Health and Social Care

The Church has, since earliest times, been committed to caring for those who are sick or in need. Indeed, institutions established by churches and religious orders laid the foundations of the modern health service.

The Church has, since earliest times, been committed to caring for those who are sick or in need. Indeed, institutions established by churches and religious orders laid the foundations of the modern health service.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. This includes the ways in which we express our faith.

Full Closure of Catholic Churches

Following the Prime Minister’s historic announcement on 23 March strengthening restrictions in an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19, Catholic Churches are closed to the public at this time.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols stresses that we must all play our part to safeguard the NHS and to save ‘precious lives’.

“We’re going to play our full part in it. That was the call of St. Paul that we ought to be good citizens and today we ought to be good citizens playing our part in the protection of the vulnerable, in our support for the NHS and in the preserving of human life, which is so precious to God in the face of this virus.”

More information in our Coronavirus (COVID-19) section.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The global spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a fast-evolving situation. The Bishops are looking to re-open our churches - safely - for individual, private prayer as soon as possible whilst complying fully with social distancing requirements.

Catholics in Health and Social Care

The Healthcare Reference Group was created in 2003 following a new initiative of the Bishops to give pastoral support to those working in healthcare in England and Wales.

Healthcare Downloads

A series of healthcare resources produced by the 'Catholics in Healthcare' project. We have guides available for download for clinicians, carers and patients.