31/03/2014 11:00 am

Pope appoints Mgr Nicholas Hudson as new Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster

Pope Francis has appointed as the new Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster Monsignor Nicholas Hudson, a priest of the Archdiocese of Southwark, former Rector of the English College in Rome and since January 2014, the Parish Priest of Sacred Heart, Wimbledon.

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25/03/2014 11:00 am

Bishop Malcolm McMahon’s Pastoral Letter for the Third Sunday of Lent

In a pastoral letter read at all Masses in the Diocese of Nottingham last weekend, shortly after he was appointed Archbishop of Liverpool, Bishop Malcolm spoke of his sadness at leaving his Diocese.

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24/03/2014 4:00 pm

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor Installed as Chancellor of Newman University

Newman University continues its celebration of full university title with the installation of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor as its first Chancellor. As formal head of the University, he will take on a largely ceremonial role, carrying out ambassadorial and representative duties.

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21/03/2014 1:00 pm

COMECE Statement on the European Elections 2014

The Catholic Bishops of Europe have published a statement ahead of the May 2014 European elections. In this text, they reaffirm their support for the European project. They encourage all citizens of the European Union to go to the polling booths on the 22 and 25 May, and to start engaging, during the run-up to the election, in constructive dialogue with their MEP’s and those who are candidates for seats. 

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21/03/2014 11:00 am

Pope appoints Rt Rev Malcolm McMahon as new Archbishop of Liverpool

Pope Francis has appointed the Right Reverend Malcolm McMahon OP, Bishop of Nottingham, to be the ninth Archbishop of Liverpool. Archbishop-Elect McMahon’s Mass of Installation as Archbishop of Liverpool will be celebrated at 12noon on Thursday 1 May 2014, the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool.

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19/03/2014 4:00 pm

Budget once again fails the poorest

The social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has said that the Chancellor’s Budget Statement fails to get to grips with poverty in the UK.

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18/03/2014 4:30 pm

Bishops fix date for ending use of musical settings according to the old translation of the Missal

The Bishops of England and Wales have fixed the end date of the transitional period for implementing music in the new translation of the Roman Missal to Pentecost Sunday, 8 June 2014.

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17/03/2014 2:13 pm

Cardinal Nichols returns to his home City for Mass of Thanksgiving

Over two thousand people filled Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on Sunday afternoon to welcome home Cardinal Vincent Nichols. The Cardinal, who was ordained priest for the Archdiocese of Liverpool in 1969, celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving following the Consistory which saw Pope Francis create him a Cardinal on Saturday 22 February.

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19/03/2014 2:34 pm

Round-the-clock Confessions for the initiative '24 Hours for the Lord'

24 Hours for the Lord is a new initiative of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelisation. The initiative, which begins on Friday 28 March 2014 at 5pm, focuses on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

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15/03/2014 11:00 am

Pope appoints Fr Robert Byrne as new Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham

Pope Francis has appointed as the new Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, Fr Robert Byrne CO, until now National Ecumenical Officer for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. 

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14/03/2014 2:05 pm

Bishop Lang: "All Syrians deserve better"

Today, as we complete the third year of the uprisings in Syria that started on 15 March 2011, the levels of human loss and suffering are staggering. Figures such as 140,000 dead, 6.5 million internally displaced, 2.5 million refugees in neighbouring countries like Lebanon or Jordan, and the hundreds of thousands between injured, kidnapped, imprisoned or disappeared from across the whole country have together numbed our senses.

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South London Parish Adopts St Bakhita

The Catholic Parish of St Peter’s in Woolwich has adopted St Bakhita, the Sudanese Saint who at the age of nine was kidnapped and sold into slavery, she was a victim of what we would now call human trafficking.

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12/03/2014 12:00 pm

Making Churches Dementia Friendly

To coincide with the National Week of Prayer and Awareness of Dementia, 12 - 19 March, Catholic charities are calling on Churches to do more to become “dementia friendly communities”. There are currently 800,000 people with dementia in the UK and the number of people affected is estimated to rise to over 1 million by 2021 and 1.7 million by 2050.

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12/03/2014 12:00 pm

Health charges could affect victims of FGM, domestic abuse and trafficking

CSAN, the social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has warned that new charges for migrants using the NHS could undermine the government's fight against FGM, domestic abuse and human trafficking.

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12/03/2014 11:00 am

The Catholic Church embraces you today – Archbishop Longley at the Rite of Election

The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley welcomed more than two hundred candidates for election on Sunday at the Mother Church of the Archdiocese, St Chad’s Cathedral.

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11/03/2014 2:00 pm

Gatherings nationwide bring together people from far and wide who are preparing to become Catholics

From Newcastle to Plymouth, Cardiff to Norwich and Liverpool to Brighton, the first weekend of Lent saw groups coming together to celebrate their decision to become Catholics.

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11/03/2014 12:48 pm

Greek Orthodox nuns released in Syria

The world witnessed a crumb of positive news from Syria yesterday as the kidnapped Greek Orthodox nuns from the St Thekla convent in Maaloula were released and spoke to the gathered media in the capital Damascus. The nuns disappeared on 2 December in Ma’loula, 35 miles north of Damascus, after the town was seized by the opposition al-Nusra Front group - classed as a terrorist organisation by the United Nations, the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.

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11/03/2014 11:00 am

National Week of Prayer and Awareness of Dementia

On Wednesday 19 March the doors of Cardinal Heenan House in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, will again be open to welcome people for a day of prayer and awareness of dementia.

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07/03/2014 4:01 pm

Contrasting uprisings: Syria and Ukraine

Ripples from the international community's handling of the Syria crisis in the Middle East North Africa region is impacting on the rising global tension over the ousting of Ukraine's former President Viktor Yushchenko. As we approach the three-year anniversary of the start of the Syria conflict, Bishops' MENA consultant Dr Harry Hagopian contrasts the Ukraine uprising with the ability of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to hold onto power in Damascus.

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06/03/2014 10:00 am

Re-connecting with the Sacrament of Reconcilation

In his lenten Pastoral letter the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, The Rt Revd Kieran Conry, talks about re-connecting with the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or get to know it for the first time. The sacrament has been referred to traditionally as ‘confession’, but the Church has recognised that there is more to the celebration than simply the act of confessing sins. It is a re-building of our relationship with God and with one another.

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