09/10/2015 3:00 pm

Reflections from the Small Groups on the first part of the Instrumentum laboris at the Family Synod

This Morning the Bishops of the XIV General Assembly of the Synod came together to reflect on the introduction and the first part of the Instrumentum Laboris, in light of the contributions made in the courtroom during the debate held in the first three general congregations. 

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09/10/2015 2:03 pm

Cardinal Nichols’ Synod Intervention: "Every family is a light in the darkness"

Earlier this week, Cardinal Vincent Nichols made an intervention at the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops currently underway in Rome that is examining the issues surrounding family life. 

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09/10/2015 10:30 am

Bishop John Arnold's prayer on the Feast Day of John Henry Newman

The Right Revd John Arnold, Bishop of Salford, offered this prayer on the Feast Day of Blessed John Henry Newman. It was broadcast on 9 October on BBC Radio 4 at 5:43am. 

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09/10/2015 10:00 am

The first and only Bishop of Mongolia to celebrate World Mission Sunday in London

Bishop Wenceslao ‘Wens’ Padilla, the first and only Bishop of Mongolia, will visit London this year invited by Missio, to celebrate World Mission Sunday on 18 October. As the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission, Missio is focusing on the world’s youngest Catholic Church which was established in Mongolia just over twenty years ago following the fall of communism.

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08/10/2015 10:41 am

Bishop for Prisons responds to Justice Secretary Michael Gove’s recent speech at the Conservative Party Conference

Bishop Richard Moth, Bishop for Prisons for the Catholic Church in England and Wales, has commended Prime Minister David Cameron and Justice Secretary Michael Gove for their speeches at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester focusing on prison reform. 

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07/10/2015 12:41 pm

Cardinal voted Moderator of his English language group at the Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has been voted moderator of his English language group at the Synod of Bishops on the family currently underway in the Vatican. In today's audio dispatches from Rome, Cardinal Nichols looks at why we've had two synods on the family in just over a year. He sees the family as an important place to encounter God - a place where God's grace and our human nature meet creatively.

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05/10/2015 2:44 pm

Bishop Peter Doyle previews the Family Synod in Rome

Bishop Peter Doyle, who chairs the Bishops' Committee for Marriage and Family Life, is in Rome with Cardinal Vincent Nichols contributing to the Family Synod. Here you can listen to his reflections after the Opening Mass as he looks ahead to three weeks of listening and discussions. 

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04/10/2015 11:43 am

Pope Francis: Church should defend fundamental values but be a "Field Hospital" for those who suffer

Pope Francis has celebrated Mass in St Peter's Basilica to open the Ordinary Synod on the Family that will run from 4 - 25 October 2015. 

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01/10/2015 12:05 pm

Cardinal to Lawyers: Reflect on the Place of Mercy in the Administration of Justice

Justice and mercy were the twin themes of Cardinal Vincent Nichols' homily given at this year's 'Red Mass' - an annual service in Westminster Cathedral for members of the legal profession at the beginning of their year - 1 October. 

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30/09/2015 3:00 pm

Is America abdicating its values in Syria?

The latest opinion piece from our consultant on the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, Dr Harry Hagopian Looks at the way American politics has handled the ongoing situation in Syria. Originally published on Dr Hagopian's website epektasis.net.

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28/09/2015 12:00 pm

Appointment of new national Scout Chaplain

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has appointed Fr Jonathan how as the new National Catholic Scout Chaplain in succession to the late Fr John Seddon who died earlier this year. Fr Jonathan is a priest of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton and is currently Director of Studies at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh where he teaches liturgy and philosophy.

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24/09/2015 2:02 pm

Bishops Welcome EU Quotas to Resettle Refugees

The Catholic Bishops’ of England and Wales welcome the EU’s approval of quotas for a fairer relocation of refugees across Europe along with a more co-ordinated approach in handling the migrant crisis. 

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22/09/2015 9:59 am

Survey: The Call, the Mission, the Journey - A Summary of Responses

On the Feast of the Holy Family 2014, the bishops of England and Wales invited parishes to reflect, with true spiritual discernment as requested by Pope Francis, on the themes emerging from the Extraordinary Synod on the Family. This report offers a flavour of the feedback to the key questions, based primarily on diocesan summaries received from 16 dioceses. 

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21/09/2015 1:13 pm

Archbishop on Refugee Crisis: "Counter the myths that lead to prejudice and fear"

Archbishop Peter Smith, Vice President of the Bishops' Conference and Archbishop of Southwark, joined with the Anglican Bishop of Dover and the Catholic Bishop of Arras - the French diocese that encompasses Calais and the surrounding areas - for a 'Day of Action' in Calais to show prayerful solidarity with those who are exiled from their homelands. 

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16/09/2015 3:55 pm

Holy Land Christians: Call for Solidarity

Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Eamon Martin, Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences of England and Wales, and Ireland, have called for solidarity with, and prayer for the Christian communities who live in the Holy Land. 

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16/09/2015 4:00 pm

Message from the Plenary Assembly of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences, Holy Land 2015

The Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European nations have released a statement at the conclusion of their Plenary Assembly in the Holy Land, 11-16 September.  

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14/09/2015 12:00 pm

Bishop Lynch Statement on the current refugee crisis

Bishop Patrick Lynch, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark and the Catholic Church's lead bishop on migration, in light of the current refugee crisis has said: "The Prime Minister’s promise to accommodate a further 20,000 refugees is an important part of our national response to the devastating conflict engulfing Syria and the historic numbers of people being forced to flee their homes".

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11/09/2015 2:29 pm

Archbishops comment on the defeat of the Assisted Dying Bill (No2) at Second Reading

"I welcome Parliament’s recognition of the grave risks that this bill posed to the lives of our society’s most vulnerable people. There is much excellent practice in palliative care which we need to celebrate and promote, and I hope now the debate on assisted suicide is behind us, that this will become a focus for political action." 

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10/09/2015 11:47 am

Nottingham's Catholic and Anglican bishops ask local community to stand in solidarity with refugees

This joint statement on the refugee crisis is by the Right Reverend Patrick McKinney, Catholic Bishop of Nottingham and the Right Reverend Paul Williams, Anglican Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham.

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09/09/2015 3:02 pm

Motu Proprio on the handling of annulments of marriages

Pope Francis released two documents on 8 September reforming the way that the Church deals with the handling of annulments of marriages. The documents were released in the form of a Motu Proprio, which is a Papal document issued on his own initiative and signed by the Holy Father.

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