23/02/2017 5:30 pm

Pope Francis appeals for ‘suffering South Sudan'

Pope Francis has appealed for the hard-hit people of South Sudan, “where a fratricidal conflict is compounded by a severe food crisis which has hit the Horn of Africa region and condemns to death by starvation millions of people, including many children”. 

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23/02/2017 11:00 am

Together to witness Christ in Europe: CCEE-CEC Joint Committee meets in Paris

On 20 and 21 February in Paris, the Joint Committee of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) met to reflect on 45 years of ecumenical cooperation between the two organisations and to explore new ways of cooperating.

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14/02/2017 12:00 pm

Statement in Response to the Secretary of State for Justice’s Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

Bishop Richard Moth, Liaison Bishop for Prisons, responds to the recent speech by the Secretary of State for Justice on Criminal Justice Reform.

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12/02/2017 4:00 pm

Cardinal Nichols urges Government to work with renewed vigour to assist unaccompanied child refugees

President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has called for the Government to work with renewed vigour to assist vulnerable, unaccompanied child refugees. 

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10/02/2017 9:55 am

Bishop Paul McAleenan on the Dubs Amendment

The so-called Dubs Amendment - a scheme that requires the government to relocate unaccompanied refugee children from other countries in Europe - is set to close. Bishop Paul McAleenan, Chair of the Office for Migration and Refugee Policy, has made a comment on the news.

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10/02/2017 4:34 pm

Community Sponsorship Scheme - Resettlement of Refugees

The Community Sponsorship Scheme is a government-backed initiative that enables community groups - including the Catholic Church, its agencies and charities - to take on the role of supporting resettled refugees in the UK. 

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08/02/2017 9:39 am

Brentwood Diocese celebrating 100 years

Saturday 11 February sees the inauguration of Centenary celebrations across the Diocese of Brentwood, with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in every parish church from East London to the North Sea. The day is significant, marking as it does the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, principal patron of the Diocese. 

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06/02/2017 1:04 pm

National Marriage Week and New Guidelines for the Preparation of Couples for Marriage

Marriage Week runs from 7 - 14 February 2017. In response to the Pope’s call in Amoris Laetitia, and as a fruit of several years’ work, the Bishops' Conference has published ‘Guidelines for the Preparation of Couples for Marriage’. 

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01/02/2017 12:54 pm

Catholic and Anglican bishops come together for joint meeting

Catholic and Anglican bishops have engaged in a joint meeting to foster spiritual communion; to identify and develop programmes of joint witness and mission and to remain informed about the formal dialogue of ARCIC (Anglican-Roman Catholic Commissions). 

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05/02/2017 12:00 pm

Cardinal Vincent Encourages Community Sponsorship Scheme Amid Trump Travel Ban

On Sunday 5 February Cardinal Vincent spoke on the BBC Radio 4 Westminster Hour about the executive order issued by President Trump which suspends the refugee acceptance programme for 120 days, prioritises refugee claims of religious-based persecution and imposes a travel ban on nations from a countries of ‘particular concern’ (seven, predominantly Muslim, countries have been named).

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26/01/2017 4:00 pm

Shocking statistics on prison suicide demand government action on reform

Bishop Richard Moth has called on government to redouble its efforts on prison reform following today’s report from the Ministry of Justice stating that suicides in prisons across England and Wales reached their highest ever number last year.

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24/01/2017 10:00 am

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for World Communications Day

As has become the tradition, on the Feast of St. Francis de Sales the Holy Father publishes a Message for World Communications Day, celebrated on the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. This year's theme is "'Fear not, for I am with you' (Is 43.5) Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time".

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20/01/2017 11:00 am

Bishops thank Nuncio for six years of dedicated service as he ends his time in Great Britain

At the request of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, His Excellency Monsignor Antonio Mennini, is being transferred from his current responsibilities to serve directly in the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, assisting in its work in relation to States.

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19/01/2017 10:00 am

Bishops call for action after fifty years of occupation in the Holy Land

The Bishops of the 2017 Holy Land Co-ordination have released a final communiqué calling for prayer, awareness and action after 50 years of occupation in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. 

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19/01/2017 9:30 am

Bishops call for action after fifty years of occupation in the Holy Land

Fifty years of occupation demands action is the call of the Holy Land Coordination bishops at the end of this year's meeting.

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14/01/2017 6:47 pm

Pope Francis meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Pope Francis met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Vatican on Saturday morning, 14 January, to build on existing good relations between the Holy See and Palestine, sealed by the Global Agreement of 2015. 

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10/01/2017 2:00 pm

Holy Land Co-ordination 2017

Bishops' annual visit to Holy Land, 14-19 January, promoted dialogue and the building of bridges on the 50th anniversary of occupation. 

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12/01/2017 10:00 am

World Day for Migrants and Refugees to be celebrated on Sunday 15th January

Bishop Paul McAleenan, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster and Chair of the Bishops' Conference Office for Migration and Policy, spoke to us about the World Day for Migrants and Refugees which will be celebrated on Sunday 15 January and asks us to to reflect on Pope Francis' chosen theme, 'Child Migrants, The Vulnerable and Voiceless'.

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11/01/2017 9:00 am

Catholic Church urges continued government action to assist the most vulnerable refugees from the Middle East

On the eve of the World Day for Migrants and Refugees, Cardinal Nichols is continuing his call for refugees from the Middle East to be welcomed and accommodated in this country.

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10/01/2017 1:06 pm

Peace Sunday to be celebrated across England and Wales on 15 January

Pax Christi, the international Catholic movement for peace, has reported a strong interest in its resources for the forthcoming Peace Sunday - celebrated in parishes across England and Wales on 15 January. 

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