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 Cardinal Nichols urges faithful to offer the sick pastoral and spiritual care
Cardinal Nichols urges faithful to offer the sick pastoral and spiritual care

In a pastoral letter being read in parishes throughout the Diocese of Westminster today, the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 26th February, His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols urges the faithful not just to hand the sick over to professional care, but to offer them pastoral and spiritual care in their communities. He reflects on the diocesan season of prayer entitled 'Called to Serve the Sick' which is intended as a continuation of the Year of Mercy. Introducing this season, which began with Mass in honour of

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Cardinal Vincent sends birthday greetings to Dalai Lama
Cardinal Vincent sends birthday greetings to Dalai Lama

It is a joy and a privilege to offer my greetings and good wishes to the Dalai Lama on the occasion of his 80th birthday and, at the same time to congratulate the Buddhist Society on their 90th anniversary. I do this on behalf of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Church's groundbreaking teaching document, Nostra Aetate which ushered in a new era of friendship and dialogue with members of other religions. During that time the Dalai Lama has been a key partner in this dialogue.

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Cardinal Nichols sends message of support to  London-Paris Peace Cycle
Cardinal Nichols sends message of support to London-Paris Peace Cycle

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, has sent a message of support to the Westminster J&P Peace Cycle which sets off from Westminster Cathedral on Saturday morning. Fifteen intrepid cyclists including two parish priests, students, pensioners and the not-so-old will set off on Phase 1 of the London-Paris Pilgrimage for the Climate at 10am on August 29th, heading for Newhaven, to spread awareness of the UN Paris Climate talks, COP 21, later in the year. Come and show your support! A keen cyclist himself, in 2004, when Cardinal Vincent was Archbishop of Birmingham he

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Cardinal  Nichols invites parishes to join new national network of prayer
Cardinal Nichols invites parishes to join new national network of prayer

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has made a video appeal to Catholic parishes across England and Wales to join, a new national network of prayer for the work of evangelisation on 11 July. The date is significant because it is the same day that representatives from across England and Wales will gather in Birmingham for the Proclaim '15: National Catholic Evangelisation Conference, which is the first event of its kind in a generation. Speaking from his private chapel at Archbishop's House in Westminster, Cardinal Vincent said: "In the Church at this time we're really trying to reinvigorate the way

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Tributes to Jim Dobbin MP
Tributes to Jim Dobbin MP

Tributes have been pouring to Jim Dobbin, Labour MP for Heywood and Middleton, who died suddenly on Sunday while on a visit to Poland. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President, Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. "On behalf of the Catholic community, I express profound sorrow at the unexpected death of Jim Dobbin MP on his recent trip to Poland. I share with many a deep sense of loss at his death. "First thoughts are with his widow and family. I assure Mrs Pat Dobbin of my prayers for her beloved husband 

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Archbishop Vincent Nichols condemns welfare cuts
Archbishop Vincent Nichols condemns welfare cuts
Cardinal-designate Archbishop Vincent Nichols today condemned the UK Government's austerity programme as a ‘disgrace’, leaving increasing numbers of people to face “hunger and destitution”.  In a hard-hitting interview published in the Telegraph this morning, the Archbishop of Westminster said that while the need to reduce spending on benefits is widely accepted, the Government’s reforms have now destroyed even the “basic safety net
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Archbishop Vincent Nichols: prayers  for South Sudan
Archbishop Vincent Nichols: prayers for South Sudan

Cardinal-elect Archbishop Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, has written to His Eminence Cardinal Gabriel Zubayr Wako, Archbishop of Khartoum, to echo the call for peace in South Sudan. Clashes in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, erupted just before Christmas. The violence has left thousands dead and displaced hundreds of thousands more. Writing on behalf of the Bishops of England and Wales 

