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Cardinal Nichols consecrates England & Wales to Immaculate Heart of Mary

On Saturday, 18 February, on the occasion of the visit of the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, in the centenary year of the apparitions, to Westminster Cathedral, His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols consecrated England and Wales to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In the Act of Consecration, a modified version of the one used by Cardinal Griffin in the Abbey grounds in Walsingham on 16 July 1948, he said: 'To your Immaculate Heart, in this centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima, we re-consecrate ourselves in union not only with the Church, the Mystical Body of your Son, but also with

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Text: Cardinal at visit of National Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, Westminster Cathedral
Text: Cardinal at visit of National Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, Westminster Cathedral

In the great Jubilee Year 2000, a crowd of well over half a million people gathered in Fatima. It was 13th May, and they were there for the Beatification of Francisco and Jacinta Marto. Among them were children who had dressed up in honour of these newly beatified shepherd-children who had, in 1917, been privileged to receive the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. In the homily, Pope Saint John Paul II had this to say: 'Dear boys and girls, I see so many of you dressed like Francisco and Jacinta. You look very nice! But in a little while or tomorrow you will take these clothes off and ... the little shepherds will

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London: Six week course on Christian Meditation with Fr  Laurence Freeman
London: Six week course on Christian Meditation with Fr Laurence Freeman

A six week course on Christian Meditation with Laurence Freeman OSB begins at 6.30pm on Wednesday, 1 March at The Meditatio Centre. Fr Laurence is a Catholic priest and a Benedictine monk of Turvey Abbey in England, a monastery of the Olivetan Congregation. He is the Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation and of its Benedictine oblate community. The Meditatio Centre is part of The World Community for Christian Meditation which was formed in 1991. It was inspired by the vision of John Main, a Benedictine monk, to teach meditation as a way to help restore the contemplative dimension of life.

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Resources for Dementia Prayer Week
Resources for Dementia Prayer Week

The Pastoral Care Project, led by Bishop David McGough Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, offers prayer resources and is co-ordinating events around the country for Dementia Prayer Week which takes place on 12-19th March. "Jesus invited us to pray to God as 'Our Father.' In so doing he defined God as the one who is full of tenderness and compassion. During this week we remember especially the often forgotten pain of those suffering with dementia, and those who care for them." said Bishop McGough.

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Westminster ACTA: 'What makes a good parish?'
Westminster ACTA: 'What makes a good parish?'

'What makes a good parish?' - is the title of the next A Call To Action (ACTA) meeting in Westminster next Thursday, 23 February. The evening will start with a summary, by John Michael Wilkins, of the book recommended by Werner Jeanrod at the ACTA Conference in November - 'Great Catholic Parishes - how four essential practices make them thrive' by William E Simon Jr published by Ave Maria Press. This will be followed by a panel discussion and questions on what makes a good parish, in Question Time format,

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Catholic Union statement on government's decision to reject child refugees
Catholic Union statement on government's decision to reject child refugees

The Catholic Union has issued the following response to the UK government's decision not to implement the Dub Amendment and take in 3,000 child refugees: 'The Catholic Union regards the government's change in policy on child refugees with dismay. The argument that the policy should be dropped because it is a 'draw' for refugees is profoundly disheartening. If that argument were to be taken to its logical conclusion we would never assist anyone in trouble.

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Our Lady of Fatima statue and relics at Westminster Cathedral
Our Lady of Fatima statue and relics at Westminster Cathedral

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima. The statue of Our Lady of Fatima Statue and the Relic of the Fatima visionaries, Blessed Jacinta and Francisco are coming to Westminster Cathedral this Saturday, 18th February. At 1.45pm Cardinal Nichols will receive, bless and crown the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima and celebrate Mass. at Westminster Cathedral. All are welcome. A symposium on Fatima will take place in Westminster Cathedral Hall from 4-7.45pm.

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St Valentine's Day - sites for Catholic singles
St Valentine's Day - sites for Catholic singles

Today is the feast of St Valentine, traditionally the patron saint of courtship, engaged couples and happy marriages If you are a single Catholic of any age, and would like to make new friends or maybe meet someone special - you might just find them on one of these sites.

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Irish Bishop on St Valentine and importance of marriage preparation
Irish Bishop on St Valentine and importance of marriage preparation

The feast of St Valentine is being celebrated around the world today, not least at the Dublin church which houses a number of his relics. St Valentine is known as the patron saint of couples in love and Bishop Denis Nulty of Kildare and Leighlin on Tuesday blessed an engaged couple at the Shine to this Saint at the Carmelite Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, known to Dubliners as "Whitefriar Street". Bishop Nulty, who is President of Accord, the Irish Catholic Marriage Care Service, also launched on Tuesday the Accord 2016 figures for sacramental marriage preparation and for marriage and relationship counselling.

