During 2017, Catholics and Lutherans are commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by reflecting on 50 years of official worldwide ecumenical dialogue and building on the communion that we share. A joint Catholic-Lutheran Common Prayer Service will be taking place at St George's Cathedral, Southwark on Sunday 26 March 2017 at 3pm. Preachers will be the Most Rev Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham and the Rt Revd Martin Lind, Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain.
Caritas Westminster and Capital Mass held an information evening on 1 February, to encourage more parishes and groups and to become involved in the Community Sponsorship Scheme. Following the recent Home Office appeal to churches to help integrate refugees, the evening was designed to offer practical advice and support in a bid to encourage greater participation. The evening was opened by Rt Rev Paul MacAleenan, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster and Bishop for Migration, who stressed the importance of community, and how it is integral to faith.
How can humanising narratives counter the rush towards intolerance and xenophobia? Marina Cantacuzino, a journalist and founder of the Forgiveness Project, will address ways of breaking the cycle of vengeance and retaliation and explain why she has come to believe that it is the stories we choose to tell today that will determine how we live our lives tomorrow - in the Ealing Abbey's latest Virtus lecture next week.
Catholic and Anglican bishops came together in Birmingham for a two-day joint meeting this week. This was the fifth joint meeting in the past 10 years, with previous meetings in Leeds and London. These meetings aim to foster spiritual communion; to identify and develop programmes of joint witness and mission in this country, both regionally and nationally, while reflecting on the effectiveness of this expression of spiritual communion; to remain informed about the formal dialogue of ARCIC (Anglican-Roman Catholic Commissions).
A new international residential research library, the only one of its kind in the UK, is to be developed at Ushaw College, in a £2 million project led by Durham University. It is intended that leading researchers from around the world will visit Ushaw to study and work with its outstanding collections, along with those of Durham Cathedral and the University's Palace Green Library, enhancing the thriving scholarly community that already exists in and around Durham City. Visiting researchers will be able to reside at the 200-year-old establishment and, as well as using the library resources,
It is six years now since the beatification of Cardinal Newman. At the first Catholic People's Week of 2017 in Boars Hill, Oxford, participants will be 'following in his footsteps'. It will be a shortened winter event, to be held 24-26 February 2017. There will be a visit to Littlemore where he was received into the Catholic Church. A few years afterwards he was excited by what he called the 'Second Spring' in the Church when he witnessed the restoration of the Catholic hierarchy in England in 1850. The weekend will consider whether now is the time for a 'Third Spring'
Catholic homeless charity Caritas Anchor House has completed the construction of 25 move-on flats for previously homeless people. Located in Newham, east London, one of the most deprived areas of the country, Caritas Anchor House provides accommodation and support for up to 250 single homeless people each year, addressing the root causes of homelessness through training, education and personal rehabilitation. As the move from the supportive environment of Caritas Anchor House to independent living can sometimes be difficult,
The following statement has been issued on behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in the wake of an investigative report by Channel 4 News into John Smythe, who is alleged to have abused boys at a Church of England holiday camp in the 1970s: "The Archbishop of Canterbury was a Dormitory Officer at Iwerne holiday camp in the late 1970s, where boys from public schools learnt to develop life as Christians. The role was to be a mentor to the boys, as was that of his now wife at a similar camp for girls.
Coventry poet, Antony Owen, will be leading a voluntary peace poetry vigil for victims of conflict, in the Chapel of Unity, Coventry Cathedral this Saturday. 'Bridges over the wall' will consist of bridging poetry and spoken word, for those without a voice, from places of conflict across the world. The event will also bridge conflicts past and present, those affected from the bombings of places like Coventry, Dresden, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and in recent conflicts in Syria and Yemen.
The event will include poems read by local poets, school children, refugees and Owen himself.
A Credit Union first launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury and other church leaders is to expand to include eligible members of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and in Scotland. Approval has been given by the regulators for the Catholic Church in England and Wales and in Scotland to become the latest Christian denomination to be included in the Common Bond of the Churches' Mutual Credit Union (CMCU).
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster has agreed to become Patron of St Joseph's Hospice in Hackney. St Joseph's, one of the oldest hospices in the country, was founded by the Religious Sisters of Charity in 1905. They were invited to Hackney by the then Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vaughan, to help and care for the poor of East London who were dying in terrible conditions, mainly from tuberculosis. Affirming his support for the work of the hospice, Cardinal Nichols said: "I take great pride in the history and tradition of St Joseph's Hospice.
The Charles Plater Trust wishes to appoint a small number of new Trustees - to help further the Trust's objectives and to have an oversight of the Trust's activities as several of the Trust's nine trustees are approaching the end of their terms of office. The Trust is also seeking to recruit additional members of its Grant-making and Finance committees. The Trust would be particularly interested in applicants with financial, charity and project management expertise but all expressions of interest will be welcome.
CAFOD is leading calls for the government to negotiate trade deals in the interests of both the UK and the world's poorest communities. The aid agency is launching a letter-writing campaign for Catholics to remind their MPs that International Trade Secretary Liam Fox must consider the impact on the world's most vulnerable people of any new trade deals negotiated after the UK's withdrawal from the European Union. The call comes in a paper, International Trade for the Common Good, which was published this week.
