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20/02/2006

Holy See hails historic opportunity for seafarers

The Holy See's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva has described a proposed international convention to uphold the rights and human dignity of seafarers as “an indispensable tool of decent work” which could herald “the emergence of a new maritime world order”.

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20/02/2006

Landmark conference promises to help parishes re-engage with the lapsed

national conference being held next week is being tipped as a landmark event offering ideas and resources to help parishes re-engage and reach out to the lapsed.

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14/02/2006

Sermon for the Episcopal Ordination of the New Auxiliary Bishops for Southwark

At the heart of the rite of Episcopal ordination is the anointing of the bishops elect with the oil of Chrism. That oil is blessed here in the Cathedral every Maundy Thursday and is used throughout the diocese for conferring the sacraments of baptism, of confirmation, and ordination to the priesthood.

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14/02/2006

Top marks from Queen for Catholic inner city Sixth Form College

Loreto Catholic Sixth Form College in Hulme, Manchester , has been awarded the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education for: “educational provision in an urban context: raising achievement and aspiration” .

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07/02/2006

Interviews for schools admissions

Both the Church of England and the Catholic Church have pressed Government over the past few years to outlaw interviews for the selection of pupils for Church schools.

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07/02/2006

Catholic Association for Racial Justice Statement on Racial and Religious Hatred

In the wake of Parliament's refusal to pass effective legislation on incitement to religious hatred, there is space for reflection on how we can reduce hate crime and promote understanding and cooperation in an increasingly diverse society. Those groups who opposed the legislation, as well as those who favoured it, have an obligation to contribute to this discussion.

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31/01/2006

Pope's message for Lent

Lent is a privileged time of interior pilgrimage towards Him Who is the fount of mercy. It is a pilgrimage in which He Himself accompanies us through the desert of our poverty, sustaining us on our way towards the intense joy of Easter.

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31/01/2006

Interfaith Marriage Conference

Inter-faith marriage will be the focus of a seminar next week jointly hosted by the Committee for Other Faiths, Marriage Care and the Marriage and Family Life Office of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

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25/01/2006

Deus caritas est (God is Love): First Encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI's first Encyclical, entitled "Deus caritas est" (God is love) which considers the question of Christian Love, was presented today at a press conference at the Vatican.

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24/01/2006

Archbishop Kevin McDonald speaks about Sheikh Dr Zaki Badawi

Archbishop Kevin McDonald has paid tribute to the life and work of Sheikh Dr Zaki Badawi who died earlier today.

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