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Mass of Thanksgiving for re-opening of ecclesiastical faculties at Heythrop
Mass of Thanksgiving for re-opening of ecclesiastical faculties at Heythrop
A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated by Archbishop Vincent Nichols in the Maria Assumpta Chapel, in Kensington Square, London, last night (20 January 2014) to mark the re-activation of the ecclesiastical faculties of theology and philosophy, together known as the Bellarmine Institute. The Institute is a specialist centre of professional study, teaching and research at Heythrop College, University of London. The 30 concelebrants included Archbishop Kevin McDonald and Bishop-elect Mark O’Toole,
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Archbishop Nichols brands government immigration targets
Archbishop Nichols brands government immigration targets "inhumane"
Archbishop Vincent Nichols has branded the government's pursuit of immigration targets as "inhumane" and warned that the rules preventing foreign spouses of UK citizens from settling here are damaging the development of thousands of British children. In a rare political intervention, the Archbishop of Westminster, urged the government to change a policy introduced last summer that prevents British people living with spouses who come from outside the EU unless they can show an annual income of at least £18,600, well above the £12,855 minimum wage.
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Westminster: New House of Formation established in Diocesan Seminary
Westminster: New House of Formation established in Diocesan Seminary
Agreement has been reached between the Diocese of Westminster and the Neocatechumenal Way formally to establish the Redemptoris Mater House as a House of Formation within the structure of Allen Hall. In a statement, the Diocese said: "After more than two years of cooperation between the Neocatechumenal Way and our Diocesan Seminary at Allen Hall, formal agreements governing this growing cooperation have been signed by Archbishop Vincent Nichols and Kiko Arguello in the presence of the other leaders of the Neo Catechumenal Way.
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London: Celebrating Sisters of Mercy at Providence Row
London: Celebrating Sisters of Mercy at Providence Row
Providence Row in east London held a celebration of the Sisters of Mercy event on Tuesday, to commemorate their work and huge contribution to the charity. The Sisters founded Providence Row in 1860 with Father Daniel Gilbert and they continued to run it until 1988. The Archbishop of Westminster, Most Rev Vincent Nichols led a service which gave thanks to the work of the Sisters and Providence Row. During the service he reflected on the charity’s approach to seeing those who use the centre as people with problems, not problem people.
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First-ever prayer & activity book for children in hospital
First-ever prayer & activity book for children in hospital
My Hospital Prayer and Activity Book - the first-ever hospital prayer and activity book for children was launched at a reception last week in the presence of Archbishop Vincent Nichols. Written by Fr Peter-Michael Scott, who has many years experience working as a hospital chaplain in London, the book is a lively mix of stories from the Bible and lives of Saints, games, Sacramental preparation, prayers, games, puzzles and activities. Archbishop Vincent thanked Fr Peter for the book, saying: "I will keep this for the day I have to go into hospital. I suspect it will appeal to the child in all of us."
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Bishop John Arnold visits areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan (+ blog)
Bishop John Arnold visits areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan (+ blog)
Bishop John Arnold is visiting the devastation wrought by typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines between 1-6 December. He was asked to go on behalf of Archbishop Vincent Nichols, to show solidarity in a time of distress and also represent in some way the 120,000 Filipinos in Britain. He is joined by Matthew Carter, Humanitarian Director at CAFOD and Jim Murphy MP, who was involved in helping to bring the injured out of the pub in Glasgow following the tragedy of the helicopter crash on 30 November.
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New ethnic chaplain coordinators appointed for England & Wales
New ethnic chaplain coordinators appointed for England & Wales
Archbishop Vincent Nichols has appointed Fr Thomas Parayadyil MST as National Coordinator for the Syro-Malabar Catholic Chaplains and Fr Antonio Serra as the National Coordinator for Chaplains to the Mission for Italian Catholics for England and Wales. Fr Thomas Parayadyil was born on 16 March 1949 at Thidanad, Kerala. After school education he joined the minor seminary in 1964 and was ordained a priest for the Missionary Society of St Thomas the Apostle, Melampara, Kerala, India on 19 December 1973.
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Bishops appeal for prayers and support for Philippines
Bishops appeal for prayers and support for Philippines
Bishops of England and Wales, at this week's Bishops' Conference plenary, called for prayers to be offered for the people of the Philippines, following the intense storm last weekend. Early indications are that over 10,000 people have died and over 10 million affected by Typhoon Haiyan, with up to a million made homeless. Mass will be offered for the Philippines and the Filipino community in this country at Westminster Cathedral at 1730 on Friday 15 November. Aid agencies predict humanitarian needs will increase as the devastation becomes apparent in more remote areas.
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'Many Streams - One River' -  first UK gathering of New Movements
'Many Streams - One River' - first UK gathering of New Movements
History was made on Saturday when 1,600 members of more than 20 new ecclesial movements and communities from around the UK, gathered together at Methodist Central Hall Westminster for a day-long conference entitled 'Many Streams - One River'. The event came less than five months after the world meeting of ecclesial movements and communities with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Pentecost Sunday. Participants on the day - described as 'An A-Z of new life in the Church' included:
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Walsingham: seminarians called to be missionary disciples
Walsingham: seminarians called to be missionary disciples
The Bishops of England and Wales met with seminarians and staff from across the country at Walsingham on Saturday 14 September. The meeting followed similar meetings in 2010 at Oscott College during the Pope's State Visit to the UK and on the anniversary of that visit in 2011 at Westminster Cathedral. In his homily the Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols emphasised the need for missionary discipleship as the fundamental vocation of all priests.
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Peter Jennings RIP
Peter Jennings RIP
The well-known Catholic journalist, writer, broadcaster and Press Secretary to the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, died on Tuesday 10 September after a brave battle against illness. Our prayers and sympathy are with his wife Stella and their children, Sarah – whom Peter proudly recently gave away in marriage and Joseph their son. Besides his other work, Peter was a regular contributor to ICN and wrote his last story for us days before he died.
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President Abbas discusses plight of Holy Land Christians with Archbishop Vincent Nichols
President Abbas discusses plight of Holy Land Christians with Archbishop Vincent Nichols
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Archbishop Vincent Nichols today in London to discuss the urgent need for progress on the peace process and the importance of the continuing support of the Church in England and Wales for all in the Holy Land. President Abbas said that the presence of Christians in the Holy Land was vital as they are not viewed as a minority but an integral part of the Palestinian community. He thanked the Church in this country for its work in supporting a peaceful solution
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UK church leaders voice concern after killings in Iraqi refugee camp
UK church leaders voice concern after killings in Iraqi refugee camp
There has been widespread condemnation by church leaders and aid organisations after more than 52 Iranian refugees were killed on Sunday at Camp Ashraf in Iraq. The Mujahideen-e Khalq group accuse the Iraqi army of attacking the camp, but officials deny that any soldiers had gone there. The UN mission in Iraq has called on Iraqi officials to ensure security for residents at the camp and urged an end to the violence so medical help could reach the wounded.
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Thousands of UK & Irish pilgrims visit Lourdes
Thousands of UK & Irish pilgrims visit Lourdes
More than 7,000 pilgrims from the UK and Ireland visited Lourdes in July, just weeks after devastating floods inundated the the region, wrecking bridges and swamping roads and buildings with mud. Thanks to a massive clean-up operation by hundreds of volunteer helpers, Masses were resumed at the Grotto within two days of the flood and the entire Domain was open to pilgrims days afterwards. While the Underground Basilica, a footbridge and several hotels are still out of use,
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Aylesford Priory hosts WYD@Home
Aylesford Priory hosts WYD@Home
In the spirit of Pope Francis “I hope there will be noise” nearly 1,000 young adults gathered with the Carmelite community at Aylesford Priory for WYD@Home as part of the annual Brightlights Festival, now in its 18th consecutive year serving young people and the church in its mission of evangelisation. This four day event commenced on Friday with Born for This a dramatic and moving production of the Stations of the Cross through the grounds and gardens of the Priory.
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Lourdes pilgrimages continue - Archbishop launches flood appeal
Lourdes pilgrimages continue - Archbishop launches flood appeal
Pilgrims from more than a dozen dioceses in the UK and Ireland will be visiting Lourdes this month - just weeks after the town was hit by devastating floods. Some of the Mass venues and several of the hotels along the river usually used by the groups are still closed, but organisers have found alternative accommodation for all pilgrims. Westminster Pilgrimage Director Fr Denis Touw, together with Gerald Daly, Assistant Director and Bernard Lavery, President d'Hospitalite, visited Lourdes ten days after the floods.
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Bishops of England and Wales call for prayers for Syria
Bishops of England and Wales call for prayers for Syria
Archbishop Vincent Nichols, president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and Bishop Declan Lang, chair of the international affairs committee for the Conference, today called on all Catholics to offer prayers, and to offer practical support wherever possible, for all those affected by the conflict in Syria. In the statement the Bishops said: “Please pray for those involved in humanitarian aid, that access will be granted so that help can reach those most in need. Please pray for political leaders and their advisors, that the postponed Geneva 2 summit
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Westminster: Catholic Church voices concern over latest welfare cuts
Westminster: Catholic Church voices concern over latest welfare cuts
Following today’s Comprehensive Spending Review, CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network), the social action arm of the Catholic Church has voiced concerns about the proposed changes on some of the most vulnerable and marginalised households in the UK. Commenting CSAN’s Public Affairs Officer, Liam Allmark said: “We welcome the Government’s commitment to preserve funding for the pupil premium, which is a vital resource for many children living in poverty. However, we have real concerns about other announcements including the cap on welfare spending,
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Archbishop Vincent Nichols meets families in crisis at Cardinal Hume Centre
Archbishop Vincent Nichols meets families in crisis at Cardinal Hume Centre
The Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, visited the Cardinal Hume Centre on his way to address a civil society summit in London today (Wednesday June 19). Archbishop Nichols, patron of the Centre in Victoria, met with families to discuss the difficulties they face in today’s economic climate. He shared with them the points he would be making at the Summit on the importance of family values and how families are the building blocks of a stable society.
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Archbishop Nichols – Catholics must not  'shy away' from public debate
Archbishop Nichols – Catholics must not 'shy away' from public debate
