18/04/2019 12:23 pm

Archbishop of Paris expresses gratitude for solidarity and prayers after Notre Dame Cathedral fire

This is an unofficial translation of a message from Archbishop Aupetit of Paris sent to well-wishers in response to the fire in the Cathedral of Notre Dame.

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17/04/2019 12:21 pm

Cardinal Nichols and Archbishop Welby call on Government to address persecution of Christians and promote freedom of religion

Christian leaders today called on Government to protect Christians facing persecution and to promote freedom of religion and belief more widely.

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15/04/2019 7:00 pm

Notre Dame Cathedral Fire

Cardinal Nichols said: “The shock at the outbreak of this fire is spreading round the world. It is an iconic building visited by millions but more importantly is a symbol of faith which is at the heart of Europe."

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12/04/2019 11:00 am

Card Nichols: Church a global network for good against trafficking

Cardinal Vincent Nichols talks to Vatican News about themes being discussed at an International Conference on Human Trafficking taking place in Rome.

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10/04/2019 3:00 pm

Bishop calls on UK to take the lead in promoting the global abolition of the death penalty

The lead Catholic Bishop for International Affairs, Bishop Declan Lang, has welcomed the international decline in executions, and called on the UK to use its diplomatic and economic influence to promote global abolition of the death penalty. Statistics released today show that the number of known executions fell by over 30% in 2018 and more than two thirds of countries in the world have now abolished the death penalty in law or practice.

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06/04/2019 8:16 pm

Cardinal: Help young people to build discipline and self-control in their lives to counter gang culture

Cardinal Vincent Nichols joined other church leaders in central London for a rally to call for an end to knife crime, to demand action and to stand alongside young people, families and communities affected by the scourge of violent crime.

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02/04/2019 10:30 am

Bishops welcome Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation: Christus Vivit - Christ is Alive

Pope Francis today released his Post-Synodal Exhortation Christus Vivit - Christ is Alive - to Young People and to the entire People of God, following the Synod of Bishops in October 2018. The theme of the Synod was "Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment".

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01/04/2019 10:18 am

Day of Prayer for Survivors of Abuse - 12 April 2019

On Friday 12 April the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales is encouraging the Catholic community to take part in a day of prayer for survivors of sexual abuse. 

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01/04/2019 4:30 pm

Standing Together to stop knife crime

Churches to support rally in Trafalgar Square this Saturday to call for an end to knife crime

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27/03/2019 12:00 pm

Standing in Solidarity: Rabbi reads at Mass which is offered for the victims of the New Zealand, and those affected “closer to home” at the meeting of Catholic coordinators for dialogue

Tuesday 26 March saw a meeting of Catholics who came together to celebrate the dialogue work with other religions, and with other Christians – using the special relationship Catholicism has with Judaism as a bridge between the two. 

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26/03/2019 12:00 pm

Royal College of Physicians - statement by Bishop John Sherrington

Speaking on behalf of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, Bishop John Sherrigton, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, said:  “We are disappointed at the Royal College of Physicians dropping their opposition to assisted suicide and moving to a ‘neutral’ position on the topic, despite a majority voting to oppose any change in the law

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25/03/2019 1:00 pm

Rt Rev Robert Byrne Installed Fourteenth Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle

The Solemn Mass of Installation of the the Right Reverend Robert Byrne, C.O. (Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri), as the fourteenth Bishop of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, will take place at 12.00 noon on Monday, 25 March 2019 in the Cathedral Church of St Mary, Newcastle upon Tyne. The day chosen is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.

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22/03/2019 5:38 pm

Letter: Self-interest must not guide UK aid

The Catholic Bishop of Salford and Church of England Bishop of Coventry respond to article in The Guardian on UK Aid. 

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22/03/2019 3:00 pm

Bishop Paul McAleenan writes a letter to other bishops about the EU citizens Settled Status scheme

In light of the very large proportion of EU citizens who are Catholic and attached to our parishes in England and Wales, it is a good time to highlight further details about the Settlement Scheme for EU/EEA citizens who wish to remain in the UK after Brexit.

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18/03/2019 5:35 pm

Faith and Civic Leaders unite post New Zealand Terrorist Attack

Faith and civic leaders gathered at London Central Mosque this afternoon to show a united front in solidarity with those who suffered the terrorist attack in New Zealand last Friday. Over 50 people were killed in the terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch on New Zealand’s south island.

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15/03/2019 11:35 am

Pope Francis sends condolences and heartfelt prayers after New Zealand attacks

His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life caused by the senseless acts of violence at two Mosques in Christchurch, and he assures all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his heartfelt solidarity in the wake of these attacks.

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28/02/2019 11:00 am

Pope's Lenten Message

Pope Francis in his message for Lent focuses on three subjects; The redemption of creation, The destructive power of sin and the healing power of repentance and forgiveness. He reminds us that God, "gave us this joyful season where we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed … as we recall the great events that gave us new life in Christ”.

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27/02/2019 12:00 pm

Cardinal Nichols launches Lenten Appeal and a new food relief initiative

Ahead of the start of Lent, His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols has launched his annual Lenten Appeal, which this year focuses on the problem of food poverty and food insecurity. At the same time, he announced the launch of a new food relief initiative across the Diocese of Westminster.

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25/02/2019 10:30 am

Vatican announces concrete commitments and initiatives to protect children

The Vatican meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church concluded with a press briefing that saw concrete commitments and initiatives announced to protect children and to combat abuse.

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24/02/2019 12:20 pm

Pope Francis: Protecting children - eradicating abuse

In a major address on Sunday, 24 February, Pope Francis contextualises the 'scourge' of abuse, and appeals for an "all-out battle against the abuse of minors, both sexually and in other areas."

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