24/01/2018 10:00 am

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for World Communications Day

Pope Francis has continued his tradition on the Feast of St. Francis de Sales as he publishes this year's Message for World Communications Day, celebrated on the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. This year's theme is "'The truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32). Fake news and journalism for peace"

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22/01/2018 10:19 am

English and Scottish Bishops call on the Government for swift implementation of the Sandhurst Treaty

Bishops Paul McAleenan and William Nolan have issued a joint statement on the Sandhurst Treaty that will streamline the process of migration from France to the UK - the first treaty on the Calais border in 15 years. 

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19/01/2018 5:23 pm

Joint Message from the Presidents of CCEE and of CEC to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018

The presidents of CCEE, the Committee of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences, and CEC, the Conference of European Churches, have released a joint message for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity stressing that Europe needs hope and that a "European plan focusing on accumulation of wealth, incapable of solidarity or hospitality, paradoxically creates new poverty." 

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19/01/2018 12:00 pm

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18 to 25 January - the octave of St Peter and St Paul. Here you can find an introduction to what's available to mark the week and explore its theme. 

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18/01/2018 9:39 am

HLC18 Final Communiqué: Youthful hope amidst failure of political leadership

Bishops of the Holy Land Co-ordination: Political leaders are failing the youth of the Holy Land through their inability to promote dialogue in the search for a solution to the conflict and by presiding over an economy that is not offering job opportunities and has led to a housing shortage. 

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18/01/2018 1:14 pm

Bishop Declan Lang: Support the Holy Land's young people so they can live in justice and peace

Bishop Declan Lang, moderator of the Holy Land Co-ordination - bishops who visit the region for an annual pilgrimage in January - talks about the aspirations of young Israelis and Palestinians at the conclusion of this year's visit.

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17/01/2018 5:37 pm

Bishop talks about Parents Circle meeting - an organisation for bereaved Palestinians and Israelis

Bishop Oscar Cantú from the Diocese of La Cruces, USA, talks about the meeting with the representatives of the Parents Circle. Parents Circle - Families Forum (PCFF) is a grassroots organisation of bereaved Palestinians and Israelis.

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17/01/2018 11:00 am

Bishops meet with students at Jewish School in Jerusalem

Bishop William Nolan of Galloway, Scotland, reflects on his meeting with some of the students who are nearing the end of High School and what would be happening next - a three-year stint in the military.

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16/01/2018 4:00 pm

New Guide to Marriage Annulment

The National Board of Catholic Women (NBCW) has published a revised 4th Edition of ‘A Guide to the Annulment Process’ supported by the Marriage and Family Life Office at the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

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16/01/2018 10:19 am

Bishops meet with students at Jerusalem's Hebrew University

The bishops of the Holy Land Co-ordination visited the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel's second oldest university, on Monday 15 January 2018. Bishop Dónal McKeown of Derry, Ireland, reflects on a meeting with a group of law students who are studying multiculturalism and deal with legal cases regarding people who have encountered discrimination. 

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16/01/2018 9:00 am

Canadian Bishop comments on his visit to schools in the Holy Land

Day Two of the Holy Land Co-ordination focuses on Education. Bishop Lionel Gendron of Saint-Jean Longueuil, Canada, comments on the Co-ordination's visits to Catholic schools in the Holy Land. 

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15/01/2018 12:00 pm

South African Archbishop talks about the Holy Land Co-ordination visit to Gaza

Day One of the Holy Land Co-ordination saw the bishops visit the small Palestinian territory of Gaza. Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town, South Africa, tells us how the group celebrated Mass in the church of the Holy Family with the small Christian community there.

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15/01/2018 12:00 pm

Cardinal Nichols sends condolences to Archbishop Gomez following California mudslides

His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols has offered his ‘heartfelt condolences’ to Archbishop José H Gomez of Los Angeles for ‘all those who died or who were caught up with the devastating after-effects’ of last week’s mudslides in Santa Barbara County.

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11/01/2018 10:26 am

Bishop on migrants and refugees: Welcome, protect, promote and integrate

Bishop Paul McAleenan, Chair of the Office for Migration Policy, reflects on the Pope’s message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. 

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10/01/2018 4:30 pm

Hope for the future in the Holy Land

Holy Land Co-ordination 2018 (HLC18) to visit 13-18 January with a specific focus on meeting young people from both Israel and Palestine. Bishops from across Europe, North America and South Africa will meet in the Holy Land over the coming days to promote dialogue and peace, while meeting young people.

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10/01/2018 4:00 pm

Pope's message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Here is Pope Francis's message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, celebrated on Sunday, 14 January 2018. It's titled "Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees". 

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09/01/2018 4:00 pm

UK’s newest religious community set to open its first convent

The newest religious community in the UK has just received the keys to its very first convent – a converted barn complex near Dereham in Mid Norfolk. Sr Camilla Oberding, leader of the Community of Our Lady of Walsingham (COLW), reports.

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09/01/2018 12:00 pm

God Calls: New Vocations App

This free App is for Catholics aged 16-35 year olds. The aim? To help you go deep with God, and build solid ground with Him through prayer, through the lives of the Saints, and Scripture. This is a vital first step to discovering the joy-filled life that God has in store for you.

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08/01/2018 11:42 am

Cardinal pays tribute to former UN special representative for international migration

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference, has praised the "outstanding contribution to public life" made by Peter Sutherland, the former UN special representative for international migration, who died on 7 January 2018 at St James's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.

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04/01/2018 6:24 pm

Catholics in England and Wales to celebrate Peace Sunday

Every year Catholics in England and Wales celebrate the Pope’s message on Peace Sunday, promoted by Pax Christi and supported by the International Affairs Department of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference. 

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