04/08/2015 12:00 pm

Mental Health Project: A Report on the Annual Retreat

For four years now the Catholic Bishops’ Conference Mental Health Project has been organising and subsidising an Annual Residential Retreat for those involved in Mental Health Pastoral Care. Bishop Richard Moth, newly appointed to Arundel and Brighton, and the lead Bishop for mental health in England and Wales has provided the retreat talks. 

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16/06/2015 1:00 pm

Mental Well-Being: Listening with Compassion

In the magnificent Waldegrave Room at St Mary’s University, Twickenham the Bishops’ Mental Health Project in partnership with The Centre for Initiatives in Spirituality and Reconciliation (InSpiRe) hosted a conference with themes relating to mental health and spiritual life on Saturday 6th June, 2015. The conference ‘Mental Well-Being: Listening with Compassion’ was part of the drive to raise awareness about mental health challenges and to address issues of stigma and discrimination.

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19/08/2015 4:04 pm

Bishop Lang urges Israeli authorities to stop construction of Separation Wall in Cremisan Valley

On Monday 17 August, Israeli bulldozers arrived on private properties in Beir Ona, near the Cremisan Valley, to resume construction of the controversial separation wall. Bishop Declan Lang has issued a statement calling for a halt to the works. 

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18/08/2015 3:00 pm

Assessing the evidence on Assisted Suicide

The debate over assisted suicide frequently generates more heat than light, and arguments are often based on anecdotes or appeal to emotion rather than evidence. When people do appeal to evidence, they often do so selectively or in broad terms, and it is not always easy to check their sources.

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17/08/2015 5:50 pm

Bishop encourages Catholics to pray after "appalling" bomb attack in Thailand

A bomb has exploded in Thailand's capital, Bangkok, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 80. Bishop Declan Lang, Chair of the Bishops' International Affairs department, visited Thailand two years ago and called for Catholics to pray for the victims. 

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14/08/2015 3:06 pm

Bells of Clifton Cathedral to ring in support of persecuted Christians in the Middle East

On Sunday 16 August, the Feast of the Assumption in England and Wales, the bells of Clifton Cathedral will toll at 12.30 in support of persecuted Christians in the Middle East. 

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13/08/2015 3:30 pm

The MENA Region Wrestles With Its Genie!

Dr Harry Hagopian's latest opinion piece from Huggington Post, he focus' on the common assumptions made about the MENA region and some of the more practical issues currently affecting the region, is change afoot or is it just more of the same?

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12/08/2015 3:11 pm

Installation of the New Armenian Catholic Patriarch

The installation of His Beatitude Krikor Bedros XX Gabroyan as Patriarch of the Armenian Catholic Church took place at Bzommar Monastery, Lebanon on 9 August.

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11/08/2015 10:30 am

World Day of Prayer for Creation

Pope Francis has established an annual day of global prayer for creation that will be celebrated on 1 September.

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08/08/2015 6:32 pm

Bishop for Migrants ‘deeply concerned over the deepening humanitarian crisis’ in Calais

Bishop Patrick Lynch: "I am deeply concerned over the deepening humanitarian crisis involving thousands of migrants unfolding in Calais. The crisis has developed over a decade and challenges us all, both as Christians and as Europeans. We must face up to this reality at various levels..."

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Announcement of the winning entry from an international competition for a hymn setting for the Holy Year of Mercy

The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation yesterday published on its ‘Jubilee of Mercy’ website the winning entry in an international competition for a hymn setting for the Holy Year of Mercy. The music has been written by Paul Inwood, an English Catholic liturgical composer well known on both sides of the Atlantic. A substantial number of composers from around the world were invited to submit settings to a committee whose members included Monsignor Massimo Palombella, Director of the Sistine Chapel Choir, which has recorded the new hymn with Vatican Radio.

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06/08/2015 4:00 pm

Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark on Vatican Radio

Bishop Pat Lynch speaks to Vatican Raido's Susy Hodges on the current migrant crisis. He urges the UK and French governments to recognise the desperation of those asylum seekers and of a need to put in place more efficient procedures to assess fairly and rapidly those seeking asylum.

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06/08/2015 12:25 pm

It would be a mistake to further deregulate the laws on Sunday Trading

As the consultation opens on ‘Devolving Sunday trading rules’ to local areas, a Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales spokesperson responds.

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04/08/2015 10:30 am

Bishop Lang sends condolences after Myanmar Flooding

Bishop Lang writes to Burma’s Cardinal Charles Bo to express his condolences and solidarity in the wake of recent flooding.

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04/08/2015 9:30 am

Bishop Patrick Lynch on a response to the Calais situation

In a letter to the Telegraph, the Bishop for Migrants, the Right Reverend Patrick Lynch outlines his response to the situation in Calais. He writes of the need to recognise “the desperation of those seeking asylum”, and to put in place, especially in France “more efficient procedures to assess fairly and rapidly those seeking asylum.”

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30/07/2015 10:30 am

National Catholic Safeguarding Commission: Annual Report 2014-15

The seventh Annual Report outlining the work of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) and the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) has been released. 

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27/07/2015 3:00 pm

Safeguarding: E-Learning resource launched

The Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service, CSAS, has worked with EduCare to bring you a safeguarding e-learning package which is free to access for every member of the Catholic Community in England and Wales. 

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27/07/2015 11:00 am

Cardinal Nichols says we should both cherish life and embrace natural death

In a homily delivered in Lourdes on the Day for Life, the day on which the Church celebrates and affirms life from conception to its natural end, Cardinal Nichols said that we should both cherish life and embrace natural death.

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24/07/2015 12:00 pm

Bishop Sherrington talks to Vatican Radio about Day for Life

‘Cherishing Life – Accepting Death’: that’s the theme of the 2015 Day for Life initiative, celebrated by the Catholic Church in England and Wales on Sunday, 26 July. 

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22/07/2015 1:00 pm

Pope Francis sends blessing to all those who work to protect and promote life in England and Wales

Pope Francis has sent his good wishes and support to the Catholic Church in England and Wales for this Sunday’s Day for Life. Day for Life is the day dedicated to praying for the protection of human life and raising awareness about its meaning and value at every stage and in every condition.

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