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Westminster pauses to pray
Westminster pauses to pray

The Westminster Abbey flag is flying at half mast as a mark of respect to those who died in the attack yesterday. The Abbey is open as normal for prayer. Entrance is through the Great West Door. There is no tourist visiting. The Dean of Westminster Rev John Hall tweeted last night: "Glad to offer hospitality in Westminster Abbey to members and staff and others from Parliament. - sad incident today." Canon Pat Browne, Roman Catholic Duty Priest at the Houses of Parliament was in

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3FF recruiting students for ParliaMentors training
3FF recruiting students for ParliaMentors training

Three Faiths Forum (3FF) - the UK's leading interfaith organisation, is looking for the next generation of leaders to join the UN award-winning ParliaMentors leadership programme. At a time when populism and anti-immigrant rhetoric is adding to tensions around the world, ParliaMentors trains emerging leaders to bring people from different backgrounds together.

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Diocese of Westminster launches 'Called to Serve the Sick'
Diocese of Westminster launches 'Called to Serve the Sick'

The Diocese of Westminster has today launched 'Called to Serve the Sick', a season of focus on the sick and the obligation to care for them and their families. It is intended to be a time to become more aware of the Christian attitude to sickness and suffering and to remind both ill and able-bodied that the sick are important members of our community. The season began today with the Mass in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes on the World Day of Prayer for the Sick and will continue until the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes, which begins on 23 July.

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Westminster: Vacancy for J&P Youth Worker
Westminster: Vacancy for J&P Youth Worker

Westminster Justice and Peace Commission is seeking a Youth Worker to promote peace and social justice concerns in schools and parishes across the diocese. Energy and enthusiasm to encourage young people to make a difference in the world around them is key. Closing date 13 March 2017. Reporting to the Justice and Peace Fieldworker, and based at their office in Tottenham the post-holder will:

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Christmas at Westminster Cathedral and around the Diocese
Christmas at Westminster Cathedral and around the Diocese

Christmas is expected to be a busy time at churches around the diocese of Westminster, with numbers expected to increase as congregations welcome family and visitors returning to join in the celebrations in London and Hertfordshire. Cardinal Nichols will be the principal celebrant at Midnight Mass at Westminster Cathedral. Masses will also be celebrated at over 200 parishes throughout the diocese, and will be offered in different languages, reflecting the cultural and ethnic diversity of Catholics in London and Hertfordshire.

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Diocese of Westminster Education Commission launches academy strategy
Diocese of Westminster Education Commission launches academy strategy

The Diocese of Westminster Education Commission launched its academy strategy at a meeting with headteachers and governors from most of the schools of the diocese last Thursday. Following various government proposals over the last few years to encourage most schools to become academies, the Education Service has engaged in an extensive consultation with schools, colleges, and existing academies and Academy Trusts in the diocese to propose a way forward that would ensure schools in the diocese can continue to provide an exceptional education that keeps the well-being every child at

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#Red Wednesday: Standing up for faith and freedom
#Red Wednesday: Standing up for faith and freedom

Church communities and other faith groups are coming together in an act of solidarity with those around the world suffering persecution because of their faith next week. The Red Wednesday event co-ordinated by Aid to the Church in Need will involve lighting up Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in red. Also being floodlit in red on the day - Wednesday, 23rd November - are religious buildings around the country - including Brentwood Cathedral and St John's Wood Synagogue.

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Westminster parishes study Laudato Si
Westminster parishes study Laudato Si

About 40 parishes were represented at three Laudato Si Autumn Gatherings across the diocese. Based in Hitchin, Chiswick and Kensington respectively they attracted parishioners throughout the diocese as well as Anglicans from Hampton Hill, Methodists from Acton and a LiveSimply representative from Petts Wood in the Southwark diocese. The days were organised by Westminster Justice and Peace, Caritas Westminster and CAFOD to discuss the challenge of climate change, the message of Pope Francis in his 2015 encyclical 'Laudato Si' and practical ways for parishes

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Westminster Diocese joins green electricity alliance
Westminster Diocese joins green electricity alliance

The costs of lighting and heating parishes are being reduced, thanks to a new deal between two Catholic organisations to provide electricity from renewable sources to churches across the country. Interdiocesan Fuel Management Ltd (IFM) has entered into an alliance with Churchmarketplace (CMP) to bring renewable energy to 16 of the 23 Catholic dioceses of England and Wales, including Westminster. Their collaboration allows more than 3,200 parishes to purchase electricity from green suppliers.