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 Salford: Parishioners fund full-time refugee sponsorship officer
Salford: Parishioners fund full-time refugee sponsorship officer

The generosity of parishioners in the Diocese of Salford now means the lead in the Community Sponsorship of Refugees pilot by St Monica's parish has been offered a full-time position to expand the scheme to other parishes. Sean Ryan, a parishioner at St Monica's Flixton, led a 25-strong team in welcoming the second ever Syrian family to be resettled in the UK under the Government's Community Sponsorship scheme, which allows parishes to host refugee families. He has since been working hard to roll-out the scheme to other parishes in the North-West,

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Birmingham Faith Leaders meet Israeli Ambassador
Birmingham Faith Leaders meet Israeli Ambassador

The Birmingham Faith Leaders Group met with Israel's Ambassador to the United Kingdom last Wednesday 8 February 2017. The meeting with Ambassador Mark Regev took place at Singers Hill Synagogue, Birmingham. The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Longley said: "It was a good opportunity for us to consider some very difficult issues together and Ambassador Regev listened carefully to the concerns that were raised before offering a considered response. We touched upon the two-state solution to the current impasse between Israel and Palestine;

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Cardinal Nichols urges Government to keep pledge on lone child refugees
Cardinal Nichols urges Government to keep pledge on lone child refugees

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, today added his voice to appeals urging the government not to backtrack on its pledge to take in 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees. The Archbishop of Canterbury and all the major aid agencies have appealed to the government not to abandon the Dubs scheme for refugee children. A petition to Theresa May has attracted more than 43,000 signatures. In his statement, Cardinal Nichols said: "By repealing Art. 67 of the Immigration Act 2016, known as the Dubs Amendment, the Government is seen by many as abandoning its statutory and

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Birmingham: Jubilarians celebrated at Day for Religious
Birmingham: Jubilarians celebrated at Day for Religious

St Chad's Cathedral saw the annual celebration of the Mass for Religious on 4 February and around 120 religious were present. These included four sisters celebrating jubilees: Sr Joanna Currie OP and Sr Monica Mary LSOP celebrating their Golden Jubilees; Sr Teresa De Maria Gomez, Hospitallers of the Sacred Heart, and Sr Joseph Wallace LSOP their Diamond Jubilees. Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham, was the Principal celebrant and preacher. Concelebrating with Archbishop Longley was Fr Stephen Wright, Episcopal Vicar for Religious, and others priests of the diocese

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Diocese of Westminster launches 'Called to Serve the Sick'
Diocese of Westminster launches 'Called to Serve the Sick'

The Diocese of Westminster has today launched 'Called to Serve the Sick', a season of focus on the sick and the obligation to care for them and their families. It is intended to be a time to become more aware of the Christian attitude to sickness and suffering and to remind both ill and able-bodied that the sick are important members of our community. The season began today with the Mass in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes on the World Day of Prayer for the Sick and will continue until the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes, which begins on 23 July.

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Canterbury Cathedral unveils new 19ft high medieval-style window
Canterbury Cathedral unveils new 19ft high medieval-style window

Stained glass experts at Canterbury Cathedral have just finished work on a magnificent 19ft high medieval-style window, described as one of their most challenging commissions for many years. The window has been created for a church in Dallas, Texas but before jetting off to the States panels from the window is on public display in the Treasury area of the Cathedral Crypt from now until until 22 February. The Cathedral's team of glaziers has been working on the window, which is based on Canterbury's Redemption window in the Corona,

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 UK failing to protect refugee children, say Catholic agencies
UK failing to protect refugee children, say Catholic agencies

The UK is failing in its responsibility to protect some of the world's most vulnerable people, say Catholic agencies CAFOD and CSAN, following an announcement from the UK Government that it is cancelling plans to bring 3,000 refugee children to the UK as part of the Dubs Amendment scheme. Bishop Paul McAleenan, who has responsibility for migration within the Catholic Bishops' Conference, said: "The entire international community has a duty to protect refugees, especially unaccompanied children who are often most vulnerable to exploitation or trafficking.

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    Racial Justice Sunday
Racial Justice Sunday

On 12 February 2017, the Catholic Church in England and Wales will be celebrating Racial Justice Sunday. This year the theme is 'Our Community'. This annual day of celebration aims to raise awareness of the responsibility of the Catholic Church to eradicate racial discrimination in all its forms within the church and wider society. We call upon all Catholics - lay, religious and ordained - to promote and celebrate our communities wherever we worship, work and live.

