21/02/2018 6:16 pm

Bishop Lang: Eastern Ghouta deaths "a grievous offence to our common humanity"

Bishop Declan Lang, Chair of the Bishops' Conference Department for International Affairs, has called the killing of civilians in Eastern Ghouta a "grievous offence to our common humanity" and criticised the international community for failing to protect innocent people over seven years of war, conflict and turmoil in Syria.

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20/02/2018 3:00 pm

Young People Participate in Synodal Process

300 young people will participate in a first-ever of its kind Pre-Synodal Meeting which will take place from 19-24 March in preparation for the XV Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.

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19/02/2018 12:00 pm

Pope Francis appoints new members to Commission for Protection of Minors

The Holy Father has nominated sixteen members to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, including nine new members from all corners of the world.

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16/02/2018 5:00 pm

Bishop McAleenan calls on Home Secretary to put a time limit on immigration detention in post-Brexit law

Bishop Paul McAleenan, the lead Catholic Bishop for asylum and migration, has urged the government to end the shameful practice of indefinite immigration detention. He spoke alongside other faith leaders as Liberty launched a major public campaign calling for a time limit of 28 days to be included in the forthcoming Immigration Bill. 

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16/02/2018 4:45 pm

Comment: Organ donation consultation

The Government has launched an open consultation titled, “Introducing ‘opt-out’ consent for organ and tissue donation in England”. This consultation will run until 6 March. Responding to the consultation, Bishop Paul Mason, the Catholic bishop responsible for healthcare, said, “The Government’s plans to introduce ‘opt-out’ consent for organ and tissue donation in England undermine the concept of donation as a gift, and cross the line of what is a reasonable action for the state to take in relation to the individuals within it.

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16/02/2018 4:00 pm

Comment: Abortion Clinic Protest Review

Bishop John Sherrington, the Bishop with responsibility for the Day for Life, responds to The Governments Abortion Clinic Protest review. The review, which could lead to the establishment of ‘buffer zones’ which prohibit protests or vigils near abortion clinics, concludes on 19 February.

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15/02/2018 12:00 pm

Motu Proprio: Learning How To Resign

On 12 February, 2018, Pope Francis signed an Apostolic Letter in the form of a Motu Proprio called “Learning How To Resign.”

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13/02/2018 12:00 pm

Lent Resources: Lifting the Lid on Mental Health

Livability – the disability charity that connects people to their communities – have launched ‘Lifting the Lid’ today. For churches, it’s a free study resource to help explore the topics of emotional and mental wellbeing, using the Bible as a guide.

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13/02/2018 1:41 pm

Pope Francis: Lenten Message 2018

Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near!.. Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life. 

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13/02/2018 11:01 am

Why do we receive ashes on Ash Wednesday?

If I was given £1 for every comment on Ash Wednesday from a well-meaning non-Christian telling me I may look better if I remove the dirt smudged across my forehead, I'd be writing this from the Bahamas.

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12/02/2018 11:00 am

Pope Francis appoints Lancashire-born Canon Paul Swarbrick as next Bishop of Lancaster

Pope Francis has named a priest of the Diocese of Lancaster as the seventh Bishop of the Diocese - Canon Paul Swarbrick.

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09/02/2018 5:00 pm

Message of his holiness Pope Francis for World Day of the Sick 2018

Pope Francis delivered the 26th message for the World Day of the Sick. The theme for this year is provided by the words that Jesus spoke from the Cross to Mary, his Mother, and to John: “Woman, behold your son ... Behold your mother. And from that hour the disciple took her into his home” (Jn 19:26-27). 

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09/02/2018 12:00 pm

Pope: Tackle broader issues of human trafficking like "models of economic growth that privilege profit over persons"

Pope Francis has met with Santa Marta Group members at the conclusion of their two-day conference that sought to build on a partnership founded in 2014 to fight human trafficking and modern slavery.

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09/02/2018 11:00 am

Regional focus on the dark face of globalisation

This year’s Santa Marta conference focused on regional realities with tailored solutions to human trafficking in each continent. With input from every continent, each region discussed their experiences, both the successes and challenges they face, with growing collaboration identified as a priority in neighbouring countries where the challenges are similar.

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08/02/2018 5:00 pm

Cardinal Nichols: step up efforts to combat human trafficking

Churches, governments, police and business leaders must do more to tackle the growing phenomenon of human trafficking. That’s the view of English Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, who is in the Vatican this week for a meeting of the ‘Santa Marta’ group on combatting modern slavery and trafficking.

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08/02/2018 12:00 pm

Migrants at risk of human trafficking

Marking the World Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, one woman deeply committed to eliminating this scourge speaks out.

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07/02/2018 6:00 pm

Pope appeals for joint action to contrast human trafficking

Speaking on the eve of the Day of Prayer and Awareness Raising against Human Trafficking, the Pope urged civil society and institutions to take concrete action to protect the victims and eliminate this terrible scourge that affects so many forced migrants and refugees.

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08/02/2018 9:11 am

Santa Marta Group meets at the Vatican to promote struggle against human trafficking

Senior law enforcement officers, Bishops, religious women and key international organisations are meeting together for the fifth Santa Marta Group conference this week in the Vatican to update and share best practise in the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery.

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06/02/2018 12:00 pm

Conscientious Objection Bill

In January the Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill sponsored by Baroness Nuala O’Loan began its passage through parliament. The bill will protect freedom of conscience for medical professionals including doctors, midwives, nurses, and pharmacists.

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05/02/2018 10:00 am

Pope calls for Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace on 23 February

Pope Francis has launched a special Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace for war-torn nations, in particular for the Democratic Republic of Congo and for South Sudan that are suffering protracted conflict, and he has invited all men and women, regardless of their religious denomination, to join.

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