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  Diocese of Westminster Year of Mercy pilgrimage to Walsingham
Diocese of Westminster Year of Mercy pilgrimage to Walsingham

On Saturday 9 July, 4,500 parishioners from the Diocese of Westminster travelled on pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk, led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols. This was the first time in 30 years that the diocese has made this pilgrimage to the National Shrine, which is also known as 'England's Nazareth'. In Misericordiae Vultus, Pope Francis calls on Catholics to make a pilgrimage in the Year of Mercy, explaining that 'the practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in

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Westminster welcomes six new priests
Westminster welcomes six new priests

On Saturday 25 June, six men were ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Vincent at Westminster Cathedral. Concelebrating were Bishops John Sherrington, Nicholas Hudson and Mark Jabale, along with several priests of the diocese. The new priests are: Fr Christian de Lisle, Fr Tom Montgomery, Fr Damian Ryan, Fr John Scott, Fr Tony Thomas and Fr Chinedu Udo. During the homily which preceded the Ordination Rite, Cardinal Vincent, echoing the words of St Paul, enjoined the men to 'lead a life worthy of your vocation'.

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Text: Sermon at service of prayer and reflection for Jo Cox
Text: Sermon at service of prayer and reflection for Jo Cox

MPs, friends and family members walked to St Margaret's Church from the Palace of Westminster yesterday, for a service of prayer and reflection for slain MP Jo Cox. Earlier, in a specially-recalled session of Parliament, with Jo's husband and young children in the gallery, many tributes were paid to the young MP for Batley and Spen. Speaker John Bercow said they had gathered in 'heartbreaking sadness' and 'heartfelt solidarity'. The Readings were: Philippians 4: 4-9 and Deuteronomy 15: 7-11. Speaker's Chaplain, Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin gave the

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New report finds UK Government policy on Pakistani religious minorities dangerously inadequate
New report finds UK Government policy on Pakistani religious minorities dangerously inadequate

This morning, Wednesday, 24 February, the All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief launched its inquiry report on Freedom of Religion or Belief in Pakistan and UK Government policy. The report challenges the Home Office's Country Information and Guidance on Pakistani Christians and Christian converts while also finding that Ahmadis, Christians and Hindus in Pakistan face a real risk of persecution in their encounters with people of other faiths or beliefs. The APPG inquiry's main findings and

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Deaths of two Westminster J&P activists
Deaths of two Westminster J&P activists

Sr Margaret Corbett, a regular member and good friend of the North London J&P Network since its beginnings in the mid 1980s, died on 15 January after a long illness. She was a Sister of St Gildas and her funeral took place on 29 January at St Peter in Chains Church, Stroud Green.

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Westminster:  Carers needed
Westminster: Carers needed

Vincentian Home Care Plus work with people who are housebound or need support at home in the Westminster area. If you are looking for work as a home carer, they would be pleased to hear from you. Some training can be provided. For more information please contact Vincentian Home Care Plus by calling: 0207 730 4254 or email dom.care@vincentiancareplus.org.uk



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Text: Bishop Nicholas Holtham at Climate Change Lobby service
Text: Bishop Nicholas Holtham at Climate Change Lobby service

What a fantastic turnout. Thank you for making the effort to be here, but of course you would because you care, "for the love of..." There are two services because so many Christians want to join the lobby about Climate Change and 'speak up for the love of..' We are celebrating God's creation and saying that we care for it, and we are expressing our concern that the human race is not looking after it properly. This is not just our individual concern. It is our Christian concern together as the Church. It is the concern of people of all faiths.

