God in prison: A ministry of confrontation and mercy

One of the corporal works of mercy is visiting “the sick and imprisoned” and as the Year of Mercy draws to a close, Aleteia visited with Fr. Roger Reader, Prison Adviser for the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales. Fr. Reader calls it “a privilege to work with people in prison; it’s an extraordinary environment where you would think the hope had gone.”

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27/10/2016 12:00 pm

SURVIVOR: Al Bangura's Testimony

Al Bangura was born and raised in Sierra Leone but now lives in London with his wife and young children. He is a professional footballer who has played for Watford Football Club in the UK’s Premier League. Al is also a survivor of human trafficking. This is his story…

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SURVIVOR: Crystal's Testimony

My name’s Crystal and I was trafficked from the Caribbean to work in domestic servitude. I was trying to escape from a violent marriage but ended up working 18 hours a day, seven days a week for a middle-class Nigerian family. I knew no one in this country; therefore I relied totally on my traffickers. I was not allowed to speak to the neighbours/anyone. When I was trafficked to London the ages of my four children were (13, 10, 7 and 4).

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27/10/2016 12:00 pm

SURVIVOR: Princess Inyang's Testimony

I am a living testimony of the dangers and atrocities to which many Nigerian women are subjected.

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Pope Francis sends message to the Santa Marta Group

This morning, 27 October, at the Consistory Hall of the Apostolic Palace, His Holiness Pope Francis received an audience with members of the “Santa Marta Group” on the occasion of their conference sponsored by international organisations against the trafficking of human beings.

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27/10/2016 11:00 am

Cardinal Vincent Nichols’ address to Pope Francis on behalf of the “Santa Marta Group”

Cardinal Nichols is set to address Pope Francis on behalf of the Santa Marta Group later today, Thursday 27 October, in his address he renews the Santa Marta Groups commitment to fight the horrendous crime that is Human Trafficking. The Cardinal will also provide Pope Francis with reports of the progress that the Santa Marta Group has made over the last two years.

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26/10/2016 12:50 pm

Cardinal Vincent Nichols talks about “Building Trust” at Santa Marta Group Conference

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Santa Marta Group, an alliance of Police chiefs, Bishops, Religious sisters and representatives from civil society, has given an address at its annual conference at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in the Vatican. 

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26/10/2016 12:00 pm

Appointment of a New Apostolic Administrator of the Prefecture of the Falkland Islands and Ecclesiastical Superior of the Missions sui iuris of the islands of Ascension, St Helena and Tristan da Cunha

The Prefect for the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, has appointed Fr Hugh Allan OPraem, Prior of Norbertine Commuinity of St Philip's Priory, Chelmsford, as the new Apostolic Administrator of the Prefecture of the Falkland Islands and Ecclesiastical Superior of the Missions sui iuris of the islands of Ascension, St Helena and Tristan da Cunha ad quinquennium (for a period of five years).

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25/10/2016 4:00 pm

Vatican issues new document on Christian burial and cremation

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith have published a new instruction on the burial of the dead and on the conservation of the ashes in cases of cremation.

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24/10/2016 11:21 pm

Santa Marta Group steps up international co-operation against human trafficking

Police chiefs, Bishops, Religious sisters and representatives from civil society, who make up the Santa Marta Group, are joining together this week, 26-27 October, in the Vatican to share and encourage best practice in the struggle against human trafficking. 

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24/10/2016 4:00 pm

Cardinal Nichols' Statement: Mosul

Cardinal Nichols offers prayers for the people of Mosul as efforts continue to liberate the city and surrounding ares from the tyranny of Deash.

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22/10/2016 11:09 am

Statement on the death of Sir Sigmund Sternberg

Archbishop Kevin McDonald, Chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Catholic-Jewish Relations: The death of Sir Sigmund Sternberg constitutes a great loss to the cause of interfaith relations and to Catholic-Jewish relations in particular. 

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14/10/2016 2:34 pm

Healing the broken-hearted this World Mission Sunday

It has been over twenty years since the genocide that devastated Rwanda. And while the saying ‘time heals all wounds’ may ring true, many people across this small African nation are still in need of practical, spiritual and emotional support. This World Mission Sunday, Missio, the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission, will be appealing to the faithful to help heal the broken-hearted.

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19/10/2016 1:46 pm

Archbishop Bernard Longley reflects on “remarkable and moving” two days of ecumenical encounter in Rome

The Archbishop of Birmingham, Bernard Longley, was involved in all the events that took place over a profound and intensive two days in Rome in early October during which Catholics and Anglicans from all over the world came together to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Anglican Centre in Rome. 

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14/10/2016 12:18 pm

Cardinal speaks at anti-slavery service in Westminster Abbey

A special service was held in Westminster Abbey on Wednesday evening, 12 October, to affirm the UK's commitment to combating modern slavery. Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby both spoke at the service as did UK Prime Minister Theresa May. 

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10/10/2016 8:53 am

Notification of the Death of the Right Reverend David Konstant, Emeritus Bishop of Leeds

The Bishop of Leeds, the Right Reverend Marcus Stock, has announced the death of his predecessor the Right Reverend David Konstant, Emeritus Bishop of Leeds. Bishop Konstant died peacefully in the evening of Sunday 9 October 2016 fortified by the Rites of Holy Mother Church.

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09/10/2016 8:19 am

Cardinal Vincent Nichols elected Vice President of CCEE

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco elected new President of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE). Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, Vice-Presidents. 

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06/10/2016 10:33 am

Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury sign Common Declaration

Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, presided at the celebration of Vespers in the church of St Gregory on the Caelian Hill, Rome, to mark the 50th anniversary of Anglican-Catholic relations. They also signed a Common Declaration. 

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04/10/2016 5:55 pm

Bishop welcomes funding increase for prisons

Bishop Richard Moth today welcomed the government's announcement of extra resource for prisons. Secretary of State for Justice Liz Truss announced the government's intention to put £14m for 400 staff in the most dangerous prisons. 

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30/09/2016 12:54 pm

Cardinal and Archbishop of Canterbury's shared commitment to tackling intolerance to migrants

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops' Conference and The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, have written a joint letter to the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, to recognise the contribution of Poles to the "vitality and health" of our society. 

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