05/05/2016 3:46 pm

A further step towards a less human future

Professor David Albert Jones, Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, has released a statement on the news that scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed a new technique that allows embryos to develop in vitro beyond the implantation stage (when an embryo would normally implant into the womb). 

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05/05/2016 8:41 am

Cardinal Nichols welcomes decision to resettle more child refugees

The Prime Minister David Cameron has committed the UK to taking in more unaccompanied Syrian refugee children from Europe. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops’ Conference, has welcomed the move.

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03/05/2016 9:43 am

Cardinal on Polish Celebrations, Family Life and the Polish Bishops' Stance on Abortion

Cardinal Vincent Nichols preached this homily at the Ealing Abbey Mass celebrating the 1050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland on the Sixth Sunday of Easter, 1 May 2016. 

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26/04/2016 11:39 am

Archbishop of Liverpool on the Hillsborough verdicts

The Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon, Archbishop of Liverpool, has issued a statement on the ruling of the Hillsborough disaster inquest. 

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23/04/2016 10:59 am

Pope Francis appoints new Auxiliary Bishop to Southwark Diocese

Pope Francis has appointed Father Paul Mason as the new Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark. Fr Mason, a priest of the Archdiocese of Southwark, has been the Episcopal Vicar for Kent which comprises the Deaneries of Canterbury, Chatham, Dover, Gravesend, Maidstone, Thanet and Tunbridge Wells.

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22/04/2016 2:09 pm

Pope asks Europe's Catholics to support the victims of war in Eastern Ukraine

Pope Francis has appealed to Catholics in Europe to undertake a collection in their churches for humanitarian aid for Ukraine on Sunday 24 April 2016. The purpose of this collection is to show support and compassion to victims of this all but forgotten hybrid war that continues unabated in the east of the country. 

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21/04/2016 2:22 pm

Cardinal welcomes Parliament's recognition of atrocities against Christians and other minorities in Syria and Iraq as genocide

MPs in the House of Commons have voted overwhelmingly, 278-0, to recognise that Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria are suffering genocide at the hands of Daesh (also known as ISIS or the so-called Islamic State).

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21/04/2016 1:06 pm

Cardinal praises Queen's "dedicated and enduring service" in birthday message

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, using his twitter account, has sent his good wishes to Her Majesty The Queen on her 90th birthday: "The Queen offers an example to us all of dedicated and enduring service. I wish her a happy birthday as we all look forward to the public celebrations next month." 

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19/04/2016 10:00 am

New Director for Missio

Bishop Declan Lang, the Chair of the Trustee Board of Missio announces appointment of New Director: “I am pleased to announce that HE Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples in the Roman Curia, has appointed Fr Anthony Chantry as National Director of Missio, England and Wales."

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Nottingham celebrates England's 'Mother Teresa'

A loud and lively crowd of more than 400 Catholics from across the East Midlands took part in a Procession of the Blessed Sacrament to remember the Venerable Mary Potter - a nun who worked in Nottingham in the late nineteenth century to give dignity to the poor, the suffering and the dying. 

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18/04/2016 12:00 pm

We cannot neglect our duty to act against Daesh

The following article was published in The Catholic Universe, Friday 15 April, in it Bishop Declan Lang says that UK recognition of genocide by Daesh is an important step but practical action is needed to liberate areas under Daesh control, support refugees, and rebuild communities.

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15/04/2016 10:31 am

Her Majesty The Queen's 90th Birthday

The Bishops’ Conference establishes that, at all Sunday Masses on 11-12 June 2016, each parish prays for Her Majesty the Queen to mark her 90th birthday by including such an intention in the Bidding Prayers and by reciting at the end of Mass (after the Prayer after Communion and before the Final Blessing) the Prayer for the Queen.

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15/04/2016 10:31 am

The EU Referendum

Reflecting on the forthcoming vote, the Bishops said: "We recognise the historic nature of this referendum and its implications for future generations. The outcome will have consequences for the future not only of the United Kingdom, but for Europe and for the world." 

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15/04/2016 10:31 am

April 2016 Plenary - Short Resolutions

Here you can read or download the more concise resolutions from the Bishops' Plenary Meeting held at Hinsley Hall, Leeds, from 11 - 14 April 2016. 

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15/04/2016 10:33 am

Resolution on the Apostolic Exhortation 'Amoris Laetitia'

The Bishops of England and Wales welcome the Pope's Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Following the two synods on the family, the Exhortation is intended to aid reflection, dialogue, and pastoral practice on love and family. It offers great help and encouragement to families in their daily commitments and challenges. We are inspired by the Pope’s portrayal of God's love present in the daily and often messy realities of family life. 

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11/04/2016 12:00 pm

Cardinal Tauran sends greeting to Jain Community for Mahavir Jayanti

On the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti Cardinal Tauran sends his greetings to the Jain community and discusses the shared values of mercy and compassion in both religions, and goes on to describe how the Jain value of ahimsa, non-violence, can help to shape a more humane and compassionate world.

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08/04/2016 11:00 am

Pope Francis releases Apostolic Exhortation on 'The Joy of Love'

The Vatican has published Pope Francis’ eagerly-awaited Apostolic Exhortation on the family, drawing together almost three years of consultations with Catholics in countries around the world. 

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07/04/2016 5:16 pm

Cardinal to UN: Effective International Cooperation Essential to Eliminate Human Trafficking by 2030

Cardinal Vincent Nichols stressed to delegates at a special event at the United Nations that the cornerstone of the fight to eradicate human trafficking is effective international cooperation at all levels. 

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07/04/2016 12:00 pm

Bishop calls on Catholics to take a stand against the death penalty

The lead Bishop for international affairs has called on Catholics to urgently contact their MPs about the rapidly increasing number of executions taking place around the world.

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06/04/2016 6:42 pm

Cardinal in New York for United Nations Anti-Trafficking Event

A global partnership of law enforcement agencies, Catholic Church organisations and experts from civil society - the Santa Marta Group - takes its fight against human trafficking and modern slavery to the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Thursday, 7 April 2016. 

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