Called to be Peacemakers

The Bishops of our International Affairs department have released a new document offering a Catholic approach to arms control and disarmament titled Called to be Peacemakers. It argues that if Catholics are to take up the call to stand as peacemakers in our troubled world, an integral part of this mission involves working to limit the proliferation of weapons and to advance the cause of global disarmament. The document stresses that every human life lost to violence and conflict is a tragedy for our universal family. Read online or download a PDF version below.

Respond to the faith-based admissions cap consultation for new free schools

We welcome the decision by the Education Secretary to lift the 50% cap on faith-based admissions for new free schools in England, and to allow Catholic special academies. The decision is subject to a consultation which closes on 20 June. It is important that there is a strong response to the consultation. Click here to act now.

Opposing the Decriminalisation of Abortion

The government’s flagship Criminal Justice Bill has important amendments that could fundamentally change our laws on abortion. We uphold the dignity and value of every human life from conception to natural end and have clear views on these amendments. Read more.

Bishop Declan Lang’s last interview as Bishop of Clifton

For this special Catholic News podcast, on the eve of his retirement, we spoke to Bishop Declan Lang about his twenty-three years as Bishop of Clifton. Listen below or read more here.

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Bishop Sherrington “deeply alarmed” by two abortion amendments to Criminal Justice Bill

Bishop John Sherrington, Lead Bishop for Life Issues for the Bishops’ Conference, has released a statement on the Criminal Justice Bill expressing his deep concern about two tabled amendments that seek to liberalise abortion laws, set to be debated next week, Wednesday 15 May. Bishop Sherrington also voiced his support for two other tabled amendments, one of which would reduce the abortion time limit and the other that would not allow babies with Down syndrome to be aborted up to birth. Read more.

New Lectionary – Advent 2024

A new edition of the Lectionary, the book which contains the readings which are proclaimed at Mass, will come into use in England and Wales on the First Sunday of Advent 2024.

For information and resources on the new Lectionary, visit the dedicated section in our What’s On area.

Bishops issue pastoral reflection on gender 

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have issued a pastoral reflection on gender, highlighting the teaching of the Church but stressing that accompanying those struggling with gender dysphoria is “a complex but essential pastoral task.”

The document, titled Intricately woven by the Lord: A pastoral reflection on gender by the bishops of England and Wales, emphasises that all are welcome in the Church, but says that the sexual identity of an individual is not a purely “cultural or social construction.” Read more.

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Episcopal Ordination of Rt Rev Bosco MacDonald as Tenth Bishop of Clifton