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UK & Ireland

News from United Kingdom & Ireland covering parishes, dioceses, religious orders, community groups, homelessness, moral & political issues and pilgrims. See our UK & Ireland Parishes Links page for relevant links.

Bishops' Spring 2024 Plenary and Retreat at Buckfast Abbey

Buckfast Abbey

The Catholic Bishops' of England and Wales are meeting at Buckfast Abbey in the Diocese of Plymouth for their spring meeting (12-19 April 2024). The majority of this time will be spent together in prayerful retreat - the first time in five years the Bishops have had this opportunity. They will be guided in their retreat by Bishop Erik Varden, who is a Norwegian Trappist monk and Bishop of Trondhei... Read More

Bishops of England and Wales welcome Dignitas Infinita

Photo: ICN/JS

Bishops from the Department for Social Justice at the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales have welcomed the Vatican declaration on human dignity Dignitas infinita released by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith on Monday 8th April 2024. Department Chair, Bishop Richard Moth, and Lead Bishop for Life Issues, Bishop John Sherrington assert that the promotion and defence of huma... Read More

LGBT+ Westminster respond to Dignitas Infinita

The Vatican Declaration, 'Infinite Dignity'( Dignitas Infinita - 8 April 2024), is a welcome re-affirmation of the centrality of human rights protection in promoting the common good of all, and their universality, especially for LGBT+ persons and communities. The LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council particularly welcomes the denunciation of policies and legislation allowing "that in some p... Read More

Professor Jim McManus appointed new Chair of Pact

Professor Jim McManus

Professor Jim McManus has been appointed as the new Chair of Pact (Prison Advice and Care Trust), the national Catholic charity providing support to people in prison and their children and families. Jim is the National Director of Health and Wellbeing at Public Health Wales and has previously held a number of senior posts in the health sector. He holds a range of academic and advisory roles re... Read More

London: West End Clergy gravely concerned over Bill which would criminalise some rough sleepers

Tottenham Court Rd  4.11.2023. Image: ICN/JS

Clergy from the main churches in London's West End have written an Open Letter to local MPs Nickie Aiken and Sir Keir Starmer, to express their serious concerns over changes proposed in the Criminal Justice Bill, which would criminalise many people sleeping on the streets of their parishes. The full text of their letter follows: Rt Hon Nickie Aiken MP and Rt Hon Sir Keir Starmer MP House of Common... Read More

Dominicans elect New Prior Provincial

Fr Nicholas Paul Crowe OP

The Dominicans have announced "with joy" the election of a new Prior Provincial: Fr Nicholas Paul Crowe OP, who was elected by the Provincial Chapter and confirmed by the Master of the Order yesterday. The Prior Provincial leads the Province of England, a territory within the worldwide Dominican Order consisting of Britain plus Jamaica and Grenada. The Dominican statement reads: "On Tuesday even... Read More

Ireland: Pope appoints new Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Paul Dempsey as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin, made new Episcopal roles in Tuam Province, and accepted Bishop Fleming's resignation Bishop Paul Dempsey, up until now Bishop of Achonry, will now be Titular Bishop of Sita and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Dublin. Pope Francis has also made the following appointments, from today, in the ecclesiastical provi... Read More

Survey shows high number of Catholics plan to vote in General Election

The Catholic Union has found that participation by Catholics in the next General Election is likely to be extremely high. A survey of the Catholic Union's members and supporters found that just over 90 percent of responders were planning to vote in the upcoming General Election, which the Prime Minister has said is due to take place in the "second half of this year". The figure is significantly hi... Read More

Ireland: Bishop welcomes Dignitas Infinita, on Human Dignity

Bishop Kevin Doran (CCO archive)

In response to the publication today by the Dicastery of the Doctrine of the Faith of the document Dignitas Infinita, on Human Dignity, Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin, chair of the Council for Life of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference, has stated: "I welcome the publication by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith of a new document on human dignity, Dignitas Infinita. This document makes ... Read More

Southwark: Bishop Philip Moger to lead pilgrimage to Walsingham

Walsingham Abbey Gate ICN/JS

Recently-ordained Auxiliary Bishop Philip Moger will be leading the Southwark Archdiocesan pilgrimage to Walsingham on Saturday 27 April 2024. Bishop Moger was the former Rector of the Shrine. There will be opportunities for Confession, Adoration, the Rosary and a Mass. All are welcome to join the Archdiocese of Southwark to rejoice with Mary at the great joy of the Annunciation. The full itinerar... Read More

CAFOD prepares for General Election

Photo by Steve Houghton-Burnett on Unsplash

Andrea, and the rest of the Campaigns Team at CAFOD write: "With a general election expected in the UK this year, we have a great opportunity to come together and use our Catholic voice to draw attention to the issues that matter to us. Join us at an online meeting with other parishioners from around the country to find out more about how your parish can reach out to local candidates. We will run ... Read More

Why do adults decide to join the Catholic Church?

Bishop Peter Collins baptises a new Catholic at the Easter Vigil,  St John's Cathedral, Norwich.

With a background of an increasingly secular society, why do some adults still decide to join the Catholic Church? A new report by the Diocese of East Anglia Commission for the New Evangelisation throws some light on the matter. Lead researcher, Philip Kemp, reports. Most people will be aware of declining attendance at regular religious services and increasing numbers of those who do not identify ... Read More

Treading the Boards with Faith: Pub Talk with Alex Macqueen

Alex Macqueen

The acclaimed BAFTA nominated actor and writer Alex Macqueen is guest speaker in the Catholic Union's next 'Pub Talk' which takes place on Tuesday 30 April. Alex is rarely off our screens, small and big, and has appeared in The Inbetweeners, Peaky Blinders and Downton Abbey to name but a few. He has kindly agreed to talk about being a Catholic in the acting world. The Pub Talk will take place in ... Read More

Easter Message to people of Ireland from Archbishop Martin

Crucifix by Imogen Stuart

In 1982, at the invitation of Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich, the renowned sculptor Imogen Stuart, who died this week, made a very distinctive bronze crucifix for the sanctuary of Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh which she called the Tree of Life. Unlike the traditional crucifix it shows Christ exalted - His suffering is over; He is the now Risen Saviour of all; His body surges upwards; His arms no... Read More

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