UK & Ireland

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


Doctors warn government's transgender proposals are 'dangerous'

The Prime Minister's 'dangerous' transgender proposals will do more harm than good and seem to be based on nothing more than political ideology, a doctors' group has warned today. The doctors group, the Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF), issued the stern warning as the Government's consultation on making it easier for people in England and Wales to change their legal gender closed t...

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London: Five novices join Nazareth House

Standing at the back are Sisters Bulangizi, Rumbidzai and Tram. In front  are Sisters Chitondezyo and Hanh.

Five new Novices have been received into the Congregation at the International Noviciate based at Nazareth House in Hammersmith, London. The Novices are from Africa and Vietnam. The new Sisters will undergo a two year programme of formation which will include pastoral placements with Nazareth House Sisters in their various Houses around the country.

For more informa...

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Robin Gibbons, Honorary Ecumenical Canon

Fr Robin Gibbons

Fr Robin Gibbons, who writes our Sunday Reflection each week, is an Eastern Rite Catholic Chaplain for Melkites in the UK. He is also an Ecumenical Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. Emily Essex interviewed him for the Christ Church Cathedral blog.

Emily: Your job title is one of the strangest I've come across- what does it actually mean?

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Scotland: Bishop to pray Rosary live on Facebook

Bishop John Keenan, Bishop of the Paisley diocese in Scotland, will be praying the Rosary LIVE on the FreePrayerUK Facebook page on Wednesday 17th October 2018, starting at 9.30pm/2130 BST (GMT+1).

October is the Month of the Holy Rosary and Pope Francis has asked all Catholics to pray for the Church at this time of trial.

Paisley Diocese was created out of the Diocese of Glasgow in...

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USCCB welcomes end to death penalty in Washington State

Bishop Dewane

Following the Washington Supreme Court's ruling striking down the state death penalty statute, Bishop Frank J Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, welcomed the news and reiterated the Church's teaching on capital punishment.

The full statement of Bishop Dewane follows:

"The Washington Supreme Court is to be ...

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London: Vatican safeguarding expert to address national conference on abuse

Hans Zollner SJ

A member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, Fr Hans Zollner SJ, is the keynote speaker at a national conference this Sunday organised by the monastic community at Ealing Abbey, entitled 'Growing in Connectedness: Healing the History of Child Sexual Abuse.' The conference, on 21 October, aims to "provide a space to connect and share learning from both those dealing with t...

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London: Vigil Mass to celebrate Canonisation of Oscar Romero

Fr David Stewart SJ writes from St Ignatius Parish, Stamford Hill: everyone is welcome to join us at Stamford Hill N15 on Saturday 13th as, with great joy, we celebrate the Vigil of the canonisation of Bl Oscar Romero. The parish has been praying for the canonisation for a long time and, since the official announcement from Rome, converting those prayers into prayers of thanksgiving, a...

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Taizé Prayer in London

Marion Hill writes: Taizé is an international & ecumenical community in France founded in 1940 by Brother Roger. Today, the Taizé Community is made up of over a hundred brothers, Catholics and from various Protestant backgrounds, coming from around thirty nations. A pattern of prayer has been developed for this international community coming from a variety of Christia...

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Coptic New Year (Nayrouz) service at Westminster Abbey

Messages were received from Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, the Most Reverend Archbishop Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Right Honourable Theresa May, Prime Minister, as equality and freedom were highlighted at the annual Coptic New Year (Nayrouz) Service at St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey. Addresses were also delivered by the Lord Bourne o...

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Bishop Sherrington thanks altar servers for their faithfulness and dedication

At the National Mass for Altar Servers at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, Bishop John Sherrington thanked altar servers for their 'faithfulness, dedication, and the time that you give to serving at the altar and serving Christ'. He commended them for their witness in stepping forward to serve: 'It is really important that others in your parish see you serving. It may inspire them to do the ...

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C4M welcomes Supreme Court ruling in 'gay cake' case

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The Coalition for Marriage has welcomed the Supreme Court ruling in the so-called 'gay cake' case as a victory for commonsense and free speech. The case involved the family-run Asher's Baking Company,which declined to produce a cake carrying a picture of the Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie and the slogan 'support gay marriage"'for a pro-same-sex marriage activist.

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Birmingham to host European Christian Worker Conference

Sixty worker representatives, from the European Christian Workers' Movement (ECWM) from twelve countries, will be gathering at the Hillscourt Conference Centre in the Lickey Hills from the 18th to 21st October. They represent thousands of Christian worker activists from movements across Europe. The English Movement of Christian Workers, which has its headquarters in Birmingham, will be this yea...

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UK: More than 440 homeless people found dead in past year

image: JS/ICN

More than 440 people experiencing homelessness have died on streets or in temporary accommodation in the UK in the past year, an investigation has found.

The figures were compiled by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ) as part of their long-term project, Dying Homeless, to count those that die when experiencing homelessness in the UK.

Data shows there were at least 449 deat...

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London: Parish of St Ignatius Novena to Oscar Romero

The Great Amen by Peter Bridgman

'The Great Amen', a new painting by Peter Bridgman, depicting Fr Rutilio Grande SJ and Archbishop Oscar Romero, was unveiled and blessed by Bishop John Sherrington during a special Mass at the church of St Ignatius, Stamford Hill north London last Friday.

In anticipation of his canonisation on Sunday, 14 October at St Peter's in Rome, the parish is holding a novena of intercession to Bles...

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