12/10/2015 12:00 pm

Lonesome refugees in forlorn countries!

The latest opinion piece from our consultant on the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, Dr Harry Hagopian looks at the current refugee situation and some of the root causes leading to the European influx. 

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09/10/2015 3:00 pm

Reflections from the Small Groups on the first part of the Instrumentum laboris at the Family Synod

This morning, 9 October, the Bishops of the XIV General Assembly of the Synod came together to reflect on the introduction and the first part of the Instrumentum Laboris, in light of the contributions made in the courtroom during the debate held in the first three general congregations. Below you will find the text of the reports made by the four English speaking Small Groups from the first working session. 

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09/10/2015 2:03 pm

Cardinal Nichols’ Synod Intervention: "Every family is a light in the darkness"

Earlier this week, Cardinal Vincent Nichols made an intervention at the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops currently underway in Rome that is examining the issues surrounding family life. 

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09/10/2015 10:30 am

Bishop John Arnold's prayer on the Feast Day of John Henry Newman

The Right Revd John Arnold, Bishop of Salford, offered this prayer on the Feast Day of Blessed John Henry Newman. It was broadcast on 9 October on BBC Radio 4 at 5:43am. 

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09/10/2015 10:00 am

The first and only Bishop of Mongolia to celebrate World Mission Sunday in London

Bishop Wenceslao ‘Wens’ Padilla, the first and only Bishop of Mongolia, will visit London this year invited by Missio, to celebrate World Mission Sunday on 18 October. As the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission, Missio is focusing on the world’s youngest Catholic Church which was established in Mongolia just over twenty years ago following the fall of communism.

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08/10/2015 10:41 am

Bishop for Prisons responds to Justice Secretary Michael Gove’s recent speech at the Conservative Party Conference

Bishop Richard Moth, Bishop for Prisons for the Catholic Church in England and Wales, has commended Prime Minister David Cameron and Justice Secretary Michael Gove for their speeches at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester focusing on prison reform. 

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07/10/2015 12:41 pm

Cardinal voted Moderator of his English language group at the Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has been voted moderator of his English language group at the Synod of Bishops on the family currently underway in the Vatican. In today's audio dispatches from Rome, Cardinal Nichols looks at why we've had two synods on the family in just over a year. He sees the family as an important place to encounter God - a place where God's grace and our human nature meet creatively.

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05/10/2015 2:44 pm

Bishop Peter Doyle previews the Family Synod in Rome

Bishop Peter Doyle, who chairs the Bishops' Committee for Marriage and Family Life, is in Rome with Cardinal Vincent Nichols contributing to the Family Synod. Here you can listen to his reflections after the Opening Mass as he looks ahead to three weeks of listening and discussions. 

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04/10/2015 11:43 am

Pope Francis: Church should defend fundamental values but be a "Field Hospital" for those who suffer

Pope Francis has celebrated Mass in St Peter's Basilica to open the Ordinary Synod on the Family that will run from 4 - 25 October 2015. 

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01/10/2015 12:05 pm

Cardinal to Lawyers: Reflect on the Place of Mercy in the Administration of Justice

Justice and mercy were the twin themes of Cardinal Vincent Nichols' homily given at this year's 'Red Mass' - an annual service in Westminster Cathedral for members of the legal profession at the beginning of their year - 1 October. 

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