UK & Ireland

Seven men ordained to the priesthood at Westminster Cathedral

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, ordained seven men to the priesthood at Westminster Cathedral today, the Nativity of St John the Baptist, 24 June 2017. Bishop Nicholas Hudson and more than 100 priests concelebrated the Mass.

The seven new priests are: Rev Julio Albornoz, Rev Michael Jarmulowicz, Rev Michael Maguire, Rev Brian McMahon, Rev Joseph Okoro, Rev Carlos Quit...

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Scotland: Church calls on BMA members to oppose liberalisation of abortion law

Anthony Horan

In a letter to Scotland’s Catholic parishes, the Director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office, Anthony Horan has urged Catholic members of the BMA to sign an open letter to the organisation urging delegates to the BMA conference next Tuesday (27 June) to reject a motion calling for abortion to be decriminalised.

In the letter Anthony Horan points out that support from the BMA for decri...

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CTE report urges Pentecostal Churches to do more to tackle human trafficking

New report calls on Pentecostal Churches to do more to tackle the ‘hidden’ scourge of women blighted by human trafficking and modern slavery.

‘Behind closed doors – voices against gender based violence, human trafficking and modern-day slavery’ is a two-year research project that highlights the way domestic servitude and sexual exploitation are sometimes the presenting symptoms ...

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London: CAPS workshop studies new film resources

Catholics for AIDS Prevention and Support (CAPS) ran a workshop with key stakeholders today (22 June) to test out its draft videos ahead of the October launch of an online, open access resource. CAPS is one of only 13 agencies awarded a grant by Public Health England (PHE) as part of their HIV Prevention Fund. The resource 'Positive Faith' will offer advice and pastoral support for ...

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New monastic community at Minsteracres

Mother Monica and Mother Regina in front of their new home

During the past year visitors to Minsteracres will have witnessed a lot of building activity along the drive. The old workshop near the youth centre has been demolished and on its site something new has been built. It looks like a bungalow. In reality it is a small monastery which has become the home of two Passionist nuns.

The nuns belong to a branch of the Passionist family which goes b...

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CSAN Refugee Week videos

For Refugee Week 2017, Caritas Social Action Network has made a series of videos showcasing how two member organisations, Seeking Sanctuary and Caritas Diocese of Salford, are touching the lives of those affected by the hardship of fleeing their homes, finding refuge in the face of adversity and settling into a foreign community.

The video footage was recorded during a trip to drop off do...

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Lancashire: Ormskirk Catenians summer event

Ormskirk President Steve Marston-Yim entertains kids

Local Catenians hosted a great summer event on Sunday at St Anne's Pastoral Centre, Ormskirk. 150 guests attended, including Peter Rogers, National GB President of the Association, the Mayor of West Lancashire and local Clergy.

A great buffet, activities for children, live music and most importantly the sun shone all day. No longer will those in the Parish say "Who are the Catenians" they...

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Hundreds join Finsbury Park vigil

Fr Joe Ryan, Westminster J&P

Hundreds of people joined a vigil near Finsbury Park Mosque and the Muslim Community Centre on Monday night to show their solidarity with the community, hours after the terror attack in which one man died and nine were injured as they came out of the Ramadan night prayers.

Brendan Cox, widower of MP Jo Cox, who was killed almost exactly year ago came to place flowers. Bruce Kent and Fr J...

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Cardinal Nichols offers prayers for Finsbury Park Mosque attack victims

Finsbury Park Mosque

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has today issued the following statement in the aftermath of the attack in Finsbury Park

"Together with people all over this country I am appalled at the deliberate attack on people leaving their late night prayers, as the end of their day of fasting, at the mosque in Finsbury Park. I have assured the leadership of the Mosque and the Muslim Welfare Centr...

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Cardinal Vincent Nichols: Pastoral Letter for Corpus Christi 2017

Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, The words of the Gospel we have just heard contain a remarkable promise: ‘Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever’ (John 6:58). This promise of everlasting life comes to its fulfilment in the death and resurrection of Jesus, in which he not only shares our human nature, destined for death, but also gives to us the gift of new life...

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Minsteracres: Fifty years of shelter and support

Minsteracre's  Sequoia trees, with Ellen Teague

Nuala O'Brien writes from Minsteracres in Durham. This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of our retreat house to retreatants. That it opened then at all, however, was a small miracle. The Passionists had arrived at Minsteracres in 1951 intending to convert the old stables to a retreat house straight away, whilst also turning the ma...

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Watch: Cardinal celebrates Mass for victims of Grenfell Tower fire

Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrated Mass today at the Church of St Pius X, in St Charles Square, North Kensington, near Grenfell Tower. The church was open for two hours before the Mass, for quiet prayer and Adoration. A report will follow on ICN later. The Mass was recorded by ITN on their Facebook page.


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Pope sends condolences to London fire victims

Pope Francis has sent a message of condolence to the victims and families of the Grenfell Tower fire in London. In the message signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Holy Father says he was "saddened to learn of the devastating fire in London and of the tragic loss of life and injury." He also praised the efforts of the emergency services in reponding to the tragedy....

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Ireland: New President of Saint Patrick's, Maynooth appointed

Fr Michael Mullaney

The Trustees of Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth have appointed Reverend Professor Michael Mullaney as President of Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth for the next three years, with effect from 1 September 2017.

In welcoming the appointment Archbishop Eamon Martin, Chairman of the Trustees, said: "I warmly congratulate and send my prayerful good wishes to Father Michael Mullaney on his a...

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