10/09/2013 3:13 pm

Comment on the Crown Prosecution Service's decision not to prosecute two doctors who agreed to gender abortions

Archbishop Peter Smith, Vice President of the Bishops' Conference made this comment on the Crown Prosecution Service's decision not to prosecute two doctors who agreed to gender abortions. 

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10/09/2013 11:24 am

Liverpool Care Pathway Review: Statement from the Anscombe Bioethics Centre

The Director and the Governing Board of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre have agreed a statement welcoming the publication of the independent review of the Liverpool Care Pathway.

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09/09/2013 2:43 pm

Archbishop Urges Caution over Military Intervention in Syria Crisis

The President of the Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, spoke to the BBC Radio 4 'Sunday' Programme yesterday to urge the international community to draw back from military intervention to address the civil war in Syria.

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06/09/2013 9:55 am

Letter from the Grand Mufti of Damascus to the Pope: "Let us work together for peace"

In St. Peter's Square or in the great Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, the Grand Mufti of Syria, Ahmad Badreddin Hassou, spiritual leader of Sunni Islam, welcomes the Pope's appeal and will be there praying and fasting for peace in his country.

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05/09/2013 4:17 pm

Pope's letter to Russia's President Putin ahead of G20 summit focuses on Syria

Pope Francis has written a letter to President Vladimir Putin of Russia as he prepares to host this year's G20 summit in St. Petersburg: "It is regrettable that, from the very beginning of the conflict in Syria, one-sided interests have prevailed and in fact hindered the search for a solution that would have avoided the senseless massacre now unfolding." 

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01/09/2013 5:18 pm

Pope Francis' appeals for peace in Syria, the Middle East and the World

Pope Francis has called for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, in the entire Middle East region, and throughout the whole world to be held this coming Saturday, 7 September 2013. The Pope made the announcement during the course of remarks ahead of the traditional Angelus prayer on Sunday, 1 September.

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04/09/2013 2:11 pm

CBCEW President Echoes Pope's call for Prayer and Fasting for Peace in Syria

The President of the Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, has asked 'people of every faith' to take up Pope Francis' call for a day of prayer and fasting on 7 September for peace in Syria. 

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30/08/2013 1:00 pm

Archbishop Bernard Longley hopes the Church will soon recognise Blessed Dominic Barberi and Blessed John Henry Newman as Saints

“The witness and preaching of Blessed Dominic make him a good patron for the Year of Faith since the Church has been encouraging us to embrace our faith in Christ with deeper understanding and to share it with others with renewed confidence and enthusiasm".

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29/08/2013 6:32 pm

Syria: Assured Steps or Indecent Haste?

The Bishops' Middle East North Africa (MENA) consultant, Dr Harry Hagopian, recently published an in-depth article on the increasing tension in Syria after UN inspectors probed the alleged chemical attacks that left hundreds dead in the villages in the eastern Ghouta outskirts of Damascus. 

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02/09/2013 11:45 am

Bishop for mission leads drive to attract four million baptised Catholics back to Church in England and Wales

The bishop who oversees the work of mission in England and Wales is calling for every parish to prioritise reaching out to the estimated four million baptised Catholics who rarely or never attend Mass.

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27/08/2013 2:20 pm

Prayer for Peace in Syria

Pope Francis renewed his call for peace in Syria: “From the bottom of my heart, I would like to express my closeness in prayer and solidarity with all the victims of this conflict, with all those who suffer, especially children, and I invite you to keep alive the hope of peace."

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27/08/2013 12:00 pm

Statement on the Ongoing Violence in Egypt

A statement from Mgr Marcus Stock, The General Secretary of The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, concerning the ongoing violence in Egypt.

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01/08/2013 9:47 am

Statement by Bishop Lang on the death of Dr Michael Whelan KSG, KGCHS, RIP

Michael Whelan was a man who gave unstintingly to the Church, particularly in serving the Christians of the Holy Land through his work with the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and then, more recently, with the creation of the ecumenical Friends of the Holy Land association.

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02/08/2013 1:00 pm

Pope sends personal message to world's Muslims for ‘Id al-Fitr

Pope Francis has chosen this year to send a personal message to Muslims throughout the world for the close of Ramadan. Normally a message is sent by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

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01/08/2013 4:30 pm

Admiration For The Faith of Young Pilgrims– Archbishop Longley Reflects on WYD RIO

Asked for his thoughts and reflections about World Youth Day 2013 Archbishop Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, said: “As I prepare to leave Rio de Janeiro at the conclusion of World Youth Day I am taking some striking images and deep impressions back to Birmingham.

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02/08/2013 9:01 am

New Catholic Bishops’ Prisons Advisor

A new Catholic Bishops’ Prisons Advisor has been appointed by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. The Catholic Chaplain to HM Prison Feltham, Fr Roger Reader will replace Monsignor Malachy Keegan.

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30/07/2013 3:53 pm

Safeguarding: Annual Report 2012-13

The fifth Annual Report outlining the work of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) and the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) was launched on 25 July 2013. This report reflects the work of the Commission and the CSAS. It highlights the many positive developments in the safeguarding ministry in the Catholic Church in England and Wales whilst acknowledging that there is still work to be done and the need to remain vigilant in the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults. 

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29/07/2013 9:01 am

Pope Francis tells over 3m young Catholics "Go, do not be afraid, and serve"

Addressing over three million young pilgrims in what is said to have been the biggest live event ever held in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis offered three simple ideas in his final World Youth Day homily. "Go, do not be afraid, and serve" said Pope Francis - echoing God's words to Jeremiah.

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27/07/2013 1:43 pm

World Youth Day pilgrim hails 'amazing' experience

In our latest UK pilgrims' audio report from WYD Rio, 20-year-old Ruth Waterson, from Red Lodge in Suffolk hails the whole World Youth Day experience as "amazing" and says she can't wait for the weekend finale in Rio with Pope Francis. 

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25/07/2013 9:31 am

Inspiring catechesis and an emotional reconciliation service

The second UK pilgrims' audio report comes from Clive Sheridan, 21, who hails from Peterborough in the Diocese of East Anglia. He speaks of the inspiring catechesis session led by Cardinal Napier of South Africa and the emotional reconciliation service with Bishop John Sherrington from the Diocese of Westminster.

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