26/07/2013 3:22 pm

Bishop for Migration responds to Home Office ‘Go home or face arrest’ mobile billboard campaign

Bishop Patrick Lynch responds to the Home Office ‘Go home or face arrest’ mobile billboard campaign targeting undocumented migrants in seven London Boroughs: “This mobile billboard campaign is a very inappropriate way to discourage illegal immigrants from staying in the UK, not least because the message that is often received is that all immigrants and foreigners are unwelcome in the UK."

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26/07/2013 3:02 pm

Pastoral Letter: Consequences of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act

The President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, has released a pastoral letter titled 'The Narrow Gate'. The letter, available this weekend in Westminster's parishes, examines the consequences of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act.

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25/07/2013 9:31 am

WYD Opening Mass "overwhelming and electric"

In the first of our UK pilgrims' audio reports from WYD Rio, Catherine Anderson, 27, from Westminster Diocese gives us a taste of what the atmosphere was like on Copacabana beach for the Opening Mass and Ceremony with the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro. 

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24/07/2013 7:19 pm

Anglican and Catholic Bishops meet with Israeli Ambassador

A joint statement from the Rt Rev Declan Lang, Bishop of Clifton and Chair of the Bishops’ Conference Department for International Affairs and the Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Revd Michael Langrish, who is lead bishop for the Church of England for the Middle East Peace Process. Issued after a meeting with the Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Ambassador Daniel Taub.

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26/07/2013 7:30 am

A Reflection on Saints Joachim and Anne - the Grandparents of Jesus

26 July marks the Feast day of Saints Joachim and Anne - the grandparents of Jesus. In this article, you can read a short reflection on grandparents by Fr Christopher Whitehead, a priest of the Clifton Diocese, and also watch a short video reflection filmed in the Basilica di Santa Croce - the principal Franciscan church in Florence, Italy.

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23/07/2013 2:26 pm

Bishops’ Conference and Missio deepen relationships with the Church in Thailand and Myanmar

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and the Church's official support organisation for overseas mission, Missio, are continuing to deepen relationships with the Catholic Church in Thailand and Myanmar, following a successful visit led by Bishop Declan Lang, Chair of the International Affairs Department and Monsignor Canon James Cronin, Director of Missio.

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23/07/2013 10:33 am

Prayers and best wishes after the birth of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Cambridge

The President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Wales, on behalf of the Conference, has extended his congratulations, prayers and best wishes to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son.

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22/07/2013 11:19 am

Archbishop: WYD enables young people to give a powerful witness to Christ that the world can’t ignore

Archbishop Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, a member of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, is one of five bishops from Great Britain travelling to Brazil for World Youth Day, Rio 2013. On the eve of his departure Archbishop Longley gave Peter Jennings an exclusive interview.

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19/07/2013 7:00 pm

Young British Catholics in Rio to see the Pope

The first Latin American Pope arrives in Brazil on Monday 22 July for World Youth Day. Notable highlights include the blessing of a drug addiction clinic, a visit to the favela of Manguinhos, one of the poorest in Rio, a welcome ceremony on Copacabana beach, confessions, silent adoration and the celebration of Mass with over 1.5 million pilgrims.

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19/07/2013 10:06 am

Bishop Alan Hopes entrusts East Anglia to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Bishop Alan Hopes, former Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, was installed Bishop of East Anglia in the Cathedral Church of St John the Baptist in Norwich on Tuesday 16 July 2013. Bishop Hopes is the fourth bishop of the diocese. In this article, you can read the full text of his installation homily.

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17/07/2013 3:44 pm

Statement on the passing of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act

In receiving Royal Assent, the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act marks a watershed in English law and heralds a profound social change. This fact is acknowledged by both advocates and opponents of the Act. 

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16/07/2013 12:47 pm

Pope Francis sends 'Day for Life' message to UK and Irish Catholics

In a special message to Catholics across Britain and Ireland for the annual Day for Life, Pope Francis has emphasised the need to care for life from conception to natural end. He says that all life has inestimable value ‘even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live for ever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect’.

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16/07/2013 12:24 pm

Archbishop's Response to the Review of the Liverpool Care Pathway

Following the publication of the Review of the Liverpool Care Pathway, The Most Rev Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark and Chair of the Bishops' Conference Department of Christian Responsibility and Citizenship, has made this statement.

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12/07/2013 7:06 pm

Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide

Archbishop Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops' Conference, spoke yesterday, 11 July, at an event at Lancaster House to mark the 18th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. The Archbishop spoke of the struggle between good and evil within all of us and saluted the courage of those who helped to ensure the horrors of Srebrenica will never be forgotten.

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11/07/2013 8:37 am

Cardinal bids fond farewell to Bishop Alan Hopes

As Westminster Diocese bids farewell to outgoing Auxiliary Bishop Alan Hopes, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has praised his "hard work and dedication in the service of the priests and people." Last month, Pope Francis announced that Bishop Hopes will be the fourth bishop of the diocese of East Anglia.

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08/07/2013 3:30 pm

Cardinal Cormac and the ecumenical legacy of the Vatican Council

On Saturday afternoon, 6 July, vying with what seemed like the first real taste of summer sun so far this year, the Focolare Centre for Unity in Welwyn Garden City was packed to overflowing as people came from far and wide to hear Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor deliver a memorial lecture to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of Focolare’s founder, Chiara Lubich.

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08/07/2013 12:55 pm

Bishops of England and Wales call for prayers for Syria

Archbishop Vincent Nichols, president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and Bishop Declan Lang, chair of the international affairs committee for the Conference, today called on all Catholics to offer prayers, and to offer practical support wherever possible, for all those affected by the conflict in Syria.

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05/07/2013 11:00 am

Lumen Fidei - 'The Light of Faith'

The Holy Father Pope Francis’ first encyclical letter has been released. Lumen Fidei, or 'The Light of Faith', was unveiled at the Vatican Press Office on Friday, 5 July and is a re-working of a draft text given to Pope Francis by Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI. Prepared to mark the 'Year of Faith', Lumen Fidei was described by the Holy Father as "the work of four hands."

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04/07/2013 9:21 am

Consultations: ‘Migrant Access to the NHS’ and ‘Tackling Illegal Migration in Privately Rented Accommodation’

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales will take part in both the ‘Migrant Access to the NHS’ and ‘Tackling Illegal Migration in Privately Rented Accommodation’ consultations. Bishop Patrick Lynch, the Lead Bishop for Migrants, has made an initial response to the opening of both consultations.

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01/07/2013 7:04 pm

Presumed Consent – Organ Donation in Wales

In a letter written ahead of the final vote in the Welsh Assembly, Tuesday 2 July, on the Human Transplantation (Wales) Bill, leaders from the Catholic Church, the Church of England, the Muslim Council for Wales, the Jewish Representative Council, the Wales Orthodox Mission, Patient Concern and Care amongst others have outlined their principled opposition to presumed consent. 

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