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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Conference of Religious welcomes new child protection initiatives
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┬áThe leaders of 190 religious congregations met at Swanwick in Derbyshire last week for the Annual General Meeting of the Conference of Religious in England and Wales. Archbishop Pablo Puente, the Apostolic Nuncio, and Archbishop Patrick Kelly of Liverpool, the episcopal liaison for religious in England and Wales attended the meeting, with Bishop Mark JabalÚ OSB of Menevia, Bishop Malcolm McMahon OP of Nottingham and Bishop Christopher Budd of Plymouth. Representatives from the Union of Monastic Superiors, the Association of British Contemplatives, and Anglican Religious were also present. The theme of this year's meeting was: "A Living Theology for a Changing Context". A very important item on the agenda was was the commitment of religious congregations to the implementation of the Nolan report on child protection in the Catholic Church, which was published last year. The following resolution was passed: "The Conference of Religious in England and Wales wholeheartedly welcomes the final report of the independent review chaired by Lord Nolan on child protection in the Catholic Church in England and Wales: A Programme for Action. The membership of the Conference fully supports the implementation of the report and commits itself to work in collaboration with the Bishops of England and Wales to achieve this end. The Conference of Religious welcomes the establishment of the Catholic Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (COPCA), and looks forward to a close working relationship with its director and staff." source: CMO
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