plenary meeting: Religious Education and the Common Good, Religious Education in Catholic Schools, Religious Education and Parental Choice and the bishops welcomed the publication of the new Religious Education Curriculum Directory. 

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16/11/2012 12:01 pm

Resolution: Day of Prayer for Victims of Trafficking

The Bishops’ Conference commends the request to observe the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita - 8 February - as a Day of Prayer for Victims of Trafficking and those who work to combat it. 

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16/11/2012 12:01 pm

Resolution: Day of Prayer for Peace in the Middle East

Conscious of the civil war in Syria and its impact on neighbouring countries, as well as the continuing conflict in the Holy Land, the Bishops’ Conference asks that a day of prayer for peace in the Middle East be observed on 4 December 2012, the Feast of St John Damascene.

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16/11/2012 12:01 pm

Resolution: Same-sex Marriage

"Together with many people both within and beyond the faith communities of England and Wales we remain firmly opposed to the government's proposal to redefine marriage. We await the publication of the results of the public consultation and the government's response. At this time, we urge all who oppose the government's proposal to make their views known to their own member of parliament."

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16/11/2012 12:01 pm

Resolution: Living Wage

The Bishops’ Conference recognises that fair wages are essential to the common good of our society. In accordance with Catholic social teaching, and as part of its mission to support the poor and vulnerable, the Bishops’ Conference fully endorses the principle of the Living Wage and encourages Catholic organisations and charities in England and Wales to work towards its implementation.

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16/11/2012 10:05 am

Pilgrims Venerate Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa at St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham

Large crowds of people venerated the Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the Black Madonna of Poland, during its short but memorable visit to the Metropolitan Cathedral and Basilica of St Chad, in Birmingham.

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