17/02/2015 11:10 am

Catholic Education Service response to Education Select Committee Report ‘Life lessons: PSHE and SRE in schools’

Relationship & Sex Education (RSE) is essential for young people to learn about the nature of marriage, family life and relationships, taught in an age appropriate way. In Catholic schools RSE must be taught in the context of Church teaching and with the full consultation and involvement of parents.

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17/02/2015 10:00 am

Morning and Evening Prayer Book for People in Prison

The Bishop for Prisons, Bishop Richard Moth was in prison (Feltham Young Offenders) last week to launch a new 'Morning and Evening Prayer Book for People in Prison', published by Bible Alive. Already in its second edition, the initial print run of 7,000 flew of the shelves and as a result another 15,000 more have been printed - a number which reflects the number of Catholic prisoners in England and Wales.

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17/02/2015 9:00 am

The Presidents of Churches Together in England express solidarity with Coptic Christians

"We are united in prayer for the bereaved families of the twenty-one Coptic Christians murdered yesterday for no reason other than their faith." Say presidents of Churches Together in England.

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13/02/2015 5:43 pm

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

In two weeks’ time, on 1 March, Catholics across England and Wales will receive a letter from their Bishops about this year’s General election. Over 500,000 copies of the letter will be sent to the parishes. The letter will be launched at a press conference hosted by Cardinal Vincent Nichols on 24 February.

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11/02/2015 6:33 pm

400th anniversary of martyrdom of Scotland’s only post-reformation canonised Catholic martyr

Pope Francis is to send Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor as a special envoy to Glasgow to mark the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of St John Ogilvie, Scotland’s only post-reformation canonised Catholic martyr. 

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11/02/2015 9:27 am

Cardinal Vincent Nichols speaks out against sexual violence in conflict

His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols addressed the Inter-faith Consultation Conference on mobilising faith communities in ending sexual violence in conflicts on 9 February 2015 at Lancaster House.

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10/02/2015 10:13 am

New directives on the preaching of homilies

Archbishop Arthur Roche has presented new directives for the Church on the preaching of the homily in Mass. The Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments quoted Pope Francis’ encyclical Evangelii Gaudium where the Holy Father said that “the homily cannot be a form of entertainment like those presented by the media, yet it does need to give life and meaning to the celebration. It is a distinctive genre, since it is preaching situated within the framework of a liturgical celebration”. 

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09/02/2015 3:15 pm

Audio: Health and Social Care Staff: Good Samaritans for the 21st century?

Audio from the November 2014 health and social care seminar that asked whether health and social care staff were Good Samaritans for the 21st century. 

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03/02/2015 5:15 pm

Statement on Mitochondrial Donation following the vote in Parliament

Statement from Bishop John Sherrington on behalf of the Bishops Conference of England and Wales (following the vote in Parliament)

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03/02/2015 4:00 pm

Bishop Philip Pargeter Celebrates 25 years as a Bishop

A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated at Oscott College yesterday for the Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Birmingham, Philip Pargeter’s Episcopal Silver Jubilee.

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03/02/2015 12:00 pm

Key to nurturing missionary parishes is massgoers' conversion of heart

The Catholic bishop who has oversight of the work of evangelisation in England and Wales says radical advancement of Church’s mission can only happen if massgoers embrace afresh their own need for conversion, before trying to reach out to people. 

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02/02/2015 12:00 pm

The Archdiocese of Southwark is truly grateful for the presence of religious men and women, says Bishop Patrick Lynch

At a Mass in Southwark Cathedral to celebrate the World Day or Prayer for Consecrated Life (2 February), Bishop Patrick Lynch said that religious men and women in the Archdiocese of Southwark had led the way in “educating our young people, caring for our elderly and the sick and serving the poor.” 

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28/01/2015 11:03 pm

Archbishop on Bishop Libby Lane's Consecration

The Most Rev Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham and Chair of the Bishops’ Conference Department of Dialogue and Unity, has responded to the consecration of the Church of England's first female bishop - Bishop Libby Lane of Stockport, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Chester.

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30/01/2015 3:09 pm

Statement on Mitochondrial Donation

On Tuesday 3 February, MPs will vote to amend the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. Bishop John Sherrington, from the Bishops’ Conference department for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship, has issued the following statement.

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30/01/2015 10:13 am

New document released on Catholic Spirituality

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has released a new document on Catholic spirituality to offer essential ingredients to help Catholics deepen their relationship with the Lord. 

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29/01/2015 4:07 pm

Vatican hosts international gathering to identify new ways to ‘pass on’ faith

"There is not a single day when Pope Francis doesn’t call us to go out to share our faith" were the decisive words addressed to European delegates in The Vatican recently, meeting to identify effective ways to pass on the Catholic Faith.

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28/01/2015 12:00 pm

Britain has a ‘Moral Responsibility' to Refugees from Syria say Faith Leaders

Muslim, Jewish and Christian faith leaders have called on Prime Minister David Cameron to urgently increase the number of Syrian refugees resettled in the UK in response to ‘one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes of our time’.

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26/01/2015 11:20 am

Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

27 January 2015 is Holocaust Memorial Day. It also marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau - the infamous Nazi death camp. 2015 also sees the 20th anniversary of the Genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia. It's particularly appropriate that the theme for this major anniversary year focuses on memory.

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26/01/2015 12:00 pm

Is it a Hobson’s choice between religious beliefs and free speech

Over the past couple of weeks, there have been reams of analyses and volumes of interviews regarding the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris as well as the subsequent attack on a kosher hypermarket.

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23/01/2015 4:00 pm

Message for World Communications Day 2015: Communicating the Family

The Vatican has issued Pope Francis’ Message for the 49th World Day of Social Communications, the only worldwide celebration called for by the Second Vatican Council (Inter mirifica, 1963). The theme of this year’s message: “Communicating the Family – a Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love.”

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