20/05/2014 10:35 am

Catholics and Anglicans hold an hour of prayer to support Pope’s visit to the Holy Land

Catholics and Anglicans will unite in prayer at the very hour that Pope Francis will visit the Christians of Bethlehem on Sunday 25 May between 3pm and 4pm (UK time).

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20/05/2014 11:00 am

Pope Francis appoints new Bishop of Hallam

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has appointed as the new Bishop of Hallam, the Right Reverend Ralph Heskett CSSR, until now the Bishop of Gibraltar.

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14/05/2014 9:59 am

Archbishop Longley's words of welcome ahead of the Episopal Ordination of Robert Byrne as a new Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham

"I am delighted to welcome you to St Chad’s Cathedral on this very joyful day in the life of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. An especially warm welcome to His Eminence, Cardinal Vincent, whom we had the great pleasure of greeting here in his old home only six weeks ago, shortly after his return from Rome as Cardinal. Thank you, Your Eminence, for agreeing to preach during this Mass of Ordination." 

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14/05/2014 9:48 am

Apostolic Nuncio brings "thanks and prayers" of Pope Francis to New Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham

"I am very pleased to be here, representing the Holy Father, Pope Francis, at the Episcopal ordination of your new Auxiliary Bishop. My first words must be of congratulation to you, dear Bishop Robert, as you begin your Episcopal ministry here in Birmingham, working in collaboration, in a new way, with Archbishop Bernard. I bring you the thanks and prayers of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and my own prayers and support too."

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13/05/2014 4:18 pm

Vatican encourages Christians and Buddhists to join together in "unity and fraternity"

The Vatican has released its message for the Buddhist Festival of Vesakh with a call for Christians and Buddhists to work together to foster "a renewed and deepened sense of unity and fraternity among all the members of the human family". 

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13/05/2014 11:43 am

Cardinal welcomes new bishop as "God's gift to us"

Cardinal Vincent Nichols says that Fr Robert Byrne has been "chosen" for the people of Birmingham - "a city of a thousand trades". In his homily for the Episcopal Ordination of Fr Robert as an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Birmingham, the Cardinal described him as "God’s gift to us" and said "we welcome it from the depth of our faithful hearts." 

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12/05/2014 6:29 pm

Prayer Vigil for Fr Robert Byrne’s Episcopal Ordination

A Vigil of Prayer was held at Birmingham Oratory on the eve of Fr Robert Byrne’s Episcopal Ordination on 13 May. It was attended by the Oratory Fathers from Birmingham, Oxford, Manchester, London and York, together with Fr Robert’s friends and family members, including his parents and uncle, Fr John Rigby from the Diocese of Salford. 

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09/05/2014 12:00 pm

Audio: May 2014 Plenary Press Conference

Are you wondering what the Bishops discussed at their May 2014 plenary meeting? We've got a recording of a press conference held at the Bishops' Conference on 9 May 2014.

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09/05/2014 12:01 pm

Plenary Resolution: Assisted Suicide

 A resolution on Assisted Suicide from the Bishops' May 2014 plenary meeting... Proposals to legalise assisted suicide for terminally ill people raise serious questions about how we care for elderly and vulnerable people.

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09/05/2014 12:01 pm

Plenary Resolution: First World War Commemorations

 A resolution on commemorations for the centenary of the First World War from the Bishops' May 2014 plenary meeting. "The bishops of England and Wales encourage the Catholic community to participate in local civic or ecumenical celebrations..."

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09/05/2014 12:00 pm

Prayers offered for Ukraine

At the conclusion of their Plenary Assembly on Thursday 7 May, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales demonstrated solidarity with their brothers and sisters of the Ukrainian Catholic Church by concelebrating the Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom with Bishop Hlib Lonchyna, the Eparch of the Ukrainian faithful of the Byzantine Rite in Great Britain. This is the first time that all the Latin Rite bishops in England and Wales had together concelebrated at a Mass in an eastern Liturgical Rite of the Catholic Church. Prayers were offered for all in the Ukraine and for the estimated 35,000 Ukrainians in this country.

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09/05/2014 12:08 pm

Rise in Vocations

Nearly 100 men and women entered convents, seminaries and religious houses across England and Wales in 2013. These entry figures include 44 men to seminary, 22 men to religious life and 30 women to religious life[1], representing a significant upturn in numbers over the past decade. 

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07/05/2014 10:56 am

Bishop Lynch praises contribution of migrants to Church and society

Bishop Patrick Lynch, the Catholic bishop with pastoral responsibility for migrants, has celebrated the "tremendous contribution that migrants make to our Church and our society" at a special Mass in Westminster Cathedral on the Feast of St Joseph the Worker. 

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06/05/2014 4:52 pm

Papal Nuncio affirms Gospel of Life in speech to Bishops

The Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Mennini, has shared his concern over the "sensitive issue" of the Assisted Dying Bill with the Bishops of England and Wales ahead of their plenary meeting in Leeds. The Nuncio, Pope Francis' representative in the UK, addressed the Bishops on the eve of their bi-annual plenary meeting taking place at Hinsley Hall, Leeds between 6-8 May 2014. 

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30/04/2014 6:10 pm

New Archbishop: "Make preaching the Gospel our primary task"

The new Archbishop of Liverpool, the Most Rev Malcolm McMahon OP, has called on the people of his diocese and beyond to make preaching the Gospel their primary task.

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30/04/2014 6:10 pm

Installation of Malcolm McMahon OP as Ninth Archbishop of Liverpool

The Solemn Mass of Installation of the Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon OP as ninth Archbishop of Liverpool is to take place at 12pm noon on Thursday 1 May 2014 in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool. The day chosen is the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, a Patron of the Archdiocese of Liverpool.

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29/04/2014 1:03 pm

Diocese of Leeds Statement on the Death of Mrs Ann Maguire

Mgr John Wilson, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Leeds, has issued a statement on the tragic killing of Mrs Ann Maguire at Corpus Christi Catholic College, Leeds.

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29/04/2014 11:00 am

Cardinal Vincent Nichols' Statement on the Death of Mrs Ann Maguire

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, has expressed his "utter shock and sadness" at the killing of school teacher Mrs Ann Maguire at Corpus Christi College, Leeds. 

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29/04/2014 9:57 am

Statement from the Chairman of the Catholic Education Service

Upon hearing of the tragic death of school teacher Ann Maguire at Corpus Christi Catholic College, Leeds, Archbishop-elect Malcolm McMahon OP, Chairman of the Catholic Education Service made this statement.

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First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund

The Church of England and Catholic Church in England are delighted to be able to join with the Government in launching the application process for the cathedral repairs fund announced by the Chancellor in the March Budget.

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