UK & Ireland

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

Scotland: Faith leaders join call for government to introduce income supplement to tackle child poverty

Bishop William Nolan with the Give Me Five campaign

Leaders of Scotland's largest faith groups, children's charities, anti-poverty groups and senior academics have called on the Scottish Government to use its budget - due to be published on Wednesday - to urgently deliver a new income supplement for families who are struggling to get by. The calls were made in letters to Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fa...

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Ireland: Pope Francis appoints new bishop to Diocese of Clogher

Pope Francis has appointed Mgr Lawrence (Larry) Duffy, the pastor of St Joseph's Parish in Carrickmacross, Ireland, as the Bishop of the Diocese of Clogher. Bishop-elect Lawrence Duffy was born in Magheracloone, Monaghan, in the diocese of Clogher, in 1951. He completed philosophical and theological studies at St Patrick's College in Maynooth and was ordained a priest in 1976 for the...

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JRS voices grave concern after 43rd person dies in UK immigration detention centre

News emerged last night of another tragic death on the UK detention estate, bringing the total number of known deaths in detention to 43 in 2018. The 51-year old tragically died on Sunday.

Sarah Teather, Director of JRS UK said, "We are deeply saddened to hear of another death in Harmondsworth this past weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the young man's family and friends who will...

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Christian Christmas presents and cards

Aid to the Church in Need card

If you would like to make sure the money you spend this Christmas goes to good causes - and want to avoid the crowds - check the following websites which have a good selection of cards and imaginative present ideas. They are listed below in alphabetical order.

Abbey Shop at Farnborough Abbey

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Cardinal Nichols recovering from illness

Following a period of rest after being taken ill at Mass on Remembrance Sunday, Cardinal Vincent is returning gradually to duties this week.

Writing to parishes and priests on Saturday 1st December, the Cardinal thanked everyone for 'your prayers for me over these last three weeks.

In his message, he said:

'I write to thank you for your prayers for me over these last three wee...

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Westminster Abbey: Prince Charles salutes courage and faith of Middle East Christians

Image:  Andrew Dunsmuir

HRH The Prince of Wales paid tribute to the courage and faith of persecuted Christians at a service in Westminster Abbey which brought together Church leaders from across the Middle East. At the evening service, yesterday (Tuesday, 4th December), Prince Charles said: "We can only give thanks for the truly remarkable strength of the Faith with which so many Christians face persecutio...

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ACTA Westminster Reports

On 14 November, A Call to Action (ACTA) Westminster held an evening meeting to discuss 'Clericalism - Out from Under'. The event took place at Maria Fidelis School in north London. Speakers were: Michael Walsh and Michael Murphy. Laurie Clarke also reports on the recent ACTA National Conference in Cardiff.

'Reflections on Pope Francis and Clericalism' - Excerpts from a talk by Michae...

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Scotland: Church launches safeguarding audit

Baroness Liddell

The Independent Review Group (IRG) established by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Scotland held a meeting yesterday (3 December 2018), with stakeholders from throughout the Catholic Church to announce and prepare for a professional audit of safeguarding in two Dioceses in Scotland to be conducted by Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and Children in Scotland (CIS).

The Dioces...

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Irish missionary Sr Mary Killeen, receives Presidential Award

Sr Mary receives award from President Higgins

Dublin born Mercy nun, Sr Mary Killeen, has been presented with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award by the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins. The award recognises her outstanding development and humanitarian work amongst the poor and marginalised in Kenya since she arrived there in 1976.

Speaking about her award, Sr Mary said with the typical humility of missionaries: "I acce...

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Shrewsbury: Bishop Davies dedicates 2019 as Year of Holiness

Bishop Davies

The Rt Rev Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury, has dedicated 2019 as the diocesan Year of Holiness. In a pastoral letter read in the churches of the Diocese of Shrewsbury on the First Sunday of Advent, Bishop Davies noted dark shadows in both the world and in the Church, where, he said, "failures in the lives and witness of Christians" had obscured for many people "the clear light of...

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London: Jesuit Refugee Services wins Community Award

l-r: Ann Stirling (JRS UK), Liliane Djoukouo (Day Centre Officer, JRS UK), Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE (The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London)

Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) was one of 40 projects that received a special award from the Faith & Belief Forum, at a ceremony at the Royal Society of Medicine on Tuesday. The Faith & Belief Forum, is a leading interfaith and community relations organisation, supported by Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Greater London's Council on Faith. The Awards aim to shine a light "on the great w...

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Portsmouth: A showcase of unofficial saints

Hugh Gibbons with Gallery. Image: Jo Lewry, CAFOD Portsmouth

An unusually ecumenical gallery had its first public appearance on 24 November - in the Discovery Centre of Portsmouth Catholic Cathedral after the Thanksgiving Mass for the Canonisation of St Oscar Romero.

Created by Hugh Gibbons in Bracknell, the two-metre high Adelante Gallery is "a sort of vertical commonplace book, to amuse the eye, mind and soul".

Hugh built it during the summ...

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#RedWednesday: Standing in solidarity with those suffering for their faith

International supporters in Westminster Piazza - image Weenson Oo/

Campaigners across the UK took part in #RedWednesday - with cathedrals, churches, schools, colleges and universities all "seeing red" as part of a campaign to stop religious persecution.

The initiative, organised by Aid to the Church in Need in association with Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) , shines a light on oppression of people of all faiths and calls for action to protect those...

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#RedWednesday: Sheikh Mogra from Muslim Council of Great Britain at Westminster Cathedral

Fr Dominic Robinson SJ with Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra

Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra, Assistant Secretary General of Muslim Council of Great Britain, gave the following address on the steps of Westminster Cathedral on #RedWednesday:

….Islam also acknowledges the rights of every human being to choose what they believe.. In the few minutes that I share with you, I hope to help us all to be able to distinguish between the actions of Muslims a...

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