14/10/2014 9:31 am

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor's 'Pause For Thought'

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor gives today's 'Pause for Thought' on BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans Breakfast Show. His focus falls on having pride in your birthplace, family and local community.

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13/10/2014 2:28 pm

Second phase of Family Synod discussions to take place in Vatican from 4-25 October 2015

As discussion at the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family got underway Monday morning, it was announced that the second phase of this process, next year’s Ordinary Synod, will be held 4 - 25 October 2015, and will have theme: The vocation and mission of the family in the church and the modern world.

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13/10/2014 12:08 pm

Joint Statement: Right of Palestinians to belong to an independent state "long overdue"

Bishop Declan Lang, Chair of the Bishops' Conference Department for International Affairs, and the Church of England's Lead Bishop for Foreign Affairs, the Rt Revd Christopher Cocksworth, have released a joint statement on the parliamentary motion to recognise Palestine as an independent state.

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10/10/2014 6:38 pm

Pope Francis Prays for the Success of the Day of Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman

Pope Francis has sent a special message of support to the Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, the Right Reverend Robert Byrne, C.O, for the success of a ‘Day with Newman’ being held at the Birmingham Oratory on Saturday 11 October 2014.

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10/10/2014 6:32 pm

Final statement of the European Conference of Justice and Peace Commissions "Human Dignity and Economic Crisis"

Final statement of the European Conference of Justice and Peace Commissions that met from 3-7 October in Athens and Corinth for their annual International Workshop and General Assembly. The theme was "Human Dignity and Economic Crisis".

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10/10/2014 4:58 pm

Synod of Bishops: "No-one may use the name of God to commit violence"

The bishops meeting in the Vatican to discuss family matters in a pastoral context have released a message focusing on families who suffer as a result of the world's conflicts - notably in Syria and Iraq.

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10/10/2014 1:22 pm

Catholic Church in England and Wales supports a campaign to encourage organ donation

Archbishop Peter Smith, speaking as Chair of the Department of Christian Responsibility and Citizenship, announced that the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has agreed to support the ‘flesh and blood’ campaign. This is a campaign to mobilise Christians to recognise blood and organ donation as acts of Christian generosity. 

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10/10/2014 3:13 pm

Statement on the future of St Joseph’s School, Neath Port Talbot

The Bishop of Menevia, Tom Burns, Chair of Trustees of the Diocese of Menevia stated yesterday that the Diocese will not be asking the Welsh Government to finance a renowned Sixth-Form Centre at the expense of other Catholic schools in the Neath-Port Talbot area of South Wales. 

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09/10/2014 3:22 pm

Cardinal Nichols gives unique insight on Family Synod discussions

Despite a tight schedule, Cardinal Vincent Nichols recorded a seven-minute podcast in the garden at the Venerable English College in Rome on 8 October 2014, to give us a unique insight into Family Synod discussions - including the shape and form of the sessions in the Synod Hall. 

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09/10/2014 12:21 pm

Synod: the Church, a place for families in crisis

What can the Church do to accompany families in difficult pastoral situations such as the separated, divorced or divorced and remarried, single parents, teen mothers, children from broken homes? What is the Churches pastoral outreach concerning unions of persons of the same sex? These were the topics of discussion in the 8th General Congregation of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on ‘The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization’.

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09/10/2014 10:39 am

ISIL: Are We All Responsible?

Published on 6 October, this is the latest opinion piece from our consultant on the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, Dr Harry Hagopian. Keeping the focus on militant group ISIL as its stranglehold on the Syrian border town of Kobane tightens, Harry looks at how the West has approached jihadism over the years. Originally published on Dr Hagopian's website epektasis.net.

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08/10/2014 1:31 pm

Synod: Glasgow Archbishop leads morning prayer at Synod

The Church must enter the sadness of fractured families with words of love to heal division and give children peace of heart. This was the moving reflection offered to Synod Fathers at morning prayer Wednesday by the Most Rev Philip Tartaglia, Archbishop of Glasgow.

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07/10/2014 5:06 pm

Cardinal Nichols speaks at Family Synod Press Conference in Rome

At the daily press briefing in the Vatican on Tuesday, 7 October, journalists heard how bishops meeting on the second full day of the Synod for the Family have been discussing the importance of using more inclusive language to talk about people living outside the teachings of the Church. Cardinal Vincent Nichols answered journalists' questions.

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05/10/2014 9:34 pm

Pope to Synod Fathers: Speak frankly and listen humbly

Pope Francis addressed the Fathers of the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops as they began their first full day of sessions and called on all participants in the meeting to speak their minds with fearless frankness, and to listen to one another in a spirit of true charity.

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06/10/2014 9:42 am

Archbishop of Southwark named Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton

In Rome over the weekend, on 4 October, it was announced that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation from office of the Rt Rev Kieran Conry, former Bishop of Arundel and Brighton. The Holy Father has appointed the Most Rev Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark, as Apostolic Administrator of that diocese until such time as a new bishop takes up the office of Diocesan Bishop.

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05/10/2014 3:36 pm

Pope: Family is integral part of God's plan for humanity

Pope Francis has urged the Synod Bishops to listen to the Lord’s call to “care for the family” which is “an integral part of His loving plan for humanity”. The Holy Father said that “Synod Assemblies are not meant to discuss beautiful and clever ideas” but to “better nurture and tend to the Lord’s vineyard.”

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05/10/2014 10:22 am

Pope leads prayer vigil ahead of Synod

Pope Francis presided at an outdoor prayer vigil in St Peter’s Square on Saturday evening, ahead of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family. During his homily, the Pope asked that the Church pray for the Synod Fathers, in particular for the gift to listen in the manner of God, to have a spirit of openness in discussions and to maintain a fixed gaze on Jesus Christ.

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04/10/2014 8:45 am

IS/ISIS in the wider context of Palestine and the Middle East‏

The latest opinion piece from our consultant on the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, Dr Harry Hagopian. Harry takes a close look at the IS/ISIS threat, the global response and examines the regional impact on Palestine and other countries. Originally published on Dr Hagopian's website epektasis.net. 

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03/10/2014 5:46 pm

First Press Conference ahead of the Bishops Synod on the Family

A press conference was held today, 3 October, in Rome during which Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, outlined the structure of the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, to be inaugurated by the Pope during a solemn Mass in St Peter's Basilica on Sunday. 

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02/10/2014 6:51 pm

Cardinal Nichols takes possession of his Titular Church in Rome

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has taken possession of his titular church in Rome - Sant'Alfonso de'Liguori all'Esquilino. Since 1865 it has been home to the famous icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour. 

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