Introduction

Advent Calendar 2014

Our Advent Calendar this year looks back over 2014 through the lens of our photographer. Every day we'll upload a composite image showing four events that happened in a particular month - starting with January 2014. Each month in 2014 is given two consecutive days of Advent to show a small cross-section of the work of the Bishops' Conference. This year we've witnessed our President elevated to the rank of Cardinal, a hearty eight Episcopal Ordinations and Installations with one during Advent itself. Two great popes were canonised and another made a Blessed. We've had - literally - an Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in Rome meeting to discuss Catholic family life and many other noteworthy events.

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Week 4: Wednesday

It's the final window of our Advent calendar - save a single image we'll upload for the joyous Feast of the Nativity. We finish with an Episcopal Installatio...Read more

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Week 4: Tuesday

It's time to open the penultimate window of our Advent calendar photo retrospective looking back through the camera lens on some of the major events in the l...Read more

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Week 4: Monday

It's time to open the next window of our Advent calendar as we approach the Feast of the Nativity on Christmas Day. Today we look at the Episcopal Ordination...Read more

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4th Sunday of Advent

It's time to open the 22nd window of our Advent calendar. Today we reflect on Cardinal Vincent Nichols' first visit to Gaza - something he later described as...Read more

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Week 3: Saturday

November was the month we remembered the dead of the world's conflicts - in the year of the hundredth anniversary of the start of World War I. All of our ima...Read more

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Week 3: Friday

We move on to images from November 2014 as we open Friday's window on our Advent Calendar photo retrospective. It's a month packed full of speeches and confe...Read more

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Week 3: Thursday

It's Thursday of the third week of Advent. It's our last look at October 2014 in our photo retrospective of the year. We look at a press conference held in L...Read more

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Week 3: Wednesday

It's Wednesday of the third week of Advent. October is again the featured month. Not only was October very busy with the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on th...Read more

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Week 3: Tuesday

It's Tuesday of the third week of Advent. October is the month featured today. Lots happened in October - arguably the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the...Read more

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Week 3: Monday

It's Monday of the third week of Advent. Our calendar window today stays with the month of September in our photo retrospective looking back on 2014. The mon...Read more

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3rd Sunday of Advent

September saw an historic cricket match between a Vatican team and a Church of England XI at Canterbury. Dr Ann Casson talked about her research paper focusi...Read more

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Week 2: Saturday

Closing in on the quiet month of summer - August - we have a final offering from July 2014. Today's Advent Calendar window revisits the Episcopal Installatio...Read more

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Week 2: Friday

Moving on to July 2014 now in our Advent Calendar photo retrospective of the year. Friday's calendar window looks at an episcopal ordination and an episcopal...Read more

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Week 2: Thursday

It's Thursday of the second week of Advent. Our calendar window today focuses on World Communications Day, which took place on 5 June 2014 at Heythrop Colleg...Read more

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Week 2: Wednesday

It's Wednesday of the second week of Advent. Our calendar window today opens on the month of June in our photo retrospective looking back on 2014. Read more

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Week 2: Tuesday

It's Tuesday of the second week of Advent. We stay with the celebrations in Birmingham and Liverpool as both dioceses welcome new bishops. The focus also fal...Read more

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Week 2: Monday

It's Monday of the second week of Advent. Our calendar window today opens on the month of May in our photo retrospective looking back on 2014. The month saw...Read more

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2nd Sunday of Advent

It's the Second Sunday of Advent and the window on our Advent Calendar we're opening today looks at the busy month of April. Yesterday we looked at an import...Read more

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Week 1: Saturday

As the first week of Advent draws to an end, the seventh window on our calendar gives us a montage of photos from April 2014. The focus today is the 'Combati...Read more

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Week 1: Friday

It's the sixth day of Advent and today's calendar window gives us another four images from March 2014. It's the month that marked the first anniversary of Po...Read more

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Week 1: Thursday

It's the fifth day of Advent and today's calendar window gives us four images from March 2014. As Lent approached, our dioceses celebrated the Rite of Electi...Read more

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Week 1: Wednesday

Day Four of Advent and today's calendar window gives another four images from February 2014. The focus is still very much on the newly elevated Cardinal Vinc...Read more

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Week 1: Tuesday

It's Day Three of our Advent Calendar photo retrospective looking back on 2014. February is the month is focus. Pope Francis, in his first ordinary public Co...Read more

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Week 1: Monday

It's Day Two of our Advent Calendar photo retrospective looking back on 2014. Again the focus is January 2014. Our main image looks at Bishop Mark O'Toole's...Read more

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1st Sunday of Advent

On the First Sunday of Advent we open the first window on our Advent Calendar. The focus is January 2014 when the Bishops' Conference led what's known as the...Read more