25/12/2013 12:50 pm

Pope Francis' First Urbi et Orbi Christmas Message

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has delivered his first Urbi et Orbi Christmas Message on the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord.

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25/12/2013 12:35 am

Pope Francis' Christmas Midnight Mass Homily 2013

“In this night, as the spirit of darkness enfolds the world, there takes place anew the event which always amazes and surprises us: the people who walk see a great light.” In his homily during Christmas Midnight Mass, Pope Francis reflected on “the mystery of walking and seeing.”

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25/12/2013 12:01 am

Archbishop Vincent Nichols' Christmas Message

Archbishop Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, offers this audio message to our website visitors on Christmas Day. "This year has been a marvellous year in the Catholic community - especially with the boost given by Pope Francis and his persistent call that we focus our minds and hearts on the joy of being Christians." 

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24/12/2013 11:59 pm

Christmas Midnight Mass 2013: Archbishop Nichols' Homily

In his Christmas homily given at Midnight Mass, Archbishop Nichols reflected on God coming to us in the birth of Jesus. The child is born into our history to be with us "without threat of coercion, just wanting to say ‘Here I am. Come to me.’” 

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24/12/2013 11:45 pm

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem's Christmas Homily

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, celebrated Christmas Midnight Mass in Bethlehem, at the Basilica of the Nativity recalling the many crises and conflicts around the world.

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20/12/2013 5:24 pm

Ordinariate’s First Monastery to be Erected

Ten sisters, formerly members of the Anglican Community of Saint Mary the Virgin, Wantage, will profess their solemn vows at a Mass in the convent in Birmingham where they have been living since August 2013. Mgr Keith Newton will preside.

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20/12/2013 3:49 pm

Pope Francis sends message to President of Bishops' Conference following Apollo Theatre accident

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has sent a message of sympathy to the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Bishops' Conference, following the serious accident at the Apollo Theatre last night.

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20/12/2013 10:06 am

Bishops fly out in support of Palestinian Christians – visits to Gaza and Bethlehem

The Christian community of Gaza is the focal point of this year’s visit to the Holy Land by Bishops from across Europe, North America and South Africa in support of the local Christian communities and the pastoral work of the Church at the service of all in the Holy Land. The Holy Land Co-ordination meets from 12 January to 16 January, 2014. 

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19/12/2013 6:00 pm

Bishops in England and Wales express prayerful solidarity with the people of South Sudan

The Bishop of Clifton and Chairman of the Bishops' Conference Department of International Affairs, the Rt Rev Declan Lang, has written to the Archbishop of Juba, Lukudu Loro to assure him of the prayers and good wishes of the Bishops of England and Wales for the people of South Sudan in this time of political divisions and tensions.

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19/12/2013 6:00 pm

BBC to broadcast Midnight Mass from St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham

BBD Radio 4 will be broadcasting Midnight Mass this year live from The Metropolitan Cathedral and Basilica of St Chad in Birmingham. The Most Rev Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, celebrates the First Mass of Christmas and gives the homily.

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18/12/2013 1:12 pm

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

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor apears on Radio 2’s Chris Evans breakfast show 'Pause for Thought' this morning, Thursday 18 December.

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17/12/2013 12:49 pm

Archbishop Vincent Nichols Appointed to Holy See's Congregation of Bishops

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has appointed the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales a member of the Holy See's Congregation of Bishops (Congregatio pro Episcopis).

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16/12/2013 10:53 am

SYRIA: Christmas Reflection from the Maronite Archbishop of Damascus

'The Refugees before The Crib' is the Christmas reflection from +Samir Nassar, Archbishop of Damascus. "The Child Jesus doesn’t lack companions in Syria… Thousands of children who lost their homes are living under tents as poor as Bethlehem’s crib..."

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12/12/2013 9:11 am

REPLAY: 2013 Benedict XVI Lecture on 'Freedom of Religion in the Public and Private Sphere'

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the government's Minister of State for Faith and Communities, gave the second annual Benedict XVI Lecture in London on 2 December 2013. Read the full text of the lecture. 

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12/12/2013 11:03 am

Pope uses first World Day of Peace message to make a forceful appeal for disarmament

Pope Francis has used his first message for the World Day of Peace to call for a culture of fraternity to take us further down the pathway to peace. The Holy Father's message covers a wide range of subjects making a particularly strong statement on disarmament. 

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10/12/2013 10:03 am

Faith – Freely give what you've freely been given

The Bishop of Nottingham has hosted a diocesan evangelisation event urging people not to deny others knowledge of the greatest gift there is, by keeping the gift of the Catholic faith to themselves.

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09/12/2013 12:58 pm

Bishop John Arnold blogs on his six-day solidarity visit to the Philippines

Having returned from a solidarity visit to the Philippines, Bishop John Arnold, Chair of CAFOD, made a final blog post looking back on the six days he spent visiting the stricken Filipino communities in some of the worst-hit areas. 

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09/12/2013 11:00 am

Haynes Baptiste honoured by Pope Francis for 30 years of service to CARJ

Pope Francis has honoured Haynes Baptiste who has served the Church and the wider UK society for many years. He has been a strong and faithful presence in his parish, in the archdiocese, in CARJ and across the churches as a trainer, a leader and a prophetic voice. 

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09/12/2013 10:15 am

Statement from Catholic Association for Racial Justice on Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was a world leader with a unique combination of vision, courage, wisdom and compassion. Across the world, people of all ages and backgrounds looked on him with admiration and affection. 

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06/12/2013 6:21 pm

Statement from the Archbishop of Westminster on the Death of Nelson Mandela

As we mourn the death of Nelson Mandela, we readily pray for the repose of his soul and for the comfort of all who feel his loss most keenly: his family and, of course, the people of South Africa.

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