28/06/2013 11:26 am

Clones and Three-Parent Babies: the Ethics of Mitochondrial Replacement

The Anscombe Bioethics Centre, a Catholic academic institute that engages with the moral questions arising in clinical practice and biomedical research, has produced a briefing paper and guidance on the ethics of Mitochondrial Replacement.

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21/06/2013 3:10 pm

Cardinal Tauran’s visit warmly received by people of all faiths

Cardinal Tauran’s visit warmly received by the Jain, Hindu and Sikh communities, while people of all faiths pledge themselves to peace in his presence.

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21/06/2013 12:42 pm

Lift the unjust ban on prisoners' votes

In a letter to The Guardian signed by Vice President of the Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Peter Smith alongside faith leaders, peers, MPs and those working in penal system, the signatories call on government to lift the "unjust and outdated ban on all sentenced prisoners taking part in our democratic process." 

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21/06/2013 12:42 pm

Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales Submission: Draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill

This is the joint submission on the Draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales Department for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship and CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network), the domestic social action agency of the Bishops’ Conference.

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19/06/2013 2:22 pm

Chief Rabbi Designate and Archbishop of Westminster visit Gibraltar

The Chief Rabbi Designate Ephraim Mirvis and Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols took part in their first official joint engagement on Tuesday, 18 June, as part of a multi-faith delegation organised by the Council of Christians and Jews. The visit to Gibraltar was organised for the delegation to observe Gibraltar’s exceptional and successful model of inter-faith community relations.

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20/06/2013 1:45 pm

Bishop for Migrants calls on Government to put the interests of children before immigration control

On World Refugee Day, 20 June, the day dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees across the world, the Catholic Bishop for Migrants, Bishop Patrick Lynch has called on the Coalition Government to always put the interests of children before immigration control.  

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20/06/2013 10:00 am

Pope: Help families forced to flee their homelands because of violence and persecution

Speaking about today's World Refugee Day, Pope Francis has made an impassioned appeal for people and institutions around the world to come to the aid of the countless families forced to flee their homelands because of violence and persecution.

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19/06/2013 6:30 pm

Archbishop: Fathers can have 'powerful and positive' influence on tomorrow’s good citizens

Speaking at a summit of faith leaders and representatives of civic organisations discussing how to meet the challenges faced by society, Archbishop Vincent Nichols looked to the "powerful and positive influence fathers can have on the formation of tomorrow’s good citizens".

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20/06/2013 8:45 am

Caritas Europa calls on the EU to ensure effective right to family life for all refugees

On the occasion of the World Refugee Day, Caritas Europa calls on the EU and its Member States to fully ensure access to family reunification for all refugees. To Caritas Europa, the right to family life is one of the pillars of human rights. Access to family reunification is an essential element in ensuring the protection and integration of refugees.

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19/06/2013 10:50 am

Bishop appointed Co-President of the International Lutheran-Catholic Commission on Unity

The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity has appointed Bishop William Kenney as the Co-President of the Catholic Delegation on the International Commission for Dialogue with the Lutheran World Federation.

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16/06/2013 10:50 am

Cardinal Tauran gives thanks for "educative and enriching" dialogue between religions

Cardinal Tauran's four-day visit to the UK concluded back in London this morning with the celebration of Holy Mass in Westminster Cathedral. In his homily, the Cardinal described the dialogue between religions as "educative and enriching". 

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15/06/2013 3:15 pm

Cardinal: Consciously Cultivate Relationships with those of Other Faiths

The Vatican's senior official heading up the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has spoken about the changing make-up of our communities and how we should be "consciously cultivating" good relationships with our neighbours of other faiths.

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15/06/2013 12:55 pm

Cardinal Tauran meets with the Sikh community in Birmingham

On the penultimate day of Cardinal Tauran's four-day visit to England to promote good relations between religions, the visiting delegation travelled to the Midlands to meet with the Sikh community at the Guru Nanak Nishkham Sevak Jatha in Birmingham.

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14/06/2013 11:45 pm

Bishop Lynch signs letter criticising "unfair and damaging" migration rules threatening families

Bishop Patrick Lynch, Chair of the Bishops' Conference Office for Migration Policy, has added his signature to a letter to The Guardian branding new rules on family migration "unfair and damaging" and calling for the government to reconsider them.

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14/06/2013 10:30 pm

Cardinal Tauran visits the Jain Derasar at the Oshwal Centre, Hertfordshire

The UK's Jain communities were the focal point of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran's visit to England on Friday 14 June. His Eminence, accompanied by a delegation led by Archbishop Kevin McDonald, Chair of the Bishops' Conference Office for Interreligious Relations, travelled to Potters Bar to visit the Jain Derasar at the Oshwal Centre, Hertfordshire.

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14/06/2013 3:55 pm

Two-day celebration of Pope John Paul II's 'Evangelium Vitae' promoting the dignity of life

As part of the 'Year of Faith', a two-day celebration of Evangelium Vitae will take place in Rome this weekend giving the faithful from around the world the opportunity to gather with the Holy Father in a communal witness to the sacred value of all life: The lives of the aged, the lives of the sick, the lives of the dying, the lives of the unborn, the lives of the physically and mentally challenged, and the lives of all those who suffer.

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14/06/2013 1:54 pm

Pope Francis meets with the Archbishops of Canterbury and Westminster in Rome

Pope Francis met with the recently enthroned Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in Rome today, 14 June. The Holy Father warmly welcomed Archbishop Welby, who greeted the Pope alongside Archbishop Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

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14/06/2013 1:38 pm

Archbishop of Canterbury's Address to Pope Francis in Historic First Meeting

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is in Rome today, 14 June, and has met with Pope Francis for the first time. In this article you can read the text of Archbishop Welby's address.

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14/06/2013 12:00 pm

Archbishop Bernard Longley Welcomes Commemorative Pope Francis Coin

A special Pope Francis legal tender commemorative coin has been released by the Central Bank of Seychelles with a face value of 5, 10 and 25 Rupees.

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14/06/2013 10:10 am

Together in Prayer for Peace

The President of the Holy See's Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, joined representatives from many of the world's major religions to offer prayers for peace and to bear witness to their longing for a more just and peaceful world. 

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