30/06/2015 6:20 pm

Pope Establishes new Secretariat for Communications

Pope Francis has released an Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio instituting the new Secretariat for Communications and nominating Mgr Dario Edoardo Viganò as its first Prefect. The Motu Proprio on "The current communicative context" was published in Rome on Saturday, 27 June 2015. 

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30/06/2015 10:00 am

France, Kuwait, Tunisia: Where next?

The latest opinion piece from our consultant on the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, Dr Harry Hagopian offers his views on the latest violence in France, Kuwait and Tunisia. Originally published on aljazeera.com. 

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29/06/2015 9:45 am

Pope prays for 'sustainable economic growth promoting human development of all' in message to Inclusive Capitalism conference

Cardinal Vincent Nichols conveyed a prayerful message from Pope Francis to delegates attending the Second International Conference on Inclusive Capitalism at Mansion House, London on 26 June 2015.

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26/06/2015 3:00 pm

Statement on the Death of the Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia HB Nerses Bedros XIX

Bishop Declan Lang, Chair of the Bishops' Conference Department for International Affairs: "I learnt with sadness yesterday of the death of His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX, the Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia." 

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23/06/2015 10:00 am

Bishop Lang: 'Religious bigotry' should not continue unchecked after arson attack on church in Tabgha, Israel

Bishop Declan Lang, Chair of the Bishops' Conference Department for International Affairs, has released a statement expressing his sadness and regret at the destruction caused by a fire on 18 June that destroyed part of a Catholic Church on the Sea of Galilee. Authorities believe it was a deliberate attack carried out by Jewish extremists. 

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22/06/2015 10:00 am

Cardinal Nichols salutes the work of Apostleship of the Sea in visit to Tilbury Port

Cardinal Vincent Nichols paid tribute to seafarers, chaplains and ship visitors at Tilbury Port last week in a visit organised by Apostleship of the Sea.

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17/06/2015 2:30 pm

Bishop Declan Lang supports Action By Christians Against Torture Vigil

Bishop Declan Lang – Chair of the Catholic Bishops Conference Department for International Affairs has given his backing to the Action By Christians Against Torture worldwide prayer vigil on June 26.

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16/06/2015 11:00 am

Encyclical Letter: Laudato si' on Care for our Common Home

Laudato si' - On the Care for our Common Home is the Pope's Encyclical Letter on the environment and human ecology. Pope Francis challenges us to consider the kind of world we want to leave to those who come after us. It's not just an 'environment encyclical', it leads us to ask ourselves about the meaning of existence and the values at the heart of social life: "What is the purpose of our life in this world? What is the goal of our work and all our efforts? What need does the earth have of us?" 

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15/06/2015 7:30 pm

CES Response to Westminster Faith Debates report A New Settlement: Religion and Belief in Schools

"The Catholic Education Service welcomes the Westminster Faith Debates report A New Settlement: Religion and Belief in Schools as an important contribution to the debate on the place of religion in schools. The report acknowledges the important role which Church schools play in the public sector and supports Catholic parents' right to send their children to Catholic schools.

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15/06/2015 3:02 pm

The Pope calls for increased attention for the environment ahead of Encyclical release

Pope Francis has invited everyone to pay attention to environmental issues. Speaking after the Sunday Angelus in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis called on everyone to accompany his encyclical's publication on 18 June with renewed attention to environmental degradation, and the need to act to salvage one’s territory. 

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09/06/2015 4:48 pm

Bishop Declan Lang travels to Mozambique for bishops' meeting on family ministry

War and economic pressures are two of the biggest threats to family life, Bishops from across Africa and Europe heard at a joint meeting in Mozambique last week. Twenty-two bishops from across Europe and Africa came together in Mozambique at the end of May to share and reflect on their ministry with families. 

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09/06/2015 4:00 pm

48 years after 'The Six-Day War’

It was the French philosopher Albert Camus who once wrote that you cannot create experience, you must undergo it. I recalled his words yet again earlier this week when I read Hisham Melhem’s powerful reflections on the Naksa - setback is as good a translation as any - of 1967 and its spill-over into MENA region.

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05/06/2015 9:35 am

Catholic Church urges British Government to tackle religious persecution in Pakistan

The Catholic Church in England and Wales has expressed its hope that the British government will encourage Pakistan’s authorities to tackle escalating persecution of the country’s religious minorities.

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27/05/2015 6:00 pm

St Augustine of Canterbury is a fine patron for communications, says Cardinal Nichols

On the Feast Day of St Augustine of Canterbury, Cardinal Vincent Nichols adopted St Augustine as a ‘fine patron’ for the work of communications. In his homily at the CCN’s World Communications Day Mass and Lecture at St Patrick’s in Soho, London, the Cardinal said that Augustine ‘showed many of the characteristics that we too need’.

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27/05/2015 7:00 pm

Lord Patten: Shaping the future of Vatican communications

Lord Patten of Barnes spoke to a gathering of media professionals in London and outlined the Vatican Media Committee’s core recommendations for Holy See media operations. Following a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols at St Patrick's Catholic Church in Soho, the British Catholic peer and former Chairman of the BBC Trust gave the 2015 World Communications Day Lecture.

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20/05/2015 8:59 am

Bishop Philip Egan Celebrates Mass in the presence of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin

The relics of the parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux, Blessed Louis and Blessed Zelie Martin continue their journey through the South of England. Today, Thursaday 21 May, they are in St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth, for a Day of veneration. Bishop Philip Egan presided over mass and his full homily can be found below.

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22/05/2015 4:00 pm

Statement: Rohingya Crisis

The escalating humanitarian crisis facing the Rohingya people cannot be ignored by the international community. It is more important than ever that Burma's authorities take decisive action to end the persecution, destitution and intercommunal tensions that are forcing thousands of people into perilous journeys on the Andaman Sea.

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21/05/2015 5:00 pm

Statement on ‘Contemporary Christian Martyrs’

The Presidents of Churches Together in England have expressed their deep sorrow at the alarming increase in violence and murder against Christians in many parts of the world. Receiving reports, in some cases eye-witness reports, of martyrdom in Iraq, Iran, Egypt, India, Pakistan and Indonesia, among other places, the Presidents call upon all people of goodwill to uphold respect for the sanctity of life and the flourishing of every human being. 

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20/05/2015 8:59 am

Marriage and family life celebrated in the presence of the relics of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin

The relics of the parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux, Blessed Louis and Blessed Zelie Martin have been touring the Diocese of Plymouth. Mass for married couples and families was celebrated in the Cathedral in Plymouth on 16 May and in Holy Trinity Church, Dorchester, on 19 May.

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18/05/2015 11:26 am

Two Palestinian nuns made saints by Pope Francis

Pope Francis has canonised two 19th century nuns from Palestine - Sister Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas, founder of the Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of Jerusalem, and the discalced Carmelite Maryam Baouardy - Mary of Jesus Crucified. The women are the first Palestinian saints in modern times.

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