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Catholic Mental Health Project Responds to Government Plan to Tackle Homelessness

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Article 14/08/2018 12:00 pm The lead Bishop for the Catholic Mental Health Project, the Right Reverend Richard Moth said: “I welcome the plan unveiled by the government to dedicate £100 million towards tackling homelessness. I am especially pleased to see that £30 million of this will be dedicated to funding...
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Latin Patriarchate issues statement about new Israeli Nation-State Law

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A statement released on 30 July 2018 by the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem on the Israeli Nation-State Law. The recently enacted Basic Law: "Israel, the Nation-State of the Jewish People" is a cause of great concern. Seemingly enacted for internal political reasons, while defining Israel as the nation state of...
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The Catholic Church responds to IICSA interim report on the English Benedictine Congregation in the Catholic Church Investigation

IICSA 09/08/2018 12:30 pm The Catholic Council for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse notes the conclusions of the report of the IICSA into the English Benedictine Congregation focusing on Ampleforth and Downside Abbeys. The Catholic Council looks forward to continuing to work with and assist the Inquiry in...
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Response following Supreme Court ruling to back agreed end of life decisions

The UK’s highest court has ruled that legal permission will no longer be required to end care for patients in a permanent vegetative state. Bishop John Wilson responds to the Supreme Court ruling to back agreed end of life decisions: "On 30 July 2018 the United Kingdom Supreme Court ruled...
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Cardinal: Treatment of asylum seekers "shame on our country"

Cardinal Nichols with refugee in East London
On a visit to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, told BBC Radio 4's Sunday programme that the UK government's treatment of asylum seekers was "a shame on our country". After spending time listening to the stories of those accompanied by the Jesuit Refugee...
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Statement in solidarity with the Nicaraguan Bishops

International Affairs 26/07/2018 3:41 pm Bishop Declan Lang releases a statement in solidarity with the Nicaraguan Bishops. "With growing concern I have learnt of the crisis in Nicaragua in which hundreds of lives have been lost, countless young people injured and imprisoned at the hands of para-military and State forces....
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Cardinal: Treatment of asylum seekers "shame on our country"

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Refugees 24/07/2018 3:41 pm In response to the cases of Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheik, Bishop Declan Lang said: “It is profoundly disappointing to see the Home Secretary failing to uphold the UK’s long-standing opposition to the death penalty. Capital punishment is the ultimate attack on a human person’s...
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Cardinal: Treatment of asylum seekers "shame on our country"

Cardinal Nichols with refugee in East London
On a visit to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, told BBC Radio 4's Sunday programme that the UK government's treatment of asylum seekers was "a shame on our country". After spending time listening to the stories of those accompanied by the Jesuit Refugee...
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Bishops respond to Israeli planned demolition of Bedouin village

Bishop Declan Lang at the Balfour Declaration event
Holy Land 16/07/2018 12:00 pm In response to the planned demolition of a Bedouin village by the Israeli Government, Bishop Declan Lang, chair of the Holy Land Co-ordination and Bishop Christopher Chessun, Anglican Bishop of Southwark said: “Earlier today we met with the Minister for the Middle East at the...
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Archbishop "enormously grateful" for vital funding to enable major repairs to Catholic Cathedrals

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Repair fund of £40m prepares cathedrals for First World War commemorations A £40m scheme to conserve and repair England’s cathedrals ahead of First World War centenary events has significantly reduced immediate risks, according to a report published today. England’s cathedrals contribute more than £220m to the economy each year, drawing...
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Walking Together on the Way: Learning to Be the Church

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After seven years of work, the first ‘Agreed Statement’ from ARCIC III, (The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, Phase 3), Walking Together on the Way: Learning to Be the Church – Local, Regional, Universal, has been released and can be found here: Walking together on the way - ARCIC III 948.70...
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A response to COPING

Statement 06/07/2018 12:00 pm Statement by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales: “With regard to children of the ordained and religious, every bishop in England and Wales would want to discern the best ways in which it is possible for the father of a child, who is a...
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Our Bishops do not align themselves to any political party. However, the Catholic community in England and Wales has a strong connection with the Christian community in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, so it was a welcome opportunity to accompany British MPs on this visit and join in some of...
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Pope Francis appoints Bishop Paul Mason as Bishop of the Forces

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Pope Francis has today appointed Bishop Paul Mason as eighth Bishop of the Forces, which has been sede vacante - awaiting the appointment of a bishop - for the past three years. The Catholic Bishopric of the Forces differs from any other diocese in that it is not aligned along...
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March from Italy to London - Solidarity with Migrants March

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Migrants 08/07/2018 12:22 pm Bishop Paul McAleenan, Lead Bishop for Migrants, has said he is "profoundly encouraged" by the men and women who have marched from the Italian-French border to London to raise awareness of the plight of hundreds of migrants who must make dangerous journeys to reach safety. As...
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Cardinal Nichols’ statement on the death of H.E. Cardinal Tauran

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Announcement 06/07/2018 12:00 pm With sadness I receive the announcement of the death of H.E. Cardinal Tauron. This morning I celebrated Mass for the repose of his soul. With many others all over the world, I have always appreciated his dedication to the cause of inter-religious dialogue which is a...
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Catholic Bishop calls for Government to waive fees for vulnerable European citizens

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Europe 05/07/2018 3:30 pm Bishop Paul McAleenan has called on the government to waive proposed registration fees for EU citizens who will struggle to pay. The government has proposed that all EU adults in the UK will have to pay £65 and £32.50 for children to register under the EU...
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Bishop's Conference submits evidence to House of Commons Inquiry promoting Human rights around the world

Bishop Declan meeting Lord Ahmad (Foreign Office Human Rights Minister) to discuss the death penalty in 2017
Human Rights 04/07/2018 12:00 pm Drawing on the conference’s work with the Catholic Church in other countries, it highlights five priority areas: freedom of religion or belief; global abolition of the death penalty; human rights promotion after leaving the EU; human rights standards in trade agreements; and modern slavery. Speaking...
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Cardinal Nichols pays tribute to Apostleship of the Sea ahead of Sea Sunday

From left: Rev Roger Stone BEM (AoS Senior Regional Port Chaplain for Wales & West Country), Simon O'Toole (AoS Chair of Trustees), Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Captain Esteban Pacha (AoS Vice Chair of Trustees), Bishop Hlib Lonchyna (Eparchial Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Holy Family of London), Martin Foley (AoS National Director).
Sea Sunday 03/07/2018 9:00 am The head of the Catholic Church in England & Wales Cardinal Vincent Nichols has paid tribute to the work of seafarers’ Catholic charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) ahead of Sea Sunday which falls on July 8 this year. The Cardinal, who was speaking to...
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Bishop Peter Doyle responds to Supreme Court ruling on Civil Partnerships

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Marriage and Family 27/06/2018 4:00 pm The Supreme Court today has ruled in favour of a heterosexual couple who were fighting for the right to a civil partnership instead of a marriage. The couple have based their argument on a problem with the "legacy of marriage" which "treated women as...
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