On the day that figures revealed one in five children in the UK live in absolute poverty, Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Roman Catholic Archbishop for Westminster stated that society’s “moral insistence is to attend first to those who are most vulnerable, and at present that includes rising numbers of children”. In his address to a seminal conference organised by CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network), the social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales specifically aimed at strengthening the Church’s response to rising domestic levels of poverty,
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Archbishop Nichols to address civil society leaders at Citizens UK summit
Archbishop Nichols to address civil society leaders at Citizens UK summit
Archbishop Vincent Nichols, will address Britain's faith, education and third sector leaders at a civil society summit hosted by Citizens UK. The Planning Ahead for a Generation summit takes place next Wednesday 19 June at Queen Mary, University of London. Archbishop Nichols' speech will initiate a discussion with faith and civic leaders about how their respective national networks can work together to address shared concerns, building towards a coordinated effort to influence the next General Election.
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Archbishop Vincent Nichols signs up to Change a Life
Archbishop Vincent Nichols signs up to Change a Life
As times get tougher for people living on the edge, the Archbishop of Westminster is backing a new campaign which celebrates how those very same people can beat the odds and turn their lives around with tailored, non-judgmental support. Change a Life is a new initiative being launched this week by the Cardinal Hume Centre aimed at bringing residents and businesses in Westminster, Victoria and Pimlico together to change the lives of people in danger of falling over the edge into desperate poverty.
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Meeting between Black Pentecostal Churches and Catholic Church in England & Wales
Meeting between Black Pentecostal Churches and Catholic Church in England & Wales
An initial conversation took place between the Church Leaders of the Black Pentecostal Churches and the Catholic Church in England and Wales on Tuesday 21 May 2013 at the offices of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales in London. The eleven Bishops and Senior Pastors of the Black Pentecostal Churches were led by Bishop Joe Aldred and the seven representatives of the Catholic Church by Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.
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Archbishops urge Parliament to 'think again' on  Same Sex Marriage Bill
Archbishops urge Parliament to 'think again' on Same Sex Marriage Bill
"We urge members of the House of Commons to think again about the long-term consequences of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in deciding how to vote at the report stage and third reading debates next week (20-21 May). "Many people within and beyond the faith communities deeply believe that the state should not seek to change the fundamental meaning of marriage. This proposed change in the law is far more profound than first appears.
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London: EU Bishops meet to discuss Christian-Muslim relations
London: EU Bishops meet to discuss Christian-Muslim relations
The Council of Bishops' Conferences of Europe (CCEE) will be meeting in London from 1-3 May to discuss Christian-Muslim relations. Chaired by Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, Archbishop of Bordeaux, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue will be a keynote speaker. Archbishop Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales will be in attendance and will celebrate Mass for the delegates at Westminster Cathedral on the second day of the conference.
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World Day of Prayer for Vocations
World Day of Prayer for Vocations
The 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood and the Consecrated Life will to be held this Sunday, 21 April. The day is also called Good Shepherd Sunday which derives from the Gospel reading taken from John’s Gospel in which Christ is called the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep. Westminster Diocese currently has 40 men studying for the Priesthood, the highest number for many years, with four candidates accepted to join in September. On 29 June 2013, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, will ordain eight men as Priests of the Diocese.
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Archbishop Nichols joins faith leaders’ call for action on global poverty
Archbishop Nichols joins faith leaders’ call for action on global poverty
Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Justin Welby and Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow, joined more than 60 religious leaders from across the G8 countries, have called on Heads of Government to follow the UK in fulfilling existing commitments to spend 0.7% of national income on aid, in a letter to the Financial Times. They point out that from Friday 5 April, 1000 days remain to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline.
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Text: Archbishop Vincent Nichols on Maundy Thursday at Westminster Cathedral
Text: Archbishop Vincent Nichols on Maundy Thursday at Westminster Cathedral
The depth and beauty of the Feast we celebrate this evening is well expressed in the phrases of the opening prayer. The moment which we live again in this liturgy is described there as Christ giving to us, the Church, ‘a sacrifice new for all eternity, the banquet of his love.’ This is the single reality we celebrate tonight: the gift of the total love of Jesus for us, His Body and His Blood, a love flowing from the deepest reality, from the very being of God, which Jesus, the Son of God, makes visible in our midst.
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Text: Archbishop Nichols at Mass of Thanksgiving for election of Pope Francis
Text: Archbishop Nichols at Mass of Thanksgiving for election of Pope Francis
What great joy we all felt when, not long after 6pm yesterday evening, the white smoke swirled into the night air, ascending high above the huge crowd gathered in St Peter’s Square. We have a new pope! We have a father! A time of waiting followed. Filled with a sense of excited expectation we wondered: who’s been elected? Of course, in one very important sense it didn’t really matter who had been chosen as our pope. At his last address to the College of Cardinals, having no idea who would be elected, Pope Benedict promised “unconditional
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St Paul’s debates: City and the Common Good
St Paul’s debates: City and the Common Good
A series of debates under the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral starting next month, will look at the financial heart of the UK and ask: ‘The City and the Common Good: What kind of City do we want?’. Following a widely discussed 2011 report ‘Value and Values: Perceptions of Ethics in the City Today’ which surveyed over 500 financial sector professionals, the three debates in April, May and June will explore the theme under the headings: Good People, Good Money and Good Banks.
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A Conclave for all: Letter from Archbishop Nichols
A Conclave for all: Letter from Archbishop Nichols
... Shortly the Cardinals of the Catholic Church will assemble in the Conclave to choose the next Bishop of Rome, who will replace Benedict XVI as Pope and Successor of St Peter. Much is made of who will and who won't be present in that Conclave. Some voices are raised to complain that 'Britain does not have a voice.' But if we understand correctly the nature of the Church and of the Conclave then we know that is not the true or full story. The full story, or account, of the Church is that it is, most profoundly, a spiritual reality.
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Catholic Archbishops' statement on government response to same sex marriage consultation
Catholic Archbishops' statement on government response to same sex marriage consultation
Archbishop Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Peter Smith have issued the following statement this afternoon on the government response to the same sex marriage consultation. The meaning of marriage matters. It derives that meaning from its function as the foundation of the family. The union of one man and one woman for love and mutual support and open to procreation has over the centuries formed a stable unit we call the family. Marriage is the enduring public recognition of this commitment and has been rightly recognised as unique and worthy of legal protection.
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Archbishop Nichols calls for reform of UK care system
Archbishop Nichols calls for reform of UK care system
In a speech to Parliamentarians and representatives of Catholic charities yesterday, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols- Archbishop of Westminster, today emphasised the urgency and importance of reforming the UK's care system. Addressing the annual Caritas Social Action Network reception in the House of Commons, Archbishop Nichols said: "Perhaps one of the most important areas currently under consideration here is how we care for older and disabled people: a fundamental test of any civilised society.
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Southwark: Hundred Days of Peace Legacy celebration
Southwark: Hundred Days of Peace Legacy celebration
Hundreds gathered at St George's Cathedral, in South London on Sunday for the closing Mass to celebrate the success of the 100 Days of Peace Legacy, a joint project of the Dioceses of Brentwood, Southwark and Westminster with Pax Christi, CAFOD and others. Among the congregation were five London mayors and the Brazillian ambassador. During his homily, Mgr John Armitage spoke of the strong human desire for peace whether it be among the people of Aleppo or parents of children murdered on our streets in London.
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Legacy Mass for 100 Days of Peace
Legacy Mass for 100 Days of Peace
Thousands of peace-making activities have taken place in support of the Olympic Truce for the London 2012 Games. The final event will be the Legacy Mass at St George's Cathedral, Southwark, this Sunday 28, October 2012 at 3pm. The Mass will be concelebrated by Archbishop Peter Smith (Southwark), Archbishop Vincent Nichols (Westminster), Bishop Luis Henrique (Rio de Janeiro) and Mgr John Armitage (Brentwood). It will be a bi-lingual Mass in English and Portuguese.
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Westminster: Faith Matters lecture series
Westminster: Faith Matters lecture series
Faith Matters: Westminster's Catholic Lecture Series returns on Tuesday evenings to address some of the questions people have on how to grow in knowledge and appreciation of the deposit of faith in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in dialogue with patterns of thought and living in our changing society. This series is the first of four dedicated to the Year of Faith and focusses on Part I of the Catechism of the Catholic Church - 'What is Faith and how do we believe?' The series will be introduced on 30 October with a talk given by Archbishop Vincent Nichols
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'Pressmen cheer Pope'
'Pressmen cheer Pope'
“Pressmen Cheer The Pope” is the headline at the top of page 2 in The Universe and Catholic Times, of Friday, 19 October 1962, 50 years ago. The caption to the picture reads: “A general view of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican while Pope John addresses journalists.” The news story in the copy of the paper from my archives begins: “About a thousand journalists representing the world’s press tucked their notebooks under their arms and loudly cheered the Pope on Saturday when he entered the Sistine Chapel to speak to them.
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Archbishop Vincent Nichols addresses 'Better Business' conference
Archbishop Vincent Nichols addresses 'Better Business' conference
More than 200 people from the UK’s leading businesses met in London on Tuesday morning to search for a new blueprint for doing better business in Great Britain. The conference explored the themes of the business need for change, the inevitability of a conflict between profit maximisation and developing common good, and the distinctive practical contribution of a faith based ethical framework to personal and corporate responsibility. In a wide-ranging address entitled 'A Blueprint for Better Business?' Archbishop Vincent Nichols
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London: Mass of Thanksgiving for Paralympics
London: Mass of Thanksgiving for Paralympics
A special Mass of Thanksgiving for the achievements, inspiration and blessings of the Paralympic Games took place on Saturday, 8 September, at St George's Cathedral, Southwark. Archbishop Peter Smith presided and was joined by the other 'London' bishops: the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and Bishop Thomas McMahon of Brentwood. About 20 clergy and several hundred people from across London and beyond also attended.
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Thanksgiving Mass for Blessed Mother Teresa
Thanksgiving Mass for Blessed Mother Teresa

