Lockdown in England

With the announcement of a lockdown for England to curb the rapid spread of COVID-19, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has commented on churches remaining open. The latest lockdown restrictions came into force on 5 January 2021. Read more.

We have also updated our guidance to cover the lockdown in England.

Response to the Mayor of London’s call for places of worship in Greater London to close as part of his declaration of a ‘major incident’

Bishop John Sherrington, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, has issued this letter explaining the position and role of our churches during the current lockdown.


The Catholic bishops of England and Wales have appointed Carol Lawrence to oversee the immediate implementation of wide-ranging reforms to safeguarding structures and processes in the Church. More.

The Bishops issued a statement on safeguarding after their plenary meeting from 16-19 November 2020.

The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has given a personal statement on safeguarding.

In October 2019, the Bishops commissioned an independent review of the Catholic Church’s Safeguarding Structures and Arrangements in England and Wales.

Ian Elliott was the Independent Chair of the Review. Published on 20 November 2020, the final report and recommendations, therefore, are sometimes referred to as the ‘Elliott Report’. Mr Elliott is an experienced safeguarding professional who has worked across the world in this area.

Read the report and its recommendations.


Our guidance is continually updated as required. Read more.

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