30/09/2016 12:54 pm

Cardinal and Archbishop of Canterbury's shared commitment to tackling intolerance to migrants

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops' Conference and The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, have written a joint letter to the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, to recognise the contribution of Poles to the "vitality and health" of our society. 

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29/09/2016 2:00 pm

Declaration of faith by patients entering hospital

Data protection legislation was introduced to protect us from scurrilous people from sharing our personal details with people we would choose not to share it with - quite right! But in some circumstances, sharing of data is a necessity designed to assist us. The most obvious example is health settings where clinicians and allied professionals have access to our records to help them to assist us appropriately.

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29/09/2016 5:00 pm

Rediscovering the Gift of Hospitality

The integration of migrants and refugees is a complex and multi-faceted phenomenon for which no single model applies, but different experiences related to the needs and possibilities of the receiving territory. The Catholic Church, as participants witnessed, is engaged in all countries with various activities and programs. 

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29/09/2016 10:30 am

National Catholic Safeguarding Commission: Annual Report 2015-16

The eighth Annual Report outlining the work of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) and the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) has been released.

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23/09/2016 4:00 pm

Don’t forget the disappeared

Imagine the horror of armed and masked men bursting into your home, grabbing one of your family, cuffing their hands, putting a hood over their head, bundling them into a van and driving off into the night. Imagine the trepidation and confusion as over the coming weeks and months you hear nothing. You know that your government is probably involved but the authorities deny all knowledge. All of your questions remain unanswered: Why was your loved one taken? Where are they being held? Are they being tortured? Are they even still alive?

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20/09/2016 11:00 am

Pope Francis in Assisi for World Day of Prayer for Peace

Pope Francis has landed in Assisi, the hilltop town in central Italy where Saint Francis was born. His one day visit to Assisi sees him taking part in the closing of the interreligious World Day of Prayer for Peace, organized by the Community of Sant’Egidio. The theme of the 3-day international meeting this year is “Thirst for Peace. Religions and Cultures in Dialogue”.

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20/09/2016 12:00 pm

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor's Pause for Thought

Here's Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor's 'Pause for Thought' reflection from today - 20 september 2016. It was broadcast just after 9:20am on BBC Radio 2's The Chris Evans Show.

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Holy Door Openings

During the week of Monday 19 – Friday 23 September 2016, Catholic Churches across South-East Wales and Herefordshire will be opening their doors as part of an initiative led by Pope Francis.

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19/09/2016 5:00 pm

Thy Kingdom Come – Praying Together at Pentecost 2017

Earlier this year many of the churches in England took up the invitation of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to set aside the days leading up to Pentecost Sunday to pray for the renewing and empowering presence of the Holy Spirit to make Christ real in our midst, for the flourishing of all. As Presidents of Churches Together in England we are delighted to join together to extend this invitation to all the churches in England to participate in this movement of prayer in 2017.

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19/09/2016 4:00 pm

New British Ambassador to the Holy See accredited

On 19 September 2016, Mrs Sally Jane Axworthy MBE, presented her Letters of Credence to His Holiness Pope Francis, accrediting her as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Holy See.

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16/09/2016 5:12 pm

Migrant crisis should be international priority says Cardinal

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has joined calls for the international community to urgently address the migration crisis, as world leaders gather in New York for Monday’s United Nations Summit. The UN Summit on 19 September is an opportunity for the international community to address migration-related crises around the world. Over 280,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean so far this year - tragically more than 3,000 have died trying.

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14/09/2016 11:45 am

Archbishop: Claim and explore the role of the Church as it develops in a world marked by suffering and war

Archbishop Kevin McDonald has released a statement to mark the World Day of Prayer for Peace that is taking place on 20 September - thirty years after the historic first day celebrated by Pope Saint John Paul II in Assisi alongside 160 leaders representing the world's religions. 

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13/09/2016 2:57 pm

Cardinal to Priests: Keep fresh the original call and inspiration which brought us to our knees at our ordination

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has given a wide-ranging reflection to the priests of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. He spoke to his brother priests at a Day Conference for Birmingham's Catholic priests at the city's Edgbaston Stadium. 

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09/09/2016 11:53 am

Catholic Church welcomes Prime Minister’s removal of the cap on faith admissions

We warmly welcome the Government’s proposal to remove the cap on faith-based admissions for free schools and new academies. This will enable new Catholic schools to meet the current parental demand for thousands of new Catholic school places across the country.

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08/09/2016 3:06 pm

Privilege and challenge of being Bishop of Gibraltar - "A place where all that Europe strives to stand for is first to be met"

Mgr Carmelo Zammit has today been ordained Gibraltar’s new Catholic Bishop at a Mass in St Paul’s Cathedral in Mdina, Malta. In his homily for the Episcopal Ordination, Cardinal Vincent Nichols said that it was important for the Church in Europe, and therefore Gibrator, to proclaim and practice the values and qualities that lie at the heart of European civilisation. 

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06/09/2016 12:56 pm

Cardinal: 'Ban the box' so prison leavers can find stable employment

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has told delegates at a conference on prison chaplaincy that employers - Catholic organisations included - should exclude the tick box on initial job application forms requiring a person who has completed a prison sentence to disclose their conviction.

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18/08/2016 10:00 am

Pope Francis issues motu proprio on new Laity, Family, and Life dicastery

On Wednesday, 17 August, the Vatican released a motu proprio by Pope Francis which officially establishes the new dicastery on the Laity, Family, and Life.

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17/08/2016 3:00 pm

Fr Christopher Jamison - We’re all “flawsome"

Fr Christopher Jamison joins the BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans Breakfast Show to give his 'Pause for Thought' - Wednesday, 17 August 2016. His reflection focuses on the Olympics and the need for Mercy.

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13/08/2016 12:00 pm

Bishop Lynch: Follow Oscar Romero's example to be a "true neighbour" to those who are suffering

The Bishop for Migrants, Bishop Patrick Lynch, has given a homily at a special Mass marking the 99th birthday of Blessed Oscar Romero encouraging Catholics to look to the example of the martyred South American Archbishop to "respond prophetically to the suffering and injustice we see in the world around us today."

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Fr Christopher Jamison on BBC Radio 2's 'Pause for Thought'

Fr Christopher Jamison joins the BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans Breakfast Show to give his 'Pause for Thought' - Wednesday, 10 August 2016. His reflection focuses on his time in Krakow, Poland, for World Youth Day 2016

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