20/12/2007

Majority of Peers oppose use of human embryos; Lord Alton calls for Hunt Test to be put into law

A clear majority of Peers oppose the use of human embryos for medical experiments if effective alternatives exist, according to a survey of 100 peers by polling firm, ComRes. This could result in important changes to the present Human Fertilisation & Embryology Bill which is currently being debated in the Lords.

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20/12/2007

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill Parish Resource Pack

With the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill currently passing through the UK Parliament, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has sent out a resource pack to parishes to raise awareness about the Bill and to help Catholics pro-actively respond to it.

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20/12/2007

CCN podcast: Archbishop Marini discusses liturgical renewal

For twenty years, Archbishop Piero Marini was the Master of Papal Ceremonies in Rome. It was a role that saw him stand at the side of Pope John Paul II at a number of key moments during his Pontificate. He then guided the 2005 Conclave before the election of Pope Benedict XVI.

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14/12/2007

Vatican releases document on evangelisation

The Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith has issued a Note on Some Aspects of Evangelisation. It is intended to recall the basic principles involved in proclaiming the Gospel today.

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02/12/2007

'O Come All Ye Faithful': Catholics Get Ready To Welcome Back Thousands Of Lapsed For Christmas

‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ is likely to become the most favoured carol in Catholic parishes up and down the country this Christmas. Why? Because for the first time in England and Wales, hundreds of thousands of lapsed Catholics are to be the focus of a national ‘welcome back’ campaign.

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30/11/2007

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill

We strongly oppose the removal of the requirement to take account of the child’s need for a father in providing fertility services.

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30/11/2007

Pope Benedict's second encyclical Spe Salvi published

Pope Benedict XVI has today (30 Nov) released the second Encyclical Letter of his pontificate. Entitled Spe Salvi (Saved by Hope), the encyclical combines the concern of a true pastor with a rigorous use of the New Testament scriptures

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30/11/2007

COMECE Plenary

Bishops representing their respective national conferences of EU countries met last week at the COMECE plenary meeting in Brussels.

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30/11/2007

Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community

Autumn Plenary Assembly of the Bishops of COMECE:The external action of the EU: current challenges and perspectives

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27/11/2007

Incitement to hatred on grounds of sexual orientation

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and the Church of England have released a memorandum to the Public Bill Committee commenting on the Government’s proposed amendment to the Public Order Act 1986 to create a new offence of incitement to hatred on grounds of sexual orientation.

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27/11/2007

Eight million pilgrims expected to travel to France to celebrate the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Lourdes apparitions

With Pope Benedict XVI likely to visit the Marian shine at Lourdes in southern France next year to join eight million people celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Marian apparitions, the message is clear and simple – everybody’s welcome.

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26/11/2007

Young Catholics consider their faith in their future

Over 50 young Catholics considering a career in public life gathered at Notre Dame University campus in London on Saturday (24 Nov) to hear from Catholics working in public life about how they live out their faith in public service to others.

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25/11/2007

Bishop Lynch visits Ghana

In November 2007 Bishop Patrick Lynch led a delegation from the Church in England and Wales to Ghana.

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22/11/2007

Statement from Archbishop Vincent Nichols on Archbishop Maurice Couve de Murville

The Archdiocese of Birmingham will be at prayer for their late Archbishop Maurice.

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22/11/2007

Biography of Archbishop Maurice Couve de Murville

Maurice Couve de Murville was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, on
27 June 1929. He was the cousin of another Maurice Couve de Murville - who served as Foreign Minister of France for ten years, 1958-1968.

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22/11/2007

Funeral Mass for Archbishop Maurice Couve de Murville

The Funeral Mass for Archbishop Maurice Couve de Murville was held in the Metropolitan Cathedral and Basilica of St Chad, in central Birmingham, on the morning of Wednesday 21 November.

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19/11/2007

Be the change you want to see in the world

Young people want to see many changes in the world. They want an end to terrorism, domestic violence, conflict, crime, global warming, drug abuse, bullying, poverty and racism.

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17/11/2007

Pope Benedict XVI appoints new Bishop of Middlesbrough

His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, has appointed Monsignor Terence Patrick Drainey the Seventh Bishop of Middlesbrough. On accepting the appointment, Mgr Drainey said:

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16/11/2007

Safeguarding with Confidence

The Bishops’ Conference, with the Executive of the Conference of Religious, is pleased to receive the Cumberlege Commission Report, Safeguarding with Confidence.

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16/11/2007

Catholic leaders to make safeguarding central to life and ministry of the Church

Bishops and Congregational leaders this week committed the Catholic Church in England and Wales to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church.

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