Refusal to join in Mediterranean migrants rescue operations would be a misguided abdication of responsibility

In light of the recent announcement that the Italian search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea will cease and the UK government will not assist the European-wide operation, Bishop Patrick Lynch has issued the following statement: 'Last summer at Lampedusa Pope Francis challenged us to take responsibility for our brothers and sisters. He warned us against losing our bearings in a culture of comfort and becoming insensitive to the cries of other people.'

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Family Synod Intervention

The image used by Cardinal Vincent Nichols for the various stages of the Synod on the Family was that of a Symphony with various movements. We are now in the...Read more

Press Conference

Synod Reflections

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Bishops' Conference, held a press conference to offer his reflections to the assembl...Read more

Family Synod

Final Message

On Saturday 18 October 2014, the Final Message of the Third Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, dedicated to the “Pastoral challenges to the fami...Read more


Middle East without Christians "unthinkable" but what can the Church do?

Pope Francis convened a Consistory of Cardinals on Monday, 20 October, in the Vatican, originally to proceed with the causes of candidates for beatification but the agenda was swiftly modified to include discussion of the ongoing crisis in the Middle East. Bishops' consultant on the Middle East North Africa region, Dr harry Hagopian, today reflected on the Pope's words and offered his thoughts.

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