29/03/2016 12:00 pm

Cardinal: Pray for dead and wounded in Easter attack in Lahore, Pakistan

A suicide bomber has killed at least 70 people and injured around 300 in an attack against Christians celebrating Easter Sunday in Lahore, Pakistan. In the wake of the Easter Sunday's Cardinal Vincent Nichols asks us to pray for the dead and those who have been wounded. 

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27/03/2016 12:00 pm

Pope Francis' Urbi et Orbi Easter Message 2016

Pope Francis delivered the traditional Urbi et Orbi blessing on Easter Sunday, following Mass in St. Peter's Square. Speaking to pilgrims and tourists gathered in the Square for the occasion, Pope Francis especially remembered the suffering peoples of Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen.

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17/03/2016 9:25 am

Pause for Thought: Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor's St Patrick's Day Thought

Here's Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor's Pause for Thought reflection for St Patrick's Day - 17 March 2016. It was broadcast just after 9:20am on BBC Radio 2's The Chris Evans Show

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Two Outstanding Catholic Churches in Yorkshire now Grade I Listed

Two remarkable churches in Yorkshire have had their listing upgraded to Grade I on the advice of Historic England (formerly English Heritage). St Charles Borromeo, Hull and Ampleforth Abbey are now afforded the highest level of protection by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

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09/03/2016 9:04 pm

Archbishop welcomes MPs' decision on Sunday Trading

The Most Reverend Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark, has commented on a House of Commons vote that saw the government defeated over its plan to extend Sunday trading hours in England and Wales.

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10/03/2016 3:00 pm

Bishop of Nottingham celebrates Mass with seafarers on board ship

The Bishop of Nottingham, Rt Rev Patrick McKinney, celebrated Mass with seafarers and blessed their ship when he visited the Immingham port on Thursday 3 March. Upon arrival at the port Bishop Patrick was welcomed by Apostleship of the Sea’s (AoS) Immingham port chaplains Fr Colum Kelly and Steve Willows.

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07/03/2016 11:22 am

Pope Francis' Message of Mercy for Lent

Pope Francis, in his message for Lent, calls for an attentive listening to the word of God and encourages us to participate in initiatives like '24 Hours for the Lord'. "The mercy of God is a proclamation made to the world, a proclamation which each Christian is called to experience at first hand."

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04/03/2016 4:30 pm

Stand up against the persecution of Atheists around the world

The following article went out in The Catholic Univers, Friday 4 March, in it Bishop Declan Lang says the Catholic community has a duty to stand up against the persecution of atheists around the world.

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02/03/2016 12:00 pm

“Learn English to Counter Hostility”, Salford Bishop Tells Refugees

Bishop John Arnold of Salford Diocese made his first visit to the asylum seeker charity Revive last week. He went to see first-hand how Revive are co-ordinating practical aid for asylum seekers and refugees in Manchester and Salford. He met with the staff and volunteers at Revive’s drop in centre in Kersal, where the marginalised are given advice, practical help, referrals, and a place to socialise. He then visited the Revive offices in Beswick, where there is an Immigration Department.

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02/03/2016 12:00 pm

Commemorating 'Reformation 1517' in England

The Presidents of Churches Together in England encourage all churches in England to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 with sensitivity as we acknowledge our unity in Christ. We have learnt over the past century that unity is achieved by walking together, and we have grown in communion, friendship, reconciliation and healing. During this anniversary we want to be able to listen to the truth that is in each other, to hear our different stories, and build bridges of deeper understanding and respect.

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29/02/2016 12:00 pm

Catholic Community in England and Wales prepares for Pope Francis’ Worldwide ‘Confession drive’

People across England and Wales will participate in a worldwide ‘Confession drive’ this weekend that has been initiated by Pope Francis, as an integral part of his Jubilee Year of Mercy celebrations. 24 hours for the Lord’ will run from Friday 4 to Saturday 5 March and will see teams of Catholic priests available in Cathedrals, and in some local churches in England and Wales, to dispense the Sacrament of Reconciliation, also called Confession. Similar gatherings will happen on every continent, with millions expected to visit churches for prayer and to receive the Sacrament.

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28/02/2016 11:43 am

Church Leaders: No evidence Sunday Trading proposals will bring substantial economic benefit to UK

Archbishop Peter Smith, Chair of the Bishops' Conference Department for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship, has joined church leaders in writing a letter to The Sunday Telegraph expressing concern that further deregulation of Sunday Trading laws is likely to "disrupt the rhythms of community life that are so integral to the common good". 

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24/02/2016 5:39 pm

Pope Francis cautions against arrogance and oppression and condemns those who abuse authority to feed corruption, slave labour and human trafficking

When the dimension of service is lost, “power transforms into arrogance and becomes domination and oppression”, nourishing the “underhanded dealings of human beings”. Pope Francis reminded the faithful of this risk at the General Audience on Wednesday, 24 February, in St Peter’s Square.

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15/02/2016 11:00 am

Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met in Havana, Cuba on Friday, 12 February 2016, to sign an historic joint declaration.

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12/02/2016 1:08 pm

Catholic Church in England and Wales releases prayer to assist those seeking St Valentine’s Day soulmate

The Catholic Church in England and Wales has published a new prayer to assist those who want to meet their soulmate. Timed to coincide with the celebration of St Valentine’s Day - a day annually when those who have already met their spouse express their love and appreciation of them - it’s hoped that the prayer will provide hope to those who have yet to meet their husband or wife.

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11/02/2016 6:08 pm

Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain and Diocesan Russian Orthodox Bishop pray for the success of the meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill

"Before the meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill, Catholics and Orthodox in the United Kingdom as well as believers all over the world gather in prayer, well aware that throughout this epochal gesture it is offering to humanity – in this moment of severe tensions and conflicts – an extraordinary testimony, unique – of how it is possible to rediscover today – the way of peace and unity. A testimony which, after all, by the will of God is placed in the journey of grace which both Churches are making..."

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11/02/2016 6:38 pm

Cardinal celebrates first Catholic ceremony at Hampton Court Palace Chapel for 450 years

On 9 February, Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrated Vespers in the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court. This was the first Catholic ceremony held there in 450 years - since the reign of Queen Mary I. 

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10/02/2016 4:53 pm

Sunday Trading Rules - Catholic Bishops’ Response

Following the publication of proposals for devolving the rules on Sunday Trading by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills yesterday, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have published their submission to the Government Consultation in August 2015. 

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10/02/2016 3:00 pm

Pope Francis' Message for the World Day of the Sick 2016

Pope Francis has given this message for the twenty-forth world day of the sick, Thursday 11 February. In it he asks us to "Entrust Oneself to the Merciful Jesus like Mary: Do whatever he tells you”.

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09/02/2016 4:45 pm

Bishops’ Conference welcomes forthcoming meeting between Pope Francis and the Patriarch of Moscow

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales welcomes the long hoped-for meeting of the Holy Father Pope Francis and the Patriarch of Moscow, to take place in Cuba on 12th February. A primary objective in the pontificate of St John Paul II was the restoration of Christian unity, especially between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. 

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