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21/07/2014 11:01 am

Pope Francis asks Catholics across Britain to protect and cherish life

In a special message to Catholics across Britain for the annual Day for Life, Pope Francis invites young Catholics in particular to work “to ensure adequate legal protection for the fundamental human right to life”. The Pope also asks British Catholics “to bring the merciful love of Christ as a life-giving balm to those troubling “new forms of poverty and vulnerability” increasingly evident in contemporary society (cf. Evangelii Gaudium 210).”

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17/07/2014 11:00 am

Cardinal Vincent Nichols on BBC Radio 2's 'Pause for Thought'

This morning, Thursday 17 July, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, featured on 'The Chris Evans Show' on BBC Radio 2. His 'Pause for Thought' reflection focuses on his forthcoming pilgrimage to Lourdes and caring for the sick and dying. 

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16/07/2014 10:39 am

Assisted Dying Bill: Faith Leaders’ Statement

The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth and the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain are amongst the 24 faith leaders who have today voiced their shared concerns about Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill.

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15/07/2014 1:34 pm

Women Bishops Statement from the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

Having agreed to permit women priests in 1992, the Church of England's decision to allow women bishops is the next logical step. What is undeniable is that both developments make harder the position of those within the Church of England who still long for corporate unity with the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.

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14/07/2014 5:33 pm

Bishop of Plymouth raises serious concerns about Assisted Dying Bill ahead of debate

The Rt Rev Mark O'Toole, Bishop of Plymouth, has written to the Catholics of his diocese to raise his serious concerns over the Assisted Dying Bill due to be debated in the House of Lords on Friday, 18 July. 

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14/07/2014 4:50 pm

Statement: Women Bishops - Church of England

The Catholic Church remains fully committed to its dialogue with the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. For the Catholic Church, the goal of ecumenical dialogue continues to be full visible ecclesial communion.

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14/07/2014 2:47 pm

Portsmouth churches open for prayer on eve of 'Assisted Dying' debate

The Rt Rev Philip Egan, Bishop of Portsmouth, has asked his clergy to open churches for prayer on Thursday evening, 17 July, before an important debate on the Assisted Dying Bill.

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14/07/2014 12:28 pm

Paedophilia and Mafia in Pope's Conversation with Italian Journalist

The UK media has picked up on an interview given by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, to the Italian daily paper 'La Repubblica' on a variety of subjects including paedophilia. In the interest of clarity, here is an article from Vatican Radio responding to the interview. It includes a note issued by Fr Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See's Press Office. 

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14/07/2014 10:51 am

Bishops' Conference sends message of prayerful support to Bishops of East Africa

Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton, Chair of the Bishops' Conference International Affairs department, has written to the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of East Africa (AMECEA) to express solidarity and support for the bishops and Catholics of the region.

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10/07/2014 7:00 pm

Bishop Declan Lang's Statement on Gaza

It is with a sense of deep sorrow that I find myself condemning yet again in the strongest possible terms the spiralling violence that has gripped both Israel and Palestine. Indeed, my mounting concern witnesses the indiscriminate and relentless attacks by the Israeli military machine on the civilian population of Gaza. I condemn in equal measure the firing of rockets by militants from Gaza into populated civilian areas across Israel.

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