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Archbishop of Southwark's plea for suffering Christians

Archbishop John Wilson

Southwark's new Archbishop has made an urgent call for action to support persecuted Christians saying helping them "is not somebody else's business: it's our business."

Speaking at a Mass today (Tuesday, 18th February) at the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, Sutton, Surrey, Archbishop John Wilson spoke out against complacency in the face of persistent reports of anti-Christian persecutio...

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London: Cardinal attends parish anniversary celebrations

Cardinal with past priests and some parishioners who attended the earlier church

Our Lady Help of Christians in Kentish Town, north London, celebrated the 50th anniversary in their present church with a special Mass on Sunday, concelebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, and several past parish priests: Canon Pat Browne, Canon Stuart Wilson, Fr Tom Forde, present parish priest Fr John Deehan and Cardinal Vincent's private secretary Fr Alexander Mast...

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Nigeria: Christians in north are 'all marked men and women' bishop warns

Bishop Kukah  - Image ACN

"Killing Christians" and "destroying Christianity" in northern Nigeria are top objectives for Islamist terror groups - according to one of the country's most respected bishops - who says all the faithful are now at risk.

Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto said that in persecuting Christians, Boko Haram had "exploited" an opportunity provided both by northern Nigeria's "Muslim elite" and Presi...

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Ireland: Archbishop welcomes Pope Francis' Querida Amazonia

Archbishop Eamon Martin

Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Dromore and Primate of All Ireland.has said in a statement: "I warmly welcome the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazonia), which the Holy Father Pope Francis published today, on the challenges facing the Amazon region and lessons for the Church worldwide. The doc...

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Scotland: Maryvale launches Catechist course in diocese of Motherwell

Fr Tom withe the group

The Diocese of Motherwell, Scotland, and Maryvale Institute in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, began their partnership in adult formation with a study day on Saturday 25th January in St Athanasius' parish, Carluke. Sixteen adults from throughout the diocese have begun their studies on the Certificate in Catechesis course to increase their own knowledge and understanding so as to contribute to th...

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Bishops Conference issues guidelines on Coronavirus

Despite the low risk to the public from Coronavirus, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has today issued the following guidelines to enable Catholic churches and organisations to find the relevant information in one place. They state:

At the time of writing, the risk to the public from Coronavirus remains low.

We issue these guidelines purely to enabl...

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Sick given pride of place at Our Lady of Lourdes Mass

image: CBCEW

On Saturday 8th February, Cardinal Vincent Nichols presided at the annual Mass in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes, celebrated at Westminster Cathedral. During the Mass, which coincided with the World Day of Prayer for the Sick, the Sacrament of the Sick was administered to those who wished to receive it. The celebration was open to all, with a special invitation extended to the sick and infirm, h...

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Southend: KSC support foodbank, winter night shelter

Southend KSC with Fr Jeff & foodbank collection

Damian Dillon writes: The Southend-based Knights of Saint Columba recently looked at a way to boost their help for the Southend foodbank above and beyond the volunteering and donations that currently takes place amongst our team.

Before Christmas, a special Advent calendar was adopted, and each day between the 1st and the 17th every member collected an item of food. Everything w...

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Pope to bless painting of Our Lady of Walsingham ahead of rededication of England in March

On Wednesday 12 February 2020, during his weekly audience, Pope Francis, at the request of Cardinal Vincent Nichols, will bless a painting of Our Lady of Walsingham, a shrine dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God, in Norfolk. The painting, by Amanda de Pulford, will return to Walsingham for the rededication of England as Mary's Dowry on 29 March 2020. After the rededication the Dowry Painting wi...

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Catholic Union responds to shake up of divorce laws

The Catholic Union has called on the Government to focus on supporting marriage and family life rather than looking at plans to make divorce easier.

The Government is planning a shake up of divorce laws in England and Wales, which will remove the ability to contest a divorce and replace the requirement to produce evidence of 'irretrievable breakdown' with a simple statement.

The Div...

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Vigil to mark two years since abduction of Christian schoolgirl

A vigil will take place in London on 19 February to mark the second anniversary of the kidnapping and continued imprisonment of a young girl in Nigeria because of her Christian faith.

Leah Sharibu was one of 110 girls abducted from their school in Dapchi, Nigeria by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), an offshoot of Boko Haram, in February 2018. The next month, following negotiati...

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Wales: Dolgellau Carmelite Monastery invites women to 'Come and See'

Carmelite Sisters of Dolgellau

Dolgellau Carmelites have always tended to rely on word of mouth, personal introductions and a good old-fashioned letter or phone call when women have wanted to test their vocation. However, this year they are breaking with tradition and launching a series of 'Come and See' weekends, to enable single women who feel they might have a vocation to get a taste of the sisters' life of prayer.


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Westminster Cathedral hosts first Road Show of 'The Year of the Word'

Cardinal Vincent Nichols with artist Peter Codling and his mosaic

Westminster Cathedral recently celebrated 'The Year of the Word' by hosting the first leg of the Scripture Road Show, a unique event which is travelling to dioceses across England and Wales throughout 2020.

For three days, from Thursday 30 January to Saturday 1 February, six of the chapels in Westminster Cathedral were transformed into Tents of Meeting, each one revealing a different aspe...

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Southwark Archbishop's statement: Terror attack in Streatham

Archbishop John Wilson

Archbishop John Wilson of Southwark has issued the following statement after Sunday's terror attack in Streatham, South London. The Archdiocese of Southwark has revealed that one of its employees - a teacher in a Catholic school - was injured in the attack.

It is both saddening and shocking that, yet again, there has been a terrorist attack on innocent bystanders on a street in ...

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