Archbishop Vincent Nichols was chief celebrant at a special Mass at Holy Apostles in Pimlico, central London yesterday, to mark the final day of a Novena to Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and her Feast Day. Priests and congregations from the Albanian, Neo-Catechuminate, Indian, Filipino, Brazilian and Polish Catholic communities, who had led Novena days, also took part in the Mass, together with members of the Missionaries of Charity, and the Loreto Sisters. The music was led by the Sacred Heart of Jesus RC school choir from Swaffham in Norfolk.

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Archbishop Nichols pays tribute to Mildred Nevile  MBE
Archbishop Nichols pays tribute to Mildred Nevile MBE
Learning of the death of Mildred Nevile, yesterday Sunday 2 September 2012, Archbishop Vincent Nichols made the following statement on behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales: “Mildred Neville's life was one of extraordinary faith, courage and dedication. As we mourn her death and pray for the repose of her soul, we thank God for the witness she gave and the work she did advocating the rights of the poor and challenging injustice internationally. Mildred's long life is an important part of the story of the Catholic Community and the application
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London: Royal Gala Dinner celebrates 'Faith in Sport'
London: Royal Gala Dinner celebrates 'Faith in Sport'
A Royal Gala Dinner celebrating 'Faith in Sport' was held at the historic Stationers’ Hall, close to St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London on 28 July. The event was hosted by the Order's Delegate for Great Britain and Ireland, HE Mr Anthony Bailey, and held in the presence of the Grand Master of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George, HRH Prince Carlo of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro, and his wife, HRH Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro. The Guest Speaker was Archbishop Vincent Nichols
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Archbishop Nichols at Olympic Mass, Westminster Cathedral
Archbishop Nichols at Olympic Mass, Westminster Cathedral
The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols gave the following homily at the Mass in celebration of the 30th Olympic Games yesterday. Many words have been spoken and written about these great Games, which are now underway. Many more will follow, but only a few from me this afternoon. Actions speak louder than words. And our actions, in gathering here for this Mass, are eloquent. We are asking God’s blessing on this great venture: that it may be conducted in safety;
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Faith leaders welcome Olympic teams to London
Faith leaders welcome Olympic teams to London
As one of the London Church Leaders, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of the Diocese of Westminster added his voice to those of other Christian leaders and leaders of different faiths in the capital in a statement welcomeing athletes and officials to the 2012 Games: We believe every human being to be ultimately a pilgrim in search of truth, goodness and the fulfillment of potential. When this pilgrimage is lived out authentically, it opens the path to dialogue with the other, excluding no one while committing everyone to building a fraternity of peace.
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Three new Permanent Deacons for Westminster
Three new Permanent Deacons for Westminster
On Saturday 21 July 2012 Archbishop Vincent Nichols ordained three new permanent deacons for the Diocese of Westminster, Anthony Curran, Nick Agule and Brian McMahon. In his Homily the Archbishop of Westminster reminded those present that 'proclaiming the Gospel is our calling and privilege', and said that as deacons the men being ordained would play a 'pivotal role' in the New Evangelization. Archbishop Vincent Nichols affirmed that: "The deaconate is vital to the Churches proclamation of hope
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Thailand: malnutrition reaches epidemic levels in Burmese refugee camps
Thailand: malnutrition reaches epidemic levels in Burmese refugee camps
While there has been much celebration in the media recently about the release of Aung Sang Suu Kyi and her return to politics in Burma, the plight of up to three million Burmese refugees in Thailand has received little attention. In recent months aid agencies report that one third of these are children, and many of them are now suffering malnutrition at epidemic levels. In the Mae Sot area, community organisations are in touch with more than 100 schools.
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Thailand: school offers hope to refugee children
Thailand: school offers hope to refugee children
Along a hot dusty track some 30 kilometres outside the Thai-Burma town of Mae Sot some 120 children make the most of their surroundings – an improvised football goal on hard, bumpy ground; cramped living conditions in dark boarding houses, scruffy outbuildings. This is Maw Taw Lu school. Being close to the border but inside Thailand, it is a safe and stable location for children inside Burma to be able to come over
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Westminster: hundreds of children gather for Good Shepherd Masses
Westminster: hundreds of children gather for Good Shepherd Masses
'Jesus, Light of the World' was the theme of this year's Good Shepherd Masses held at Westminster Cathedral on Tuesday 22 May. Archbishop Vincent Nichols was the chief celebrant at both Masses. Children and young adults participated by reading, exhuberant singing and serving on the altar. Pupils from  more than 60 schools took part in the services marking
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Westminster: Night of Witness for persecuted Christians
Westminster: Night of Witness for persecuted Christians
Aid to the Church in Need's 'Night of Witness' for persecuted Christians, takes place at Westminster Cathedral this Thursday, 17 May, from 4pm onwards. Pope Benedict XVI has said that "Religious freedom is the first of the human rights, for it expresses the most fundamental reality of the person". Such is the persecution of Christians in certain parts of the world, that we are now seeing the exodus of Christians
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How to reach non churchgoing Catholics?

A resource day to support ministry and outreach to non churchgoing Catholics takes place on Saturday 28 April 2012. Speakers will include Archbishop Vincent Nichols  and Bishop Richard Moth. The day is part of a national tour called ‘Crossing the Threshold’ - an initiative of the Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis, Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

