29/01/2013 2:00 pm

Catholic Bishops brief MPs on why Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill should be opposed

Catholic Bishops today urged members of Parliament to oppose the Marriage (Same sex couples) Bill at Second Reading as it distributed a briefing to MPs and Peers. 

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28/01/2013 11:45 am

Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking

Catholics in England and Wales are being invited to pray for all victims of human trafficking on the Feast Day of St Bakhita, 8 February 2013. 

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25/01/2013 3:00 pm

Statement on Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

Comment on behalf of the Bishops by Archbishop Peter Smith, Vice President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. 

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24/01/2013 7:35 pm

Bishops' Conference expresses sadness at death of Cardinal Glemp

The General Secretary of the Bishops' Conference has written to the Cardinal Archbishop of Warsaw, His Eminience Kazimierz Nycz, to express sadness at the death of Cardinal Józef Glemp.

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24/01/2013 3:35 pm

Pope: Social Networks a tool of evangelisation and human development

In his message for World Communications Day 2013 - taking place on Sunday 12 May - Pope Benedict XVI has acknowledged that social networks are not only a tool of evangelisation, but also a factor in human development. They offer virtual spaces where Christians who feel isolated can gather in unity with a global community of believers.

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23/01/2013 12:45 pm

Education Sunday resources for schools and parishes

Churches across the country will be using 2013 Education Sunday, 27 January, to pray and work towards new ways of reaching out to those who are easily overlooked in the education world. 

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22/01/2013 12:05 pm

New Rector of Oscott College, appointed by Archbishop Longley

The Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, has announced the appointment of Father David Oakley as the new Rector of St Mary’s College, Oscott, the diocesan seminary. 

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18/01/2013 11:15 am

Ukrainian Apostolic Exarchate in Great Britain elevated the rank of Eparchy

The Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Mennini, has released the following statement on the Ukrainian Apostolic Exarchate in Great Britain who has been elevated the rank of Eparchy. 

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16/01/2013 12:30 pm

Statement in response to ECHR judgment

A statement from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales on yesterday's judgment of the European Court of Human Rights. 

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14/01/2013 9:30 am

Archbishop's Statement on the Killing of two 'Big Issue' Sellers in Birmingham City Centre

The Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, has released a statement today, 14 January, on the killing of two 'Big Issue' Sellers in Birmingham city centre.

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11/01/2013 11:00 am

Archbishop Longley tells young pilgrims “Do not be afraid!”

For a second day large numbers of young pilgrims, pilgrims too of all ages, flowed from all parts of the Archdiocese of Birmingham and from further afield to venerate the Relics of Don Bosco. 

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10/01/2013 4:20 pm

Bishop's Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Bishop Patrick Lynch, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark and the Catholic Church's lead bishop on migration, offers this message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. It is celebrated this year on Sunday, 13 January 2013.

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10/01/2013 2:36 pm

Quarr Abbey Appoints New Prior Administrator

Father Xavier Perrin has been appointed to succeed Father Finbar Kealy as Prior Administrator of Quarr Abbey. He will take up this new appointment in May.

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10/01/2013 9:30 am

Holy Land Co-ordination Final Communiqué 2013

Since the Bishops of the Holy Land Co-ordination gathered in January 2012, the people in this region have lived through dark and dramatic events: conflict in Gaza and southern Israel; civil war in Syria, which has resulted in huge numbers of refugees pouring into other countries and putting an enormous strain on their resources; and increasing polarisation within Israel and Palestine. These developments have caused profound anxiety for all in this region, for the Israelis, Palestinians, Jews, Muslims, and particularly for the dwindling Christian population.

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09/01/2013 9:23 am

Archbishop's tribute to new General Secretary of COMECE

The Archbishop of Birmingham has paid tribute to Fr Patrick Daly, former Parish Priest at SS Peter and Paul in Wolverhampton, as he moves to Brussels to take up his appointment as General Secretary of COMECE – the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community.

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08/01/2013 6:53 pm

Cardinal speaks of encountering God through others

In the latest in our 'Year of Faith' video series, His Eminence Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor shares two moments when he has encountered God through other people.

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08/01/2013 9:20 am

Welfare Up-rating Bill will ‘hurt the poorest’ warns Church’s social action arm

CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network), the social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, has warned that the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill will ‘hurt the poorest individuals and families in our society’ by capping benefit increases significantly below inflation.

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07/01/2013 5:40 pm

Bishop Lang Speaks to BBC from Holy Land

The Right Rev Declan Lang is visiting the Holy Land with bishops from across Europe and North America and was interviewed by presenter Trevor Fry on BBC Radio Bristol on Sunday, 6 January. 

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07/01/2013 2:50 pm

Ordination to the priesthood of Father David Doran

The Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, presided and preached at the Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood of Father David Doran of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, on the Eve of the Epiphany, Saturday, 5 January. 

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07/01/2013 12:45 pm

Archbishop Patrick Kelly announces his intention to retire

In a letter to the priests of the Archdiocese of Liverpool the Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool, has announced his intention to retire and, in accordance with the Canon Law of the Roman Catholic Church, has offered his resignation to Pope Benedict XVI. 

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