30/09/2013 3:55 pm

Catechists from England and Wales join 100,000 pilgrims for Mass in St Peter’s with Pope Francis

A delegation of catechists from England and Wales joined 100,000 pilgrims for Mass in St Peter’s Square with Pope Francis on Sunday. The gathering marked the International Day for Catechists which had been organised by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation.

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30/09/2013 9:55 am

Pope to make Predecessors John Paul II and John XXIII Saints in 2014

Pope Francis has announced that two of his recent predecessors, John Paul II and John XXIII, will be made saints on 27 April 2014. 

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26/09/2013 12:10 pm

Charity’s role in challenging exploitation in the Maritime World still critical

Bishop Tom Burns of seafarers’ charity, the Apostleship of the Sea has underlined the role the charity has of speaking out for seafarers who have been ill treated. On the eve of the feast of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Bishop Burns hailed the important work of the charity at a Mass in Westminster Cathedral on Wednesday 25 September.

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24/09/2013 5:25 pm

Faith in school communities made relevant when expressed through care and service

Rt Rev Malcolm McMahon, the bishop who has national responsibility for Catholic Education, has affirmed how witnessing to faith through love and service makes the Gospel message real and relevant within school communities.

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24/09/2013 4:45 pm

Archbishop Nichols has breakfast with school children in East London

The Archbishop joined pupils, parents and staff from St Mary’s and St Michael’s in Tower Hamlets in the parish hall next door to the school, which is one of five schools in Westminster Diocese starting the scheme. The initiative between Caritas Diocese of Westminster, the Diocese’s social action agency, and Magic Breakfast aims to provide free, healthy breakfasts for every child at primary level in those schools.

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24/09/2013 1:30 pm

Historic pilgrimage to Durham Cathedral as the visit of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the city comes to an end

Around 1500 Catholics from the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle gathered in Durham Cathedral – the Shrine of St Cuthbert – at the weekend to celebrate and witness to their faith. Rt Rev Seamus Cunningham, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, preached during a service of Evening Prayer at which Catholics and Anglicans joined in worship.

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24/09/2013 12:36 pm

Massacre of Church Worshippers in Peshawar, Pakistan

A spokesperson for the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said: "The massacre perpetrated on the worshippers of All Saints’ Church in Peshawar was horrific and our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy."

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18/09/2013 11:49 am

Cardinal unveils portrait of Mgr Nicholas Hudson former Rector of the Venerable English College in Rome

A new portrait will soon be on display in the corridors of the Venerable English College – the Bishops’ seminary in Rome for men training for the priesthood. Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor unveiled the portrait of Monsignor Nicholas Hudson, Rector from 2004 – 2013, at the annual reunion of the Friends of the Venerabile. 

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18/09/2013 4:00 pm

Leading Catholic agencies welcome announcement on Free School Meals

Two leading Catholic agencies have welcomed today’s announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister that Free School Meals will be provided to all children in reception, year one and two and that free school meals will be extended to cover to disadvantaged students in further education and sixth form colleges.

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19/09/2013 9:41 am

New Prayer Book for Catholics serving in the Armed Forces

During the past two years, the Knights of St. Columba have worked very hard, in collaboration with the Catholic Truth Society, to provide a new Prayer Book for Catholics serving in the Armed Forces. The KSC have borne the entire cost of the production of 30,000 Prayer Books, which will be distributed across the three Armed Services.

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18/09/2013 10:30 am

Requiem Mass for Peter Jennings

In St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham, today a Requiem Mass was celebrated for the repose of the soul of Peter Jennings - journalist, author, broadcaster, faithful servant of the Church.

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17/09/2013 3:35 pm

Archbishop renews call to sign up to ‘One of Us’ as the petition collects its millionth signature

Archbishop Peter Smith, Vice President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has renewed his call to invite people to support the 'One of Us' campaign - a pan-European initiative aiming to stop EU funding for activities which result in the destruction of human embryos. 

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17/09/2013 4:00 pm

Syria: a Morton’s fork between peace and appeasement?

The Bishops' Middle East North Africa (MENA) consultant, Dr Harry Hagopian, offers his latest article on the situation in Syria after chemical attacks on a Damascus suburb that left hundreds dead. 

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17/09/2013 2:50 pm

Archbishop Vincent Nichols on BBC Radio 2's 'Pause for Thought'

The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, apears on the Chris Evans Show 'Pause for Thought'

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17/09/2013 12:40 pm

Archbishop Vincent Nichols visits 'Contact the Elderly' tea party

The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, visited Caritas Diocese of Westminster’s key project addressing the plight of the elderly and isolated in our communities. The venue was a 'Contact the Elderly' tea party within St Monica’s Parish in Westminster's Palmers Green parish on Sunday 15 September.

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16/09/2013 12:35 pm

Promoting Social Justice Initiatives

The Charles Plater Trust is inviting bids for grants from organisations working with the disadvantaged. Grants will be awarded for projects which empower people from the most marginalised sectors of society.

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16/09/2013 12:01 pm

Missionary discipleship fundamental to priestly vocation

The Bishops of England and Wales met with seminarians and staff from across the country at Walsingham on Saturday 14 September. The meeting followed similar meetings in 2010 at Oscott College during Benedict XVI's State Visit to the UK and on the anniversary of that visit in 2011 at Westminster Cathedral.

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12/09/2013 12:45 pm

Faith in the Criminal Justice System

Over 20 Catholic Charities and community projects attended the launch of CSAN’s new Criminal Justice Forum on Tuesday 10 September to discuss the role of the Church within the Criminal Justice system.

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11/09/2013 4:04 pm

Peter Jennings Requiescat in Pace

Well-known Catholic journalist, writer, broadcaster and Press Secretary to the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, died on Tuesday 10 September after a brave battle against illness. Our prayers and sympathy are with his wife Stella and their children, Sarah – whom Peter proudly recently gave away in marriage - and Joseph their son.

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10/09/2013 3:48 pm

Urgent need for progress on peace process in the Holy Land

President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas met with Archbishop Vincent Nichols today in London to discuss the urgent need for progress on the peace process and the importance of the continuing support of the Catholic Church in England and Wales for all in the Holy Land.

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