02/05/2017 12:00 pm

Spectacular celebrations for the Golden Jubilee of Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral

Preparations are gathering pace for the celebrations for the Golden Jubilee of Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King with over twenty events scheduled between May and November, many of them free to attend.

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02/05/2017 12:00 pm

Vocations Sunday 2017

The Day of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood and Consecrated Life this year will be celebrated on Sunday 7 May. It flows from the broader culture of vocation, and is when the universal Church asks the Lord to send more labourers to the harvest as priests and religious. The theme for this year is ‘Called: extra-ordinary’.

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01/05/2017 4:44 pm

Statement on baby Charlie Gard and his life-support treatment

Statement from Archbishop Peter Smith, Chairman of the Department for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, regarding the medical treatment of baby Charlie Gard. 

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26/04/2017 4:00 pm

Apostleship of the Sea appoints Bishop Paul Mason as new Bishop Promoter for England & Wales

Bishop Paul Mason, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark, has been appointed new Bishop Promoter for the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) in England & Wales.

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24/04/2017 12:00 pm

Islam and Mercy

In this interview, Dr Shomali and Dr Mahnaz Heydapour, who is the author of the book “Love in Islam”, explore the concept of mercy in Islam – from practising mercy to praying for your enemy.

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16/04/2017 11:00 am

Pope Francis: 'Urbi et Orbi' Easter Message 2017

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has delivered the traditional Urbi et Orbi message on Easter Sunday, 16 April 2017, following Mass in St. Peter's Square.

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15/04/2017 10:00 am

Cardinal Nichols sends greetings to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on his 90th Birthday

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, sends birthday greetings to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, as he celebrates his ninetieth birthday this Easter Sunday. Cardinal Nichols sends wishes and prayers from all the Bishops, Clergy and People of England and Wales on this joyous occasion

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11/04/2017 1:00 pm

Bishop Declan Lang comments on the fall in global executions

Bishop Declan Lang, Bishop of Clifton and the lead Bishop for international affairs, has called on the UK government to prioritise its work against the death penalty and use new trade agreements as an opportunity to promote human rights. Bishop Declan’s call comes as new figures published on Tuesday 11 April, show that there were 1,032 recorded executions in 2016 – a decrease of 37% on the previous year.

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10/04/2017 9:00 am

Catholic leaders in England united in prayer with the Coptic community after deadly explosions in two Coptic churches in Egypt

"It is with deep sorrow and sadness that we learned of the bombing of St George's Coptic church (Mar Girgis) in the city of Tanta in the Nile Delta, and the explosion outside St Mark’s Coptic church in Alexandria. Both blasts took place during a Palm Sunday service, where traditionally palm branches are blessed as a symbol of peace. Nothing can justify these atrocious acts of terrorism."

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08/04/2017 11:01 am

Nuncio appointed to Great Britain

His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain His Excellency Edward Joseph Adams, titular Archbishop of Scala and formerly Apostolic Nuncio to Greece. 

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07/04/2017 2:00 pm

Leicester Imam Ibrahim Mogra talks about his meeting with the Pope

Sheykh Ibrahim Mogra, Co-Chair of the Christian Muslim Forum and one of two imams from Leicester invited by Cardinal Vincent Nichols to meet with Pope Francis, talks to the BBC about the historic discussions. Four imams from the UK met with the Pope in Rome on Wednesday 5 April 2017

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05/05/2017 4:00 pm

Prison Reform can’t wait

Bishop Richard Moth argues that prison reform must be a priority for the new government. In March 2017, MPs began debating the most significant reform of UK prison law for over 50 years. 

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05/04/2017 10:30 am

Papal Audience with UK Muslim Leaders

His Holiness Pope Francis today, 5 April, welcomed four UK Muslim leaders who came with Cardinal Nichols for a private meeting in the Vatican to promote dialogue and close collaboration on social action in the United Kingdom.

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04/04/2017 11:04 pm

Cardinal takes four UK Muslim Leaders to meet Pope Francis

Cardinal Vincent Nichols is taking four imams to meet Pope Francis in the Vatican - the first official delegation of Muslim leaders from the UK to meet the Pope. 

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31/03/2017 11:50 am

Vatican message to Christians and Jains: "Shape families into ‘nurseries’ of non-violence"

Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran, Prefect of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, has issued a message on the practice of non-violence in families to mark the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti - the most important Jain festival.

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03/04/2017 4:00 pm

Bishop Richard Moth on the Prisons and Courts Bill

Bishop Richard Moth spoke out last week as the landmark Prisons and Courts Bill continued its passage through Parliament As the Bishop for prisons, Bishop Moth continues to encourage government to understand prisons as places of reform and growth, and not just of punishment. As the bill progresses, Bishop Moth will continue to engage closely with the legislation.

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03/04/2017 12:00 pm

CCEE’s Symposium on young people concludes in Barcelona

Friday 31 March, saw the conclusion of the Symposium in Barcelona on accompanying young people, organised by the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE). The meeting, which began Tuesday 28 March, was attended by 275 experts from all over Europe who work for the Bishops’ Conferences in the various sectors linked with accompanying young people: Youth, Vocations, University, School and Catechesis. 

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31/03/2017 12:00 pm

Cardinal Nichols on Brexit

The Archbishop of Westminster said that many people in the UK would be “coping with a combination of anxiety and enthusiasm” as the Prime Minister signed a letter marking the official divorce of the UK from the European Union.

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27/03/2017 5:02 pm

Lutheran-Catholic Commemoration of the Reformation in 1517

A joint commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation was held at St George’s Roman Catholic Cathedral Southwark on Sunday 26 March 2017. The Archbishop of Birmingham and Chair of the Bishops’ Conference Department of Dialogue and Unity, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, and Bishop Martin Lind, Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain preached at the commemoration. 

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24/03/2017 6:48 pm

Faith Leaders’ Vigil held after Westminster attack

Faith leaders have held a vigil for the victims of Wednesday’s attack in Westminster. It took place outside the North Gate of Westminster Abbey not far from the scene. 

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