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01/02/2016 11:25 am

Two churches in the north east take Ash Wednesday to the streets of Sunderland

On Ash Wednesday, 10 February, two churches in the North East of England, St Mary’s Catholic Church and Sunderland Minster, will be working together to offer 'Ashes to Go' - a new approach to a centuries-old Christian tradition. 

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29/01/2016 12:00 pm

Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter

The Holy Year of Mercy invites all of us to reflect on the relationship between communication and mercy. The Church, in union with Christ, the living incarnation of the Father of Mercies, is called to practise mercy as the distinctive trait of all that she is and does. What we say and how we say it, our every word and gesture, ought to express God’s compassion, tenderness and forgiveness for all. Love, by its nature, is communication; it leads to openness and sharing. If our hearts and actions are inspired by charity, by divine love, then our communication will be touched by God’s own power.

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27/01/2016 9:53 am

Safeguarding and the Catholic Church in England and Wales

The safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults is at the heart of the Church's mission. There is no place in the Church, or indeed society, for abuse - a grievous crime which can affect people for their entire lives. Victims come first. This has not always been the case. The Church deeply regrets all instances of sexual abuse and the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults, and accepts that grave mistakes were made in the past. 

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25/01/2016 2:01 pm

Episcopal Ordination of Auxiliary Bishops for the Diocese of Westminster

The Right Reverend Paul McAleenan and Right Reverend John Wilson were ordained as Auxiliary Bishops for the Diocese of Westminster on the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, 25 January 2016, at the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Most Precious Blood. Bishop McAleenan has been assigned the titular see of Mercia and Bishop Wilson has been assigned the titular see of Lindisfarne. 

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22/01/2016 4:00 pm

Bishop John Sherrington invites Christians to ‘renew their commitment to visible unity’ during Christian Unity Week

On Wednesday 20 January, Bishop John Sherrington joined the prayer service for Christian Unity at the Coptic Cathedral in Stevenage. This was his last official public engagement as Auxiliary Bishop with pastoral responsibility for Hertfordshire and as Chair of Churches Together in the county. In his reflection, Bishop Sherrington invited those in attendance 'to incline our ear to the Lord and listen with the heart to his Will', as they prayed together for Christian unity.

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21/01/2016 3:43 pm

Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 – Don’t Stand By

Once a year we remember those who suffered, and continue to suffer, as a result of the Jewish holocaust. The day, 27 January, marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi concentration camps and on this day we remember the millions of people killed in the Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

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18/01/2016 1:01 pm

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2016

It's the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Throughout the week, and indeed the year, we can celebrate the degree of communion to which the churches have already reached, and pray together for that full unity which is Christ’s will. Here we have links to resources and downloads. 

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14/01/2016 10:59 am

You Are Not Forgotten: Final Statement of the 2016 Coordination of Bishops’ Conferences in support of the Church in the Holy Land

Here in this land holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims, we have been reminded during our visit of the Church's enduring presence among the weak and vulnerable and those who are too often forgotten. We take away our experiences and the stories that we have heard, and we are determined to give a voice to the voiceless. 

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13/01/2016 12:00 pm

Time is running out for youth of the Middle East

“We don’t have work, we don’t have money, we don’t have education. Life here has stopped.” These were the heart-breaking words of Fadi, a young man from Mosul, but they could equally have been spoken by any of the Iraqi and Syrian refugees we met in Jordan last month.

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13/01/2016 10:07 am

St Dymphna - Pray for Us on ‘Blue Monday’

In the run up to Blue Monday, the Mental Health Project of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has been raising awareness of St Dymphna - the patron saint of those with mental or nervous disorders or mental illness and of the St Dymphna Befriending Group, a support group for those facing mental health challenges. 

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