UK & Ireland


Bishop asks for prayers for Alfie Evans after court upholds travel ban

The Bishop of Carpi, who is coordinating between the family of Alfie Evans and the Vatican Children's Hospital that has offered to care for the terminally ill child, has asked for prayers following a British Supreme Court ruling that upholds a previous ban on allowing the boy to be transferred to Italy. Britain's Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a mother and father w...

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Catholic Bishops of England and Wales statement on gender

The following statement was drawn up up by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales during their first bi-annual plenary meetings of 2018 at Hinsley Hall in the Diocese of Leeds from 16 - 19 April 2018.

Today there is intense public debate about gender. It highlights not only the suffering and discomfort of some, but also raises profound questions about human nature, how we unde...

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JRS: Windrush crisis demands conversion of heart and radically different approach

In the wake of the crisis engulfing the government over its treatment of Windrush-era citizens, the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK (JRS UK) has called on the government to make a radical change in their approach to migration, saying the cruelty of the hostile environment agenda demonstrates the need for deep reflection on the inhumane and unethical assumptions that underscore it.

The st...

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London: Play2Remember joined by Grenfell team

LP2R 2018 tournament champions, Team Sudan, led by captain Karim Suleiman, far right, back row. Photo: Katie Garner

On Sunday, April 15th 2018, Sudanese, Rwandans, and other survivors of genocide and mass violence gathered at White City Tiger Turf for London Play2Remember, our annual five-a-side 'Survivor' football tournament to commemorate the dead and honour the living. For the third year in a row Waging Peace, along with Eric Murangwa of Football for Hope, Peace and Unity (FHPU) brought individ...

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Bishop welcomes UK government's apology to Windrush generation

Bishop Paul McAleenan

Bishop Paul McAleenan, Chair of the Office for Migration Policy, has welcomed the UK government's apology for challenging the residency status of undocumented members of the so-called Windrush generation - people who came to the UK from the West Indies in the 1950s and 60s. Some 50,000 people were at risk of deportation - including children who, at the time, had travelled on a parent...

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Statement on case of Alfie Evans from Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales

Our hearts go out to the parents of Alfie Evans and our prayers are for him and with them as they try to do all they can to care for their son.

We affirm our conviction that all those who are and have been taking the agonising decisions regarding the care of Alfie Evans act with integrity and for Alfie's good as they see it.

The professionalism and care for severely ill children sho...

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NJPN Annual Conference: 'In the shelter of each other the people live'

The National Justice and Peace Network is taking bookings for its 2018 annual conference 20-22 July. The theme is: 'In the shelter of each other the people live', taken from an Irish proverb, and the venue is the Hayes Conference Centre, at Swanwick in Derbyshire. Around 300 Justice and Peace activists from the dioceses of England and Wales normally attend. How do we build a church ...

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After Windrush U-turn, JRS calls for complete end to government's 'hostile environment' immigration policy

Responding to the welcome news today that the Government has bowed to media pressure and reversed its mistreatment of Windrush-era citizens, the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK (JRS UK) has called on the Home Secretary to abandon its cruel hostile environment agenda altogether.

Following weeks of stories about Windrush-era citizens losing their rights to work, to rent property and to acc...

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Spring boost for UK's historic churches

St Alban's,  Macclesfield

Fifty five churches and chapels in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland that are set to benefit from rescue funding of £425,183 from the National Churches Trust, the UK's church support charity. Churches receiving grants from the National Churches Trust include two Catholic churches: St Alban's in Macclesfield, Cheshire, and St Mary's, in Lanark, Lanarkshire.

St Alban's church i...

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Catholic MP joins campaign to support children of Commonwealth migrants

Official portrait

Catholic Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has thrown his weight behind a campaign in support of the children of Commonwealth immigrants who have been incorrectly identified as illegal immigrants, denied housing and healthcare and threatened with deportation.

A letter written by Labour MP David Lammy has been signed by more than 140 MPs from all parties. It s...

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Northumberland: Open Day at Minsteracres Retreat Centre

ICN writer Ellen Teague in Giant Sequoia plantation at Minsteracres

Minsteracres Retreat Centre in Northumberland had long been a place of mystery to many passers-by. But to those in the know, especially those who live locally, it is welcoming and caring and offers a haven for those in need of quiet space or the company of others. It has now become a tradition for the centre to open its doors to those who would like to find out more about Minsteracre...

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Catholic Medical Association AGM focuses on conscience

The Catholic Medical Association UK held its annual conference on Saturday, 14th April, at St Mary's University, Twickenham. The theme for the conference was conscience matters in the workplace and the Waldegrave Suite at the university provided an excellent venue for the event.

Conference delegates where able to listen to a range of interesting and motivating speakers talk on a wide rang...

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Booking Now: London Pilgrimage to Walsingham

On the last Saturday of May there is a Parish pilgrimage to Walsingham in Norfolk, the national shrine of Our Lady, led by Fr Dominic Robinson SJ from Farm Street. This begins at the Anglican Shrine and finishes with the pilgrim walk along the Holy Mile to the Slipper Chapel for Mass. Transport via Coach is arranged between Farm Street and Walsingham and lunch is also provided. PROGR...

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New Bishop of Lancaster

The Episcopal Ordination of the Rt Rev Paul Swarbrick as the seventh Bishop of Lancaster took place at St Peter's Cathedral, Lancaster on Monday, 9 April 2018.

Bishop Michael Campbell, in his homily, assured the priests and people of the Diocese of Lancaster that they are "receiving a bishop who will be ministering in faith to a people of faith and as their Chief Shepherd will pass on wha...

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