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Olympic stamp of approval from Archbishop Nichols
Olympic stamp of approval from Archbishop Nichols
'Inspire a Generation' was revealed as the official motto for the London 2012 Olympic Games, by Lord Coe, Chairman of the Organising Committee (LOCOG) last Wednesday, just 100 days before the Opening Ceremony on Friday 27 July. Meanwhile, Archbishop Vincent Nichols has given his stamp of approval to the Isle of Man, London 2012 Olympic Games, £3 'cycling' miniature
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Flame Congress: Archbishop Vincent Nichols
Flame Congress: Archbishop Vincent Nichols
There’s a famous painting called ‘The Light of the World’. It shows Jesus holding a burning lamp, knocking on a closed door. At the first showing of the painting, the artist, Holman Hunt, when asked why the door had no handle, replied it was because the door on which Jesus knocks can be opened only from the inside. That door is the door of our hearts.
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Bishops send condolences on death of Pope Shenuda III
Bishops send condolences on death of Pope Shenuda III
Following the news of the death of His Holiness Pope Shenuda III, Head of the Coptic Orthodox Church on 17 March 2012, the Catholic Bishops Conference issued the following message. On behalf of Archbishop Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and Archbishop Bernard Longley, Chairman
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Archbishop Nichols to speak at University of Leicester
Archbishop Nichols to speak at University of Leicester
Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, will deliver the 2012 Sir Sigmund Sternberg Interfaith Lecture at the University of Leicester on Tuesday March 13. Entitled: 'The Journey to God and Faith Today', Archbishop Nichols will speak about four main topics: The sacredness of our world and how awareness of the sacred has fashioned so much of all that surrounds us;
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Archbishop Nichols: 'people of faith in UK can rejoice'
Archbishop Nichols: 'people of faith in UK can rejoice'
Speaking on his return from Rome today, Archbishop Vincent Nichols issued the following comments regarding this week's historic UK government delegation to the Holy See. The Archbishop said:  “It has been my privilege to accompany the delegation from Her Majesty’s Government to the Holy See, following the visit of Pope Benedict to the UK and marking the
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Archbishop Vincent Nichols on Radio 2’s Pause for Thought
Archbishop Vincent Nichols on Radio 2’s Pause for Thought
This morning (1 February), the Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols was on Radio 2’s ‘Pause for Thought’ with Chris Evans.  Below, you will find his Pause script: The other day, a rather famous author said that he would leave tweeting to the birds. I suppose I’m not that far behind him myself because I just cannot get the hang of all those abbreviations.
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Archbishop Nichols to give lecture on Jewish-Christian relations
Archbishop Nichols to give lecture on Jewish-Christian relations
Archbishop Vincent Nichols is to discuss Jewish - Christian Relations at a lecture hosted by the Woolf Institute, Cambridge on Wednesday, 8 February 2012. The lecture is expected to tackle issues of social responsibility and how faith communities can individually and jointly work towards a more humane, just and compassionate society.
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Catholic Bishops visit Olympic Park
Catholic Bishops visit Olympic Park
With six months to go before the Opening Ceremony of the XXX Olympiad, bishops from the three London dioceses visited the Olympic Park this week to see how 504 acres of wasteland in the East End of London has been transformed into a place of new life and immense beauty. At the invitation of Mgr John Armitage, chair of the Catholic 2012 Committee
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Archbishop Nichols to give talk on 'Prayer Today'
Archbishop Nichols to give talk on 'Prayer Today'
There will be a chance to see Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster this month, when he gives a talk entitled 'Prayer Today'  at Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue SW1  at 7.30pm on Thursday, 26 January.  Hosted by the Young Friends of Westminster Cathedral, all are warmly welcome to attend. Entry is £5 and light refreshments will follow.
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Downton Abbey creator takes leading role
Downton Abbey creator takes leading role
Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes has become Vice President of the Catholic Association of Performing Arts. The announcement was made during a special centenary dinner at Alan Hall in Chelsea. During the evening, Lord Fellowes said that Catholicism would be entering the storyline of his popular ITV series Downton Abbey at some point in the near
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Archbishops visit South Hampstead Synagogue
Archbishops visit South Hampstead Synagogue
Archbishop Vincent Nichols and  Archbishop Emeritus Kevin McDonald were guests at South Hampstead Synagogue on 4 December. They were given a very warm welcome, and during the evening, entitled:  'Israel, Jews and Civil Society' were interviewed by Rabbi Shlomo Levin on a range of subjects.
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London: faith leaders volunteer at Providence Row homeless centre
London: faith leaders volunteer at Providence Row homeless centre
Christian and Jewish leaders visited Providence Row homeless centre in London's East End yesterday, spending several hours working alongside the volunteers and clients - stacking shelves and cooking. Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, Rabbi Dr Tony Bayfield, from the Movement of
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Archbishop Nichols welcomes Vinnie Packs for street homeless
Archbishop Nichols welcomes Vinnie Packs for street homeless
The Archbishop of Westminster, The Most Rev Vincent Nichols has given his support to a practical scheme launched by the St Vincent de Paul Society,  to make the lives of people sleeping rough on the streets of London a little easier this winter. The 'Vinnie Pack', contains a woolly hat, gloves, socks, toiletries,
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Text: Archbishop Nichols on 'Future goals for inter-faith relations'
Text: Archbishop Nichols on 'Future goals for inter-faith relations'
Address by the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, at a conference on the theme 'The Future for Inter-Faith Relations', held at the University of Birmingham during a Day of Celebration and Thanksgiving to mark the Tenth Anniversary of the Birmingham Faith Leaders' Group, 12 September 2001 - 12 September 2011.
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Text: Archbishop Nichols Good Citizenship address
Text: Archbishop Nichols Good Citizenship address
In an address given to the Annual General Meeting of the Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster), The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster has said that work to support families and young people needs to be rooted in a proper understanding of the the true nature of every human being.Speaking at Westminster Cathedral Hall tonight, Archbishop Nichols said: “Every young person, said, is a spiritual being,
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London council brings in Sunday parking charges
London council brings in Sunday parking charges
Westminster City Council has voted to introduce  hefty parking charges on weekday evenings and Sunday afternoons in parts of central London - in spite of large protests,  letters, and a  3,000 strong petition from churches in the area, whose congregations and welfare projects for children, the homeless and elderly will be affected.
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 Archbishop Nichols voices concern over proposed welfare reforms
Archbishop Nichols voices concern over proposed welfare reforms
The Archbishop of Westminster has written to Work and Pensions Minister Iain Duncan Smith expressing his concern over the potential impact of new and planned government welfare policies on the most vulnerable members of society. In a strongly worded letter, Archbishop Vincent Nichols refers to the department's own figures which show 50,000 families losing £93 a week as a result of the welfare reforms.
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Cardinal and Archbishop attend Sister Wendy book launch
Cardinal and Archbishop attend Sister Wendy book launch
Sister Wendy Beckett, the art historian, writer and hermit, made a rare personal appearance at St Paul’s Bookshop in London last week for the launch of two new books: 'The Iconic Jesus' published by St Paul’s  and the 'Art of Saints' (Redemptorist Press). Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor and Archbishop Vincent Nichols were among the guests who came to meet her.
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Holy Land conference 're-thinking how we approach pilgrimage'
Holy Land conference 're-thinking how we approach pilgrimage'
A conference on Christians in the Holy Land, hosted for the first time, by Anglican and Catholic church leaders, Archbishop Rowan Williams and Archbishop Vincent Nichols, concluded yesterday.  Throughout the two-day event at Lambeth Palace, participants heard from Christian, Muslim and Jewish  religious and community leaders,
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Dr Hagopian speaks on plight of Christians in Holy Land
Dr Hagopian speaks on plight of Christians in Holy Land
Ahead of a major conference focusing on Christians in the Holy Land, Dr Harry Hagopian, the Bishops' advisor on the Middle East, discusses issues facing Christians in the region and ways in which people in this country can offer support. Jointly hosted Archbishop Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster the conference will take place at Lambeth Palace on 18-19 July.
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Four new priests for Westminster
Four new priests for Westminster
Four men were ordained as Catholic priests at Westminster Cathedral by Archbishop Vincent Nichols, on Saturday: Paulo Bagini, Andrew Connick, Andrew Gallagher and Graham Stokes. Paulo Bagini is originally from Brazil, and prepared for the priesthood for 12 years.
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LETTER: reader protests after tabloid misreports Anglican and Catholic leaders
I was standing in a shop in North London yesterday morning when I saw the Daily Mail headline about Archbishop Vincent Nichols' 'furious backlash' at comments made yesterday by the Anglican Church's Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.  There were references to Nichols' support for the policies of the current Westminster administration and a 'holy war' breaking out between the two.
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London: celebrations to mark reopening of St Patrick's, Soho Square
London: celebrations to mark reopening of St Patrick's, Soho Square
The long-awaited reopening of St Patrick's, Soho Square, this week,  will be marked with special Masses celebrated by Archbishop Vincent Nichols and Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Vespers presided over by Bishop James Conley of Denver, the premier of a new choral work by James MacMillan CBE and a private address by George Weigel.
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Vital work of Thai Children's Trust highlighted by Archbishop Nichols
Vital work of Thai Children's Trust highlighted by Archbishop Nichols
Archbishop Vincent Nichols, new Patron of the Thai Children's Trust,  hosted a fundraising reception in the Throne Room at Archbishop's House, Westminster, last night, Tuesday 18 May, to update friends and encourage new supporters about the vital work the Trust does to help very vulnerable children in Thailand.
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Archbishop Nichols warns 'Big Society' is failing
Archbishop Nichols warns 'Big Society' is failing
In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Archbishop Vincent Nichols has warned that the Big Society must not be used 'as a cloak for masking central cuts.' The Archbishop of Westminster criticised the Prime Minister's flagship policy as lacking 'teeth'. The archbishop has been one of the most prominent supporters of the Big Society,
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Jesuits confirm their mission 'for the life of the world'
Jesuits confirm their mission 'for the life of the world'
Some 180 Jesuits and 40 of their colleagues in schools, colleges, spirituality centres and pastoral work met last week for three days at the Hayes Conference Centre in Derbyshire. This was the biennial meeting of the British Province of the Society of Jesus, enriched by the presence of members from around 20 other provinces of the Society who are studying or working in Britain.
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Cardinal Pub petition - update
Cardinal Pub petition - update
Our petition to save the name of the Cardinal Pub has only been running for two days, but we have already had more than 300 signatures - including many distinguished names among them members of the House of Lords, Members of Parliament, bishops, priests, religious and academics. 
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National Mass in honour of Our Lady of Walsingham
National Mass in honour of Our Lady of Walsingham
The Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, will preside at a Solemn Mass on Saturday 26 March at 2pm, in Westminster Cathedral to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. The Mass marks the beginning of six months of celebrations ending on the Feast of our Lady of Walsingham on Saturday 24th September.
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Archbishop Nichols urges Catholics to engage with society
Archbishop Nichols urges Catholics to engage with society
A packed Brentwood Cathedral applauded an upbeat message from Archbishop Vincent Nichols at his Lenten lecture last Wednesday. Archbishop Vincent Nichols, told an audience of over 700 at Brentwood Cathedral this week that Christianity and the Catholic faith were "fundamental to what it is to be human".
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Archbishop urges Catholics not to eat meat on Fridays during Lent
Archbishop urges Catholics not to eat meat on Fridays during Lent
Catholics are to be urged to refrain from eating meat on Fridays through the season of Lent in a special Lenten Pastoral Letter from the Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols. The Pastoral Letter will be read out during Masses at the 214 Catholic churches
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Archbishop clarifies reports on Christian couple 'banned' from fostering
Archbishop clarifies reports on Christian couple 'banned' from fostering
Archbishop Vincent Nichols spoke out yesterday over the recent court case in which some media reported that a Christian couple had been banned from fostering children, because of their religious convictions concerning homosexuality. Speaking during a question and answer session after his lecture on religious freedom last night
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Archbishop expresses sadness at devastating NZ earthquake
Archbishop expresses sadness at devastating NZ earthquake
Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, President of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, has offered his prayers for the victims and those suffering in the aftermath of last week's devastating earthquake in New Zealand. In a letter to Archbishop John Drew, President of the country's Catholic Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Nichols said:
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Archbishop Nichols  on 'A Common Endeavour'
Archbishop Nichols on 'A Common Endeavour'
Archbishop Vincent Nichols gave an address at the Caritas Social Action Network conference entitled “A Common Endeavour” held in Liverpool on 1 February 2011. He reflected on the recent Papal Visit to England and the Pope's words of encouragment to the Bishops at Oscott College. Archbishop Nichols also announced the start of a 'major' Catholic Bishop's Conference initiative, a
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 Papal Visit Legacy Programme launched
Papal Visit Legacy Programme launched
A programme  entitled 'Some Definite Purpose' is being launched in dioceses throughout the UK to reflect on the legacy of last September's Papal Visit. A number of events and projects have been timetabled for 2011 and beyond, with the under six headings: ‘To know our purpose’, ‘To grow in confidence’, ‘
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Personal Ordinariate: CVs of three former Anglican bishops
Personal Ordinariate: CVs of three former Anglican bishops
