17/11/2016 12:00 pm

$4m restoration of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Ahead of this month's Middle East Analysis podcast, here's a five-minute extract focussing on the restoration of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Jesus's tomb, in particular, inside a structure known as the Edicule, is receiving special attention.

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15/11/2016 12:00 pm

Archbishop Justin Welby preaches at Year of Mercy closing service at Westminster Cathedral

The Archbishop joined Cardinal Vincent Nichols for the closing of the Door of Mercy at Westminster Cathedral last night, Sunday 13 November. Archbishop Justin preached for the first time in the Cathedral at the service of Vespers

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14/11/2016 6:56 pm

Sikh Festival of Guru Nanak Prakash Diwas

Today marks one of the most important festivals for Sikhs – the birth anniversary, the Gurpurak (the term “birthday” can sound a little disrespectful) of the first Guru of Sikhism, Guru Nanak.

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14/11/2016 8:32 am

Archbishop of Canterbury preaches at Westminster Cathedral for closing of the Door of Mercy

Cardinal Vincent Nichols was joined by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, for the closing of the Door of Mercy at Westminster Cathedral on 13 November. 

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10/11/2016 10:00 am

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor Pause for Thought

This morning, Thursday 10 November, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, appeared on The Chris Evans Show on BBC Radio 2. His reflection focuses on "a good death". The key, he suggests, is to try to live a good life.

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08/11/2016 3:02 pm

Cardinal praises "witness and strength" of small Catholic community in Gaza

Cardinal Vincent Nichols’ entered Gaza, the small Palestinian strip of land on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean, to celebrate Mass and spend time with the small Catholic community of the parish of the Holy Family in Gaza City on Sunday 6 November 2016.

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07/11/2016 12:00 pm

Bishops' Prison advisor reflects on Pope's message of hope

The Jubilee for Prisoners celebrated on Sunday gave prisoners, their families, prison chaplains and staff the chance to hear Pope Francis’ message of hope and mercy. In his homily, the Holy Father stressed that “hope was a gift of God” and that “his mercy gives him no rest.”

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02/11/2016 4:00 pm

Professor Eamon Duffy on the Art of Dying Well

Professor Eamon Duffy is Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity at Cambridge University. He spoke on the BBC World Service, 2 November, about the new online resource on death and dying called the 'Art of Dying Well'.

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02/11/2016 3:15 pm

Cardinal draws attention to rise in "hidden homelessness"

In his address to Catholic charities, MPs and supporters at the annual Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) parliamentary reception, Cardinal Vincent Nichols focused on homelessness and, in particular, the rise in 'hidden homelessness'. He also launched the prison reform document 'The Right Road'. 

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02/11/2016 12:00 pm

The Right Road

The Right Road: a Catholic approach to prison reform was today published by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Drawing upon the experience of Catholic chaplains, charities and experts working in the field of criminal justice, it sets out the Church’s response to the crisis in our prisons and a call for wide reaching reforms.

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01/11/2016 5:35 pm

Cardinal commends new 'Art of Dying Well' Web resource

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops' Conference, has commended a new online resource on the many issues around death and dying. The Art of Dying Well is based in the Catholic tradition but is open to all. Launched on All Saints Day, it features real-life stories about the highs and lows of dealing with the final journey. 

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01/11/2016 5:00 pm

Dr Kathryn Mannix on the Art of Dying Well

Dr Kathryn Mannix, a Palliative Care and End of Life specialist who has looked after thousands of dying people, was a guest on the BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast Show on Tuesday, 1 November 2016 to talk about 'The Art of Dying Well' - a new online resource to offer a helping hand to those grappling with issues around death and dying.

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01/11/2016 12:00 pm

Cardinal Nichols encourages peace process in Colombia

On the occasion of Colombia’s first-ever state visit to the UK, where Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos de Calderon comes as an official guest of Her Majesty the Queen, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, said: “I welcome every effort by all involved to bring that lasting peace to Colombia and a better future for all its people.”

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01/11/2016 12:01 am

The Art of Dying Well Launches

The Art of Dying Well is a new website that offers a helping hand to those grappling with issues around death and dying. Based in the Catholic tradition but open to all, it features real-life stories about the highs and lows of dealing with the final journey. Professionals in palliative care, ethics, chaplaincy and history have informed the site content.

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Joint Statement on the occasion of the Joint Catholic-Lutheran Commemoration of the Reformation

With this Joint Statement, we express joyful gratitude to God for this moment of common prayer in the Cathedral of Lund, as we begin the year commemorating the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation. Fifty years of sustained and fruitful ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Lutherans have helped us to overcome many differences, and have deepened our mutual understanding and trust.

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31/10/2016 3:37 pm

Pope urges Catholics and Lutherans to recognise past errors

Pope Francis has urged Catholics and Lutherans to recognise past “errors” and seize "the opportunity to mend a critical moment of our history by moving beyond the controversies and disagreement that have often prevented us from understanding one another." 

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28/10/2016 12:00 pm

Christians and Hindus: Promoting hope among families

In his message for Diwali, Cardinal Tauran from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue stresses the role that interreligious cooperation plays in “inspiring families to be schools of hope”, and says that we can “bring hope's light to every corner of our world” together.

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28/10/2016 4:27 pm

God in Prison: A ministry of confrontation and mercy

One of the corporal works of mercy is visiting “the sick and imprisoned” and as the Year of Mercy draws to a close, Aleteia visited with Fr. Roger Reader, Prison Adviser for the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales. Fr. Reader calls it “a privilege to work with people in prison; it’s an extraordinary environment where you would think the hope had gone.”

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27/10/2016 12:00 pm

SURVIVOR: Al Bangura's Testimony

Al Bangura was born and raised in Sierra Leone but now lives in London with his wife and young children. He is a professional footballer who has played for Watford Football Club in the UK’s Premier League. Al is also a survivor of human trafficking. This is his story…

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SURVIVOR: Crystal's Testimony

My name’s Crystal and I was trafficked from the Caribbean to work in domestic servitude. I was trying to escape from a violent marriage but ended up working 18 hours a day, seven days a week for a middle-class Nigerian family. I knew no one in this country; therefore I relied totally on my traffickers. I was not allowed to speak to the neighbours/anyone. When I was trafficked to London the ages of my four children were (13, 10, 7 and 4).

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