At the Foot of the Cross

‘At the Foot of the Cross’ is a monthly podcast from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales bringing you the latest news, project updates, events, prayer and more. We discuss our workstreams, from pro-life issues, Catholic life and worship and social action, to heritage and patrimony, environmental concerns and international aid and development.

Dignity of Human Life | Episode 3

19th May 2022

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May’s At the Foot of the Cross looks back on the Bishops’ visit to Cardiff for their first plenary meeting in Wales for 18 years.

Canon Christopher Thomas, General Secretary here at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, joins us to talk about the historic meeting and its fruits. We discuss, specifically, a statement titled Returning to Mass at Pentecost. As COVID restrictions have been lifted, most of us are now in a position to return to church. We address what we mean when we talk about the ‘Sunday Obligation’.

Canon Thomas also looks back on an important day of prayer for survivors of abuse. It was marked on Tuesday, 17 May and a group called The Isaiah Journey – a group that includes survivors – produced resources that were not only used on that specific day but are available and relevant for the whole year.

We also listen to a Scripture reflection from the Book of the Apocalypse. Chapter 21 looks at the the new heaven and the new earth – the new Jerusalem.

Finally Collette McGovern from our Policy and Research team joins us to talk about Day for Life – an important day in the Church’s calendar when we celebrate the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. Day for Life this year falls on Sunday, 19 June and focuses on care for older people.

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Bishops in Wales | Episode 2

29th April 2022

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It’s Eastertide and time for the second episode in our new monthly podcast series At the Foot of the Cross.

In early May, our Bishops are meeting in plenary away from their usual venue of Hinsley Hall in the Diocese of Leeds. This time, the Bishops spring gathering takes place in Cardiff – the first time they have met for a full plenary in Wales for 18 years.

On this podcast we’re joined by Canon Christopher Thomas, our General Secretary, himself a proud Welshman, to talk about not only what the Bishops will be discussing but also the history of the Catholic Church in Wales.

Next in the running order is a Synod update from Fr Jan Nowotnik, our Director of Mission.

Then we have a very poignant Easter reflection from Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski, Eparchial Bishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. The community follows the Julian Calendar so they have marked Holy Week and celebrated Easter a week later than us.

Finally we open our bibles at the Acts of the Apostles and listen to a Scripture reflection from Fleur Dorrell from the God Who Speaks initiative.

Hopefully this will whet your appetite to follow our daily Scripture podcasts for Easter, Reading Acts in Easter.

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Introducing ‘At the Foot of the Cross’

21st March 2022

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Welcome to the first podcast of a new monthly series called ‘At the Foot of the Cross’.

Each month we’ll bring you updates from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Whether it’s the Church’s response to a crisis such as the Covid-19 pandemic, or an aspect of Catholic life and worship like the progression of our new Lectionary, we’ll bring you the latest on ‘At the Foot of the Cross’.

Each episode will offer a Scripture reading and reflection as well as suggested points for prayer.

When there’s something of national import, we’ll also have news from the offices, agencies and directorates that work to serve the bishops and dioceses of England and Wales.

Introduction

Today we’re joined by Canon Christopher Thomas, the General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference.

The tragedy of the Ukraine war and the Church’s response, the penitential season of Lent, the desire to see more of the faithful back in our Churches as we approach Easter – these are our focal points in March.

But let’s start with the very basics. We ask Canon Thomas the simple question: What is a Bishops’ Conference?

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