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Bishops of England and Wales welcome new guidelines on terminal care
Bishops of England and Wales welcome new guidelines on terminal care

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales welcome the latest guidance from NICE - the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on including peoples' spiritual or religious needs and issues in their care during the last few days of their lives. This guidance complements well their existing guidance on the last year of life and explicitly recognises that truly personalised care only happens when we ask people about their cultural, social, cultural, spiritual and religious preferences.

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Shrewsbury Diocese distributes Morning Offering prayer cards
Shrewsbury Diocese distributes Morning Offering prayer cards

The Diocese of Shrewsbury will be distributing prayer cards throughout Lent to help the faithful to renew the practice of offering each day to God in the prayer, 'The Morning Offering'. The initiative will be announced by the Rt Rev Mark Davies, the Bishop of Shrewsbury, in a pastoral letter to be read out in churches of the Diocese of Shrewsbury over the weekend of the First Sunday of Lent (March 5) as part of the diocesan Year for Mission. In his pastoral letter, Bishop Davies will

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London: Eight Jesuits ordained to the diaconate
London: Eight Jesuits ordained to the diaconate

On Saturday 25 February, Bishop Nicholas Hudson ordained eight Jesuits as deacons. The men come from all over the world. Anthony Paul Appu, Nilan Fernando, Thomas Idergard, Swaninathan Krishnamurti, Roy Alex Kuzhimannil, Sandeep Lakra, Alphonse Lepcha and Mikael Schink have all been living and studying in London for the last three or more years before becoming deacons. While reflecting on the Gospel chosen for the day, Bishop Hudson encouraged the eight candidates to get to know

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Ireland: Archbishop Martin launches #LiveLent 2017 resources
Ireland: Archbishop Martin launches #LiveLent 2017 resources

Archbishop Eamon Martin has launched a special web resource, and a Twitter and Instagram #LiveLent initiative, for Lent 2017 which begins tomorrow, Ash Wednesday. Archbishop Martin said: "In his message for Lent 2017, which I encourage everyone to read, Pope Francis invites the faithful to return to God with all their hearts, to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. The theme for the Pope's message for Lent 2017 is 'The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift'.

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Ireland: First new monastery established in Meath since Reformation
Ireland: First new monastery established in Meath since Reformation

Bishop Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath, yesterday presided at the canonical establishment of a new monastery at Silverstream Priory in the Diocese of Meath. Silverstream is home to a community of eight male religious who follow the Rule of Saint Benedict. The community came from Tulsa, USA, in 2012 and occupies the former residence of the Visitation Sisters in Stamullen, Co Meath. The monastery is contemplative in nature, with a particular focus on the Liturgy and Eucharistic Adoration. The

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Birmingham: Papal honour for woman academic helping train priests for 21st century
Birmingham: Papal honour for woman academic helping train priests for 21st century

Professor Judith Champ, Church History Lecturer and Academic Tutor at Oscott College (the seminary of the Archdiocese of Birmingham serving the Catholic Church in England, Wales and Scotland) has become a Dame of the Order of St Sylvester. The award exists to recognise lay Catholic men and women whose professional work is of great service to the Church, to the wider community and to the country. The Investiture of Judith Champ as a Dame of Sylvester took place during a Mass celebrated by

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Ash Wednesday meditation with Laurence Freeman OSB - live and on-line
Ash Wednesday meditation with Laurence Freeman OSB - live and on-line

Ash Wednesday starts a springtime season of personal renewal as well as a preparation for the Easter celebration. Fr Laurence Freeman OSB starts us off today for a fresh and liberating forty days with this event at The Meditatio Centre. Fr Laurence Freeman is a Benedictine monk and spiritual successor of John Main and has been teaching meditation in the Christian tradition since the 1970s. He is the Founder and Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation.

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Cardinal Nichols blesses state-of-the-art new Jumbulance
Cardinal Nichols blesses state-of-the-art new Jumbulance

More pilgrims with special care needs will be able to travel to Lourdes pilgrimage this summer after an additional Jumbulance was blessed by Cardinal Nichols on 25th February. The Jumbulance, a coach-sized ambulance, will accommodate those pilgrims who are unable to fly and require constant medical care. The blessing took place after a Mass of Thanksgiving at Westminster Cathedral which welcomed staff and supporters from ACROSS, the charity providing the Jumbulance who

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Glasgow: Open lecture on Unity in God, Unity of God
Glasgow: Open lecture on Unity in God, Unity of God

