12/02/2016 1:08 pm

Catholic Church in England and Wales releases prayer to assist those seeking St Valentine’s Day soulmate

The Catholic Church in England and Wales has published a new prayer to assist those who want to meet their soulmate. Timed to coincide with the celebration of St Valentine’s Day - a day annually when those who have already met their spouse express their love and appreciation of them - it’s hoped that the prayer will provide hope to those who have yet to meet their husband or wife.

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11/02/2016 6:08 pm

Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain and Diocesan Russian Orthodox Bishop pray for the success of the meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill

"Before the meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill, Catholics and Orthodox in the United Kingdom as well as believers all over the world gather in prayer, well aware that throughout this epochal gesture it is offering to humanity – in this moment of severe tensions and conflicts – an extraordinary testimony, unique – of how it is possible to rediscover today – the way of peace and unity. A testimony which, after all, by the will of God is placed in the journey of grace which both Churches are making..."

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11/02/2016 6:38 pm

Cardinal celebrates first Catholic ceremony at Hampton Court Palace Chapel for 450 years

On 9 February, Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrated Vespers in the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court. This was the first Catholic ceremony held there in 450 years - since the reign of Queen Mary I. 

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10/02/2016 4:53 pm

Sunday Trading Rules - Catholic Bishops’ Response

Following the publication of proposals for devolving the rules on Sunday Trading by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills yesterday, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have published their submission to the Government Consultation in August 2015. 

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10/02/2016 3:00 pm

Pope Francis' Message for the World Day of the Sick 2016

Pope Francis has given this message for the twenty-forth world day of the sick, Thursday 11 February. In it he asks us to "Entrust Oneself to the Merciful Jesus like Mary: Do whatever he tells you”.

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09/02/2016 4:45 pm

Bishops’ Conference welcomes forthcoming meeting between Pope Francis and the Patriarch of Moscow

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales welcomes the long hoped-for meeting of the Holy Father Pope Francis and the Patriarch of Moscow, to take place in Cuba on 12th February. A primary objective in the pontificate of St John Paul II was the restoration of Christian unity, especially between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. 

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09/02/2016 12:00 pm

Why do over a billion people worldwide receive ashes on Ash Wednesday?

Over a billion people across the globe will have a grey mark, in the shape of a cross, placed on their forehead on 10 February to signify the start of one of the longest periods of prayer and self-denial in the annual religious calendar.

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09/02/2016 12:00 pm

St Mary’s University hosts event for the Feast Day of St Josephine Bakhita

The Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery (CSMS) at St Mary’s University, Twickenham celebrated the Feast day of St Josephine Bakhita, the Patron Saint of Slavery, with a lunch that highlighted the involvement of slavery and human trafficking in bringing everyday foods to our plates.

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09/02/2016 12:36 pm

St Josephine Bakhita Day – A day for victims of human trafficking

Cardinal Vincent Nichols joined staff and pupils at Cardinal Pole school in Hackney, East London, on 8 February at a special assembly for victims of trafficking and those who combat it. 

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09/02/2016 8:36 am

Prison Reform: Bishop calls for "significant reduction in the prison population"

The Right Revd Richard Moth, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton and the lead bishop for prisons, has responded to Prime Minister David Cameron's speech on prison reform. "I am very encouraged by the Prime Minister’s commitment to reforming our prison system and his recognition that prisoners should be treated as assets to our society rather than liabilities to be managed..."

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08/02/2016 3:21 pm

New UK Ambassador to the Holy See

Mrs Sally Axworthy MBE has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Holy See in succession to Mr Nigel Baker OBE MVO, who will leave Rome in July 2016. Mrs Axworthy will take up her appointment during August 2016. 

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05/02/2016 7:22 pm

New Rector announced for St John’s Seminary, Wonersh

The Most Revd Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark, has announced the appointment of Fr Brian Coyle as Rector of St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, in succession to Mgr Jeremy Garratt. 

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03/02/2016 11:48 am

Real promise of 'gene editing' is ethical therapy for those born with conditions that have no cure

Professor David Albert Jones, Director of The Anscombe Bioethics Centre in Oxford, has made a comment on so-called 'gene editing'.

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01/02/2016 11:25 am

Two churches in the north east take Ash Wednesday to the streets of Sunderland

On Ash Wednesday, 10 February, two churches in the North East of England, St Mary’s Catholic Church and Sunderland Minster, will be working together to offer 'Ashes to Go' - a new approach to a centuries-old Christian tradition. 

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29/01/2016 12:00 pm

Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter

The Holy Year of Mercy invites all of us to reflect on the relationship between communication and mercy. The Church, in union with Christ, the living incarnation of the Father of Mercies, is called to practise mercy as the distinctive trait of all that she is and does. What we say and how we say it, our every word and gesture, ought to express God’s compassion, tenderness and forgiveness for all. Love, by its nature, is communication; it leads to openness and sharing. If our hearts and actions are inspired by charity, by divine love, then our communication will be touched by God’s own power.

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27/01/2016 9:53 am

Safeguarding and the Catholic Church in England and Wales

The safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults is at the heart of the Church's mission. There is no place in the Church, or indeed society, for abuse - a grievous crime which can affect people for their entire lives. Victims come first. This has not always been the case. The Church deeply regrets all instances of sexual abuse and the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults, and accepts that grave mistakes were made in the past. 

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25/01/2016 2:01 pm

Episcopal Ordination of Auxiliary Bishops for the Diocese of Westminster

The Right Reverend Paul McAleenan and Right Reverend John Wilson were ordained as Auxiliary Bishops for the Diocese of Westminster on the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, 25 January 2016, at the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Most Precious Blood. Bishop McAleenan has been assigned the titular see of Mercia and Bishop Wilson has been assigned the titular see of Lindisfarne. 

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22/01/2016 4:00 pm

Bishop John Sherrington invites Christians to ‘renew their commitment to visible unity’ during Christian Unity Week

On Wednesday 20 January, Bishop John Sherrington joined the prayer service for Christian Unity at the Coptic Cathedral in Stevenage. This was his last official public engagement as Auxiliary Bishop with pastoral responsibility for Hertfordshire and as Chair of Churches Together in the county. In his reflection, Bishop Sherrington invited those in attendance 'to incline our ear to the Lord and listen with the heart to his Will', as they prayed together for Christian unity.

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21/01/2016 3:43 pm

Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 – Don’t Stand By

Once a year we remember those who suffered, and continue to suffer, as a result of the Jewish holocaust. The day, 27 January, marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi concentration camps and on this day we remember the millions of people killed in the Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

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18/01/2016 5:54 pm

Bishop meets Minister for Syrian refugees

Bishop Patrick Lynch today met with Richard Harrington MP, the Minister responsible for Syrian refugees, to reaffirm the Church’s support for efforts to accommodate people fleeing the conflict and discuss the next stages of the Government’s resettlement scheme. 

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