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03/01/2013 12:15 pm

Suffering and vulnerable people in the Holy Land

Bishops from across Europe and North America this week will be visiting refugees in Jordan from the Syrian conflict along with other suffering and vulnerable people and communities in the Holy Land as the focus of this year’s Holy Land Co-ordination. 

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19/12/2012 11:05 am

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor on Radio 2’s Pause for Thought

The Cardinal gave a Christmas reflection on BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans Breakfast Show today. You can listen again here. 

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12/12/2012 4:20 pm

Marriage in its current form is essential to the common good

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark, Vice-President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, wrote this comment piece on same-sex civil marriage. The article originally appeared in The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday, 12 December.

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12/12/2012 10:35 am

Pope posts historic first tweet

Pope Benedict XVI has sent his first tweet into the twittersphere announcing his pleasure at communicating on the social micro-blogging platform.

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11/12/2012 5:05 pm

Every parish in Lancaster opens at the same time for confessions

Every Wednesday of Advent; 5, 12 and 19 December 2012 every Catholic parish church in the Diocese of Lancaster will be open and a priest available from 7pm to 8 pm for Catholics to go to Confession. 

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11/12/2012 4:15 pm

Response to the 2011 Census

The Office for National Statistics 2011 census figures on religion published today show that the number of people self-identifying as Christian stands at 33.2 million (59%), down from 37.3 million (72%) in 2001. 

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07/12/2012 4:30 pm

Catholic Bible Engagement Survey Suggests Need to Support Scripture Use and Literacy

The results of a survey commissioned by the Bible Society, in partnership with the Home Mission Desk of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, suggest that Catholics may need greater help in deepening their knowledge and use of, and prayer with, the Bible each day.

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07/12/2012 3:15 pm

Catholic-Oriental Orthodox Ecumenical Vespers of Our Lady

Following the January 2012 publication of a book containing the joint-statements and agreements issued by the Catholic and Oriental Orthodox Churches, a celebration of Solemn Vespers took place at St James' Church, Spanish Place in central London on Thursday 6 December.

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06/12/2012 12:05 pm

New Master of the Catholic Writers’ Guild

Dr James Kelly, St Cuthbert’s Society Fellow at Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies, has been named the new Master of the Catholic Writers’ Guild. 

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05/12/2012 4:34 pm

Statement on the Publication of the Apostolic Letter Intima Ecclesiae natura - ‘On The Service Of Charity’

Following an initial programme of conferences and seminars on the structure and organisation of Caritas around the world, the Bishops at their November 2011 Plenary Meeting agreed a three-part resolution for the further development of Catholic social action within England and Wales. 

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