UK & Ireland


Swansea: Diocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy established

In the presence of an overflowing Church of the Sacred Heart at Morriston Swansea, Bishop Tom of Menevia Diocese officially read the Canonical decree establishing the Church as a Diocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy. After reading the decree, the 1st class relics of St Faustina, St John Paul II and St Theresa of Kolcutta (Mother Theresa) were venerated. The morning began with the recitat...

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Tax avoidance by large companies is wrong say 89% of British adults

Almost nine out of 10 (89%) of British adults say tax avoidance by large companies is morally wrong even if it's legal, according to a new ComRes poll for Christian Aid. The poll is published ahead of the Budget, which is expected to include new measures against tax avoidance following further revelations made in the Paradise Papers.

The poll also found that more than four in five Britons...

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Scottish Bishops ask First Minister for renewed dialogue on abortion

Scotland's Catholic Bishops have published a letter sent to the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, urging her to engage in renewed discussions and dialogue on the issue of abortion.

Their letter, which is copied to Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport and Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health and Sport, follows the recent fiftieth anniversary of the Abortion Act (1967...

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London: Memorial services mark anniversary of King's Cross fire

The 30th anniversary of the King's Cross fire was marked today with a ceremony at the station, a special Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Church nearby and prayers at St Pancras Church at noon. Thirty one people lost their lives and 60 were injured in the tragic fire at King's Cross station on 18 November 1987.

Fr David Lucuy celebrated a special Mass this morrning in the Blessed Sacrament C...

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Minsteracres: Volunteering rejuvenates

Daniela Lazin has been a volunteer at Minsteracres Retreat Centre in Northumberland since 2002 and her story is interesting because it is so interconnected with other volunteers at Minsteracres.

"I first came to Minsteracres in 2001 on a parish retreat from St Bede's in Washington," she says. "In those days it was a big group of around 70 people and a great social event - there w...

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UK Parliament to go red for #RedWednesday

The Houses of Parliament in Westminster are to be floodlit red for #RedWednesday, the initiative which calls on people to shine a light on persecution and stand up for faith and freedom. The decision for the iconic building in central London to go red on the evening of Wednesday, 22nd November was made jointly by John Bercow MP, the Speaker of the House of Commons and Lord Fowler, Speaker of th...

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Plymouth: Cardinal to visit for Feast of St Cuthbert Mayne

Cuthbert Mayne was born in 1544 near Barnstaple which nowadays is in the Diocese of Plymouth. He was only 33 when he was executed on a tall scaffold in the town square of Launceston in Cornwall on 30th November 1577. This year the 440th anniversary of his martyrdom. Saint Cuthbert Mayne was canonised by Pope Paul VI in 1970 and is the second patron saint of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Plymou...

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Ten key facts which show truth about UK debt crisis

The UK government is paying virtually the lowest amount of interest on its debt in recorded history, as a proportion of GDP. Of the payments it is making, most are to people and institutions in the UK, with just 25% of UK government debt owed outside the country. In contrast, 24% of the UK government's debt is owed to the UK government itself, via the Bank of England. These facts are...

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Bishop protests at 'catastrophic' plan to withhold healthcare to non-UK citizens

Bishop Paul McAleenan

Bishop Paul McAleenan, the lead Catholic Bishop for Asylum and Migration has called on the government to suspend and review its recent extension of charges for non UK-citizens receiving NHS treatment. On Thursday 16 November the House of Lords will debate the changes, in light of concerns from charities and healthcare professionals that they will prevent vulnerable people from receiv...

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Westminster Cathedral to host Swiss Guards exhibition

Westminster Cathedral welcomes 'The Life of a Swiss Guard, a Private View'. The exhibition will be opened at 6.30pm on Tuesday 14 November by His Excellency Archbishop Edward Adams, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain. Joining him will be Colonel Chrisoph Graf, current Commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, and Dr Romina Cometti, curator of the exhibition.

The display will feature photogr...

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Aberystwyth: Renovations to begin at Welsh Martyrs Church

The renovation of the Welsh Martyrs church in Aberystwyth has been announced by the Bishop of Menevia, the most reverend Tom Burns.

In a statement, the Diocese of Menevia says that generous donations have made it possible for a high quality renovation of the existing church and for the purchase of a presbytery on an adjacent site approximately 200m away, with a Parish Hall planned for the...

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Ireland: 24 Permanent Deacons complete diploma in diaconal studies

Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth

The 2017 graduation ceremony took place yesterday at the Pontifical University, Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth. Archbishop Eamon Martin, Chancellor of the Pontifical University, presided over the ceremony which took place in the College Chapel of Saint Patricks' College, Maynooth.

Those in attendance included Reverend Professor Michael Mullaney, President of Saint Patrick's College, Ma...

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Caritas: One in 25 people is homeless in Newham

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A staggering one in 25 people are currently homeless in the London Borough of Newham - the highest number in the capital. That's 13,607 people out of the population of 340,978, and an increase of almost 1,500 in the past year.

These sobering figures have been released today by homelessness charity Shelter, who have conducted an extensive review of rough-sleeping, temporary accommodation a...

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Inter Faith Week 2017

Faith Communities Forum at launch

Inter Faith Week 2017 starts this Sunday, 12 November. Hundreds of events will be taking place to mark the Week across the country, involving many thousands of people and organisations: faith communities, inter faith organisations, public agencies and local authorities, youth organisations, schools, higher and further education institutions, chaplaincies, sports clubs, businesses, charities and...

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