16/03/2015 5:58 pm

Statement from Bishop Declan Lang on Pakistan Massacres

“The weekend massacres in Lahore showed in the most terrible way just how vulnerable Pakistani Christians, and other communities, are to extremist political violence."

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16/03/2015 1:27 pm

Archbishop Peter Smith responds to the Equality and Human Rights Commission Survey on Religion or Belief in the Workplace

“I am extremely grateful to all those Catholics who took the time to share their experiences and assist the Equality and Human Rights Commission in this important area of work. It is encouraging that a number of respondents described inclusive environments in which their beliefs are respected. However the findings have also highlighted some examples of seriously troubling practices including people being treated unfavourably or prevented from expressing their faith."

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16/03/2015 11:07 am

Bishop responds to UKIP leader's comments about the education of immigrants’ children

Bishop Patrick Lynch, Chair of the Bishops’ Conference Office for Migration Policy, has given this response to UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s comments about the education of immigrants’ children.

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12/03/2015 5:57 pm

Lecture: Bishop Declan Lang - Can religion be a force for good in international relations?

The Rt Rev Declan Lang addressed the question "Can religion be a force for good in international relations?" when he delivered the annual St Matthias Lecture at Bristol Cathedral, College Green on Tuesday, 11 March. 

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10/03/2015 3:20 pm

Bishop invites Catholics to send an Easter Card to Persecuted Christians

Bishop Declan Lang, Chair of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference Department of International Affairs, is encouraging Catholics to contact Christian prisoners of conscience and human rights defenders with a message of hope this Easter. 

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10/03/2015 1:17 pm

The Re-Interment of King Richard III

As part of the ceremonies marking the re-interment of King Richard III, Cardinal Vincent Nichols will celebrate Mass for the repose of the soul of Richard III in Holy Cross Church, Leicester on Monday 23 March 2015. There will be a further celebration of Mass in Holy Cross Church on Tuesday 24 March.

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10/03/2015 10:47 am

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor delivers Pope Francis’ message to the people of Scotland

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the Pope’s representative at ceremonies to mark the 400th anniversary of the execution of St John Ogilvie, delivered a message from Pope Francis to the people of Scotland in Glasgow on Monday, 9 March. 

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09/03/2015 9:26 am

Justice and Peace Europe: 'Concerted Action' Highlighting Parties with Nationalist Agendas

Parties with nationalist agendas have been able to increase their popularity throughout Europe. This became particularly evident in the European elections in May 2014. Justice and Peace Europe, the association of 31 national Justice and Peace commissions, now wishes to address this phenomenon in its annual 'concerted action'.

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04/03/2015 3:15 pm

£25,000 Grant for St Augustine Church

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has announced a £25,000 grant award for the proposed project for a Pugin and St Augustine Education, Research, and Visitor Centre. 

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04/03/2015 12:45 pm

Bishop invites people to pray for dementia sufferers and their families during National Dementia Prayer Week (12-19 March 2015)

Prayer is one very powerful way of connecting with all concerned. Let us pray for and with those whose lives have been touched by dementia. In this way we unite ourselves with them, forging a link with the Lord that words alone cannot express.

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03/03/2015 12:58 pm

Bishop Lynch responds to Immigration Detention Parliamentary Report

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration has reported on an inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the United Kingdom. In the report Parliamentarians call for a 28 day maximum time limit on immigration detention to be introduced. Bishop Patrick Lynch, Chair of the Bishops' Conference Office for Migration Policy responds. 

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02/03/2015 5:00 pm

Plater Trust makes four awards for research into Catholic Social Teaching & Practice

The annual Plater Trust awards ceremony was held at the Cardinal Hume Centre, Westminster on 26th February to announce the latest recipients of Trust grants. It was hosted by the Trust’s Chairman, Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

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02/03/2015 8:50 am

New Rector for the Pontifical Beda College in Rome

At the request of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, the Congregation for The Clergy has appointed Canon Philip Gillespie, a priest of the Archdiocese of Liverpool and currently Dean of the Catholic community on the Isle of Man, as Rector of the Pontifical Beda College in Rome. 

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26/02/2015 3:00 pm

It is vital that young Catholics involve themselves in politics

In May this year, the country will return to the polls to elect a successor to the Coalition. The new government is very unlikely to be a rerun of 2010’s Conservative – Liberal Democrat pact. But the election will be notable for the absence of several prominent Catholic MPs from across the aisles, including Labour’s Paul Murphy (Torfaen), the Lib Dem Sarah Teather (Brent Central), and two Conservatives, Mark Hoban (Fareham) and Jonathan Evans (Cardiff North).

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24/02/2015 4:00 pm

Archbishop Longley: The Catholic Church embraces you today

At St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, Archbishop Longley welcomed 250 catechumens and candidates to the Rite of Election on Sunday. The Archbishop said. “The Catholic Church extends an embrace of welcome to all the catechumens and those preparing to be received into full communion this Easter.”

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24/02/2015 3:21 pm

Audio: General Election Press Conference

At a press conference in London on 24 February, Cardinal Vincent Nichols released a letter to Catholics in England and Wales on the General Election. We have uploaded two audio files to our SoundCloud stream.

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24/02/2015 11:00 am

General Election 2015 – Bishops’ letter to all Catholics in England and Wales

The Bishops have released a letter addressed to Catholics across England and Wales about this year’s General Election. Over 500,000 copies of the letter have been sent to the parishes. The letter can be read in full here. It's also available as a PDF download in English and Welsh. 

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20/02/2015 4:35 pm

The Scientific Case Against Three Parent Embryos

An international petition to stop genetic modification of human embryos and the creation of 3-parent children is aiming to collect 100,000 signatures from across the world. The petition is against the UK attempt to introduce regulations which would allow scientists to create a child using DNA from three adult sources, mother, father and egg donor.

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19/02/2015 12:00 pm

Statement on violence in Burma/Myanmar

Bishop Declan Lang, Chair, Bishops’ Conference Department of International Affairs, has made a statement on violence in Burma/Myanmar.

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18/02/2015 2:00 pm

24 Hours for the Lord

For a second straight year, the Holy Father has invited dioceses, parishes and communities to join with him in participating in the initiative entitled 24 Hours for the Lord. This program, which has been organised by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, and is aimed at placing the Sacrament of Reconciliation once again at the centre of the pastoral activity of the Church, will be held on March 13th and 14th.

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