22/08/2017 11:00 am

World Day of Migrants and Refugees

In his message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis says: ‘Throughout the first years of my pontificate, I have repeatedly expressed my particular concern for the lamentable situation of many migrants and refugees fleeing from war, persecution, natural disasters and poverty. 

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21/08/2017 12:00 pm

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor seriously ill in hospital

In a letter sent to all the Bishops of England and Wales, the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has shared that the Cardinal’s health has taken a defining turn and that he is now in hospital.

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11/08/2017 11:00 am

Bishop Richard welcomes Lord Farmer’s report on prisoners’ families

The lead Catholic Bishop for prisons has welcomed the publication of Lord Farmer’s report on the importance of strengthening prisoners’ family ties. This landmark report highlights the vital position of families in supporting people’s rehabilitation. It outlines practical recommendations in areas including family visits, video communications, and parenting classes.

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02/08/2017 12:26 pm

Abbot Christopher Jamison elected new President by the English Benedictines

Abbot Christopher Jamison has been elected as Abbot President by the English Benedictine Congregation in succession to Abbot Richard Yeo. 

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28/07/2017 10:56 pm

Cardinal Nichols' statement following the death of Charlie Gard

"I am deeply saddened by the news that little Charlie Gard has now died. I offer my sincere and profound condolences to his parents who have treasured him with such a strong and undiminished love." 

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24/07/2017 4:32 pm

Bishops’ Conference statement on Charlie Gard

The parents of Charlie Gard have ended their five-month legal challenge over treatment for their 11-month-old baby. Here's a statement from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. 

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17/07/2017 11:00 am

Bishop Declan Lang on Displaced Persons in the Kurdistan Region

Today Bishop Declan Lang gave a statement in response to the hundreds of thousands of people that have been displaced in the Kurdistan Region

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14/07/2017 4:00 pm

Papal honour for John Gibbs

John Gibbs was presented with the Knight Commander’s cross of the Order of St. Gregory the Great on Thursday 6 July; he was made a Knight Commander of the Order in March this year by Pope Francis.

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11/07/2017 4:20 pm

Closure of Heritage Lottery Fund’s Grants for Places of Worship Programme

The Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Grants for Places of Worship scheme (GPOW) is to be closed in September 2017. This will mean that churches will have to compete for funding against all other heritage bodies and apply to the HLF under their general grant schemes. In effect, parishes will be in competition for funds with major heritage attractions and museums in order to secure funds for repairs - a truly David and Goliath scenario.

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03/07/2017 6:35 pm

Cardinal Nichols: Statement on the extension of the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme

His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has issued the following statement in response to the Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s announcement that the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) will be extended with immediate effect to include non-Syrians fleeing the conflict area.

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National Office for Vocation launches Compass programme 2017-2018

The National Office for Vocation has launched the new season for vocation discernment to the Religious life. Young people considering a vocation to be a nun, monk, sister, priest or brother can join a “Compass” group in October and work through the programme which runs over five residential weekends and the Easter Triduum, ending in May 2018.

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28/06/2017 12:00 pm

Baby Charlie Gard: Final Ruling

A spokesperson from the Catholic Church on the latest and final ruling on the case of the life-saving treatment of baby Charlie Gard.

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26/06/2017 12:00 pm

Cardinal Nichols addresses Lithuanian Parliament on combatting human trafficking and modern slavery

Cardinal Nichols has addressed the Lithuanian Parliament - Seimas - encouraging its commitment to combat human trafficking and modern slavery. 

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24/06/2017 11:00 pm

Bishops’ Conference welcomes General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) new guidance on religion, personal values and beliefs

The General Pharmaceutical Council - the independent regulator for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises in Great Britain – has recently published new guidance on religion, personal values and beliefs, welcomed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

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21/06/2017 12:00 pm

Bishop Paul Hendricks reflects on the Finsbury Park Mosque attack

Bishop Paul Hendricks, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark and co-chair of the UK’s Christian-Muslim Forum spoke to Vatican Radio's Philippa Hitchen about why it’s more important than ever for people of all faiths and none to stand together in the face of the London Bridge, Manchester and Finsbury Park Mosque attacks.

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19/06/2017 10:39 am

Cardinal Nichols offers prayers for Finsbury Park attack victims

His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols has condemned the attack at the mosque in Finsbury Park and has assured local Muslim leaders of his prayers and support. 

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17/06/2017 9:53 am

Pope Francis prays for victims of Grenfell Tower fire and those left homeless

In a letter to Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, Pope Francis has offered his prayers for those who lost their lives in the catastrophic fire that destroyed Grenfell Tower in west London in the early hours of Wednesday morning, 14 June.

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16/06/2017 1:10 pm

"Tomorrow’s people today": Cardinal Vincent Nichols shares an Interfaith Iftar with London’s young and faithful

On Tuesday 14 June, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster hosted the Naz Legacy Foundation’s annual interfaith Iftar, where the fast undertaken for Ramadan is broken after sundown. The evening brought together 100 young people from across London representing a number of religions to discuss creative ways in which people of faith could engage with wider society. 

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14/06/2017 2:00 pm

Cardinal Nichols and Bishop Wilson offer prayers for victims of Grenfell Tower fire

Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Bishop John Wilson have offered prayers for all those affected by the catastrophic fire that broke out in Grenfell Tower, North Kensington, in the early hours of Wednesday 14 June. "We pray for all the residents of Grenfell Tower. we pray particularly for those who have suffered injury, those who have died, and all the residents who are left without a home today, and the entire community that has been affected." 

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14/06/2017 12:28 pm

Vatican's Eid message to Muslims and Christians focuses on care for our common home

To promote dialogue and to offer prayerful solidarity, the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, releases an annual message to the world's Muslims for the month of Ramadan and 'Id al-Fitr - the conclusion of Islam's holy month. This year's message looks at our shared concern for the environment and our duty, as custodians, to protect it. 

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