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23/05/2014 4:12 pm

Civil Partnership Review (England and Wales): A Consultation

Here you will find the response from the Catholic Bishops' Conference for England and Wales, Department for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship to the "Civil Partnership Review (England and Wales): A Consultation". 

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23/05/2014 12:00 pm

CSAN respond to Draft Child Poverty Strategy

CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network), the social action arm of the Catholic Church, today submitted their response to the Draft Child Poverty Strategy 2014-17 consultation.

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20/05/2014 10:35 am

Catholics and Anglicans hold an hour of prayer to support Pope’s visit to the Holy Land

Catholics and Anglicans will unite in prayer at the very hour that Pope Francis will visit the Christians of Bethlehem on Sunday 25 May between 3pm and 4pm (UK time).

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20/05/2014 11:00 am

Pope Francis appoints new Bishop of Hallam

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has appointed as the new Bishop of Hallam, the Right Reverend Ralph Heskett CSSR, until now the Bishop of Gibraltar.

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14/05/2014 9:59 am

Archbishop Longley's words of welcome ahead of the Episopal Ordination of Robert Byrne as a new Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham

"I am delighted to welcome you to St Chad’s Cathedral on this very joyful day in the life of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. An especially warm welcome to His Eminence, Cardinal Vincent, whom we had the great pleasure of greeting here in his old home only six weeks ago, shortly after his return from Rome as Cardinal. Thank you, Your Eminence, for agreeing to preach during this Mass of Ordination." 

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14/05/2014 9:48 am

Apostolic Nuncio brings "thanks and prayers" of Pope Francis to New Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham

"I am very pleased to be here, representing the Holy Father, Pope Francis, at the Episcopal ordination of your new Auxiliary Bishop. My first words must be of congratulation to you, dear Bishop Robert, as you begin your Episcopal ministry here in Birmingham, working in collaboration, in a new way, with Archbishop Bernard. I bring you the thanks and prayers of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and my own prayers and support too."

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13/05/2014 4:18 pm

Vatican encourages Christians and Buddhists to join together in "unity and fraternity"

The Vatican has released its message for the Buddhist Festival of Vesakh with a call for Christians and Buddhists to work together to foster "a renewed and deepened sense of unity and fraternity among all the members of the human family". 

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13/05/2014 11:43 am

Cardinal welcomes new bishop as "God's gift to us"

Cardinal Vincent Nichols says that Fr Robert Byrne has been "chosen" for the people of Birmingham - "a city of a thousand trades". In his homily for the Episcopal Ordination of Fr Robert as an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Birmingham, the Cardinal described him as "God’s gift to us" and said "we welcome it from the depth of our faithful hearts." 

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12/05/2014 6:29 pm

Prayer Vigil for Fr Robert Byrne’s Episcopal Ordination

A Vigil of Prayer was held at Birmingham Oratory on the eve of Fr Robert Byrne’s Episcopal Ordination on 13 May. It was attended by the Oratory Fathers from Birmingham, Oxford, Manchester, London and York, together with Fr Robert’s friends and family members, including his parents and uncle, Fr John Rigby from the Diocese of Salford. 

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09/05/2014 12:00 pm

Audio: May 2014 Plenary Press Conference

Are you wondering what the Bishops discussed at their May 2014 plenary meeting? We've got a recording of a press conference held at the Bishops' Conference on 9 May 2014.

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