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Fair Trade and Fairtrade - what is the progress on Fairtrade?
Fair Trade and Fairtrade - what is the progress on Fairtrade?

Westminster diocese's annual Fairtrade event last Friday was an opportunity to count up the number of diocesan Fairtrade parishes - 89, to update ourselves on Fairtrade statistics, and also to watch the latest Fairtrade tea project in Malawi. This village is currently suffering severe damage due to flooding and we saw how precarious the livelihoods of tea producers can be. The main speaker of the evening, Dr Mark Hayes, of the Department of Catholic Studies at Durham University, gave a stimulating talk. He pointed out that Fairtrade is not charity but justice.

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British MPs vote to recognise Palestine
British MPs vote to recognise Palestine

On Monday, MPs in Westminster voted for a motion, tabled by Grahame Morris MP, calling for recognition of a Palestinian state. 274 voted for the motion; 12 against. MPs on all sides of the House supported the call for Palestinian statehood, including many Conservatives. The 'no' campaign attempted to avoid a vote by not putting forward tellers for their side, so Palestine supporting MPs had to act as tellers for the 'no' lobby, so that a division could be taken.

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Westminster: Silver Jubilee Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Westminster: Silver Jubilee Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Last weekend, more than 1,200 Westminster pilgrims returned from a place "where the veil between heaven and earth is a little thinner, a little lighter.." Cardinal Vincent Nichols led this year's Silver Jubilee Pilgrimage to Lourdes, together with Cardinal Emeritus Cormac Murphy O'Connor and Bishop John Sherrington. More than 400 volunteers, including the Redcaps, led by Paul Lavery, guided the crowds, handed out water, and especially attended to wheelchair-bound pilgrims. Music throughout the week was led by Giovanni Marseglia and Liz Simpson.

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Westminster: MPs from all parties praise Catholic schools
Westminster: MPs from all parties praise Catholic schools

In a debate in Parliament on Wednesday 30 April, MPs from all political parties and both front benches voiced their support for Catholic education. The debate on 'Catholic Schools (Admissions)' was led by Damian Hinds, MP for East Hampshire, and focused around the contribution that Catholic schools make to the education sector as well as the role of faith-based admissions to meet parental demand. In the debate, Damian Hinds MP said: "Catholic schools are a key part of the education landscape in this country, and have been for a long time. 

