09/10/2017 5:34 pm

Norfolk convent welcomes 'party girls' for new TV documentary

The Daughters of Divine Charity in Swaffham are set to feature in a new high-profile four-part TV documentary on Channel 5 called Bad Habits when five 'party girls' are sent to the Norfolk Convent for two weeks.

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06/10/2017 11:49 am

Child Dignity Declaration seeks to awaken world to realities of internet's impact on children

Pope Francis has met with delegates attending a four-day world congress on 'Child Dignity in the Digital World' and was presented with the group's final declaration containing 13 separate calls to action. 

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04/10/2017 6:00 pm

Memorial Mass for HE Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, RIP

Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrated a Memorial Mass for his predecessor Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor in Westminster Cathedral in the presence of HRH the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, other members of the Royal Family, members of the clergy and hundreds of the faithful who regarded Cardinal Cormac with such affection.

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04/10/2017 4:00 pm

Statement of the Heads of the Christian Churches in the Kurdistan Region on the Referendum Crisis

In the aftermath of the last regime change, the Iraqi Christians have been exposed to a continued series of painful attacks. These began with the attacks by Al-Qaida, through those of the Islamic party militias, to gangs belonging to organized crime, and ending with the gangs of ISIS, which forcefully displaced our people from Mosul and the Plain of Nineveh. During this time the successive governments that came to power after 2003 failed to defend and safeguard the Christian component of the Iraqi citizens, and failed to protect their legal rights. This has led to the emigration of many Iraqi Christians. At present, our future does not appear to hold any good for us, nor does it indicate a continuation of Christian existence in this part of the world where Christianity has existed since the first century AD. 

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Pope sends message to Apostleship of Sea congress in Taiwan

Pope Francis has sent a message to the 24th World Congress of the Apostleship of the Sea which is taking place this week in the Taiwanese port city of Kaohsiung. In the message, signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the pope says he hopes the congress will serve to strengthen all those who support people living and working at sea.

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29/09/2017 3:00 pm

Pope to focus on “fake news” in message for World Communications Day 2018‎

Pope Francis will focus on the harmful effects of fake news against journalism for peace, in his message for peace for World Communications Day next year. ““The truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32). Fake news and journalism for peace,” the Pope announced with a post on Twitter.

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02/10/2017 12:00 pm

Pope Francis prays for victims of Las Vegas shooting

Pope Francis has expressed his “spiritual closeness” to victims of the deadly shooting in Las Vegas, which left more than fifty people dead, and hundreds more wounded.

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29/09/2017 7:00 pm

100 years of the Balfour Declaration - Bishop Declan Lang joins host of eminent speakers

Bishop Declan Lang will join a host of eminent speakers discussing the Balfour Declaration on Tuesday 31 October 2017 in Methodist Central Hall, Westminster

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26/09/2017 3:00 pm

Bishops visit European Union to deepen links with the Church in Europe

Bishops from England and Wales met with representatives from European Union institutions to listen and convey issues of concern at a key time in negotiations for the UK's exit.

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21/09/2017 12:00 pm

Archbishop Gallagher at UN: combating slavery is a priority

The Vatican has told a United Nations meeting in New York that the fight against forced labour, slavery and human trafficking is one of the defining priorities of Pope Francis’ papacy.

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20/09/2017 12:00 pm

New Taskforce launched to fight scandal of Slavery

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, chaired the first Evening Standard round table on modern slavery.

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19/09/2017 11:18 am

Bishop echoes Pope Francis’ call for prayer and action to support Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims

The lead Bishop for international affairs, the Rt Revd Declan Lang, has urged Catholics in England and Wales to take up Pope Francis’ call for prayer and action to support Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims. 

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15/09/2017 3:02 pm

Cardinal Nichols offers prayers for victims of Parsons Green explosion

Following the terrorist act on a train at Parsons Green Underground Station, 15 September, Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols has issued the following statement. 

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13/09/2017 12:29 pm

Archbishop's Homily: "Cormac was a priest to his fingertips"

The Most Revd George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff, has preached the homily at the Funeral Mass of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor in Westminster Cathedral. 

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12/09/2017 5:31 pm

Archbishop Longley's Sermon: Solemn Vespers for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor's Funeral Rites

The Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, delivered the sermon at the Solemn Vespers in Westminster Cathedral, with Cardinal Vincent Nichols presiding, as part of the Funeral Rites for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.

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12/09/2017 11:02 am

Why the Catholic Bishops have restored two Holy Days

With effect from the First Sunday of Advent 2017, two holydays of obligation are being reinstated. This decision was made by the Bishops of England and Wales, and has been confirmed by the Holy See. This article gives you some simple background information.

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11/09/2017 4:00 pm

Homily: Mass in Chiswick for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor

Complete text of Bishop Mark O’Toole’s homily given at a Mass in the Church of Our Lady of Grace and St Edward, Chiswick, where Cardinal Cormac lived in his retirement. 

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08/09/2017 5:50 pm

Catholic Church responds to Lammy Review

The lead Catholic Bishop for racial justice issues has welcomed MP David Lammy's review into the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals in the Criminal Justice System. 

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02/09/2017 12:42 pm

Pope gives thanks for Cardinal Cormac's "distinguished service to the Church"

Pope Francis has written to Cardinal Nichols to offer his "heartfelt condolences" after the death of Archbishop emeritus of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor.

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01/09/2017 4:32 pm

Announcing the Death of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor died peacefully this afternoon, 1 September 2017, surrounded by his family and friends. Cardinal Nichols: "Please pray for the repose of his soul. Pray, too, for his family, and those many friends and colleagues from the Diocese and far beyond who mourn his loss." 

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