First Religious Sister appointed as director of the National Office for Vocations

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 of Sister Elaine Penrice as director of the National Office of Vocation.

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18/05/2019 10:00 am

Pope Francis records video message on Archbishop of Canterbury’s phone for global prayer campaign Thy Kingdom Come

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, shares a special video message on social media from Pope Francis to Christians around the world.

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16/05/2019 2:56 pm

World Communications Day 2019

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. Information and resources are available here.

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09/05/2019 6:30 pm

New norms for the whole Church against those who abuse or cover up

Pope Francis’ Motu proprio, "Vos estis lux mundi", establishes new procedures for reporting abuse and violence, and ensures that Bishops and Religious Superiors are held accountable for their actions. It includes the obligation for clerics and religious to report abuse. Every Diocese must have a system that allows the public to submit reports easily.

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09/05/2019 10:07 am

Vocation to 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 together through a vowed, life-long, faithful, and loving commitment as husband and wife, and to play their part in being fruitful, sustaining that precious human environment as the vital cell of society.

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Vocations Sunday 2019

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.

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08/05/2019 12:00 pm

Archbishop McDonald challenges UK and US government on freedom of religion

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.

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08/05/2019 12:00 pm

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 2019 World Day of Vocations

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 of Prayer for Vocations that will be observed on the 4 Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday, May 12.  

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07/05/2019 10:00 am

Jean Vanier - Requiescat In Pace

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.

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02/05/2019 2:00 pm

Bishop John Arnold welcomes publication of the Committee on Climate Change ‘net zero’ report.

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 UK’s contribution to global warming. It is confident that this is manageable with existing technology, the existing budget, and serious public engagement. However, it acknowledges this will require a major ramping up of ambition in policy.

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26/04/2019 3:52 pm

Sri Lanka: Our Darkest Hours

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.

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22/04/2019 2:00 pm

Cardinal's shock and sadness after Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka

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.

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18/04/2019 12:23 pm

Archbishop of Paris expresses gratitude for solidarity and prayers after Notre Dame Cathedral fire

This is an unofficial translation of a message from Archbishop Aupetit of Paris sent to well-wishers in response to the fire in the Cathedral of Notre Dame.

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17/04/2019 12:21 pm

Cardinal Nichols and Archbishop Welby call on Government to address persecution of Christians and promote freedom of religion

Christian leaders today called on Government to protect Christians facing persecution and to promote freedom of religion and belief more widely.

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15/04/2019 7:00 pm

Notre Dame Cathedral Fire

Cardinal Nichols said: “The shock at the outbreak of this fire is spreading round the world. It is an iconic building visited by millions but more importantly is a symbol of faith which is at the heart of Europe."

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12/04/2019 11:00 am

Card Nichols: Church a global network for good against trafficking

Cardinal Vincent Nichols talks to Vatican News about themes being discussed at an International Conference on Human Trafficking taking place in Rome.

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10/04/2019 3:00 pm

Bishop calls on UK to take the lead in promoting the global abolition of the death penalty

The lead Catholic Bishop for International Affairs, Bishop Declan Lang, has welcomed the international decline in executions, and called on the UK to use its diplomatic and economic influence to promote global abolition of the death penalty. Statistics released today show that the number of known executions fell by over 30% in 2018 and more than two thirds of countries in the world have now abolished the death penalty in law or practice.

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06/04/2019 8:16 pm

Cardinal: Help young people to build discipline and self-control in their lives to counter gang culture

Cardinal Vincent Nichols joined other church leaders in central London for a rally to call for an end to knife crime, to demand action and to stand alongside young people, families and communities affected by the scourge of violent crime.

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02/04/2019 10:30 am

Bishops welcome Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation: Christus Vivit - Christ is Alive

Pope Francis today released his Post-Synodal Exhortation Christus Vivit - Christ is Alive - to Young People and to the entire People of God, following the Synod of Bishops in October 2018. The theme of the Synod was "Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment".

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01/04/2019 10:18 am

Day of Prayer for Survivors of Abuse - 12 April 2019

On Friday 12 April the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales is encouraging the Catholic community to take part in a day of prayer for survivors of sexual abuse. 

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