09/11/2013 11:01 am

Pope appoints Rector of Allen Hall Seminary Mgr Mark O’Toole as new Bishop of Plymouth

Pope Francis has appointed as the new Bishop of Plymouth, Monsignor Mark O’Toole, until now Rector of Allen Hall Seminary in London. Mgr O’Toole’s episcopal ordination will take place at 2pm on Tuesday 28 January 2014 at the Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Boniface in Plymouth.

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08/11/2013 10:55 am

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday falls on the Sunday nearest Armistice Day, 11 November, which marks the end of the First World War. On this day we remember all those who gave their lives for their country, all who suffered and died through acts of war and those who were left behind to grieve and mourn. 

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06/11/2013 6:01 pm

Find new ways of letting mothers stay with their children rather than face imprisonment, says lead bishop for prisons

In his first public lecture as the lead bishop for prisons, Richard Moth asks "what more can be done to ensure that a mother can remain with her children and pay her debt to society without the need for a custodial sentence?" 

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06/11/2013 10:43 am

Catholic Church in England and Wales finds new and dynamic ways to spread the Gospel message

A breadth of innovative evangelisation initiatives being offered in Catholic dioceses in England and Wales has been showcased at a national gathering.

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05/11/2013 11:30 am

Catholic Church calls on employers to pay a “Living Wage”

To coincide with Living Wage Week, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales together with three of its leading Catholic Agencies: the Catholic Education Service, CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) and CAFOD, have reiterated the Church’s teaching on just wages and its support for a 'Living Wage'. 

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05/11/2013 9:41 am

BBC Radio 4: Marriage and Family Life Project Officer on Vatican Family Questionnaire

Elizabeth Davies, Marriage and Family Life Project Officer at the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, contributed to the BBC Radio 4 Sunday Programme, 3 November, talking to Ed Stourton about the Vatican's global questionnaire on family life. 

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05/11/2013 3:21 pm

Joint Submission: Foreign Affairs Committee Inquiry into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s 2012 Human Rights and Democracy Report

The Catholic Church and the Church of England have made a joint submission to the Foreign Affairs Committee Inquiry into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s 2012 Human Rights and Democracy Report. 

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05/11/2013 12:23 pm

Diocese of Lancaster encourages inactive or ‘lapsed’ Catholics to return to Church this Advent

The Diocese of Lancaster is planning to hold its fourth 'The Light is ON for YOU!' campaign this Advent to encourage inactive or ‘lapsed’ Catholics to return to Church through the Sacrament of Reconciliation - or Confession as it's commonly known.

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01/11/2013 9:00 am

All Souls – 2 November 2013

Every November throughout the world those who have died are especially remembered and prayed for by the Catholic community.

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31/10/2013 4:00 pm

All Saints – 1 November 2013

Although the Catholic Church celebrates saints days throughout the year, on 1 November, she joins them all in one festival. In particular the holiness of those who are hidden saints – people whose names we don’t know – is celebrated on this day.

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29/10/2013 3:00 pm

Support the 'Night of Light'

The Night of Light is an international initiative to reclaim Halloween as a joyful Christian celebration. In many countries around the world children’s celebrations are being organised, as are prayer gatherings, with people putting a light in their window to visibly witness to neighbours and friends.

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23/10/2013 12:01 pm

Archbishop of Westminster and Bishop of London launch 'The 1535 Society' at the Tower of London

On 22 October, at the Tower of London, The Archbishop of Westminster, The Bishop of London and General the Lord Dannatt launched The 1535 Society to promote an understanding of the role within British history of St Thomas More and the other Christian martyrs who lost their lives in pursuit of their religious beliefs.

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22/10/2013 7:05 pm

Archbishop addresses Muslim Council of Wales about "The Need for Spirituality in the Modern World"

The President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, has tonight addressed the Muslim Council of Wales in Cardiff on the importance of spirituality in our world today. As the keynote speaker, the Archbishop warned that without a true spirituality "we risk building our great achievements, the skyscrapers of our ambitions, on sand." 

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22/10/2013 10:31 am

CAFOD's Pope Paul VI Lecture: A Billion Reasons to Believe in Africa

Our agency for overseas Aid and Development, CAFOD, hosted its annual Pope Paul VI Memorial Lecture on Friday 18 October, as Fr Agbinkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ, Provincial of the Eastern Africa Jesuit Province, gave a talk entitled A billion reasons to believe in Africa: The long march from ‘the hopeless continent’ to ‘the spiritual lung of humanity'.

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17/10/2013 11:05 am

Pope urges "elimination of prejudices and presuppositions" in approach to migration

Pope Francis has urged society to look beyond negative stereotypes to adopt a more inclusive attitude towards migrants and refugees. In his message for next year's World Day of Migrants and Refugees, 19 January, the Holy Father emphasizes that "each country needs to create better economic and social conditions at home, so that emigration will not be the only option left for those who seek peace, justice, security and full respect of their human dignity." 

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13/10/2013 12:00 pm

Pope consecrates world to Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Pope celebrated mass in St Peter’s square this morning in honour of the Marian Day, an event organised as part of the Year of Faith on the anniversary of the final apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima (13 October 1917). He also consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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11/10/2013 4:00 pm

Anti-apartheid fighter comes to London to celebrate World Mission Sunday

Bishop Kevin Dowling, renowned anti-apartheid fighter and now head of the Tapologo Project in Rustenburg, South Africa, will be coming to London to celebrate World Mission Sunday on 20 October 2013.

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10/10/2013 4:00 pm

Catholic Bishop’s Concern for Vulnerable Migrants and Migrant Families

In response to the Immigration Bill introduced on 10 October 2013, the Catholic Bishop for Migrants, Bishop Patrick Lynch raised his ongoing concern for the needs of vulnerable migrants and migrant families, particularly in the area of accommodation and access to health services in the UK.

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11/10/2013 5:33 pm

Violence of Europe's past weighs on its present

At its General Assembly meeting in Berlin, Germany, the Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions focused on the violence of the continent's 20th century dictatorships, the political instrumentalisation of terror and the appalling consequences of the war of aggression unleashed by the Nazi regime.

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04/10/2013 4:50 pm

Syria: between Scylla and Charybdis

The Bishops' Middle East North Africa (MENA) consultant, Dr Harry Hagopian, offers his latest article on the situation in Syria.

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