The Focolare Movement Scotland and Ahl Al Bait Society present an open lecture on: Unity in God and Unity of God on Monday, 27 February at 6.30pm in the Lecture Theatre 1, Boyd Orr Building, University of Glasgow...'We are living in an historic moment in time - characterised in many ways by war, division, conflict and fear. Talk of dialogue and unity between people of different faiths in such a context seems unattractive or impossible to many. Yet true dialogue, peace and unity is not only possible, it is

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 New website to help secure future of churches
New website to help secure future of churches

A new website which makes it easy for churches and to look after their architectural heritage was launched yesterday, by the National Churches Trust, the UK's church buildings support charity. Based on the principle that prevention is better than cure. MaintenanceBooker has been set up to help churches and chapels avoid having to carry out major repairs to their buildings by making it easy to carry out regular maintenance. MaintenanceBooker is being launched initially in Yorkshire and the Humber,

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Pre-election message from Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland
Pre-election message from Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland

The Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland have sent out the following message and reflection in advance of Assembly Election on 2 March 2017. To our political leaders... The premature collapse of our political institutions is a serious matter for all of us. We depend on you, our politicians to help shape a healthy, positive and peaceful society in which there are ample, quality jobs, decent housing, comprehensive healthcare, and first-class education for all. We thank you for your public service, the sacrifices and commitment that you have made for the good of our society. However at this time,

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Brentwood:  Caritas Anchor House welcomes Bishop of Brentwood
Brentwood: Caritas Anchor House welcomes Bishop of Brentwood

Caritas Anchor House in Canning Town, was delighted to welcome the Rt Rev Alan Williams, the Bishop of Brentwood, on Friday, 17 February. During his visit Bishop Alan Williams, President of Caritas Anchor House, met with residents who shared their experiences of homelessness and how Caritas Anchor House was supporting them to rebuild their lives. Every year, Caritas Anchor House offers a home and support to up to 250 homeless people. By providing education, guidance and personal rehabilitation, the centre aims to empower all residents to identify their strengths, achieve

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Mariapolis 2017 at Ampleforth
Mariapolis 2017 at Ampleforth

A 'retreat with a difference' is just one description of Mariapolis 2017, taking place in the beautiful setting of Ampleforth College from 7-11th April. Alternatively, a temporary town built on the gospel, a unique kind of holiday and 'a challenge' would all fit. Mariapolis is an annual gathering organised by the Focolare Movement. This year's theme of 'Jesus crucified and forsaken, the God of our times', will be explored through input, shared reflection and dialogue. Held over the Palm Sunday weekend, Mariapolis 2017 will also offer opportunities for those

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Cardinal Nichols consecrates England & Wales to Immaculate Heart of Mary
Cardinal Nichols consecrates England & Wales to Immaculate Heart of Mary

On Saturday, 18 February, on the occasion of the visit of the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, in the centenary year of the apparitions, to Westminster Cathedral, His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols consecrated England and Wales to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In the Act of Consecration, a modified version of the one used by Cardinal Griffin in the Abbey grounds in Walsingham on 16 July 1948, he said: 'To your Immaculate Heart, in this centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima, we re-consecrate ourselves in union not only with the Church, the Mystical Body of your Son, but also with

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Text: Cardinal at visit of National Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, Westminster Cathedral
Text: Cardinal at visit of National Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, Westminster Cathedral

In the great Jubilee Year 2000, a crowd of well over half a million people gathered in Fatima. It was 13th May, and they were there for the Beatification of Francisco and Jacinta Marto. Among them were children who had dressed up in honour of these newly beatified shepherd-children who had, in 1917, been privileged to receive the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. In the homily, Pope Saint John Paul II had this to say: 'Dear boys and girls, I see so many of you dressed like Francisco and Jacinta. You look very nice! But in a little while or tomorrow you will take these clothes off and ... the little shepherds will

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London: Six week course on Christian Meditation with Fr  Laurence Freeman
London: Six week course on Christian Meditation with Fr Laurence Freeman

A six week course on Christian Meditation with Laurence Freeman OSB begins at 6.30pm on Wednesday, 1 March at The Meditatio Centre. Fr Laurence is a Catholic priest and a Benedictine monk of Turvey Abbey in England, a monastery of the Olivetan Congregation. He is the Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation and of its Benedictine oblate community. The Meditatio Centre is part of The World Community for Christian Meditation which was formed in 1991. It was inspired by the vision of John Main, a Benedictine monk, to teach meditation as a way to help restore the contemplative dimension of life.

