02/09/2017 10:33 am

Holydays of Obligation - England and Wales

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.

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31/08/2017 6:36 pm

Pope and Patriarch: "support the consensus of the world for the healing of our wounded creation"

It's the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on 1 September - a day observed by both the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.

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31/08/2017 12:01 am

Funeral directors, who cares?

In a Onepoll of 2,000 UK adults, commissioned by the Art of Dying Well, almost half of UK adults (44.9%) think that funeral directors should have access to professional counselling. 

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31/08/2017 1:45 pm

Pope Francis to visit Myanmar and Bangladesh in November

The Holy Father will travel to Myanmar on 27 November for a three-day visit immediately followed by a papal journey to Bangladesh from 30 November to 2 December 2017. 

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24/08/2017 11:00 am

UK Priest receives major international award

Fr Jonathan How, a priest of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, has been presented with the Bronze Wolf Award, the highest award for adults in World Scouting, for his contribution in the area of spiritual development and Interreligious Dialogue in scouting.

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22/08/2017 11:00 am

World Day of Migrants and Refugees

In his message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis says: "Throughout the first years of my pontificate, I have repeatedly expressed my particular concern for the lamentable situation of many migrants and refugees fleeing from war, persecution, natural disasters and poverty."

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21/08/2017 12:00 pm

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor seriously ill in hospital

In a letter sent to all the Bishops of England and Wales, the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has shared that the Cardinal’s health has taken a defining turn and that he is now in hospital.

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11/08/2017 11:00 am

Bishop Richard welcomes Lord Farmer’s report on prisoners’ families

The lead Catholic Bishop for prisons has welcomed the publication of Lord Farmer’s report on the importance of strengthening prisoners’ family ties. This landmark report highlights the vital position of families in supporting people’s rehabilitation. It outlines practical recommendations in areas including family visits, video communications, and parenting classes.

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02/08/2017 12:26 pm

Abbot Christopher Jamison elected new President by the English Benedictines

Abbot Christopher Jamison has been elected as Abbot President by the English Benedictine Congregation in succession to Abbot Richard Yeo. 

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28/07/2017 10:56 pm

Cardinal Nichols' statement following the death of Charlie Gard

"I am deeply saddened by the news that little Charlie Gard has now died. I offer my sincere and profound condolences to his parents who have treasured him with such a strong and undiminished love." 

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24/07/2017 4:32 pm

Bishops’ Conference statement on Charlie Gard

The parents of Charlie Gard have ended their five-month legal challenge over treatment for their 11-month-old baby. Here's a statement from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. 

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17/07/2017 11:00 am

Bishop Declan Lang on Displaced Persons in the Kurdistan Region

Today Bishop Declan Lang gave a statement in response to the hundreds of thousands of people that have been displaced in the Kurdistan Region

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14/07/2017 4:00 pm

Papal honour for John Gibbs

John Gibbs was presented with the Knight Commander’s cross of the Order of St. Gregory the Great on Thursday 6 July; he was made a Knight Commander of the Order in March this year by Pope Francis.

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11/07/2017 4:20 pm

Closure of Heritage Lottery Fund’s Grants for Places of Worship Programme

The Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Grants for Places of Worship scheme (GPOW) is to be closed in September 2017. This will mean that churches will have to compete for funding against all other heritage bodies and apply to the HLF under their general grant schemes. In effect, parishes will be in competition for funds with major heritage attractions and museums in order to secure funds for repairs - a truly David and Goliath scenario.

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03/07/2017 6:35 pm

Cardinal Nichols: Statement on the extension of the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme

His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has issued the following statement in response to the Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s announcement that the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) will be extended with immediate effect to include non-Syrians fleeing the conflict area.

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02/07/2017 9:38 am

National Office for Vocation launches Compass programme 2017-2018

The National Office for Vocation has launched the new season for vocation discernment to the Religious life. Young people considering a vocation to be a nun, monk, sister, priest or brother can join a “Compass” group in October and work through the programme which runs over five residential weekends and the Easter Triduum, ending in May 2018.

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28/06/2017 12:00 pm

Baby Charlie Gard: Final Ruling

A spokesperson from the Catholic Church on the latest and final ruling on the case of the life-saving treatment of baby Charlie Gard.

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26/06/2017 12:00 pm

Cardinal Nichols addresses Lithuanian Parliament on combatting human trafficking and modern slavery

Cardinal Nichols has addressed the Lithuanian Parliament - Seimas - encouraging its commitment to combat human trafficking and modern slavery. 

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24/06/2017 11:00 pm

Bishops’ Conference welcomes General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) new guidance on religion, personal values and beliefs

The General Pharmaceutical Council - the independent regulator for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises in Great Britain – has recently published new guidance on religion, personal values and beliefs, welcomed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

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21/06/2017 12:00 pm

Bishop Paul Hendricks reflects on the Finsbury Park Mosque attack

Bishop Paul Hendricks, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark and co-chair of the UK’s Christian-Muslim Forum spoke to Vatican Radio's Philippa Hitchen about why it’s more important than ever for people of all faiths and none to stand together in the face of the London Bridge, Manchester and Finsbury Park Mosque attacks.

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