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02/03/2016 12:00 pm

“Learn English to Counter Hostility”, Salford Bishop Tells Refugees

Bishop John Arnold of Salford Diocese made his first visit to the asylum seeker charity Revive last week. He went to see first-hand how Revive are co-ordinating practical aid for asylum seekers and refugees in Manchester and Salford. He met with the staff and volunteers at Revive’s drop in centre in Kersal, where the marginalised are given advice, practical help, referrals, and a place to socialise. He then visited the Revive offices in Beswick, where there is an Immigration Department.

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02/03/2016 12:00 pm

Commemorating 'Reformation 1517' in England

The Presidents of Churches Together in England encourage all churches in England to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 with sensitivity as we acknowledge our unity in Christ. We have learnt over the past century that unity is achieved by walking together, and we have grown in communion, friendship, reconciliation and healing. During this anniversary we want to be able to listen to the truth that is in each other, to hear our different stories, and build bridges of deeper understanding and respect.

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29/02/2016 12:00 pm

Catholic Community in England and Wales prepares for Pope Francis’ Worldwide ‘Confession drive’

People across England and Wales will participate in a worldwide ‘Confession drive’ this weekend that has been initiated by Pope Francis, as an integral part of his Jubilee Year of Mercy celebrations. 24 hours for the Lord’ will run from Friday 4 to Saturday 5 March and will see teams of Catholic priests available in Cathedrals, and in some local churches in England and Wales, to dispense the Sacrament of Reconciliation, also called Confession. Similar gatherings will happen on every continent, with millions expected to visit churches for prayer and to receive the Sacrament.

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28/02/2016 11:43 am

Church Leaders: No evidence Sunday Trading proposals will bring substantial economic benefit to UK

Archbishop Peter Smith, Chair of the Bishops' Conference Department for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship, has joined church leaders in writing a letter to The Sunday Telegraph expressing concern that further deregulation of Sunday Trading laws is likely to "disrupt the rhythms of community life that are so integral to the common good". 

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24/02/2016 5:39 pm

Pope Francis cautions against arrogance and oppression and condemns those who abuse authority to feed corruption, slave labour and human trafficking

When the dimension of service is lost, “power transforms into arrogance and becomes domination and oppression”, nourishing the “underhanded dealings of human beings”. Pope Francis reminded the faithful of this risk at the General Audience on Wednesday, 24 February, in St Peter’s Square.

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15/02/2016 11:00 am

Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met in Havana, Cuba on Friday, 12 February 2016, to sign an historic joint declaration.

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12/02/2016 1:08 pm

Catholic Church in England and Wales releases prayer to assist those seeking St Valentine’s Day soulmate

The Catholic Church in England and Wales has published a new prayer to assist those who want to meet their soulmate. Timed to coincide with the celebration of St Valentine’s Day - a day annually when those who have already met their spouse express their love and appreciation of them - it’s hoped that the prayer will provide hope to those who have yet to meet their husband or wife.

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11/02/2016 6:08 pm

Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain and Diocesan Russian Orthodox Bishop pray for the success of the meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill

"Before the meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill, Catholics and Orthodox in the United Kingdom as well as believers all over the world gather in prayer, well aware that throughout this epochal gesture it is offering to humanity – in this moment of severe tensions and conflicts – an extraordinary testimony, unique – of how it is possible to rediscover today – the way of peace and unity. A testimony which, after all, by the will of God is placed in the journey of grace which both Churches are making..."

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11/02/2016 6:38 pm

Cardinal celebrates first Catholic ceremony at Hampton Court Palace Chapel for 450 years

On 9 February, Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrated Vespers in the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court. This was the first Catholic ceremony held there in 450 years - since the reign of Queen Mary I. 

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10/02/2016 4:53 pm

Sunday Trading Rules - Catholic Bishops’ Response

Following the publication of proposals for devolving the rules on Sunday Trading by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills yesterday, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have published their submission to the Government Consultation in August 2015. 

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