History was made on Saturday when three former Anglican Bishops: Keith Newton, John Broadhurst, Andrew Burnham were  ordained to the Catholic priesthood by Archbishop Vincent Nichols, at  Westminster Cathedral. A brief Curriculum Vitae of each of them follows below.
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Three former Anglican bishops ordained as Catholic priests
Three former Anglican bishops ordained as Catholic priests
Three former Anglican Bishops, John Broadhurst, Andrew Burnham and Keith Newton, were  ordained to the Catholic priesthood by Archbishop Vincent Nichols, at  Westminster Cathedral this morning. The Cathedral was full to capacity for the two and a quarter hour service
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Archbishop Nichols statement on Ordination of Anglican Bishops, Personal Ordinariate
Archbishop Nichols statement on Ordination of Anglican Bishops, Personal Ordinariate
Archbishop Vincent Nichols President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has issued the following statement on the Ordination to Catholic Priesthood of three former Anglican bishops and the establishment in England and Wales of a Personal Ordinariate.
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Text: Archbishop Nichols praises 'prophetic vision' of first Disability Act
Text: Archbishop Nichols praises 'prophetic vision' of first Disability Act
Our Service today is a powerful recognition of the pioneering work of many people in the cause of those whose lives are marked with disabilities of various kinds or chronic sickness. Today, in particular, we think of the prophetic vision of Lord Morris who, in 1969, presented his clear and far-sighted vision of a society in which such disabilities or chronic sickness would no longer exclude people
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New website opens up Church's best kept secret
New website opens up Church's best kept secret
No it's not the launch of yet another Dan Brown novel but a new interactive resource that will bring Catholic Social Teaching to life. The launch of the LiveSimply website on Catholic Social Teaching on 29 November will mark the arrival of a valuable tool for schools, parishes and beyond. The site will provide a resource for people to work with in deepening their understanding of the faith.
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Church leaders welcome Royal Engagement
Church leaders welcome Royal Engagement
Archbishop Vincent Nichols,and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams have both expressed their happiness at the news of the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Lambeth Palace said Dr Williams was "delighted" at the news.
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Pope Benedict thanks Archbishop Nichols for  'fruitful' UK visit
Pope Benedict thanks Archbishop Nichols for 'fruitful' UK visit
Pope Benedict XVI has sent a personal letter of thanks to Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference England and Wales, in which he describes his visit to the United Kingdom last month as "fruitful" and "such a success" saying that the visit afforded "unprecedented opportunities...to build new relationships and to strengthen existing ones, including with representatives of other religions."
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Archbishop Nichols lecture at Brixton Prison
Archbishop Nichols lecture at Brixton Prison
Archbishop Vincent Nichols today delivered a lecture on why criminal justice matters to the Church, and how Christian communities can respond in a practical way to the questions of crime, justice and rehabilitation. The Archbishop was speaking from the chapel of Brixton prison, at an event organised in memory of Sir Harold Hood, prominent Catholic journalist and former Vice President of the charity, who died in 2005.
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Archbishop Nichols: 'Make your faith more visible'
Archbishop Nichols: 'Make your faith more visible'
Catholics are to be urged to make their faith more visible by regularly saying 'God bless you' and making the Sign of the Cross in their daily lives by The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.  The  encouragement to Catholics to be more ready to let their faith be  seen  will be made in a Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Vincent Nichols,
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Report on Pope's meeting with UK child protection experts
Report on Pope's meeting with UK child protection experts
When we knew that the Pope was visiting England and Wales, we suggested to him that he meet people who were involved in safeguarding within the Church because we knew that this was a high priority for him. The meeting took place at St Peter's Residence, Vauxhall on Saturday 18 September.
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Historic Welsh celebrations at Westminster Cathedral
Historic Welsh celebrations at Westminster Cathedral
As part of events to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of St John Roberts, a multi-faith service was held at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, attended by church leaders of all denominations. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams addressed the congregation in both English and Welsh. This was the first time the Welsh language was used in an official capacity within the walls of Westminster Cathedral.
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Bishops launch official Papal Visit  booklet and logo
Bishops launch official Papal Visit booklet and logo
Archbishop Vincent Nichols today launched "The Pope in the UK" booklet which will go out to parishes across England, Wales and Scotland. The booklet aims to answer some simple questions about the visit itself, the call of faith and its unfolding in daily life and the role of the Catholic Church. It is made up of ten questions, ranging from why the Pope is meeting the Queen to the contribution of the Catholic Church to British society
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Archbishops compare Newman, St Philip Neri
Archbishops compare Newman, St Philip Neri
The Archbishops of Westminster and Birmingham used the occasion of their homilies  on the Feast of St Philip Neri, last Wednesday, to compare the characteristics  of St Philip and Cardinal Newman.  Preaching at the London Oratory,  Archbishop Vincent Nichols said: "St Philip is known as a saint of great joy. Yet this was not a superficial joy."
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Prayers and collection to support Pope's UK visit
Prayers and collection to support Pope's UK visit
Later this month there will be prayers and a special collection in all parishes throughout England, Wales and Scotland to support Pope Benedict's visit to the UK. Prayer cards for the visit are being distributed to all parishioners at Mass on Pentecost Sunday (23 May).
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Archbishop Nichols on 'Why Media Matters'
Archbishop Nichols on 'Why Media Matters'
This is a pivotal moment in the life of our countries, as we stand on the verge of the General Election. So you will not be surprised if this is the focus on my brief talk this evening. We have been much occupied in the last four weeks or so with the campaign. In it the media has played a major part with its continuous report and instant analysis.
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Archbishop Nichols' comments on causes of poverty show great understanding, says Progressio
Archbishop Nichols' comments on causes of poverty show great understanding, says Progressio
Catholic international development charity Progressio today welcomes comments made by the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, who said that he understands why condoms are seen as an "attractive" option when considered in the context of developing world poverty.
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Mass for Archbishop Oscar Romero at Westminster Cathedral
Mass for Archbishop Oscar Romero at Westminster Cathedral
Archbishop Vincent Nichols celebrated a Mass  in honour of Archbishop Oscar Romero in Westminster Cathedral on Wednesday, to mark the 30th anniversary of the martyrdom of the former Archbishop of San Salvador.
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Archbishop Nichols urges people to vote
Archbishop Nichols urges people to vote
Archbishop Vincent Nichols has joined Premier Christian Media in encouraging people to vote in the up-coming UK General Election. Premier's campaign, Promise to Vote, seeks to get Christians to sign a declaration stating their intention to vote
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Archbishop Nichols on Pope's Letter to Irish Church
Archbishop Nichols on Pope's Letter to Irish Church
Archbishop Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales  has issued the following message  today, in response to Pope Benedict's letter to Catholics in Ireland. I welcome the strong leadership of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI in issuing this letter.
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Archbishop Nichols to deliver annual UCL lecture
Archbishop Nichols to deliver annual UCL lecture
Archbishop Vincent Nichols, will deliver this year’s University Catholic Lecture, at University College  London on Tuesday 23 March. The title of the lecture will be Faith in the Academy, and will consider some aspects of  Newman’s Idea of a University.  The Archbishop has been invited by UCLU Catholic Society. 
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Packed Cathedral bids farewell to Canon Pat Davies
Packed Cathedral bids farewell to Canon Pat Davies
The  front blocks of seats in Westminster Cathedral were full and the Order  of  Service booklets had ran out a good ten minutes before the funeral of Fr Pat  Davies started on Friday 26 February. He was clearly a well-loved  parish priest  in Westminster Diocese, as the presence of so many former  parishioners  testified.
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Archbishop Nichols on Anglican Constitution, migrants, secularism
Archbishop Nichols on Anglican Constitution, migrants, secularism
Archbishop Vincent Nichols spoke on Vatican Radio at the start of the 'Ad Limina' visit of Archbishops and Bishops from England and Wales to the Holy See this week. In the interview Archbishop Nichols talks about the role of migrants in the Catholic Church, secularism, the Anglican Constitution
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Archbishop Nichols: true happiness comes from family and community
Archbishop Nichols: true happiness comes from family and community
Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, will offer thanks for the unswerving love of God, who comes to be with us in the birth of Jesus, as he celebrates Christmas Midnight Mass tonight. The Midnight Mass will be televised live on BBC1.
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Archbishop of Westminster's Christmas Message
Archbishop of Westminster's Christmas Message
"As is the case for many people, for me this past year has been one of activity and change. Now, it is important to find the opportunity for stillness and reflection and to use this time of waiting as a time of preparation - for our hearts to turn to the Lord and welcome His presence into the World."
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Archbishop praises role  of religious orders in Church life
Archbishop praises role of religious orders in Church life
Archbishop  Vincent Nichols praised the contribution religious orders and congregations have made to the Church in England and Wales during a special Mass at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday,
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London: Towards Advent Festival
London: Towards Advent Festival
Towards Advent, the annual Festival of Catholic Culture, takes place this  Saturday,  14 November  at Westminster Cathedral Hall. The official opening  is at 10.30am with Archbishop Vincent Nichols and the Schola of the Cardinal Vaughan School.
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Archbishop Nichols praises multifaith work in Birmingham
Archbishop Nichols praises multifaith work in Birmingham
Archbishop Vincent Nichols has praised the way that Birmingham is leading the way in the creation of a vibrant multi-faith city. The Archbishop of Westminster commended the City, its faith leaders and Birmingham University,  during his speech at the 'Faiths for the City: Making A Difference',
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Roman Catholic Duty Priest  appointed to Houses of Parliament
Roman Catholic Duty Priest appointed to Houses of Parliament
Archbishop Vincent Nichols has announced the appointment of Canon Pat Browne as the Parliamentary Roman Catholic Duty Priest to the Houses of Parliament.  The appointment was made following requests from members of the Palace of Westminster for a Roman Catholic Priest to be available in a pastoral role.
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Archbishop Nichols says: 'the elderly are not a burden but a gift'
Archbishop Nichols says: 'the elderly are not a burden but a gift'
A major new report outlining services to older people provided by the Catholic community was released on Wednesday night at Archbishops House, Westminster,  by Caritas Social Action Network. The study explores the level and quality of care provision offered by the Catholic community to older people in England and Wales.
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Leading bankers study Pope's encyclical on social teaching
Leading bankers study Pope's encyclical on social teaching
A private seminar was held this morning at Schroders Bank to explore the relevance of the Pope's encyclical on social teaching, Caritas in Veritate, for the financial sector.The seminar was organised by Archbishop Vincent Nichols and brought together a number of leading figures in the City
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Pope Benedict establishes structure to enable Anglicans to enter Roman Catholic Church
Pope Benedict establishes structure to enable Anglicans to enter Roman Catholic Church
At joint press conferences held in Rome and London this morning, a canonical structure was announced that will provide for the establishment of Personal Ordinariates around the world, to allow former Anglicans to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church while preserving elements of Anglican liturgy.
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New publication for those considering priesthood
New publication for those considering priesthood
For every man considering his vocation in life, a new, free publication is now available in every Catholic senior school, university chaplaincy and diocese in England and Wales: ‘The Catholic Priest - Answering God’s Call’.  Its initial print-run is over 10,000 copies and demand is expected to be high. 
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Church at Venerable English College re-opened
Church at Venerable English College re-opened
A ceremony took place yesterday at the Venerable English College in Rome, to mark the re-opening of the newly-restored church. The English College trains students from England and Wales for the priesthood and is the oldest existing English institution in the world outside of the UK.
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Westminster bids farewell relics of St Thérèse
Westminster bids farewell relics of St Thérèse
A Mass of Farewell for the relics of St Thérèse was celebrated by Archbishop Vincent Nichols at Westminster Cathedral today (Thursday) marking the end of a one month tour of England and Wales. As the casket was carried out of the Cathedral, it was showered with rose petals.
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Relics of St Therese at Wormwood Scrubs prison
Relics of St Therese at Wormwood Scrubs prison
Archbishop Vincent Nichols celebrated Mass with around 100 inmates of Wormwood Scrubs prison, staff and guests in the presence of the relics of St Therese of Lisieux yesterday. Afterwards  prisoners were able to venerate the relics before returning to their wings in West London’s Category B prison. Two  prisoners served on the altar.
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Thousands greet relics of St Thérèse at Westminster Cathedral
Thousands greet relics of St Thérèse at Westminster Cathedral
The relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux arrived at Westminster Cathedral last night.  While a capitular Mass of Welcome was celebrated inside the Cathedral, thousands of people, many carrying roses, watched the service on a giant screen in the Piazza.
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Archbishop Nichols introduces film on St Therese
Archbishop Nichols introduces film on St Therese
Archbishop Vincent Nichols introduces a film about St Therese which is to be shown to pilgrims at Westminster Cathedral on a giant screen during the visit of the Relics to Westminster Cathedral.
 