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Archbishop of Canterbury's statement on child refugees
Archbishop of Canterbury's statement on child refugees

"I was saddened and shocked to read in the Ministerial statement released yesterday that only 350 children will be received under the regulations in the Dubs Amendment. Our country has a great history of welcoming those in need, particularly the most vulnerable, such as unaccompanied children. Refugees, like all people, are treasured human beings made in the image of God who deserve safety, freedom and the opportunity to flourish. Jesus commands us to care for the most vulnerable among us:

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London: Dates for your diary - St Joseph's Hospice Lenten Lectures
London: Dates for your diary - St Joseph's Hospice Lenten Lectures

St Joseph's Hospice Hackney has just announced an exciting line up of speakers for this year's Lenten Lectures. The theme is 'Service of the Poor Today'. Speakers will include the Archbishop of Birmingham, Archbishop Bernard Longley, Westminster Bishop Paul McAleenan, General Secretary of Pax Christi Pat Gaffney, ecofeminist liberation theologian Prof Mary Grey, Stuart McDonald SNP member and Meg Hiller, Labour MP. All lectures will take place at St Joseph's Hospice in Mare St, Hackney, London E8 4SA, starting at 2pm and finishing at 2.45pm.

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UK government backtracks on promise to take child refugees
UK government backtracks on promise to take child refugees

On the International day of Prayer and Awareness of Human Trafficking, the British government announced that it was closing a scheme to take in 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees - after accepting just 350 children. Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill said local authorities only "have capacity for around 400 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children until the end of this financial year" and said the country should be "proud" of its contribution to finding homes for refugees. So far only 200 of those children have been found homes in the UK. Another 150 are due to be placed this year.

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Jewish charity urges PM not to withdraw UK from European Convention on Human Rights
Jewish charity urges PM not to withdraw UK from European Convention on Human Rights

The Jewish human rights charity René Cassin is urging Theresa May to abandon plans to withdraw the UK from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). In an open letter to the Prime Minister covered in the Jewish Chronicle today, Mia Hasenson-Gross, Director of René Cassin, argues that: • International human rights treaties - like the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the ECHR - were developed in response to the atrocities committed by the Nazis • The ECHR is both British and Conservative in origin - it was advocated by Winston Churchill

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National Marriage Week and New Guidelines for Marriage Preparation
National Marriage Week and New Guidelines for Marriage Preparation

National Marriage Week from 7-14th February 2017 - celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The week's aim is to draw attention to the value of marriage, for individuals, family life and civil society. Everyone is invited to take part in the celebration - not just those who are married - because marriage and family life, as the place where we learn to love and live well with others, and support each other through thick and thin, in spite of our differences, is the basic building block for stability in society, and as such holds deep significance for everyone.

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Southampton: AoS supports crew held in port for three months without pay
Southampton: AoS supports crew held in port for three months without pay

Seafarers on board a ship held at Fawley Port, Southampton, were found to be without warm clothing for days and their wages unpaid for three months. The chemical tanker, Sea Emperor, was detained by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on January 28, after it was found to have various equipment deficiencies. There was also a lack of cleaning products on board. Peter Morgan, assistant port chaplain for Southern Ports from the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) visited the ship to offer the crew assistance, after a seafarer contacted the International Transport Workers Federation.

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Southwark: St George's Cathedral to commemorate Reformation with Catholic-Lutheran prayer service
Southwark: St George's Cathedral to commemorate Reformation with Catholic-Lutheran prayer service

During 2017, Catholics and Lutherans are commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by reflecting on 50 years of official worldwide ecumenical dialogue and building on the communion that we share. A joint Catholic-Lutheran Common Prayer Service will be taking place at St George's Cathedral, Southwark on Sunday 26 March 2017 at 3pm. Preachers will be the Most Rev Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham and the Rt Revd Martin Lind, Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain.

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Westminster parishes encouraged to join refugee sponsorship scheme
Westminster parishes encouraged to join refugee sponsorship scheme

Caritas Westminster and Capital Mass held an information evening on 1 February, to encourage more parishes and groups and to become involved in the Community Sponsorship Scheme. Following the recent Home Office appeal to churches to help integrate refugees, the evening was designed to offer practical advice and support in a bid to encourage greater participation. The evening was opened by Rt Rev Paul MacAleenan, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster and Bishop for Migration, who stressed the importance of community, and how it is integral to faith.

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