The Government has announced that Plymouth Cathedral is to receive a substantial grant from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund. The Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport said: "Cathedrals are powerful symbols of Britain's shared history. They are important not only for their architecture and heritage, but also for the vital role they play in local communities." Plymouth Cathedral was one of 39 cathedrals awarded grants totaling £14.5 million.
Newman University Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Formative Education) Professor Duncan Lawson has been awarded a gold medal by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). Professor Lawson received the award alongside Tony Croft, Professor of Mathematics Education at Loughborough University, for their work establishing sigma - a network of support centres dedicated to helping University students develop and improve their mathematical and statistical skills.
Here in the UK we have had a real week of summer, but also one charged with uncertainty and change from the media obsession with Brexit to the drama in Turkey, the dope scandal engulfing Russian athletes, the aftermath of Nice in France. Hidden below the radar are other things, the dreadful bombings and destruction of Aleppo, the plight of migrant peoples, the destruction of animal species and environment by us humans, or the deep dark unknown stories of countries like North Korea. These are what we might call the 'dark side' of
Sarah Teather, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service UK, has become the first person to receive the Sanctuary Champions award at the City of Sanctuary AGM today (Friday). City of Sanctuary is a grassroots movement committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution across Britain. Tiffy Allen, Network Coordinator, said: "Congratulations Sarah, on being the first Sanctuary Champion awarded by City of Sanctuary! The award is small and symbolic, but behind it is a huge
A project partner of Aid to the Church in Need has warned that the upsurge of fighting in South Sudan will see the humanitarian crisis affecting millions of civilians worsening. One of the charity's South Sudanese project partners, who cannot be named for security reasons, described how renewed violence in Juba has caused immense suffering and increased insecurity amongst its people. Referring to calls from the governments of neighbouring countries Uganda and Kenya for their citizens to leave South Sudan, he said:
The Bishops' Conference of Scotland, has announced the appointment of a new Director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office. Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, President of the Bishops' Conference offered congratulations to Anthony Horan who will direct the work of the Catholic Parliamentary Office from 25 July 2016. Archbishop Tartaglia said: "I congratulate Anthony on his appointment as Director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office. Together with all the bishops I look forward to working with him in future as he represents the Church in the
The Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) mark their 125th anniversary of work in Zambia this year. Writing in their blog, Fr Lawrence Tukamushaba, M.Afr, describes the history of the missionaries and preparations now underway for various commemoration events. Fr Lawrence writes: "The main celebration will be held on August 06 at Mambwe-Mwela situated in the Archdiocese of Kasama where the Missionaries of Africa were the first to settle for good in Zambia. It is important to note that they built this mission on their way from Mponda in
Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is a Catholic charity working in over 140 countries across the world, helping Christians who are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need. We are currently seeking to fill four vacancies, three based in UK National Office in Sutton, Surrey, and one working from home in the Birmingham Archdiocese. An outline of these roles and how to access a full job description and apply are below:
The Vatican on Friday published a new Apostolic Constitution, Vultum Dei quaerere (Seeking the Face of God), On Women's Contemplative Life. The promotion of an adequate formation; the centrality of prayer and of the word of God, especially in lectio divina; specific criteria for the autonomy of contemplative communities; and membership of monasteries within federations are some of the main points addressed by Pope Francis in the new Apostolic Constitution.
Pope Francis has sent a special envoy to South Sudan to urge for an end to violence in the country and to help establish dialogue and trust between the warring parties. Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, travelled to the capital Juba this week to give support to the Archbishop and to meet with the country's leaders. He carried with him a letter from the Pope for President Salva Kiir and one for Vice President Riek Machar who are historic enemies and represent the different ethnic groups.
On Monday 18th July we celebrated the birthday of our late former statesman Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. He was a true legend who made significant contributions throughout the world and made us feel proud to be South Africans. He left a legacy not only for us in South Africa but for many people in the world. He was a President who was concerned about all that was happening in the country, but an issue which was particularly close to his heart was the HIV-AIDS epidemic.
Christian Aid has praised the new Government for a solid start on climate change, as the Fifth Carbon Budget passed both Houses of Parliament less than a week after the new Prime Minister was appointed. Responding to the successful passage of the budget through Parliament, Christian Aid's Principal Climate Change Adviser Dr Alison Doig said: "Historically the UK has been a global leader on climate change, in part thanks to the Climate Change Act and the carbon budgets which guide our low carbon development.
Ancient images are being revealed for the first time in centuries at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem which is undergoing major restoration work. Layers of candle smoke and plaster is being carefully removed from the walls and columns, and experts are carefully cleaning and reattaching the sparking mosaic pieces. Last month a 12th century angel was discovered under a layer of 19th century plaster. The works of the Basilica started in 2013 after Palestinian Minister Ziad Bandak,
A group of Parliamentarians led by Fiona Bruce MP today delivered a new report on 'Freedom of Conscience in Abortion Provision' to the new Prime Minister, calling on Government and NHS governing bodies to ensure that the legal right of healthcare professionals to conscientious objection is properly protected. The Inquiry from the All-Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group, chaired by Fiona Bruce, found that there is increasing pressure on healthcare professionals with a conscientious objection to abortion to participate in the abortion process.
