29/07/2014 10:00 am

“Christian Unity Not About Christian Uniformity” says Ordinary

The Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, Monsignor Keith Newton, has preached to hundreds of Mass-goers in Portsmouth Cathedral - where he spent the weekend of 26/27 July - about the vision of Christian unity held out by the Ordinariate.

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25/07/2014 3:40 pm

Bishop condemns militants' ultimatum to Christians and desecration of Holy Sites in Mosul, Iraq

Bishop Declan Lang, Clifton, issues a statement on the plight of Christians in Mosul, Iraq. "I condemn in the strongest possible terms, the ISIS insurgents ultimatum to the Christian population of Mosul to convert, pay a religious levy or vacate the city." 

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24/07/2014 3:00 pm

National Catholic Safeguarding Commission Annual Report

The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission has published its sixth annual report, which charts a year that has seen significant change for the commission. One year on from the implementation of a One Church approach with Religious Congregations aligning themselves with Dioceses, there has been progress. 

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23/07/2014 2:00 pm

Israel-Palestine: Einstein Revisited in Gaza!

The latest opinion piece from our consultant on the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, Dr Harry Hagopian, on the crisis in Gaza.

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21/07/2014 11:01 am

Pope Francis asks Catholics across Britain to protect and cherish life

In a special message to Catholics across Britain for the annual Day for Life, Pope Francis invites young Catholics in particular to work “to ensure adequate legal protection for the fundamental human right to life”. The Pope also asks British Catholics “to bring the merciful love of Christ as a life-giving balm to those troubling “new forms of poverty and vulnerability” increasingly evident in contemporary society (cf. Evangelii Gaudium 210).”

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17/07/2014 11:00 am

Cardinal Vincent Nichols on BBC Radio 2's 'Pause for Thought'

This morning, Thursday 17 July, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, featured on 'The Chris Evans Show' on BBC Radio 2. His 'Pause for Thought' reflection focuses on his forthcoming pilgrimage to Lourdes and caring for the sick and dying. 

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16/07/2014 10:39 am

Assisted Dying Bill: Faith Leaders’ Statement

The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth and the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain are amongst the 24 faith leaders who have today voiced their shared concerns about Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill.

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15/07/2014 1:34 pm

Women Bishops Statement from the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

Having agreed to permit women priests in 1992, the Church of England's decision to allow women bishops is the next logical step. What is undeniable is that both developments make harder the position of those within the Church of England who still long for corporate unity with the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.

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14/07/2014 5:33 pm

Bishop of Plymouth raises serious concerns about Assisted Dying Bill ahead of debate

The Rt Rev Mark O'Toole, Bishop of Plymouth, has written to the Catholics of his diocese to raise his serious concerns over the Assisted Dying Bill due to be debated in the House of Lords on Friday, 18 July. 

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14/07/2014 4:50 pm

Statement: Women Bishops - Church of England

The Catholic Church remains fully committed to its dialogue with the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. For the Catholic Church, the goal of ecumenical dialogue continues to be full visible ecclesial communion.

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14/07/2014 2:47 pm

Portsmouth churches open for prayer on eve of 'Assisted Dying' debate

The Rt Rev Philip Egan, Bishop of Portsmouth, has asked his clergy to open churches for prayer on Thursday evening, 17 July, before an important debate on the Assisted Dying Bill.

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14/07/2014 12:28 pm

Paedophilia and Mafia in Pope's Conversation with Italian Journalist

The UK media has picked up on an interview given by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, to the Italian daily paper 'La Repubblica' on a variety of subjects including paedophilia. In the interest of clarity, here is an article from Vatican Radio responding to the interview. It includes a note issued by Fr Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See's Press Office. 

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14/07/2014 10:51 am

Bishops' Conference sends message of prayerful support to Bishops of East Africa

Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton, Chair of the Bishops' Conference International Affairs department, has written to the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of East Africa (AMECEA) to express solidarity and support for the bishops and Catholics of the region.

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10/07/2014 7:00 pm

Bishop Declan Lang's Statement on Gaza

It is with a sense of deep sorrow that I find myself condemning yet again in the strongest possible terms the spiralling violence that has gripped both Israel and Palestine. Indeed, my mounting concern witnesses the indiscriminate and relentless attacks by the Israeli military machine on the civilian population of Gaza. I condemn in equal measure the firing of rockets by militants from Gaza into populated civilian areas across Israel.

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10/07/2014 12:55 pm

Bishop Declan Lang's Statement on Iraq

Iraq’s communities have been traumatised by the fighting and the subsequent fragmentation of the Iraqi state. Political parties need to heed the call made by Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako I of Baghdad to come together to form a government of national unity that would allow a chance to end the present crisis and to build a state in which the rights and dignity of all Iraqis can be respected.

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10/07/2014 12:00 pm

Cathedrals secure £5 million for repairs

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid announced today that cathedrals across England will receive almost £5 million for urgent repairs in the first round of grants from the First World War Centenary Cathedral repair fund.

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10/07/2014 11:05 am

Rt Rev Ralph Heskett Installed third Bishop of Hallam

The Rt Rev Ralph Heskett has been Installed the third Bishop of Hallam. The Mass of Installation took place in St Marie's Cathedral in Sheffield on Thursday 10 July 2014. Bishop Heskett succeeds Bishop John Rawsthorne who served Hallam as Bishop for just over 17 years.

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09/07/2014 2:58 pm

Motu Proprio on the Transfer of Competences to The Secretariat for the Economy

Here you can read the Apostolic Letter issued 'Motu proprio' by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, on the transfer of the Ordinary Section of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See to the Secretariat of the Economy. 

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09/07/2014 11:50 am

Lord Patten appointed to oversee Vatican communications

At a press conference in Rome on Wednesday, 9 July, the head of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy, Cardinal George Pell, announced that British life-long peer, Lord Patten, has been appointed to oversee Vatican Communications.

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08/07/2014 9:45 am

Pope meets sex abuse survivors in 'profound spiritual encounter'

Six survivors of sex abuse by members of the Church shared their stories with Pope Francis on Monday in what the head of the Vatican press office described as moments of "profound spiritual encounter".

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