27/11/2015 2:15 pm

Catholic Church sets up Council to assist Goddard Inquiry

The Catholic Church in England and Wales welcomes the setting up of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse, led by Justice Lowell Goddard, and has set up a council to assist the inquiry in its deliberations. Baroness Nuala O’Loan will chair this council, which has representatives from both the Bishops’ Conference and the Conference of Religious. 

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26/11/2015 2:34 pm

New Chair for the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission

Christopher Pearson has been appointed as the new Chair of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC). He replaces Danny Sullivan who stepped down from the role in July 2015 in order to spend more time with his family. Chris was previously Lay Vice Chair of the NCSC and has been in an Acting Chair position since July 2015. 

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25/11/2015 2:00 pm

Bible Sunday 2015

On the second Sunday of Advent - 6 December 2015 - parishes in England and Wales are invited to celebrate Catholic Bible Sunday. This year’s theme is ‘Embracing the Gospel of Mercy’. Catholic Bible Sunday provides an opportunity for everyone to give thanks for the gift of the Bible, and also invites a deepening of understanding of its message. 

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25/11/2015 9:00 am

Vatican Message to Sikhs on the Feast of Guru Nanak Jayanti

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has sent a message to the Sikh community as it celebrates one of Sikhism's most sacred festivals marking the birth of the first Guru - Guru Nanak. 

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24/11/2015 4:00 pm

A note on the Bishops’ Conference resolution on the Good Friday Prayer for the Jews

In 1970, the Prayer for the Jews in the liturgy of Good Friday was revised so as to reflect and express the teaching on Judaism contained in the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate. In particular it removed offensive references to the Jews and did not pray for the conversion of the Jews. This was in light of the fact that Nostra Aetate acknowledged the unique spiritual bond between Christians and Jews since it was the Jews who first heard the Word of God.

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24/11/2015 11:00 am

Pope Francis appoints two new Auxiliary Bishops to Westminster Diocese

Pope Francis has appointed as two new Auxiliary Bishops of Westminster Diocese, Canon Paul McAleenan and Mgr John Wilson. The joint Episcopal Ordinations of Canon Paul McAleenan, a priest of the Westminster Diocese, and Mgr John Wilson, a priest of the Leeds Diocese, will take place in Westminster Cathedral on 25 January, 2016, the feast of the Conversion of St Paul. 

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20/11/2015 6:41 pm

Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders stand in solidarity against terrorism

Faith leaders met today at Lambeth Palace in solidarity a week after terrorists attacked Paris leaving 129 dead. Following a meeting of the Council of Christians and Jews, Muslim leaders joined Christian and Jewish leaders to stand together in mutual support and to demonstrate and encourage the cohesion of British society as terrorists seek to sow fear, hatred and division. 

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20/11/2015 6:33 pm

Bishop hopes for "genuinely free society" in Myanmar after landmark election victory for the National League for Democracy (NLD) Party

Bishop Declan Lang, Chair of the Bishops' International Affairs department, has reaffirmed the Bishops' support for those in Myanmar who have worked tirelessly to promote peace and civil liberties, in light of the landmark election victory for Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) Party.

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20/11/2015 11:59 am

Statement on the Refugee Crisis

The Bishops of England and Wales released a statement on the on-going refugee crisis after their November 2015 plenary meeting. They call on the government to expedite the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme and give it priority during the next 18 months: "This compassionate programme could realistically be extended to more of the millions of displaced people. The barbarous attacks in Paris last week should not deter us from caring for those in need." 

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14/11/2014 12:00 pm

November 2015 Plenary Resolutions

Here you can read or download the resolutions from the Bishops' Plenary Meeting held at Hinsley Hall, Leeds, from 16 - 19 November 2015. The statement released on the refugee crisis is separate but linked.

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14/11/2015 11:00 pm

Cardinal Nichols sends "heartfelt condolences" to Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois after Paris terror attacks

Cardinal Vincent has sent a message to Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris, expressing heartfelt condolences and offering prayers for all who have died.

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14/11/2015 11:30 pm

Cardinal Nichols sends message to French Community in London after the terrorist attacks in Paris

Cardinal Vincent has sent a message to the French community in London based at Notre Dame de France, the French church in Leicester Square, in which he says: "Today I wish to express my horror at the events in Paris last night. These killings are to be utterly condemned. The random and brutal killing of innocent people is always a crime crying out to heaven." 

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14/11/2015 11:00 pm

Cardinal Vincent Nichols Condemns Paris Attacks

In the wake of the previous evening's attacks in Paris which left many dead, Cardinal Vincent condemned the killings and offered his prayers. In a statement released 14 November he said: 'This morning I wish to express my horror at the events that took place in Paris last night. This random killing of innocent people is utterly despicable and a course of action which must be rejected unequivocally by all.

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13/11/2015 11:12 pm

Vatican Statement on the Paris Attacks

This is a translation of the statement issued last night, 13 November, by the director of the Holy See's press office, Fr Federico Lombardi, soon after the terror attacks on the city of Paris.

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06/11/2015 2:58 pm

Irish Archbishop returns from Synod with "renewed enthusiasm for pastoral mission to the family"

Archbishop Eamon Martin, the Archbishop of Armagh in Northern Ireland, attended October's Vatican Synod on the Family. A first-time Synod Father, Archbishop Martin, like Cardinal Vincent Nichols, was asked to moderate one of the English language small groups. We recorded this interview in Rome just before the synod concluded.

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10/11/2015 12:00 pm

Cardinal marks Vatican anniversary calling for a ‘new season’ of Bible appreciation

In his opening address at today’s, Tuesday 10 November,  National Catholic Bible Conference in Manchester to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of one of the most important Catholic documents on the Scriptures, Cardinal Vincent Nichols invited all Christians to be renewed in their love and appreciation of the Bible.

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04/11/2015 12:00 pm

Address: Cardinal Vincent Nichols to CSAN Parliamentary Reception

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and Patron of CSAN, Caritas Social Action Network, gave an address at the Catholic charity's annual parliamentary reception. 

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04/11/2015 10:00 am

Diocese of Westminster becomes accredited as Living Wage employer

The Diocese of Westminster has become accredited as a Living Wage employer. It is the first Catholic diocese in England and Wales to achieve this status. His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, signed the accreditation license on behalf of the Diocese. ‘I am pleased that the diocese is able today to become a Living Wage employer, and thereby to signal the importance of human dignity inherent in work'. 

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02/11/2015 1:56 pm

Bishop Richard Moth urges people to support 'Mental Health Equality’ campaign

The Bishop for Mental Health, the Right Reverend Richard Moth, has commented on the 'Mental Health Equality’ campaign aimed at persuading the Government to help reduce the suffering of those with mental ill health by increasing investment into the provision of mental health services. 

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02/11/2015 1:23 pm

Catholic Church reiterates support for the Living Wage in schools

The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has reiterated his support for the Living Wage. A growing number of Catholic schools already pay the living wage to thousands of teaching assistants, catering and school support staff. The move comes following a joint campaign with UNISON – the public sector union representing low-paid staff in schools.

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