04/02/2019 11:00 am

Pope Francis appoints Bishop Robert Byrne as the fourteenth Bishop of Hexham & Newcastle

The Holy See today announced that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Robert Byrne as Bishop of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. Bishop Byrne succeeds The Right Reverend Séamus Cunningham, who has been Bishop of the Diocese since 2009. Bishop Byrne will be the fourteenth Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle.

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30/01/2019 1:32 pm

Cardinal Nichols welcomes inquiry into Christian persecution

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has welcomed the launch of the independent inquiry, ordered by the government, into Christian persecution around the world.

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27/01/2019 3:00 pm

Pope WYD Panama: Homily at concluding Mass - full text

Sunday, Jan. 27, was the final day of the World Youth Day in Panama City. Pope Francis celebrated an open-air Holy Mass at the capital’s Metro Park to conclude the WYD.

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25/01/2019 6:00 pm

WYD Panama: Pope tells young detainees 'We are more than labels'

Pope Francis conducts a Penitential Service with young people in custody in Panama, and speaks to them of change, conversion, and encouragement.

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25/01/2019 10:20 am

Pope to youth at WYD Panama: the Church isn’t 'cool', it’s 'love'

At the Welcoming Ceremony of the 34 World Youth Day, before thousands of young pilgrims, Pope Francis shares his vision of a Church that dreams, and loves.

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25/01/2019 10:00 am

Pope Francis' speech at WYD 2019 opening ceremony

Pope Francis told young people at Panama's World Youth Day opening ceremony that the Church is walking with them. He was addressing the crowds gathered at the Santa Marta La Antigua Field in Panama City.

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25/01/2019 9:00 am

WYD in Panama: Pope Francis calls Panama “a land of dreams”

Speaking to Authorities, members of Civil Society and the Diplomatic Corps in Panama City, Pope Francis challenges the country to be a land of encounter, convocation, and dreams.

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24/01/2019 2:00 pm

WYD Panama: Pope Francis arrives and World Youth Day begins

For thousands of young people, the arrival of Pope Francis in Panama on Wednesday afternoon marks the true beginning of the 34 World Youth Day.

There were those who had waited at the airport all day. And it was hot (33°C not counting the horrendous humidity).

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24/01/2019 11:00 am

Pope’s Message for World Day of Social Communications 2019 released

This year’s theme emphasizes the importance of giving back to communication a broad perspective, based on the person, and stresses the value of interaction always understood as dialogue and as an opportunity to meet with others.

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21/01/2019 5:05 pm

Bishop welcomes scrapping of 'Settled Status' application fee for EU Citizens living in the UK

Bishop Paul McAleenan has welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement that EU citizens applying for 'settled status' to remain in the UK after Brexit will no longer be expected to pay an application fee of £65 each.

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18/01/2019 11:00 am

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18 - 25 January – the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. However, some areas observe it at Pentecost or some other time.

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17/01/2019 5:00 pm

Joint Meeting of Catholic and Anglican Bishops

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales and Church of England bishops met in Leicester from 16 to 17 January for their biennial conference.

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17/01/2019 10:00 am

Holy Land Coordination 2019 - Final Communiqué

The Holy Land Coordination stands in solidarity with all Christians in Israel and Palestine. Our ongoing advocacy for a just peace is informed by an annual pilgrimage to meet with our sisters and brothers, listen to them, and witness the challenges they face. This year our focus has been those Christians who live in the state of Israel.

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13/01/2019 4:49 pm

Archbishop tells Palestinian Christians the “promotion of truth, love, justice and peace” is integral to the Church’s mission

In a homily preached at the Church of the Visitation in the Palestinian town of Zababdeh in the northern West Bank, the Most Reverend Stephen Brislin, Archbishop of Cape Town, told parishioners that Catholics cannot remain silent in the presence of untruth, injustice, hatred and violence.

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14/01/2019 3:40 pm

Statement: Prison Sentencing Reforms

Bishop Richard Moth, the lead Catholic Bishop for Prisons, today welcomed the comments of Prisons Minister Rory Stewart MP, who said that jail sentences of fewer than six months should be scrapped.

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04/01/2019 11:00 am

Bishop speaks out against dehumanising rhetoric about channel refugees

The Lead Catholic Bishop for Migration and Asylum has called for asylum seekers crossing the English Channel to be treated with dignity and spoken out against the dehumanising rhetoric that has characterised debate in recent weeks.

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09/01/2019 12:00 pm

Bishops to visit the Holy Land in support of local Christians

Bishops of the Holy Land Coordination will be making their annual visit in support of Christians in Israel and Palestine next week. This year, they will be focusing on the theme: “Christians in Israel; challenges and opportunities.”

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02/01/2019 1:08 pm

Peace Sunday 2019

Every year Pax Christi, the international Catholic movement for peace, sends resource materials to every parish in the country to help them mark and celebrate Peace Sunday on 20 January. This is in the Liturgical Calendar cycle of prayer.

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01/01/2019 12:00 pm

Pope’s World Day of Peace Message: Politics must serve peace

This message, titled "Politics must serve peace" was issued by Pope Francis for the celebration of the 52nd World Day of Peace, 1 January 2019. 

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