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Bishops welcome the Vatican document 'Male and Female He Created Them'

Gender 11/06/2019 12:09 pm A spokesperson for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has commented on the Vatican document ‘Male and Female He Created Them’: "The issuing of the Vatican Congregation for Education document ‘Male and Female He Created Them’ is a welcome contribution to developing Catholic thought...
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Cardinal Nichols sends greeting to new Coadjutor Archbishop of Mosul

Episcopal Ordination: Mgr Nizar Semann
Cardinal Nichols has sent a letter to His Beatitude Ignatius Joseph III Yonan, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East of the Syriacs, offering his prayers and best wishes for the Episcopal Ordination of Mgr Nizar Semaan as Coadjutor Archbishop for the Diocese of Mosul, 7 June 2019. Your Beatitude,It is...
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Appointment of the Eleventh Archbishop of Southwark

Archbishop-elect John Wilson
The Holy See announced today that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop John Wilson as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Southwark. Archbishop-elect Wilson succeeds The Most Reverend Peter Smith, who has been Archbishop of Southwark since 2010. Archishop-elect Wilson, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster since 2015 and previously a priest in the...
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Pope Francis gives support to Day for Life 2019: The Scourge of Domestic Abuse

Pope Francis speaks at General Audience
The Catholic bishops of England and Wales, Ireland and Scotland have agreed that the theme for Day for Life 2019 will tackle the shocking reality of domestic abuse. One in four women and about one in six men suffer from domestic abuse in their lifetime. Two women are killed every...
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Pope Francis gives support to Day for Life 2019: The Scourge of Domestic Abuse

Pope Francis speaks at General Audience
The Catholic bishops of England and Wales, Ireland and Scotland have agreed that the theme for Day for Life 2019 will tackle the shocking reality of domestic abuse. One in four women and about one in six men suffer from domestic abuse in their lifetime. Two women are killed every...
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Archbishop of Westminster’s call to save religious diversity in the region

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The leader of Catholics in England and Wales has issued an urgent call to rebuild persecuted Christian communities in Iraq and other minorities pushed to the brink of extinction. In a statement released today (Thursday, 30 May 2019), Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, said: “The need to reconstruct towns...
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Understanding Islam: A course for Catholics living and working with Muslims

Muslim cemetery in Kyrgyzstan by Simon Garbutt
Inter-religious Dialogue 28/05/2019 12:40 pm This four-day course is held at the Focolare Centre for Unity in Welwyn Garden City, and aims to help Catholics understand how the worldviews of the Muslims they live and work with are shaped by their faith. Participants are encouraged to see the world through...
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First Religious Sister appointed as director of the National Office for Vocations

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Vocations Sister Elaine Penrice has been appointed as Director of the National Office of Vocation. Bishop Terence Drainey, Chair of the Management Board of the National Office for Vocation, said he was delighted to be able to announce the appointment. “I have worked with Sr Elaine in her role as...
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Pope Francis records video message on Archbishop of Canterbury’s phone for global prayer campaign Thy Kingdom Come

Pope Francis with Archbishop Welby
Today the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, shared a special video message on social media from Pope Francis to Christians around the world. In the message, filmed during a recent visit by the Archbishop to the Vatican, the Pope encouraged Christians taking part in Thy Kingdom Come – the prayer...
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World Communications Day 2019

Pope Francis filmed with young people
The Catholic Church celebrates World Communications Day on Sunday 2 June 2019 when we are asked to pray for those who work in the media. It's a digital world and since the launch of the internet, the Church has always sought to promote its use in the service of the...
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New norms for the whole Church against those who abuse or cover up

Pope Francis - Protection of Minors Conference
"Vos estis lux mundi”. “You are the light of the world… Our Lord Jesus Christ calls every believer to be a shining example of virtue, integrity and holiness”. The Gospel of Matthew provides the title and first words of Pope Francis’ new Motu proprio dedicated to the fight against sexual...
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Vocation to Marriage

Hands in Marriage
Marriage is a particular way of living out God’s call to everyone rooted in Baptism: the call to follow Christ, living a loving and holy life in the service of others. Marriage remains an exciting calling for the majority of young people - to make a difference in the world...
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Archbishop McDonald challenges UK and US government on freedom of religion

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Religous Freedom 08/05/2019 12:00 pm Archbishop Kevin McDonald joined other faith leaders in calling on UK and US governments to protect freedom of religion and belief at a meeting hosted by the Archbishop Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace today. Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, and...
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Vocations Sunday 2019

Pray for Vocations
Homily The Day of Prayer for Vocations (also known as Vocations Sunday) in 2019 will be celebrated on Sunday 12th May. This day flows from the broader culture of vocation, and is when the universal Church asks the Lord to send more labourers to the harvest. You can now download the resources...
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Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 2019 World Day of Vocations

Pope Francis holds the bibe during Mass in St Peter's Basilica
Pope Francis is urging Catholics to pray that the Lord may help us discover His plan of love for our lives and grant us the courage to walk in the path He has chosen for each of us. He made the call in his message for this year’s World Day...
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Jean Vanier - Requiescat In Pace

Jean Vanier - 1200-800
RIP 07/05/2019 10:00 am Cardinal Nichols, president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said: At our gathering in Valladolid, we heard with deep emotion of the death of Jean Vanier. For over half a century he has inspired an entirely new appreciation of the gift of people with...
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Bishop John Arnold welcomes publication of the Committee on Climate Change ‘net zero’ report.

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Environment 02/05/2019 2:00 pm Bishop John Arnold, the lead bishop on environmental issues for the Catholic Church in England and Wales, has welcomed the publication today of the Committee on Climate Change ‘net zero’ report. The report advises the government to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, ending the...
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Sri Lanka: Our Darkest Hours

Sri Lankan children pray after terrorist bombing
What should have been a joyous celebration of resurrection and new life, Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka this year brought terror to the hearts of the faithful and destroyed innocent lives. These cold-blooded terrorist attacks have devastated the Sri Lankan people and shocked the world. For many years, Missio’s work...
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Cardinal's shock and sadness after Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka

Cardinal Vincent Nichols closes his eyes in prayer, Easter 2019
Cardinal 22/04/2019 2:00 pm Cardinal Vincent Nichols has written to the President of the Bishops' Conference of Sri Lanka, Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith, to express his shock and sadness at hearing news of the Easter Sunday bombings of churches and hotels that killed 290 and injured over 500 people. Your...
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Archbishop of Paris expresses gratitude for solidarity and prayer after Notre Dame Cathedral fire

Notre Dame de Paris
Cardinal 18/04/2019 12:23 pm This is an unofficial translation of a message from Archbishop Aupetit of Paris sent in response to the fire in the Cathedral of Notre Dame. ‘“Comfort ye, comfort ye, my people,” says your God.’ (Is 40, 1) These words of the prophet resonate deeply this Holy...
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