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20/09/2016 11:00 am

Pope Francis in Assisi for World Day of Prayer for Peace

Pope Francis has landed in Assisi, the hilltop town in central Italy where Saint Francis was born. His one day visit to Assisi sees him taking part in the closing of the interreligious World Day of Prayer for Peace, organized by the Community of Sant’Egidio. The theme of the 3-day international meeting this year is “Thirst for Peace. Religions and Cultures in Dialogue”.

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Holy Door Openings

During the week of Monday 19 – Friday 23 September 2016, Catholic Churches across South-East Wales and Herefordshire will be opening their doors as part of an initiative led by Pope Francis.

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19/09/2016 5:00 pm

Thy Kingdom Come – Praying Together at Pentecost 2017

Earlier this year many of the churches in England took up the invitation of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to set aside the days leading up to Pentecost Sunday to pray for the renewing and empowering presence of the Holy Spirit to make Christ real in our midst, for the flourishing of all. As Presidents of Churches Together in England we are delighted to join together to extend this invitation to all the churches in England to participate in this movement of prayer in 2017.

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19/09/2016 4:00 pm

New British Ambassador to the Holy See accredited

On 19 September 2016, Mrs Sally Jane Axworthy MBE, presented her Letters of Credence to His Holiness Pope Francis, accrediting her as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Holy See.

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16/09/2016 5:12 pm

Migrant crisis should be international priority says Cardinal

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has joined calls for the international community to urgently address the migration crisis, as world leaders gather in New York for Monday’s United Nations Summit. The UN Summit on 19 September is an opportunity for the international community to address migration-related crises around the world. Over 280,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean so far this year - tragically more than 3,000 have died trying.

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14/09/2016 11:45 am

Archbishop: Claim and explore the role of the Church as it develops in a world marked by suffering and war

Archbishop Kevin McDonald has released a statement to mark the World Day of Prayer for Peace that is taking place on 20 September - thirty years after the historic first day celebrated by Pope Saint John Paul II in Assisi alongside 160 leaders representing the world's religions. 

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13/09/2016 2:57 pm

Cardinal to Priests: Keep fresh the original call and inspiration which brought us to our knees at our ordination

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has given a wide-ranging reflection to the priests of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. He spoke to his brother priests at a Day Conference for Birmingham's Catholic priests at the city's Edgbaston Stadium. 

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09/09/2016 11:53 am

Catholic Church welcomes Prime Minister’s removal of the cap on faith admissions

We warmly welcome the Government’s proposal to remove the cap on faith-based admissions for free schools and new academies. This will enable new Catholic schools to meet the current parental demand for thousands of new Catholic school places across the country.

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06/09/2016 12:56 pm

Cardinal: 'Ban the box' so prison leavers can find stable employment

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has told delegates at a conference on prison chaplaincy that employers - Catholic organisations included - should exclude the tick box on initial job application forms requiring a person who has completed a prison sentence to disclose their conviction.

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18/08/2016 10:00 am

Pope Francis issues motu proprio on new Laity, Family, and Life dicastery

On Wednesday, 17 August, the Vatican released a motu proprio by Pope Francis which officially establishes the new dicastery on the Laity, Family, and Life.

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