The annual festival of Brigid, with Afri Justice and Peace (Action from Ireland) now in its 25th year, will be held in Kildare this week. (29 January - 5 February). A packed programme of events, celebrating the life of Saint Brigid, including a walking tour of St Brigid's ancient Monastic site in Kildare and a Mass celebrated at St Brigid's well on Sunday 5 February are among the events of the week. At the RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation) assembly in Rome,
Rev Dr David Cornick, CTE General Secretary writes: "We are delighted to announce that HG Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom has succeeded HE Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain as the Orthodox President of Churches Together in England. He will serve alongside The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, HE Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, the Revd Dr Hugh Osgood, the Moderator of the Free Churches Group, Bishop Eric Brown who represents the Pentecostal
Lead Parish Catechist - Our Lady & St Thomas of Canterbury, Harrow on the Hill.
We are currently seeking an enthusiastic, innovative, creative lead catechist who has the vision and enthusiasm to work with the parish as they continue to develop their mission. The successful applicant will be a practicing Roman Catholic and possess excellent organisation and communication skills, the ability to work well using their own initiative as well as part of a team and good knowledge of MS office package.
An historic occasion took place in Cambridge on Wednesday evening (January 25) when Seminarian Jaylord Magpuyo became the first-ever Filipino to be ordained as a deacon in the Diocese of East Anglia. The Ordination Mass was celebrated by Bishop Alan Hopes at the Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs (OLEM) in Cambridge. It was witnessed by a packed church of well over 300 people, including family and friends of Deacon Jaylord and parishioners from the Cambridge churches of St Philip Howard and St Laurence,
A nun who protected Jews during the Holocaust was honoured with the 29th Lord Mayor Centenary Plaque on Thursday. Sister Agnes Walsh (1896 - 1993) was born Clare Walsh in Hull in 1896 and lived at 75 Lowgate (1906-1916). Clare Walsh entered into the Daughters of Charity in 1916 and subsequently became Sister Agnes Walsh. Sister Agnes, who was also a humanitarian, was awarded the title Righteous Among the Nations by the State of Israel on 1 March 2009 for her work during the Holocaust.
Bishop Richard Moth has called on government to redouble its efforts on prison reform following today's report from the Ministry of Justice stating that suicides in prisons across England and Wales reached their highest ever number last year. Describing the 119 self-inflicted deaths, 37,784 self-harm incidents and 25,049 assault incidents as shocking and unacceptable, Bishop Moth said staff shortages and overcrowding were major contributing factors. Last year thousands of staff walked out in protest over health and safety concerns and a number of jails underwent serious disturbances.
As new corruption data are released today, (25 January) Christian Aid is asking why the UK has still not taken important actions that would make it harder for corruption to happen. "Transparency International's latest Index is a much-needed reminder of the outrage of corruption, which sees criminals stealing billions supposed to pay for sick children's medicine, for families' clean water, for better roads and policing for all," said Tom Viita, Head of Advocacy at Christian Aid."Corruption is a sickening injustice committed by powerful people, against everyone else.
A port chaplain with Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) has spoken about her admiration for the faith and dignity of a group of seafarers who lost their colleague after an explosion on board their ship. The Manhattan Bridge ship was berthing at Felixstowe port on Thursday night when the incident occurred, killing a crew member and injuring the second engineer. "They're a crew who have a strong bond of relationship and respect for each other," said Sr Marian Davey, AoS Felixstowe port chaplain.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrated Mass in Westminster Cathedral on Monday, 23 January, to mark the silver jubilee of his episcopal ordination. The Cardinal was joined by bishops of England and Wales including Emeritus Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor and the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Antonio Mennini. In his homily, Cardinal Nichols reflected on the power of the mystery of Christ's Passion as we remember 'the widespread suffering and persecution of the disciples of Christ'.
Thousands of Christian communities across the UK marked Homeless Sunday yesterday. This annual event in the churches calendar enables Christians to connect, challenge and commit to engaging with those who are homeless in their own local community. As part of this year's campaign, Action and Advocacy: a Christian response to homelessness was published. The statement, coordinated by Housing Justice has been already been signed by the Bishop of Rochester and representatives from many of the church-run homeless charities and groups.
Bill Bryson OBE, best-selling author of books on travel, the English language and science, has been appointed a Vice-President of the National Churches Trust, the UK's church buildings support charity. Bill said: "It is impossible to overstate the importance of churches to this country. Nothing else in the built environment has the emotional and spiritual resonance, the architectural distinction, the ancient, reassuring solidity of a parish church. To me, they are the physical embodiment of all that is best and most enduring in Britain."
The Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, His Excellency Monsignor Antonio Mennini, is being transferred from his current responsibilities, at the request of Pope Francis, to serve directly in the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, assisting in its work in relation to States. In this capacity, Archbishop Mennini will serve the Holy Father with particular reference to the State of Italy. In a statement Cardinal Vincent Nichols said today: "Archbishop Mennini has served as Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain for nearly six years,