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06/01/2014 11:55 am

Pope Francis to visit Holy Land in 2014

Pope Francis will make a papal visit to the Holy Land in May of this year. The Holy Father made the announcement after the recitation of the Sunday Angelus overlooking a rainy St Peter’s Square. Speaking to pilgrims who braved the elements to hear his words, the Pope said, “in the climate of joy, typical of this Christmas season , I wish to announce that from 24 to 26 May next, God willing, I will make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

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26/06/2014 11:00 am

Working Document for the Synod of the Family

A working document for the upcoming Synod of the Family. This will take place at the Vatican between 5-19 October 2014.

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09/06/2014 7:17 pm

Cardinal Vincent Nichols prays with the Israeli and Palestinian Ambassadors at Archbishop's House, Westminster

On Friday 6 June, Cardinal Vincent Nichols welcomed the Israeli and Palestinian Ambassadors in London, Daniel Taub and Manuel Hassassian, to Archbishop's House, Westminster. Together they spent time together in prayer for peace. They did so in response to the invitation issued by Pope Francis to President Mahmoud Abbas and Shimon Peres to come to the Vatican to pray with him for peace in the Holy Land.

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20/06/2014 7:26 pm

Iraq: a political war couched in a human disaster

The latest opinion piece from our consultant on the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, Dr Harry Hagopian, on the crisis in Iraq. "The ISIS factor is not something that was created in Tal Afar, Mosul or even at Fallujah and Ramadi. The ISIS factor had been growing ever since 2011 when US forces drew down almost entirely from Iraq."

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05/06/2014 9:53 am

CSAN welcomes Government's commitment to tackle Modern Slavery

Following the Queen’s Speech, 4 June, Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), the social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, has welcomed the Government’s commitment to tackle Modern Slavery. CSAN hope the Bill will strengthen the support given to victims of trafficking as recommended in CSAN’s submission to the Joint-Select Committee.

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07/05/2014 10:56 am

Bishop Lynch praises contribution of migrants to Church and society

Bishop Patrick Lynch, the Catholic bishop with pastoral responsibility for migrants, has celebrated the "tremendous contribution that migrants make to our Church and our society" at a special Mass in Westminster Cathedral on the Feast of St Joseph the Worker. 

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28/05/2014 9:00 am

Major tasks await the newly elected European Parliament

A large majority of the citizens who participated in the European elections voted for pro-European candidates. In the years to come this will allow the European Parliament to continue its work for the common good of all Europeans with dedicated and competent women and men.

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09/05/2014 12:01 pm

Plenary Resolution: Assisted Suicide

 A resolution on Assisted Suicide from the Bishops' May 2014 plenary meeting... Proposals to legalise assisted suicide for terminally ill people raise serious questions about how we care for elderly and vulnerable people.

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19/06/2014 11:00 am

Catholics and Anglicans look forward to cricket match in September

Amongst the many theological issues and practical challenges that the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby discussed during his two days of meetings in the Vatican this week, there is one subject you might not expect to find on his agenda and that is cricket.

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24/06/2014 2:00 pm

Cardinal affirms the role of Catholic women at historic national celebration

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has affirmed the invaluable contribution that Catholic women make to the life and mission of the Church. In a message sent to mark the 75th Anniversary of the National Board of Catholic Women (NBCW), which was celebrated at the weekend.

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