Grenfell Tower fire: Closed school welcomed at new location

When the blaze began at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington yesterday, a primary school in its shadow was forced to close. But this morning, classes have resumed again - as the school has been moved to a new location nearby. St Francis of Assisi Primary School have been taken in by Sion Manning Catholic School for Girls in St Charles Square.

Headteacher Mr Andrew O’Neil told ICN: “When...

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Manchester: 140th Anniversary Mass at St Bede's College

Former student, seminarian Connor Hey

The Rt Rev John Arnold, Bishop of Salford joined pupils and staff at St. Bede’s College last Thursday 26 to celebrate Mass for the feast of St Bede. St Bede is remembered today as the earliest English historian and this Mass was even more significant as the College itself is celebrating the 140th Anniversary of its foundation by Cardinal Vaughan. Six members of the clergy from Salf...

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A thousand Scottish students rally for persecuted Christians

One thousand secondary school pupils from Scotland came together yesterday in prayer and solidarity with persecuted Christians at a rally organised by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.

Leading the third ACN annual Youth Rally at Carfin Lourdes Grotto was Bishop John Keenan of Paisley. Joining him was Father Martin Delaney, Youth Co-ordinator for Motherwell Diocese.


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Open Letter to St Mary's University in support of Philosophy programme

Dear Professor Sanders,

I am writing on behalf of the British Philosophical Association, and many Philosophy departments and philosophical learned societies, to urge you to retain the philosophy programme at St Mary’s. Please find our open letter attached. I hope for a positive response.

Dear Prof Karen Sanders,

I am writing to you as President of the Briti...

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Tim Henman opens world class tennis dome at Stonyhurst

Budding tennis players gained tips from the top as former British No 1 Tim Henman played guest of honour at the opening of a new world-class tennis dome at Stonyhurst College, Clitheroe today. The new 1,375 sq metre air dome facility titled 'the Glassbrook Dome' was officially opened by the four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist.

The tennis legend was on hand to share his expert tip...

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Manchester: Students celebrate achievements of women

Students with Mike Kane MP

A group of female students from Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester recently took part in an event ‘Our Wythenshawe Women’ at Wythenshawe Forum to celebrate the achievements of women. The students were warmly welcomed by Mike Kane MP and the host for the afternoon was Claire Mooney the singer, songwriter and performer. Angela Rayner M...

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Norwich: Keep faith in public square, Archbishop tells university audience

L-R: Bishop Alan Hopes, UEA Catholic chaplain Dr Andrew Eburne and Archbishop Eamon Martin at UEA

Faced by a wave of secularisation, people of faith need to remain engaged in the public square, asserted Archbishop Eamon Martin, Primate of All Ireland, speaking at the University of East Anglia in Norwich last night (May 8) Keith Morris reports. Talking to an audience of around 120 people in the first of the Newman Lectures series, Archbishop Eamon said: “Inspired by a p...

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Take One Picture 2017

Peter Paul Rubens, A Roman Triumph, about 1630 © The National Gallery, London

This summer, the National Gallery will showcase the work of children from across England in the 22nd annual Take One Picture exhibition. Take One Picture aims to inspire a lifelong love of art and learning by promoting the role of visual arts within education.

Each year the National Gallery encourages primary school teachers and children to focus on one painting from the collection and re...

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Top tips from the Bible for stressed-out students

Father Stephen Wang, Senior University Chaplain, based at Newman House Catholic Chaplaincy in London, offers some helpful advice in this recorded talk on his latest blog, entitled: 'How to study, revise, and succeed: top tips from the Bible for stressed-out students.'

Listen here:

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Manchester: Actor casts spell over his old school

Cast with Cel

Coldfeet actor Ceallach Spellman returned to his former school, St Bede's College on Thursday, to enjoy a performance of 'Saved by the Belle"' a variation of the popular classic 'Beauty and the Beast'. Ceallach began his acting career in 2003 when he appeared as 'Chip' in Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the Palace Theatre in Manchester.

Ceallach from Stretford, attended St Bede's College...

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Manchester: Children enjoy Shakespeare Week

Young thespians at St Anthony's

St Anthony's Catholic Primary School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester have been going back in time this week to celebrate the world and work of William Shakespeare. It all kicked off with the Big Shakespeare Assembly, featuring songs from the musical 'Shakespeare Rocks'.

Throughout the week, pupils learnt about the life of William Shakespeare and some of his most famous plays.(and even ...

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Hull: Lecture on Sisterly love and professorial prowess

Professor Veronica O'Mara, a leading academic in the field of nun's literacies and preaching in the medieval period, will deliver her inaugural professorial lecture at the University of Hull on Monday 27th March. Everyone is invited to attend.

'The Education of a Medievalist: English Godly Literature Unbound'

In this lecture Professor O'Mara will explore her on-going education as a ...

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Ealing: New chapel at St Benedict's

i-r: Bishop John Wilson, Auxiliary, Headmaster Andrew Johnson, Mayor of Ealing, Cllr Dr Patricia Walker Dawn

A new chapel at St Benedict's, Ealing, west London was dedicated on the school's patronal feast day, 21 March. The Dedication of the Chapel of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus was conducted by the Rt Rev John Wilson, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster and Titular Bishop of Lindesfarne, who was also the Principal Celebrant at the whole school Mass in honour of St Benedict, in the Abbey Church.


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East Anglia: plans for new Catholic schools receive double boost

Pupils from St Bede's, Cambridge

The bid by the Diocese of East Anglia to open eight new Catholic schools across the region has received a double boost with a mention by the Chancellor in his recent Budget and news that over 800 people have registered their support for the plans. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, mentioned removing barriers to opening good quality faith schools in his March Budget. This follows on f...

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