UK & Ireland

News from United Kingdom & Ireland covering parishes, dioceses, religious orders, community groups, homelessness, moral & political issues and pilgrims.

New seafarers' welfare facility opens in Southampton

Southampton team with Nusrat Ghani MP and guests at the official opening

Global maritime charity Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) has launched a new welfare facility for seafarers in Southampton. The vitally important space, located in the grounds of St Joseph's Church, will provide seafarers and cruise ship crew members with a range of pastoral and practical support services, regardless of their faith.

The Stella Maris Centre is located just a short walk...

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Cardinal Nichols welcomes annual report on safeguarding


Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and president of the Bishops' Conference of England & Wales today welcomed the annual report of the work of safeguarding in the Catholic Church in England & Wales. This report has been published every year since 2002.

He also thanked all those who work in safeguarding across the church, both professionals and volunteers. "The challenge of our re...

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Leeds Newman Festival - Talks, Liturgy & Music

To celebrate the imminent canonisation of their patron (and change of name!), the parish of Blessed John Henry Newman in East Leeds is holding a series of events which are open to all. The parish is one of just three parishes in the UK (the other two being in Warrington and High Wycombe) to be named after Cardinal Newman who will be declared a saint in Rome on 13th October. According to Festi...

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Ireland's favourite prayer to be decided at the 'Ploughing'

Visitors to the 88th National Ploughing Championships are being invited to vote for Ireland's favourite prayer as part of the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin's presence at this year's event.

Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, in whose diocese the ploughing championship is once again being held, has this morning formally opened Stand 399 to the public in Ballintrane, near ...

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Scottish bishop urges prisoners to be kind to each other

Prisoners at Mass

The relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux which have been in Scotland since Thursday 29th of August, as part of a three-week tour of Scotland's eight Catholic dioceses, arrived at Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow yesterday, where Archbishop Philip Tartaglia celebrated a Mass for staff and inmates.

In his homily, the Archbishop urged inmates to follow the example of St Therese and to "do little th...

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JRS 'deeply saddened' by latest death in detention

Sarah Teather

The Jesuit Refugee Service UK has issued the following statement today, after learning of the death of another asylum seeker in a migrant detention centre.

"The Jesuit Refugee Service UK is deeply saddened to hear the news of a death of Oscar Okwurime in Harmondsworth Detention Centre on Thursday evening. We understand the exact circumstances of his death remain unconfirmed and ...

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Prince of Wales to attend Canonisation of Bl John Henry Newman

Pope Francis meets Royal couple in 2017

The Prince of Wales will attend the canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman on Sunday 13th October at the Vatican.

Following the service, His Royal Highness will attend a reception at the Pontifical Urban College. Cardinal Newman studied at the College while preparing to become a Catholic priest.

Cardinal Newman will be the first English saint since the Forty Martyrs were cano...

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WWII veteran in sponsored ride for England's historic churches

Colonel Michael Elcomb

Colonel Michael Elcomb, aged 98, will be joining thousands of people raising money to safeguard England's historic churches when he takes part in 'Ride+Stride for Churches' on Saturday 14 September.

'Ride+Stride for Churches' is a sponsored event in which people walk or cycle between churches. The money raised helps fund urgent repairs and the installation of modern facilities at historic...

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Scotland: Relics of St Therese of Lisieux to visit prison

Saint Therese of Lisieux

The relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux which have been in Scotland since Thursday 29th of August, as part of a three-week tour of Scotland's eight Catholic dioceses, will be taken to one of Scotland's largest prisons on Monday, 16 September. The relics will arrive at HMP Barlinnie at 2pm on 16 September where Archbishop Philip Tartaglia will celebrate a Mass for staff and inmates.


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London: Conference on homeless street deaths

The number of homeless people dying on city streets around the UK has increased considerably over the past few years.

This event on Thursday, 26 September from 1 - 4.30pm, at Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6LS, looks at data collection, serious case reviews following a rough sleeper's death, palliative care and how deaths may be prevents in future.

Speakers include Dr...

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Ireland: Fifteen students begin studies for priesthood

Fifteen seminarians have begun their formation and academic programme for 2019 - 2020. The new students are currently in formation in Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth and the Pontifical Beda College, Rome; with a number beginning their propaedeutic programme in other locations in Ireland and abroad. This brings to 68 the total number studying for the priesthood for Irish dioceses. See below fo...

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FCJs - Faithful for 200 years

Hundreds of school students in the UK and across the globe will this month take part in a collective 'Day of Kindness' to launch the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the founding of a religious congregation, the Faithful Companions of Jesus. On September 20th, pupils in schools founded by the Congregation will be invited to go out of their way to show kindness in their school and home. T...

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Suffolk: Time capsule discovered in Southwold church

Parishioner Trisha Scott studies contents of the 1923 time capsule

An almost 100-year-old time capsule, discovered under the pulpit of The Sacred Heart Church in Southwold during renovations, has been opened to reveal some fascinating items. Parishioners gathered in the Cardinal Newman Hall recently to witness the opening of the time capsule discovered under the pulpit by contractors working to repair and renovate the church.

Artefacts had been placed ...

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Liverpool Romero Lecture to celebrate 'Merseyside Prophets'

St Oscar Romero

The Liverpool Romero Lecture, on the 'Prophetic Trajectories of Hope from San Salvador to Liverpool', celebrating the ministries of Oscar Romero, Austin Smith, Kevin Kelly & Tom Cullinan will be given by David McLoughlin from Newman University, Birmingham on Wednesday 25 September. The lecture in the 001 Theatre, the Cornerstone, Hope University, Everton Campus, Liverpool L3 8DR starts at 6....

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