02/09/2014 12:28 pm

Bishop for UK's Ukrainian Catholics commends 'heartfelt' prayer appeal from Primate of Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church

"The letter of the Primate of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is a heartfelt appeal for prayer and support for the Ukrainian people of all faiths in this most dangerous and volatile situation, as well as a plea to be wary of many forms of misinformation 

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21/08/2014 9:18 am

Bishop Declan Lang signs letter on Religious Freedom in Iraq

Bishop Declan Lang is one of a number of UK-based religious leaders who have signed a letter calling on the international community to send "a clear signal of intent" to the militants committing atrocities in northern Iraq.

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20/08/2014 9:32 am

Tilbury container death: Mass held for ferry crew

A Mass was held on Monday, 18 August, for the crew of the ferry on which a shipping container was found with 35 migrants at Tilbury port. The discovery has left the crew of the Norstream distressed and Catholic seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) is supporting them.

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18/08/2014 7:57 pm

Minorities in the MENA: new realities or old memories?

The latest opinion piece from our consultant on the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, Dr Harry Hagopian, on minorities in MENA. Originally published on Dr Hagopian's website epektasis.net.

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18/08/2014 2:38 pm

Statement on Shipping Container death at Tilbury Docks

“It is becoming increasingly apparent that vulnerable men, women and children are being exploited by criminals all over the world,” says Bishop Patrick Lynch on the discovery of migrants in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks. 

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18/08/2014 2:29 pm

Bishop of the Forces calls for an end to the persecution of Christians and all minority groups in Iraq

The Bishop of the Forces, the Right Reverend Richard Moth has asked military chaplains to “offer Mass for those persecuted for their faith" on Sunday 31 August. "The crimes being committed against our brothers and sisters are heinous in the extreme and demand continuing humanitarian aid and increased diplomatic efforts from the world community that stability can be brought to the region."

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13/08/2014 12:00 pm

Cardinal writes to the Foreign Secretary about unfolding disaster in Iraq

In a letter to the Foreign Secretary, Cardinal Nichols has “welcomed the humanitarian efforts” that the British government has made in Iraq over the past few days and has urged that the “relief operation” and “crucial diplomatic efforts” be increased.

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10/08/2014 1:29 pm

Cardinal Vincent Nichols on BBC R4 Sunday Programme talking about minorities under siege in Iraq

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, was a guest on BBC Radio 4's 'Sunday' programme on 10 August to talk about the humanitarian disaster facing Christians and minorities in northern Iraq. 

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07/08/2014 3:22 pm

Cardinal's Iraq Appeal: "Help and protect persecuted communities facing a threat to their very existence"

The President of the Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has released a statement on Iraq calling for urgent "help and protection" for the persecuted communities in the north of the country. Cardinal Nichols calls on the UK Government to "lead the efforts in the face of such a human calamity" to restore communities and facilitate essential humanitarian aid.

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07/08/2014 3:22 pm

Pope Francis "renews spiritual closeness" to Christians suffering in Iraq

The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, has issued a statement communicating the Holy Father's prayerful concern over the violence raging in Iraq, and especially for the suffering Christian communities. 

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06/08/2014 6:01 pm

Gaza disaster prompts Friends of the Holy Land to launch first Emergency ‘Family Support’ Appeal

Friends of the Holy Land (FHL), a UK-based charity committed to supporting Christian people and communities in the Holy Land, has launched an Emergency ‘Family Support’ Appeal to include remaining Christians in Gaza. 

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04/08/2014 7:53 pm

The First World War is Part of Every Family DNA, says Bishop of the Forces

The Bishop of the Forces, the Right Reverend Richard Moth celebrated a Requiem Mass in the Cathedral Church of St Michael and St George, Aldershot, on Sunday 3 August for all who died in the First World War.

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04/08/2014 5:30 pm

Cardinal prays for casualties of World War I and remembers the suffering and dead of today's conflicts

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has celebrated a Requiem Mass for the Fallen of the First World War. The Mass took place at Westminster Cathedral at 5.30pm on Monday 4 August, on the centenary of the start of the war. 

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04/08/2014 2:01 pm

Bishop appeals for Catholics to join Day of Prayer for Iraq

Bishop Declan Lang: "I invite you to join with many people from across Iraq in praying for an end to the violent persecution that threatens to extinguish the ancient Iraqi Christian community. Church leaders in Iraq have selected the Feast of the Transfiguration on Wednesday 6 August to be observed as a universal day of prayer." 

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04/08/2014 7:38 am

Video: Reflection on the WW1 painting the 'Last General Absolution of the Munsters' by Fortunino Matania

Today, on the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, the Catholic Bishop of the Forces, the Rt Rev Richard Moth, gives a reflection on the painting the 'Last General Absolution of the Munsters' by Italian war artist Fortunino Matania. Bishop Moth talks about the painting, the context, the contribution made by Catholic chaplains - then and now - and how we can pray for peace and remember the dead without glorifying war. 

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31/07/2014 11:50 am

Requiem Mass in Birmingham to Commemorate Centenary of First World War

Archbishop Bernard Longley will celebrate a Requiem Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham at 11am on Sunday 3 August to commemorate the centenary of entry of the British Empire to the War. At this Mass all those who lost their lives in the conflict and those currently serving in the armed forces will be particularly remembered and special prayers will be said for peace in the world.

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31/07/2014 11:57 am

Bishop writes to Catholic parish in Gaza to offer prayerful and practical support

The Chair of our Department for International Affairs, Bishop Declan Lang, has written to the parish of the Holy Family in Gaza to offer both prayerful and practical support to the homeless and wounded of the violent conflict.

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31/07/2014 11:38 am

Statement on Gaza from Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, has issued a statement on the violence in Gaza pleading for an immediate truce and an "end to this carnage".

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30/07/2014 2:48 pm

Requiem Mass to Commemorate Centenary of the start of World War I

His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops' Conference, will celebrate a Requiem Mass for the Fallen of the First World War on Monday 4 August - the 100-year anniversary of the start of the war.

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29/07/2014 4:00 pm

Archbishop of Birmingham calls for carers to receive more recognition

Speaking at a Charity Leaders’ Network lunch (ACEVO) in Birmingham last week, the Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley said that the “tough commissioning regime” for national and local government service contracts means that the wages of “many carers are depressed”.

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