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Holy See makes urgent call for 'ambition, action and true solidarity' to tackle climate change

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Monsignor Bruno-Marie Duffé, Secretary of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, spoke at a climate change press conference on Wednesday, 12 December, stating that the Holy See urgently calls for 'ambition, action and true solidarity'. Monsignor Duffé is Coordinator of the Holy See delegation led by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican...
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Statement on the Settlement Scheme for EU citizens

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Bishop Paul McAleenan, the lead Catholic Bishop for Migration and Asylum, has issued a statement on the government’s forthcoming Settlement Scheme for EU citizens living in the UK. Any EU citizen who wants to remain in the UK after Brexit (with the exception of Irish citizens) will have to apply...
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Catholic Liturgy - A Studyguide

Liturgy 06/12/2018 12:00 pm The Study Guide to Catholic Liturgy, published by SCM Press, has been a project the Liturgy Formation Subcommittee of the Department for Christian Life and Worship. It was recognised that an introductory ‘text book’ to Liturgy would be useful in many areas of the Church’s life,...
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Bishops call for ambitious action on climate change and implementation of the Paris Agreement

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Environment 30/11/2018 3:51 pm As COP 24 begins, the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, we join with the presidents of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of the EU to call on politicians to work towards an ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement....
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Bishop visits Northern Iraq two years after Daesh were driven out

MENA 28/11/2018 5:00 pm Bishop Paul McAleenan, our Lead Bishop for Migrants and Asylum Seekers, has recently returned from Northern Iraq - an area ravaged by Daesh, so-called Islamic State, in 2014. The Bishop was in the region with an Aid to the Church in Need delegation, at the invitation...
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Bishop Paul Visits Harmondsworth Detention Centre with JRS UK

Bishop Paul McAleenan at Lectern
Bishop Paul McAleenan, lead Bishop for migration, joined the Detention Outreach team of the Jesuit Refugee Service for a visit to the Heathrow Immigration Removal Centres. The Jesuit Refugee Service runs weekly pastoral support visits to the Heathrow detention centres, as part of its mission to accompany, serve and advocate...
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National Youth Sunday 2018

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Youth 23/11/2018 6:30 pm On Sunday 25 November, the feast of Christ the King, the Church invites young people to be at the heart of our celebration of National Youth Sunday. Since many young people also engage with the Catholic Faith through their school, the resources provided can be used...
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Vatican message encourages Christians and Sikhs to create a 'revolution of tenderness'

Other Religions 23/11/2018 10:10 am To mark the Sikh festival of Guru Nanak Prakash Diwas, the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has released its traditional greeting message to the Sikh community encouraging both Christians and Sikhs to nurture and promote a culture of tenderness. Its Secretary, Bishop Miguel Ángel...
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World Fisheries Day: Church cannot remain silent to abuses in fishing

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The Church cannot remain silent to labour and human rights abuses in the fishing industry, the Vatican’s Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Cardinal Peter K. A. Turkson has said. In a message during a World Fisheries Day panel discussion today at the UN’s Food and Agriculture...
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Landmark anti-trafficking conference begins in Nigeria in collaboration with the Catholic Church in England and Wales

A major anti-trafficking conference is taking place in Abuja, Nigeria from 14 - 15 November examining the theme 'Church and state working together to restore dignity to trafficked persons'. Organised by the Santa Marta Group, a network that strives to prevent human trafficking and modern slavery, and hosted by Caritas...
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Cardinal recovering after being taken ill at Remembrance Service

Cardinal Nichols addresses young people after a busy month in Rome at the Youth Synod
News 12/11/2018 5:32 pm A statement has been released explaining why Cardinal Vincent Nichols had to leave the Remembrance service at Westminster's Metropolitan Cathedral of the Most Precious Blood on Sunday, 11 November: "Yesterday, during the Remembrance service at the Cathedral, Cardinal Nichols was taken unwell and had to leave...
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Bishops oppose unjust Israeli law

Article 07/11/2018 5:00 pm We stand in solidarity with the Holy Land’s Christian community and oppose the unjust Nation State Law passed by the Israeli Knesset earlier this year.   As the local Catholic ordinaries explained in their recent statement, this law creates a constitutional and legal basis for discriminatory...
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Hindus and Christians have a shared 'moral duty' to care for the vulnerable

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To mark the Hindu festival of Diwali, the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has sent a message to the world's Hindus offering fraternity and prayers and focussing on how we can work together to support the most vulnerable members of our society. The Council's Secretary, Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso...
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Bishop Richard Moth welcomes findings of Inquiry into Prison Healthcare

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Prison Ministry 02/11/2018 5:47 pm The Health and Social Care Committee yesterday published the findings of their Inquiry into Prison Healthcare. The report explores the state of health and care in prisons and identifies violence, self-harm, overcrowding, staff shortages and the increasing availability and use of psychoactive substances in prisons...
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Asia Bibi freed after death penalty conviction overturned in Pakistan

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Death Penalty 31/10/2018 11:00 am Asia Bibi, the Catholic woman condemned to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, has had her conviction overturned by the Supreme Court in Pakistan. The judge has told her she is free to go immediately. In 2009 Asia Bibi, who worked as a farmhand in Pakistan,...
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Cardinal Vincent Nichols' Youth Synod Intervention

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Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, gave this intervention at the Synod of Bishops on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment on Friday, 19 October 2018. On para 155 of the Instrumentum Laboris 19 October 2018 Holy Father, my brothers and sisters, I...
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Commemorating WWI, EU Bishops pray for Peace in Ypres

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Homily 25/10/2018 10:00 am On the occasion of the centenary of the end of World War I, COMECE bishops urged all persons of good will to work together in the promotion of dialogue – a key element for the European Union as a project of peace – by preserving the...
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Report from the WMC-Roman Catholic Dialogue Commission

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The Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the World Methodist Council and the Roman Catholic Church met in Hong Kong from Friday 12 to Friday 19 October 2018, hosted by the World Methodist Council with support from the Methodist Church in Hong Kong. The joint commission wishes to record...
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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

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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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