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Pope Benedict to  visit  Britain
Pope Benedict to visit Britain
The Holy See is expected to announce soon that Pope Benedict XVI is to visit Britain next year. Prime Minister Gordon Brown extended a formal invitation to the Pope during a private audience in February. The Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales also sent him a formal invitation in 2007.
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Archbishop Nichols: daily prayer essential for our well-being
Archbishop Nichols: daily prayer essential for our well-being
In his first Pastoral Letter to the Diocese of Westminster this weekend,  Archbishop Vincent Nichols encourages Catholics to strengthen their faith through daily prayer, which he says is "central to the stability and fruitfulness of our lives." He holds up three people as examples of the truth that
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 Deacon Jack Sullivan - cured through intercession of Cardinal Newman - to visit England
Deacon Jack Sullivan - cured through intercession of Cardinal Newman - to visit England
Jack Sullivan, the American Permanent Deacon, who was miraculously cured of a serious spinal disorder through the intercession of Cardinal Newman, in August 2001, has accepted an invitation from Archbishop Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, to visit London, Birmingham and Oxford, during November.
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World’s largest missionary society re-launched as Missio
World’s largest missionary society re-launched as Missio
The world’s largest missionary society was re-launched as Missio in England & Wales last night. The event  was  marked by a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Vincent Nichols at Westminster Cathedral, followed by a reception in the Cathedral Hall with music performed by the Oduduwa Talking Drummers.
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Mass to celebrate birth of Missio
Mass to celebrate birth of Missio
This Wednesday, September 9, at Westminster Cathedral, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, will preside a Mass in honour of the Pontifical Mission Societies' official adoption of their new name: 'Missio'.
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Archbishop Vincent Nichols welcomes Westminster pilgrims to Lourdes
Archbishop Vincent Nichols welcomes Westminster pilgrims to Lourdes
Archbishop Vincent Nichols has today,( Monday), celebrated the opening Mass of the Diocese of Westminster's 2009 Pilgrimage to Lourdes in the Underground Basilica.   This is the first year Archbishop Vincent  has led the Diocese of Westminster's Pilgrimage to Lourdes, and follows his Installation as the Eleventh Archbishop of Westminster in May.
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Archbishop Vincent Nichols first comments on Caritas in Veritate
Archbishop Vincent Nichols first comments on Caritas in Veritate
Following the release of Pope Benedict new Encyclical Letter, the Archbishop of Westminster Most Rev Vincent Nichols gave the following preliminary comments at a press conference in Archbishops' House  this morning.
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Archbishop Nichols:
Archbishop Nichols: "Make each day a prayer and pray for your priests"
Archbishop Vincent Nichols returned to his former diocese for the Feast of St Peter and St Paul and the beginning of the Year of Priests, yesterday with a clear message: "Make each day a prayer and pray for your priests".
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Bishops call for G8 leaders to fulfil commitments to world’s poor
Bishops call for G8 leaders to fulfil commitments to world’s poor
The Archbishop of Westminster, Most Rev Vincent Nichols and Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien, Archbishop of Edinburgh and St Andrews, have called on  governments  to protect the poor and vulnerable across the world amidst the ongoing economic crisis.
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Archbishop Nichols leads Vespers at Westminster Cathedral
Archbishop Nichols leads Vespers at Westminster Cathedral
Archbishop Vincent Nichols has taken part in a Service of Solemn Vespers at Westminster Cathedral on the evening before his Installation as the 11th Archbishop of Westminster.

