18/10/2012 2:30 pm

His Beatitude Torkom Manoogian II, Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem

Following the death of the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Torkom Manoogian II, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has written to the Vicar General of the Patriarchate to offer the Bishops' "heartfelt condolences".

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18/10/2012 9:50 am

Pope to send Delegation to Syria

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State for the Holy See, has announced Pope Benedict XVI will be sending a delegation to Syria to express, in the name of the Pope and the entire Church, "fraternal solidarity with the entire population".

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16/10/2012 5:45 pm

Archbishop Bernard Longley's Synod Intervention

The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Rev Bernard Longley, has made a key intervention at the XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, in Rome, on the theme 'The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith'. 

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16/10/2012 11:45 am

40,000 lapel crosses and prayer cards distributed for the Year of Faith

Bishop Seamus Cunningham has celebrated an opening Mass for the Year of Faith in Hexham and Newcastle and distributed crosses and prayer cards for the 180 parishes in the diocese.

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14/10/2012 3:11 pm

World Mission Sunday

‘Faith changes everything’. This is the theme of this year’s World Mission Sunday campaign in England and Wales and features the work of St Anthony’s orphanage in Zambia which is run by Religious Sisters.

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14/10/2012 2:50 pm

British Ambassador attends memorial Mass for victims of 2002 Bali bombings

The British Ambassador to the Holy See, H E Nigel Baker MVO, OBE, attended a special 10th Anniversary Memorial Mass for the victims of the 12 October 2002 Bali Bombings and their families, in Rome.

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12/10/2012 2:53 pm

Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople on 50th anniversary of Vatican II

At the invitation of Pope Benedict XVI, His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople delivered an address in St Peter's Square, on 11 October, marking the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. 

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Pope Celebrates Mass for 50th Anniversary of Vatican II and Opening of the Year of Faith

According to the Holy See Press Office, 80 Cardinals, 16 Council Fathers, eight Patriarchs of the Eastern Churches, 191 Archbishops and Bishops participating in the XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, together with 104 Presidents of Episcopal Conferences from throughout the world participated. 

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08/10/2012 5:30 pm

Anscombe Bioethics Centre Response on Nobel Prize for Stem Cell Work

This Nobel prize recognises a great scientific breakthrough but it is equally an achievement of great ethical significance. This technique offers hope of progress in stem cell research without relying on the unethical destruction of human embryos...

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05/10/2012 5:30 pm

Preview Of Evangelisation Gathering At The Vatican

As hundreds of delegates arrive in Rome this weekend for a worldwide gathering on evangelisation with the Pope, a bishop attendee from England and Wales reflects on his expectations for the meeting. 

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04/10/2012 3:15 pm

Pope looks to Social Networks as 'New Spaces for Evangelisation'

As the Church's 'Year of Faith' begins, the Holy Father has chosen to focus on the power of social networking platforms like Facebook and Twitter as digital tools of evangelisation. 

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03/10/2012 11:10 am

Archbishop Longley Appointed Chairman of Special Commission on Overseas Seminaries

Archbishop Bernard Longley has been appointed Chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales Special Commission on Overseas Seminaries. The Commission of three bishops are responsible for the Venerable English College and the Beda College in Rome. Also St Alban’s College, Valladolid in Spain. 

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01/10/2012 6:45 pm

Archbishop Launches Year of Faith Video Testimonies

The Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, is the first to feature in a new series of bishops' video testimonies to celebrate the Year of Faith which begins on 11 October.

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01/10/2012 4:55 pm

Religious are an essential part of the Church

Speaking to a conference organised by the Religious Life Institute in London, Archbishop Joseph Tobin said that “religious orders are not simply an adornment of the Church they are an essential part of it.” 

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01/10/2012 4:30 pm

But, how do you know if you have a vocation?

Sixteen new men recently arrived in Allen Hall, Chelsea as new seminarians, preparing for the Roman Catholic priesthood. The new intake brings the number of men preparing for the priesthood at Allen Hall to 57, up from 46 in 2010 and a decade of increasing numbers.

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01/10/2012 3:15 pm

The Challenges of Evangelisation in Europe

Bishops’ message and statement at the end of the Plenary Assembly of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences held in St Gallen, Switzerland – in the organisation’s offices – on the occasion of the 1,400th anniversary of Saint Gall’s arrival in the city

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01/10/2012 10:50 am

Pastoral care of the Armed Forces is not an optional extra, says Forces Bishop

At a Mass to Celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Military Ordinariate of Great Britain, the Catholic Bishop of the Forces, Bishop Richard Moth said that at a time of change for the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom "the continuing pastoral care of the Armed Forces community is not an optional extra".

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01/10/2012 8:30 am

Bishop: Be Mindful of the Needs of Those Suffering from Depression

Bishop Richard Moth, Catholic Bishop of the Forces and Lead Bishop for the Mental Health Project offers his reflection on World Mental Health Day 2012. 

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