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Resources for Dementia Prayer Week
Resources for Dementia Prayer Week

The Pastoral Care Project, led by Bishop David McGough Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, offers prayer resources and is co-ordinating events around the country for Dementia Prayer Week which takes place on 12-19th March. "Jesus invited us to pray to God as 'Our Father.' In so doing he defined God as the one who is full of tenderness and compassion. During this week we remember especially the often forgotten pain of those suffering with dementia, and those who care for them." said Bishop McGough.

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Westminster ACTA: 'What makes a good parish?'
Westminster ACTA: 'What makes a good parish?'

'What makes a good parish?' - is the title of the next A Call To Action (ACTA) meeting in Westminster next Thursday, 23 February. The evening will start with a summary, by John Michael Wilkins, of the book recommended by Werner Jeanrod at the ACTA Conference in November - 'Great Catholic Parishes - how four essential practices make them thrive' by William E Simon Jr published by Ave Maria Press. This will be followed by a panel discussion and questions on what makes a good parish, in Question Time format,

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Catholic Union statement on government's decision to reject child refugees
Catholic Union statement on government's decision to reject child refugees

The Catholic Union has issued the following response to the UK government's decision not to implement the Dub Amendment and take in 3,000 child refugees: 'The Catholic Union regards the government's change in policy on child refugees with dismay. The argument that the policy should be dropped because it is a 'draw' for refugees is profoundly disheartening. If that argument were to be taken to its logical conclusion we would never assist anyone in trouble.

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Our Lady of Fatima statue and relics at Westminster Cathedral
Our Lady of Fatima statue and relics at Westminster Cathedral

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima. The statue of Our Lady of Fatima Statue and the Relic of the Fatima visionaries, Blessed Jacinta and Francisco are coming to Westminster Cathedral this Saturday, 18th February. At 1.45pm Cardinal Nichols will receive, bless and crown the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima and celebrate Mass. at Westminster Cathedral. All are welcome. A symposium on Fatima will take place in Westminster Cathedral Hall from 4-7.45pm.

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St Valentine's Day - sites for Catholic singles
St Valentine's Day - sites for Catholic singles

Today is the feast of St Valentine, traditionally the patron saint of courtship, engaged couples and happy marriages If you are a single Catholic of any age, and would like to make new friends or maybe meet someone special - you might just find them on one of these sites.

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Irish Bishop on St Valentine and importance of marriage preparation
Irish Bishop on St Valentine and importance of marriage preparation

The feast of St Valentine is being celebrated around the world today, not least at the Dublin church which houses a number of his relics. St Valentine is known as the patron saint of couples in love and Bishop Denis Nulty of Kildare and Leighlin on Tuesday blessed an engaged couple at the Shine to this Saint at the Carmelite Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, known to Dubliners as "Whitefriar Street". Bishop Nulty, who is President of Accord, the Irish Catholic Marriage Care Service, also launched on Tuesday the Accord 2016 figures for sacramental marriage preparation and for marriage and relationship counselling.

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 Salford: Parishioners fund full-time refugee sponsorship officer
Salford: Parishioners fund full-time refugee sponsorship officer

The generosity of parishioners in the Diocese of Salford now means the lead in the Community Sponsorship of Refugees pilot by St Monica's parish has been offered a full-time position to expand the scheme to other parishes. Sean Ryan, a parishioner at St Monica's Flixton, led a 25-strong team in welcoming the second ever Syrian family to be resettled in the UK under the Government's Community Sponsorship scheme, which allows parishes to host refugee families. He has since been working hard to roll-out the scheme to other parishes in the North-West,

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Birmingham Faith Leaders meet Israeli Ambassador
Birmingham Faith Leaders meet Israeli Ambassador

The Birmingham Faith Leaders Group met with Israel's Ambassador to the United Kingdom last Wednesday 8 February 2017. The meeting with Ambassador Mark Regev took place at Singers Hill Synagogue, Birmingham. The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Longley said: "It was a good opportunity for us to consider some very difficult issues together and Ambassador Regev listened carefully to the concerns that were raised before offering a considered response. We touched upon the two-state solution to the current impasse between Israel and Palestine;

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Cardinal Nichols urges Government to keep pledge on lone child refugees
Cardinal Nichols urges Government to keep pledge on lone child refugees

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, today added his voice to appeals urging the government not to backtrack on its pledge to take in 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees. The Archbishop of Canterbury and all the major aid agencies have appealed to the government not to abandon the Dubs scheme for refugee children. A petition to Theresa May has attracted more than 43,000 signatures. In his statement, Cardinal Nichols said: "By repealing Art. 67 of the Immigration Act 2016, known as the Dubs Amendment, the Government is seen by many as abandoning its statutory and

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