Step 3 Guidance for Communal Worship during the COVID-19 Pandemic

As of 17 May 2021 we are at Step 3 of the Government’s COVID-19 Response Roadmap. The Bishops’ Conference guidance for liturgical life of the church is active from this date. Further guidance will be prepared for the Step 4 date of 21 June. Read more.

World Communications Day

Sunday, 16 May 2021

The World Day of Social Communications is celebrated on Sunday, 16 May. Its theme echoes the words of the Apostle Philip, recognising that authentic communication leads to “encountering people as and where they are”. In our section you will find resources, prayers, reflections and more.

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Gaza priest: We are preparing the parish in case people need to take refuge

As violence in the Holy Land continues to escalate, we spoke to the Parish Priest of the Holy Family Parish in Gaza, Father Gabriel Romanelli. His community is very small, 133 people, but very active and they extend their support beyond the Christian Arab community to their Muslim neighbours. The tension is palpable and the parish compound stands ready to offer refuge to those who might find themselves in need. Read and Listen.

Response to IICSA Recommendations

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales accepted the Recommendations of the IICSA Report in November 2020. This response shows how the Catholic Church is addressing the seven recommendations. You can download the response document – a Recommendations Action Plan – below and you can also read an introductory cover letter from the Chair of the Catholic Council for IICSA, Baroness Nuala O’Loan.

For all the reports and responses from the Church to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) visit our dedicated section.

Full of Grace

May is the Month of Mary. As we focus our prayer on Our Lady, why not follow our series ‘Full of Grace’? We pray the Hail Mary in a different language each day. Read more.

The Church in a Post-Pandemic World

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have issued a reflection titled The Day of the Lord on post-pandemic recovery and the challenges faced by the Church in encouraging people back to the Church and her Sacraments. The Bishops met for their Spring plenary meeting from 19 – 22 April 2021. Read more.

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray, from Ascension to Pentecost, for more people to come to know Jesus. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops’ Conference, is supporting the initiative. Watch a special message here or visit our Thy Kingdom Come section.

Listening With Love

Listening with Love is a resource inviting people to reflect on the impact of abuse on individuals and the Church. Although we released this material for Lent 2021, it can be used at any time. Read more.

Beyond the Cross

‘Beyond the Cross’ is a five-part art and culture series that follows the Risen Christ, through the artist’s eye, taking in some of the main encounters of the Easter season. ‘Ascension of Christ’ is a striking piece by the Late-Renaissance painter Benvenuto Tisi – or Il Garofalo as he was known. It was painted between 1510 and 1520. Look out for the Trinitarian Triangles! Read more.

Safeguarding Implementation Newsletters

The Project Implementation Team has pledged to disseminate a newsletter every two weeks giving an overview of the work undertaken since the Implementation Plan was adopted. The Project Implementation Team comprises of Carol Lawrence (Director), Dr Colette Limbrick, Dr Edward Morgan and Fr David Smolira SJ.

11 May 2021

The project is entering its final month now, having set out a six-month timeline to deliver the new structures. Whilst there is work to do in some areas, significant progress has been made and the workplan is being drawn together ahead of completion.

For older news updates and more on implementation, visit our Implementation page.

COVID-19

Our guidance is continually updated as required. Read more.

Live Catholic Mass Online

Use our online directory of churches in England and Wales streaming Catholic Mass live online.

Latest News

Visit our ‘News’ section for our full archive.

Press releases, news, statements and more. Learn more

Profiles of our diocesan bishops and retired bishops. Learn more

This section keeps at the forefront those iconic, important events that remain a little longer in our memories. Learn more

In this section you can find out more about the Pope, the Vatican and the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. Learn more

The Catholic Church in England and Wales is made up of 22 dioceses. Learn more

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