04/02/2014 11:12 am

Pope Francis' First Lenten Message

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, invites us to embrace the call to poverty so that we "might become rich" in his first Lenten message. As the 265th successor of St Peter, the Pope preaches on the path to conversion challenging us to consider the Apostle's teaching that we were "set free not by Christ's riches but by his poverty." 

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04/02/2014 10:01 am

Archbishop of Southwark writes to Secretary of State for Health about Consultation on Abortion

The Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Reverend Peter Smith has written to the Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Mr Jeremy Hunt MP about the Department of Health consultation, Procedures for the Approval of Independent Sector Places for the Termination of Pregnancy

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04/02/2014 9:50 am

Bishops prayerful support for call for peace in South Sudan

Archbishop Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops' Conference, has written to His Eminence Cardinal Gabriel Zubayr Wako, Archbishop of Khartoum, to echo the call for peace in South Sudan. Clashes in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, erupted just before Christmas. The violence has left thousands dead and displaced hundreds of thousands more.

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03/02/2014 4:00 pm

Religious occupy a privileged position in the Church, says Archbishop of Birmingham

During his Homily at a Mass to mark the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life in St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, the Archbishop of Birmingham, Bernard Longley said that the privileged position occupied by Religious in the Church is ‘not the privilege of honour and recognition’, but ‘the privilege of being chosen by Jesus to befriend those who most need to know his love’.

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03/02/2014 10:30 am

US Catholics join UK in prayer for Victims of Human trafficking

Bishop Pat Lynch has invited Catholics to pray for the survivors and victims of human trafficking and those who work to combat it on the 8th February, feast of St Josephine Bakhita.

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30/01/2014 11:30 am

Visiting Cardinal to Lecture at LSE

On Thursday 6th February, Cardinal Peter Turkson will be talking at the London School of Economics, Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems. All tickets must be reserved through LSE and only ticketholders will be able to enter the event.

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30/01/2014 9:35 am

Statement by the Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Western Europe on the political crisis in Ukraine

It is with great interest and hope that Ukrainians in Western Europe follow the events of the last two months in Ukraine: they follow and participate in them. Millions of our citizens in Ukraine have expressed their civic position peacefully, even festively, making their way like pilgrims on the sometimes daunting road towards God-given dignity. Your dignity has become a celebration of our dignity. Therefore, it is with anxiety and anguish that we observe, along with the rest of the world, the events which have recently taken place.

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29/01/2014 3:40 pm

Immigration Bill could leave vulnerable people without housing or healthcare warns Catholic Church

The Catholic Church has warned that the Immigration Bill risks leaving vulnerable people unable to access healthcare or find housing.

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29/01/2014 2:30 pm

Celebrating the Ordination of a New Bishop for the Diocese of Plymouth

Monsignor Mark O'Toole was ordained as the ninth Bishop of Plymouth during a colourful and joyful installation ceremony at Plymouth Cathedral on 28 January 2014. 

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28/01/2014 1:15 pm

Cardinal: New Bishop of Plymouth will match Pope Francis' template for a Bishop

In his homily at the Episcopal Ordination of Mgr Mark O'Toole in Plymouth, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor spoke of his confidence that the priests and people of the Diocese of Plymouth were “receiving a bishop who will watch over the flock and imbue hope.”

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28/01/2014 10:00 am

Urgent need for support as Beit Jala families seek justice

Bishops call for prayer and for international pressure as Supreme Court of Israel Hearing into Cremisan Valley starts. "As Bishops of the Holy Land Co-ordination, we call for justice to be upheld in the Cremisan Valley, near Bethlehem. Israel’s plans to build a security wall on the land of 58 Christian families should be abandoned. We met with many families from Beit Jala during our recent visit to the Holy Land. We heard of their pain and anguish..."

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27/01/2014 12:00 pm

St Mary’s Awarded University Title

St Mary’s University College, Twickenham is delighted to announce that on Thursday 23rd January 2014, it was awarded full university title by the Privy Council.

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24/01/2014 2:01 pm

Pope Francis: Communication must promote culture of encounter

Pope Francis has released his first message for World Communications Day. Ahead of the worldwide celebration of the day on 1 June, the Holy Father has stressed that Christian witness is not about bombarding people with religious messages but about respectfully engaging with their questions and their doubts. 

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23/01/2014 10:30 am

Pope hails work of Apostleship of the Sea

At his General Audience in the Vatican the Pontiff called on those who work for the wellbeing of seafarers and the families to “be the voice of those workers who live far from their loved ones and face dangerous and difficult situations.”

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20/01/2014 2:55 pm

Cardinal-Designate Offers Prayers for Syria Talks

Cardinal-designate Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, today called for all people of good will to join in prayers for peace in Syria and for the success of the planned talks this week between all those involved in the conflict.

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19/01/2014 6:30 pm

Remember the Suffering Church in the Holy Land and the Middle East during Christian Unity Week, says Archbishop of Birmingham

In an address at Coventry Cathedral to mark the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity, Archbishop Bernard Longley highlighted how shared unity prompts us to remember “our brothers and sisters of the suffering Church in the Holy Land and the Middle East.”

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17/01/2014 4:30 pm

January Blues: Mental Health Bishop highlights power of social media to support Mental Health

Bishop Richard Moth who has responsibility for the Bishops' work in support of mental health is inviting people to use social media to reach out to the many people who often suffer with seasonal mental stress during the latter end of January.

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16/01/2014 9:32 am

Bishops call for the humanitarian situation to be resolved in Gaza - a 'man-made disaster'

Gaza is a man-made disaster, a shocking scandal, an injustice that cries out to the human community for a resolution. We call upon political leaders to improve the humanitarian situation of the people in Gaza, assuring access to the basic necessities for a dignified human life, the possibilities for economic development, and freedom of movement.

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14/01/2014 4:00 pm

CSAN launches survey to map Catholic Social Action

Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), the social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has launched a survey in three Catholic dioceses to help document all work that is being undertaken by parishes, schools and Catholic communities in the service of others.

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15/01/2014 8:55 am

Bishops deeply moved during two-day visit to Gaza

One of the key components of this year's Holy Land Co-ordination was a two-day visit to the Gaza Strip. The 12 bishops leading the international delegation celebrated Mass on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord before visiting a school of crafts for children of the refugee camps. The delegation also traveled to Rafah, on the border with Egypt, to see the famous 'tunnel' - a supply line into Gaza and witnessed the work of the Sisters of Mother Teresa who take care of children with problems and the elderly living alone.

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