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Blog on countdown to installation of Archbishop Nichols
Blog on countdown to installation of Archbishop Nichols
As the day of Archbishop Vincent Nichols Installation Mass at Westminster Cathedral this Thursday draws near, the Diocese has set up a blog to keep up with all the latest news and information about preparations taking place.
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Archbishop Nichols unanimously elected President of Bishops' Conference
Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop-elect of Westminster, was elected unanimously by acclamation as President of the Bishops' Conference of England & Wales at this week's plenary meeting in Leeds. There were also elections for all department chairs of the Bishops' Conference.
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Archbishop Nichols celebrates Mass for Knanaya Catholics
Archbishop Nichols celebrates Mass for Knanaya Catholics
The new Archbishop-elect of Westminster, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, was principal celebrant at a special Mass organised by the Midland Knanaya Catholic Community, at the Parish of the Sacred Heart and Holy Souls, Acocks Green, in Birmingham, on Saturday morning, 25 April. The four concelebrants at the Mass were: Fr Sebastian Arikat, Priest-in-charge, Blessed Robert Grissold, Balsall Common and chaplain for Syro - Malabar Catholics in the Archdiocese of Birmingham;
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Archbishop Nichols pays tribute to priests and religious of Birmingham
Archbishop Vincent Nichols paid a warm tribute to the priests, deacons and religious in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, during his homily at the Chrism Mass in the Metropolitan Cathedral and Basilica of St Chad, on Wednesday 8 April.
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DIARY: Archbishop Nichols bike ride: first posted 20 -25 July 2004
day one: Yesterday, Archbishop Vincent Nichols began a 235-mile, five-day, charity cycle ride through his archdiocese,
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Archbishop Nichols praises Christian orchestra
Archbishop Vincent Nichols, himself a French Horn player in his youth commended the interdenominational New English Orchestra
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Birmingham: Archbishop joins football stars on visit to children's hospice
Archbishop Vincent Nichols teamed up with Aston Villa Manager Martin O'Neill recently for a visit to Acorns Children's Hospice
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Birmingham: Archbishop Nichols leads prayers for Vietnam
During a special Mass to mark the 20th anniversary of their Canonisation in 1988, Archbishop Vincent Nichols spoke of the powerful witness
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Once Upon A Time
Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Tony Blair, Sir Roger Moore, David Jason and June Whitfield
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Archbishop Nichols: 'Catholic schools must oppose sexualisation of children'
"Catholic schools in England and Wales must strongly oppose any action or proposal that would sexualize children or be se
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Archbishop Nichols speaks on fatherhood
Archbishop Vincent Nichols highlighted the meaning and importance of fatherhood, during a special Mass that he celebrated in Lichfield Anglican Cathedral, to mark the Centenary of the Catenian Association, on Saturday, writes Peter Jennings.
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Archbishop Nichols meets football hero Fernando Torres
Football enthusiast Archbishop Vincent Nichols met Fernando Torres, the prolific Liverpool and Spanish International striker before the Liverpool in Aston Villa match at Villa Park in Birmingham on Sunday.
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Archbishop Nichols meets football hero Fernando Torres
Football enthusiast Archbishop Vincent Nichols met Fernando Torres, the prolific Liverpool and Spanish International striker before the Liverpool in Aston Villa match at Villa Park in Birmingham on Sunday.
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Archbishop Nichols meets football hero Fernando Torres
Football enthusiast Archbishop Vincent Nichols met Fernando Torres, the prolific Liverpool and Spanish International striker before the Liverpool in Aston Villa match at Villa Park in Birmingham on Sunday.
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Archbishop Nichols meets football hero Fernando Torres
Football enthusiast Archbishop Vincent Nichols met Fernando Torres, the prolific Liverpool and Spanish International striker before the Liverpool in Aston Villa match at Villa Park in Birmingham on Sunday.
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