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International Affairs

The Department for International Affairs assists the bishops and the Bishops' Conference in developing their policies on international affairs. The department works to promote peace, justice and solidarity throughout the world. Areas of work include: Aid and development, migration, environmental justice, overseas mission, European affairs, the Holy Land and wider Middle East North Africa region. The Chair of the department is Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton.

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Africa

Africa is a rich and diverse continent, the second biggest in the world, with 54 fully-recognised countries. Each country has its own economic, political and... Read more

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Environment

As Christians we are inspired to be stewards of the earth, to conserve and protect God’s creation and the earth’s resources. Read more

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Europe

In 2003, Pope John Paul II firmly linked Europe with Christianity in his Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Europa. He said: "There can be no doubt that the C... Read more

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Holy Land

The Christian community in the Holy Land represents a physical link between the modern world and the life and times of Christ - they are the 'living stones'... Read more

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MENA Region

The Middle East is an important region for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. The Arab awakening has dominated media coverage since late... Read more

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Migration

The Office for Migration Policy monitors information and prepares briefs on migration to enable the bishops to develop policy and respond to debates. The Off... Read more

human slavery

The Catholic Church and Human Trafficking

The Bakhita Initiative, overseen by the Bakhita Foundation, is the Catholic Church’s response to human trafficking. It is the focus of the Church's efforts to combat this modern form of slavery and acts as a catalyst for a number of interventions. Read more