UK & Ireland

This category covers news from the UK & Ireland. Topics include parishes, dioceses, religious orders, community groups, homelessness, moral & political issues and pilgrims.


Conference: Theologians look at ministry in Catholic Church today

Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain Conference 2018: Who ministers what to whom? Theologians look at ministry in the Catholic Church today. Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th September at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire.

The question of ministry in the Church raises sensitive issues including those of service and authority, gen...

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Fr Shay Cullen reflects on challenges to families today

What is family to each one of us and how important is it to belong to a family? We all greatly desire and long for the secure "happy family" whose members love and trust each other, share solidarity, give mutual help and care and are faithful to shared values and goals. They live and work together to meet the basic human needs of all. This is the ideal and beautiful to behold but, sadly and tra...

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Aylesford: Papal Nuncio leads Pilgrimage of the Sick

Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, Papal Nuncio to Britain, led this year's Pilgrimage of the Sick with the Society of Our Lady of Lourdes to Aylesford Priory in Kent, on Sunday 12th August.

There was the Sacrament of the Sick during the Mass and the traditional Lourdes-style blessing of sick pilgrims in the afternoon.

The Mass celebrated the transferred Solemnity of the Assumption of ...

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Booking now: Catholic Union to host panel discussion on Alfie Evans case

A panel discussion on the Alfie Evans case and its implications, will take place on Tuesday 11 September at 6.30pm in Notre Dame University, 1 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG. Hosted by the Catholic Union, speakers will be Fr Robert Gay OP, Prior, Blackfriars, Oxford, Dr Peter Hindmarsh, Professor of Paediatric Endocrinology at UCLH and Gt Ormond St, David O'Mahony Chairman, CUGB, an...

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Irish Chaplaincy blog: (I Ain't got no) Barmouth Blues

Which is most beautiful: the Connemara coast or Cardigan Bay? I was discussing this with Chris, a Traveller from Galway, as we stood on the seafront at Barmouth. It's the little seaside town in North Wales where I spend a week every August, staying in the same place with the same group of people. It all began in 2000: a millennium reunion for people who had met in the 1980s at the Sh...

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Homeless charities welcome government strategy for rough sleepers

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Homeless charities have welcomed the Government's announcement of a £100m strategy for rough sleepers. The plan will offer support for people with mental health problems and addictions, as well as help with accommodation. Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has vowed to make homelessness "a thing of the past", saying the government has pledged to end rough sleeping by 2027.

CSAN's Chief...

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Ordinariate Laity meet to plan for future

Last week, Worth Abbey hosted the first Lay Conference of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. An initiative of the Ordinariate's Pastoral Council, the three day conference brought together some 50 delegates from groups across Great Britain to discuss how to move forward the Ordinariate's mission. Keynote addresses were given by well-known priest and blogger Fr Ed Toml...

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Solihull Faiths Forum meets at Saint Columban's

Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (Nicholas Henry Bourne), Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government, and the Wales Office, and Minister for Faith, visited Saint Columban's in Solihull on 7 August to attend a meeting of the Solihull Faiths' Forum.

The Solihull Faiths Forum is formed by representatives of various faith groups in the area, who come togeth...

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Romero: 'a force for good in Americas and whole world' + text

l-r: Pat Gaffney with  Archbishop Adams and Julian Filochowski after the Mass

Archbishop Oscar Romero was described as "a force for good in the Americas and in the whole world" by the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain at Saturday's Mass to mark the 101st anniversary of Romero's birth.

United States Archbishop Edward J Adams was speaking at St George's Cathedral, Southwark, at the service organised by the Archbishop Romero Trust in the lead-up to Romero's Canonisati...

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Deacons celebrate 50 years since first ordinations

Laying on of hands

On 10th August 2018, the feast of St Laurence, Deacon and Martyr, Deacons across the world are celebrating 50 years since the ordination of the first deacons as a permanent order in the Western Church for more than 1,000 years.

Following the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s the diaconate was restored as a permanent order which could include married men. After final permission was grant...

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IICSA releases interim report on abuse at two Catholic schools

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) today released a bleak interim report into the historic abuse of pupils at Ampleforth and Downside schools over a 40 year period.

Professor Alexis Jay, Chair of the Inquiry, said: "For decades Ampleforth and Downside tried to avoid giving any information about child sexual abuse to police and social services. Instead, monks in both i...

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Oxford: Blue plaque unveiled at St Ignatius' Chapel

Rev Dr Joseph Munitiz SJ, Sr Marie Ann, and Bishop William Kenney

"What better way to celebrate the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola but by commemorating this chapel built under his patronage and in his honour!" Revd Dr Joseph Munitiz SJ opened with these words the unveiling of a blue plaque commemorating the former St Ignatius' Chapel in Oxford.

On 31st July, Rt Revd William Kenney, CP, Auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham off...

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Booking now: Adoremus - National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress

The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress will take place in Liverpool from 7- 9 September. Hosted by the Bishops of England and Wales, the Congress is a gathering of clergy, religious and laity to promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church.

The last International Eucharistic Congress in England was held in 1908 when permission ...

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Southwark: Mass to celebrate 101st Birthday of Bl Oscar Romero

Southwark Cathedral  Romero Cross - image: Sophie Stanes.

A special Mass to celebrate the 101st birthday of Archbishop Oscar Romero, and marking the threshold of his sainthood takes place next Saturday, 11 August at 12.30pm, in St George's Cathedral, Southwark. The Principal Celebrant will be Archbishop Edward Adams, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain

St George's Cathedral, Southwark, houses the National Shrine to Blessed Oscar Romero, inclu...

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