20/12/2018 12:00 pm

Final Statement of the Holy See Delegation to the 24th Session of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP24)

Global leaders gathered in Katowice for COP 24 struggled to find the will to set aside their short-term economic and political interests and work for the common good. After a long and complex debate, they have found a consensus on the rulebook for the implementation of the Paris Agreement adopted in 2015.

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24/12/2018 11:50 pm

Society is full of generosity and compassion, says Cardinal

In his homily at Midnight Mass at Westminster Cathedral, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops' Conference, likened the countless Christmas lights to the "countless acts of kindness that so characterise our society".

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24/12/2018 11:58 am

Pope Francis at Vigil Mass: ‘God gives life at Christmas’

Celebrating 'Mass During the Night' on Christmas Eve in St Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis says Jesus’ birth in a manger teaches us to share our lives with our brothers and sisters in need. 

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18/12/2018 12:45 pm

Vatican adopts the Global Compact on Migration

More than 160 countries, including the Holy See, agreed on Monday 10 December 2018 to a non-binding UN migration accord that seeks to ensure the safe, orderly and humane movement of people around the world.

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25/12/2018 12:00 pm

Urbi et Orbi

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has delivered the sixth Christmas message of his pontificate, Urbi et Orbi, on the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, 25 December 2018.

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13/12/2018 12:15 pm

Holy See makes urgent call for 'ambition, action and true solidarity' to tackle climate change

Monsignor Bruno-Marie Duffé, Secretary of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, spoke at a climate change press conference on Wednesday, 12 December, stating that the Holy See urgently calls for 'ambition, action and true solidarity'.

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12/12/2018 3:30 pm

Statement on the Settlement Scheme for EU citizens

Bishop Paul McAleenan, the lead Catholic Bishop for Migration and Asylum, has issued a statement on the government’s forthcoming Settlement Scheme for EU citizens living in the UK. Any EU citizen who wants to remain in the UK after Brexit (with the exception of Irish citizens) will have to apply through the scheme, which is expected to launch in March 2019.

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06/12/2018 12:00 pm

Catholic Liturgy - A Studyguide

Find out more about the history, content and debates around the use of liturgy in the Catholic Church.

Find out more about the history, content and debates around the use of liturgy in the Catholic Church. We speak to the co-editors of a new studyguide titled 'Catholic Liturgy' - Peter McGrail, a priest of the Archdiocese of Liverpool and Martin Foster, Director of the Liturgy Office.

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30/11/2018 3:51 pm

Bishops' Conference calls for ambitious action on climate change and implementation of the Paris Agreement

As COP 24 begins, the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, we join with the presidents of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of the EU to call on politicians to work towards an ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement.

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28/11/2018 5:00 pm

Bishop visits Northern Iraq two years after Daesh were driven out

Bishop Paul McAleenan, our Lead Bishop for Migrants and Asylum Seekers, has recently returned from Northern Iraq - an area ravaged by Daesh, so-called Islamic State, in 2014.

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28/11/2018 2:00 pm

Bishop Paul Visits Harmondsworth Detention Centre with JRS UK

Bishop Paul McAleenan, lead Bishop for migration, joined the Detention Outreach team of the Jesuit Refugee Service for a visit to the Heathrow Immigration Removal Centres. The Jesuit Refugee Service runs weekly pastoral support visits to the Heathrow detention centres, as part of its mission to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and those who have been forced to migrate.

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23/11/2018 6:30 pm

National Youth Sunday 2018

On Sunday 25 November, the feast of Christ the King, the Church invites young people to be at the heart of our celebration of National Youth Sunday.

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23/11/2018 10:10 am

Vatican message encourages Christians and Sikhs to create a 'revolution of tenderness'

To mark the Sikh festival of Guru Nanak Prakash Diwas, the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has released its traditional greeting message to the Sikh community encouraging both Christians and Sikhs to nurture and promote a culture of tenderness. 

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21/11/2018 12:00 pm

World Fisheries Day: Church cannot remain silent to abuses in fishing

The Church cannot remain silent to labour and human rights abuses in the fishing industry, the Vatican’s Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Cardinal Peter K. A. Turkson has said.

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13/11/2018 11:23 am

Landmark anti-trafficking conference begins in Nigeria in collaboration with the Catholic Church in England and Wales

A major anti-trafficking conference is taking place in Abuja, Nigeria from 14 - 15 November examining the theme 'Church and state working together to restore dignity to trafficked persons'. 

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12/11/2018 5:32 pm

Cardinal recovering having been taken ill at Remembrance Service

A statement has been released explaining why Cardinal Vincent Nichols had to leave the Remembrance service at Westminster's Metropolitan Cathedral of the Most Precious Blood on Sunday, 11 November.

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07/11/2018 5:00 pm

Bishops oppose unjust Israeli law

We stand in solidarity with the Holy Land’s Christian community and oppose the unjust Nation State Law passed by the Israeli Knesset earlier this year.

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07/11/2018 1:36 pm

Hindus and Christians have a shared 'moral duty' to care for the vulnerable

To mark the Hindu festival of Diwali, the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has sent a message to the world's Hindus offering fraternity and prayers and focussing on how we can work together to support the most vulnerable members of our society. 

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02/11/2018 5:47 pm

Bishop Richard Moth welcomes findings of Inquiry into Prison Healthcare

Bishop Richard Moth, Catholic Bishop for Prisons and Mental Health, has commented on a Health and Social Care Committee report examining prison healthcare. 

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31/10/2018 11:00 am

Asia Bibi freed after death penalty conviction overturned in Pakistan

Asia Bibi, the Catholic woman condemned to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, has had her conviction overturned by the Supreme Court in Pakistan. The judge has told her she is free to go immediately. In 2009 Asia Bibi, who worked as a farmhand in Pakistan, was charged with blasphemy against Islam and condemned to death after a dispute over water during which she was accused of blasphemy by two co-workers.

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