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Cardinal: Bishops working on the Youth Synod's final document for Pope Francis

synod of bishops 22/10/2018 12:00 pm After almost three weeks of intense discussions, tesimonies, events and numerous conversations with young Catholics, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has sent his latest audio update from Rome. Bishops, young people and several experts and advisors are meeting at the Vatican to discuss the theme "Young...
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Bishop John Arnold calls for lifestyle changes to address waste and environmental degradation

Earth and Nature
Last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a special report on the expected impacts of an increase in 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, with an urgent call to action. The report is clear that we are seeing the consequences of a warming world (having already increased 1°C), resulting...
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A Journey of Hope: A Catholic Approach to Sentencing Reform

Scales of Justice
Bishop Richard Moth, the Lead Bishop for Prisons, has recently commissioned a report – A Journey of Hope - to explore how sentencing policy in England and Wales can be reformed, in order to create a safe, decent, and rehabilitative prison estate. The report, which will be launched on Thursday...
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Helping to build a future of hope in Ethiopia on World Mission Sunday

Africa Map
Ethiopia first hit the headlines in the 1980s when a devastating famine caused the starvation of a million people. Thankfully, much has changed since then but despite the recent economic growth, Ethiopia remains one of the poorest countries in the world. World Mission Sunday is on 21 October 2018. Missio,...
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Government needs to follow through on promises to help victims of modern slavery

Ahead of Anti-Slavery Day, 18 October, former UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and recently appointed Senior Advisor to the Santa Marta Group, Kevin Hyland OBE, has called for the government to deliver on promises made to victims of modern slavery. Speaking of the founding legislation – the 2015 Modern Slavery Act...
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Archbishop - Young people a sign of hope for the Catholic Church and humanity

Synod of Bishops 17/10/2018 6:15 pm Archbishop Charles Scicluna, Archbishop of Malta, is a Synod Father at the Synod of Bishops on 'Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment'. He speaks to us about how the international meeting of Catholic Bishops, young people and advisors is examining the aspirations of our...
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Inhumane detention of trafficking victims shows need for overhaul of system says Jesuit Refugee Service

The Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK (JRS UK) is calling on the government to end the use of indefinite detention, in light of new research this week showing high levels of vulnerable individuals in detention. Case studies compiled by JRS UK through its outreach work into immigration detention published...
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The Rehabilitation of Sisterhood

Joy Doal, CEO, Anawim
Many of us are familiar with the biblical passage, and perhaps even the hymn, encouraging us to “set the prisoners free”. Whilst this phrase is not to be taken literally, the reality of the situation in England and Wales stands in sharp contrast with the spirit of this image. With...
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Cardinal Nichols on Week Two of the Youth Synod - The Call to Love

synod of bishops 11/10/2018 8:25 pm Cardinal Vincent Nichols looks back on the second week of discussions at the Synod of Bishops meeting looking at the theme 'Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment'. The Cardinal talks about the energetic debates and the infectious joy that young people have brought to...
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Young people want a passionate faith that is "intellectually and practically reliable", says Bishop

Bishop Mark O'Toole, outside the Synod Hall in the Vatican in 2018
First-time Synod Father Bishop Mark O’Toole, Bishop of Plymouth and Chair of the Bishops' Conference Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis, gave this intervention to the Synod of Bishops discussing 'Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment'. Bishop O'Toole said that young people want a passionate faith that is "intellectually and...
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Cardinal struck by "realism" in discussions at Youth Synod in Rome

synod of bishops 05/10/2018 6:36 pm Cardinal Vincent Nichols is in Rome for the 2018 Synod of Bishops meeting - an international gathering of bishops - focussing on young people, faith and vocational discernment. Here's a report from the Cardinal after Friday morning's session on Day Three of the three-week...
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Pope opens Bishops' Synod on 'Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment'

3 - 28 October 2018 Pope Francis has preached his homily during the opening Mass of the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops “The Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to remembrance all...
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Pope calls for the faithful to intensify prayers in October

Pope Francis prays
Pope Francis has given an urgent new mission to his personal Prayer Network (formerly known as Apostleship of Prayer) to share among all the faithful. This task, to begin as soon as possible at the beginning of October, is to promote his intention that we all intensify our prayer during this month....
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Migration and Asylum Bishop: Confront racism by creating "a narrative of love and hope"

News 02/10/2018 11:51 am The lead Catholic Bishop for Migration and Asylum has welcomed a call from the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the World Council of Churches, for Christians to stand against the rising tide of xenophobia, racism and populist nationalism. The message was issued following a...
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Ad Limina - Final Statement from Rome

St Peter statue overlooks St Peter's Square, Vatican
A statement from the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales As we end our visit, 'ad limina Apostolorum', we offer these reflections on our days together in Rome. On Friday 28 September, we were immensely privileged to share conversation with Pope Francis for over two hours. It was a most remarkable...
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Ad Limina: Initial statement

Statement 24/09/2018 4:00 pm As we gather in Rome for our visit 'ad Limina Apostolorum', we have spent time together reflecting again on the impact of the recent reports containing stark revelations of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, including in England and Wales, and of evident failures of...
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Cardinal Nichols: Voices of joy and voices of anger – both must be heard

Cardinal Nichols gives Homily at Poznan 648-300
Cardinal Vincent Nichols gave a homily in Poznan, Poland, on Saturday, 15 September – the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows - looking back at the recent World Meeting of Families in Dublin. He reflected on the reception given to Pope Francis on his visit to Ireland, the media coverage...
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Statement on the Home Office decision not to go ahead with buffer zones outside abortion clinics

Life Issues 17/09/2018 9:00 am Bishop John Sherrington has welcomed the Home Office’s decision to not introduce buffer zones outside abortion clinics in England and Wales. Home Secretary Sajid Javid said, “Having considered the evidence of the review, I have therefore reached the conclusion that introducing national buffer zones would...
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Bringing people closer to Jesus Christ through His Church

Bishop Egan with Relics Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin
Bishop Philip Egan establishes a new FSSP personal parish on 8 September 2018, the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Bishop Philip Egan, the Bishop of Portsmouth, established a new Personal Parish in Reading, Berkshire, under the patronage of St John Fisher, for those attached to the...
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Bishop welcomes #28for28 campaign to end indefinite detention

Bishop Paul McAleenan at Lectern
Migration Bishop Paul McAleenan, lead Catholic Bishop on Migration and Asylum, has welcomed the Refugee Tales #28for28 campaign, which publicises the stories of those held in detention.   In the #28for28 campaign, Refugee Tales is calling on the UK Government to end the practice of indefinite detention in the UK....
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