Lent 2021

Lent is a 40-day fast — a reference to the time Jesus spent being tempted in the desert. It’s a time when we can prepare our hearts for the remembrance of Christ’s death. Read more.

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’re releasing this material for Lent 2021, it can be used at any time. Read more.

Cardinal in Iraq

It’s just a week before Pope Francis touches down in Baghdad for an historic visit to the Iraq – the first by any pope to the country.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols visited Erbil in the north in April 2015 – less than a year after ISIS insurgents swept through the region taking Iraq’s second city Mosul, wreaking havoc and killing and displacing thousands. In this interview, Cardinal Nichols speaks to us about his strong memories from the visit – not to mention the people he met and the church-run projects he witnessed in action. The country and its people are still firmly in his heart.

Lockdown in England

The latest lockdown restrictions came into force on 5 January 2021.

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

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


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.

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.

15 February 2021

Over these weeks the work continued at pace across the project. The new company for the standards agency was incorporated and work has been done on preparing the recruitment pack for directors.

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


Our guidance is continually updated as required. Read more.

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