24/06/2019 10:42 am

Bishop Sherrington's statement after UK court orders abortion

Bishop John Sherrington: "Forcing a woman to have an abortion against her will, and that of her close family, infringes her human rights, not to mention the right of her unborn child to life in a family that has committed to caring for this child."

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21/06/2019 3:00 pm

Cardinal's Statement following IICSA Report into Archdiocese of Birmingham

The IICSA Report into the Archdiocese of Birmingham covers a period of 70 years. One of its overall conclusions is that the response of the Archdiocese to the sexual abuse of children was to care more about the reputation of the Archdiocese and its priests than to respond properly, with care and a focus on justice, to those who had suffered that abuse. This is undoubtedly true. Both the Archdiocese and myself, as Archbishop for 9 of those 70 years, have apologised unreservedly.

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21/06/2019 12:00 pm

Archdiocese of Birmingham - Involvement in IICSA

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has today published its report on the Archdiocese of Birmingham, as a case study of the Roman Catholic Church.

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21/06/2019 4:00 pm

‘Windrush Scandal must not be repeated’ says Catholic Bishop

People affected by the Windrush Scandal in 2018 should be compensated by the UK government, according to a Catholic Bishop.

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11/06/2019 12:09 pm

Bishops welcome the Vatican document 'Male and Female He Created Them'

A spokesperson for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has commented on the Vatican document ‘Male and Female He Created Them'. 

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10/06/2019 11:00 am

Appointment of the Eleventh Archbishop of Southwark

The Holy See announced today that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop John Wilson as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Southwark. Archbishop-elect Wilson succeeds The Most Reverend Peter Smith, who has been Archbishop of Southwark since 2010. Archishop-elect Wilson, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster since 2015 and previously a priest in the Diocese of Leeds, will be the 11th Archbishop of Southwark and his Episcopal Installation will be celebrated in St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, on 25 July.

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Cardinal Nichols sends greeting to new Coadjutor Archbishop of Mosul

Cardinal Nichols has sent a letter to His Beatitude Ignatius Joseph III Yonan, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East of the Syriacs, offering his prayers and best wishes for the Episcopal Ordination of Mgr Nizar Semaan as Coadjutor Archbishop for the Diocese of Mosul, 7 June 2019.

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06/06/2019 4:00 pm

Pope Francis gives support to Day for Life 2019: The Scourge of Domestic Abuse

His Holiness Pope Francis sends his cordial best wishes to all those celebrating the 2019 Day for Life being held in England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland. This year's Day for Life will tackle the shocking reality of domestic abuse.

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30/05/2019 11:00 am

Archbishop of Westminster’s call to save religious diversity in the region

The leader of Catholics in England and Wales has issued an urgent call to rebuild persecuted Christian communities in Iraq and other minorities pushed to the brink of extinction.

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28/05/2019 12:40 pm

Understanding Islam: A course for Catholics living and working with Muslims

This four-day course aims to help Catholics understand how the worldviews of the Muslims they live and work with are shaped by their faith.

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First Religious Sister appointed as director of the National Office for Vocations

Bishop Terence Drainey, Chair of the Management Board of the National Office for Vocation, said he was delighted to be able to announce the appointment of Sister Elaine Penrice as director of the National Office of Vocation.

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18/05/2019 10:00 am

Pope Francis records video message on Archbishop of Canterbury’s phone for global prayer campaign Thy Kingdom Come

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, shares a special video message on social media from Pope Francis to Christians around the world.

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16/05/2019 2:56 pm

World Communications Day 2019

The Catholic Church celebrates World Communications Day on Sunday 2 June 2019 when we are asked to pray for those who work in the media. Information and resources are available here.

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09/05/2019 6:30 pm

New norms for the whole Church against those who abuse or cover up

Pope Francis’ Motu proprio, "Vos estis lux mundi", establishes new procedures for reporting abuse and violence, and ensures that Bishops and Religious Superiors are held accountable for their actions. It includes the obligation for clerics and religious to report abuse. Every Diocese must have a system that allows the public to submit reports easily.

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09/05/2019 10:07 am

Vocation to Marriage

Marriage is a particular way of living out God’s call to everyone rooted in Baptism: the call to follow Christ, living a loving and holy life in the service of others. Marriage remains an exciting calling for the majority of young people - to make a difference in the world together through a vowed, life-long, faithful, and loving commitment as husband and wife, and to play their part in being fruitful, sustaining that precious human environment as the vital cell of society.

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Vocations Sunday 2019

The Day of Prayer for Vocations (also known as Vocations Sunday) in 2019 will be celebrated on Sunday 12th May. This day flows from the broader culture of vocation, and is when the universal Church asks the Lord to send more labourers to the harvest.

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08/05/2019 12:00 pm

Archbishop McDonald challenges UK and US government on freedom of religion

Archbishop Kevin McDonald joined other faith leaders in calling on UK and US governments to protect freedom of religion and belief at a meeting hosted by the Archbishop Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace today.

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08/05/2019 12:00 pm

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 2019 World Day of Vocations

Pope Francis is urging Catholics to pray that the Lord may help us discover His plan of love for our lives and grant us the courage to walk in the path He has chosen for each of us. He made the call in his message for this year’s World Day of Prayer for Vocations that will be observed on the 4 Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday, May 12.  

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07/05/2019 10:00 am

Jean Vanier - Requiescat In Pace

Cardinal Nichols, president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said: At our gathering in Valladolid, we heard with deep emotion of the death of Jean Vanier.

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02/05/2019 2:00 pm

Bishop John Arnold welcomes publication of the Committee on Climate Change ‘net zero’ report.

Bishop John Arnold, the lead bishop on environmental issues for the Catholic Church in England and Wales, has welcomed the publication today of the Committee on Climate Change ‘net zero’ report. The report advises the government to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, ending the UK’s contribution to global warming. It is confident that this is manageable with existing technology, the existing budget, and serious public engagement. However, it acknowledges this will require a major ramping up of ambition in policy.

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