UK & Ireland

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

Scotland: Catholic Bishops announce resumption of communal worship

Scotland's Catholic Bishops welcomed the First Minister's comments yesterday on places of worship and have announced the resumption of communal worship in Catholic parishes from 15 July.

Commenting on the move, the President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, Bishop Hugh Gilbert said: "Over the past month, our parishes have been preparing for the safe resumption of communal prayer a...

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Preston parishes create 5K challenge for global covid response

Peter Towers

Following the cancellation of events over summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, parishioners from Preston, Lancashire decided to organise a socially distanced sporting event - all to raise much-needed funds for charity.

On Saturday 11 July, parishioners from across Preston will walk, run, cycle 5km to fundraise for the international development charity, CAFOD.

Participants will ch...

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London: Vincentian befriending project receives generous grant

Domiciliary care agency, Vincentian Care Plus (VCP), say they are delighted to have received a grant from the City of Westminster Charitable Trust, enabling the charity to resume their vital Befriending Service. VCP was awarded a total of £14,400 from the trust's Community Contribution Fund COVID-19 Grant Scheme, which will go towards providing vulnerable elderly people in greatest need with a...

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Salford: Sleep in and support a charity

Guests queuing to get into Cornerstone

A charity covering Greater Manchester and Lancashire, is asking individuals and families to spend a night sleeping on the floor, sofa or under the stairs in order to experience being a sofa-surfer in support of homeless people in the city.

This Friday, 10th July at 7pm Caritas Diocese of Salford, a charity which helps vulnerable people from Didsbury to Clitheroe, is running the virtual, B...

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JRS call for new hosts for our refugee friends

Signing At Home agreement

Could you be a volunteer with Jesuit Refugee Services and host a refugee in your home? JRS runs a hosting scheme, At Home, which facilitates short-term hosting placements for our refugee friends at risk of homelessness.

JRS has arranged more than 100 placements with our wonderful hosts; the hosting scheme has been a lifeline to many of our refugee frie...

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Newham Citizens bring blessing and gifts to care home staff

Newham Citizens, Br Philip with Care Staff

Brother Philip Thomas of St Anthony's Catholic Church in Forest Gate, east London, blessed Westgate House Care Home on Thursday, July 2 to support the incredible care workers who have been looking after residents there with important health needs. Care packs containing toiletries, luxury items, biscuits, letters and cards from students, as well as items of PPE, were distributed to staff to say ...

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Archbishop Wilson: 'Our thanks to NHS rings hollow - without proper funding and respect'

The Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Reverend John Wilson, called for a lasting expression of gratitude and thanks to NHS and care staff who have battled COVID-19 over recent months. That approach, he said, would involve proper resourcing of healthcare and upholding the dignity of workers.

"Our gratitude has been expressed in some powerfully poignant ways: households out clapping on our ...

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Fr David O'Malley SDB - A Vocation Story - Living the Dream


There were celebrations at the Salesian House in Battersea, south London over the weekend, to mark the fortieth anniversary of Fr David O'Malley's ordination. Fr Anthony Lobo made a video featuring key moments in Fr David's life and vocation - see link below.

Fr David was born in Hull, the son of a prison officer and moved through eight schools before finishing A levels. A quali...

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National Mass to celebrated by Archbishop Wilson for all affected by Covid-19

Archbishop John Wilson

In order to show spiritual solidarity and support of those who are sick as a result of Covid-19, as well as their families and keyworkers, Archbishop John Wilson of the Archdiocese of Southwark will celebrate a national live-streamed Mass in St George's Cathedral this Thursday, 2nd July 2020 at 7pm.

A spokesperson for the Diocese said: "As a Catholic community we are now greatly looking f...

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Bishop warns against extreme abortion legislation

Bishop John Sherrington, lead Catholic bishop for life issues has warned of 'abortion on demand' in a proposed amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill.

Bishop Sherrington said: "We are expecting the Report Stage of the Domestic Abuse Bill to take place in week commencing Monday 6 July. There is currently an attempt by some MPs to table an amendment to the Bill to repeal sections 58 and 59 of...

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Walk in the footsteps of St Thomas More

A walk in the footsteps of St Thomas More from Chelsea to the Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden takes place on 11 July. This is the walk often made by this great statesman, scholar and saint.

Meeting at 9.30am for Mass at 10am at Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More at Cheyne Row, followed by a guided tour of places associated with St Thomas More in Chelsea before visiting Tyburn Convent, the p...

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Thousands to join Holy Island 'virtual' pilgrimage

2008 pilgrimage

Trips to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but this didn't stop pilgrims from across the North East of England from coming together for a unique virtual pilgrimage. Since the Sixth Century, pilgrims have made their way - by boat, train, and land - to Lindisfarne. There, they complete the 'Pilgrims Way' walk to Holy Island - the site of the famous mon...

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Come on a Catholic history walk in west London

The writer and broadcaster Joanna Bogle will be leading two Catholic history walks at 3pm on Saturday July 11th and 7pm on Wednesday July 15, to celebrate the re-opening of churches for Mass.

Groups will be meeting at St Elizabeth's church, The Vineyard, Richmond, and walking - keeping the correct social distancing - along the river to Ham, to the birthplace of St John Henry Newman. They...

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Ireland: Father Martin Hayes appointed new Bishop of Kilmore

Bishop-elect Martin Hayes

Today, Pope Francis has appointed Father Martin Hayes, a priest of the Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly, as the new Bishop of Kilmore. Fr Martin was been confirmed as the new Bishop of Kilmore at the 10am Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Felim in Cavan Town.

Welcoming the news, Archbishop Eamon Martin said: I offer my sincere congratulations and prayerful support to Bishop-elect ...

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