The first-ever RCSG Receptions into the Third Order of Carmel, Secular, took place on Saturday in Redditch, in the only church within the Birmingham Archdiocese dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Thanks to Father David Doran, Priest of the parish, with the blessing of the Parish Priest Father Anthony Rohan, the Rite of Reception took place during the beautiful celebration of Mass for the Patronal Feast Day - a special day for the parish as well as the Carmelite Order.
Outstanding social action by young people was recognised at the second Celebrating Young People Awards, presented in a glittering ceremony at the Barbican Centre on Tuesday. The awards are the initiative of Catholic Charity Million Minutes and delivered in partnership with St Mary's University, Twickenham. They brought together leading voluntary organisations and figures from the Catholic Church to recognise young people and youth workers whose contribution reflects the values of Catholic social teaching.
Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) has welcomed the Narey Review and recommendations on children's residential care published this month. At present, residential care accounts for 12% of all children care placements in England. There are a variety of reasons why children are placed in residential care but over 60% of children are in care due to abuse or neglect. Children living in homes have specific mental, emotional and social needs which need to be addressed. In 2013, 62% had clinically significant mental health difficulties.
An image claiming to be that of Father Tom Uzhunnalil has been posted on his Facebook account, Fides reports today. The Indian priest was kidnapped on 4 March in Aden, by a terrorist group when they stormed a nursing home, killing 16 people including four Missionaries of Charity. Bishop Paul Hinder OFMCap, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia, said: "We have no further news, and today, with technical means available, everything is possible in this field. But the photo may be authentic. There are those who believe that Father Tom is still alive.
More than a thousand years old, Krakow was once the seat of the Polish kings and capital of Poland. It boasts the largest town square of medieval Europe, unchanged since 1257. The square was included in the first list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1978. For the last 600 years, on the hour, the sound of the Krakow's trumpet call can be heard from the tower of St Mary's Basilica. The trumpeter plays the Hejnal, a hymn to Our Lady in each direction.
Pope Francis has sent his personal greetings to young people from throughout the world gathering in Krakow for World Youth Day and to all the people of the "beloved Polish nation" as he prepares to travel to Poland next week. The Pope's 15th apostolic journey abroad, from 27 to 31 July, will take him to Krakow where the 31st WYD is being held, to the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa and to the former Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The South African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) Justice and Peace Commission has called on the parliament to reconvene a committee on communications under National Assembly (NA) Rule 223 to address the broadcasting crisis while Parliament is in recess for the elections. Bishop Abel Gabuza, chair of the SACBC Justice and Peace Commission, said: "Through its editorial policy and the subsequent crisis, an impression has been created that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is failing to report fully and objectively on events
It was a routine journey for Pius Ogbu Sunday. It was a trip he made almost every weekend, driving from Abuja where he worked during the week to his family home in Minna. This time he was driving back his wife and children who had come to visit for the holidays. The 44-year-old father of three was at the wheel with his wife Doris, 43, in the front passenger seat. His children Eudora, 13, Joshua, nine and Eliora, five, were on the back seat listening intently to their dads tales of his trip to the Qua Iboe Church Leprosy Hospital, in Akwa
Set in 1950's Ireland, Nun's Chorus by Sally Mulready, tells the story of a group of enclosed nuns who go on their first trip outside the convent in five years. Their holiday to Galway Bay leads to more than they expected as they find themselves on a journey of fun, friendship and self discovery. This production, at the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, north London, on Monday, was performed by members of the Irish Pensioners Theatre Group and Irish Pensioners Choir run by the Irish Elderly Advice Network.
A Westminster parish priest went beyond the call of duty recently to raise funds for good causes. Fr Joe Ryan from St John Vianney in West Green, north London originally planned to do a skydive in June - but the weather was too windy and the jump had to be postponed. Two weeks later, when he returned to the airfield in Cambridge, Fr Joe was shocked to learn that he was a few pounds too heavy. Not deterred - for the next five weeks Fr Joe went on a diet - and lost 16 pounds. "It was a wonderful wake-up call.
Final preparations are being made for thirty young people from the Archdiocese of Liverpool to travel to Krakow on Wednesday, 20 July, to celebrate World Youth Day with Pope Francis and an expected two million Catholic young people from throughout the world. The group will fly out from Manchester Airport at 9am to begin their pilgrimage. As they set off on their journey it will be the culmination of months of preparation and hard work, particularly fund raising for the trip.