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Westminster: More than 300 Priests join Cardinal to celebrate Chrism Mass
Westminster: More than 300 Priests join Cardinal to celebrate Chrism Mass
His Eminence Vincent Nichols, Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, celebrated the Chrism Mass for the Diocese of Westminster at 12pm today (Tuesday 15 April). The Mass was concelebrated by HE Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Auxiliary Bishops John Arnold and John Sherrington and over 300 priests, with deacons, seminarians and parishioners from across the Diocese. In his homily, Cardinal Vincent spoke of the "overriding emotion’ of joy in the hearts of the priests gathered, from knowing Christ and ‘being heralds of the message of His unfailing love
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Westminster soon to become Fairtrade Diocese
Westminster soon to become Fairtrade Diocese
Westminster Justice and Peace Commission held a celebration at Holy Apostles Church in Pimlico, Central London, on Saturday 1 March, to mark Fairtrade Fortnight and its efforts to achieve Fairtrade status for the Diocese. Around 250 people from nearly 30 parishes spent the afternoon catching up on Fairtrade news and statistics as well as taking part in a ‘blind’ tea and coffee tasting exercise organised by Holy Apostles Justice and Peace Group. Fairtrade brands came out slightly better and, contrary to expectations, usually cheaper than
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‘A gesture of love in a bag’ - the Vinnie Packs
‘A gesture of love in a bag’ - the Vinnie Packs
The cold winter has crept up on us slowly this year but temperatures are heading towards freezing with every night that passes; and those who feel the effects most seriously are the homeless sleeping rough. Homelessness cannot be banished overnight, yet the St Vincent de Paul Society, whose patron was known for working with the poor, is working to help those in the cold over the festive period and into the New Year. In 2011 a simple idea was born. To combat the cold, the SVP began assembling ‘Vinnie Packs’
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Westminster: Mass for deceased clergy
Westminster: Mass for deceased clergy
Archbishop Vincent Nichols, offered a Requiem Mass on 20 November at Westminster Cathedral for the deceased clergy of Westminster Archdiocese, concelebrated by over 100 other priests and bishops. The Archbishop began Mass naming ten diocesan priests and deacons who had died in the previous year. The homily was given by Monsignor John Wilson, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Leeds. In his homily he spoke of the service given by deceased clergy during their ministry:
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Green Christians tackle Canadian prime minister over tar sands
Green Christians tackle Canadian prime minister over tar sands
Christian Ecology Link (CEL) members attended the No-tar-sands demonstration at Westminster on 13 June. Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, addressed Parliament that day, ahead of the G8 meeting in Northern Ireland. This is an honour usually reserved for the most highly-respected foreign dignitaries such as Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela. Harper was promoting the tar sands industry which, if allowed to keep expanding, according to its critics, is predicted to tip the planet into runaway climate change.
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Westminster: two married former Anglican priests ordained as transitional Deacons
Westminster: two married former Anglican priests ordained as transitional Deacons
Two Westminster diocesan seminarians have been ordained as transitional Deacons. Giles Pinnock and Jeffrey Steel were ordained Deacons at Allen Hall seminary by Bishop John Arnold, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster on Saturday, 26 January 2013. During his homily Bishop Arnold drew upon the life of St Paul to direct the men towards fulfilling their role as Deacons. Bishop Arnold said: “Yesterday we celebrated the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul. I love that Feast, not so much for what we celebrate as for all that the Feast suggests.
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Westminster: Warwick Street Mass for gay Catholics to end
Westminster: Warwick Street Mass for gay Catholics to end
The Archbishop of Westminster, Most Rev Vincent Nichols has announced today (2 January) that a fortnightly Mass for the gay community which has been held at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory in Warwick Street, in central London for the past six years, is to end during Lent this year. In future, pastoral care will be provided for the community on Sunday evenings at Farm Street Jesuit Church in Mayfair after the 6.15 parish Mass. The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham will be moving into the Church at Warwick Street.
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London: Service marks new Coptic Year
London: Service marks new Coptic Year
A special service was held at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster on Tuesday, 30 October to commemorate the Coptic Feast of Nayrouz, marking the new Coptic Year. The service was the first of its kind for the Coptic community in the United Kingdom. The service was attended by members of the House of Lords, the Speaker of the House of Commons, as well as heads and representatives of numerous Christian churches and denominations, and inter-religious governmental and non-governmental organisations.
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Charity 'alarmed' at plan to cut benefits for families with over two children
Charity 'alarmed' at plan to cut benefits for families with over two children
Proposals by Work and Pensions Secretary, the Catholic MP Iain Duncan Smith, to cut benefits to parents with more than two children would have a grave impact on the health and well being of those most vulnerable in our society, a leading Catholic child welfare agency warned today. The 'two child' benefits cap proposal has sparked comparisons with China's 'one child' population control policy ... Dr Rosemary Keenan, Director of the Catholic Children's Society, Westminster, described the proposals as "alarming"
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Legacy Mass for 100 Days of Peace
Legacy Mass for 100 Days of Peace
Thousands of peace-making activities have taken place in support of the Olympic Truce for the London 2012 Games. The final event will be the Legacy Mass at St George's Cathedral, Southwark, this Sunday 28, October 2012 at 3pm. The Mass will be concelebrated by Archbishop Peter Smith (Southwark), Archbishop Vincent Nichols (Westminster), Bishop Luis Henrique (Rio de Janeiro) and Mgr John Armitage (Brentwood). It will be a bi-lingual Mass in English and Portuguese.
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Viewpoint: Does charity overshadow justice?
Viewpoint: Does charity overshadow justice?
On 4 May Westminster Diocese enthusiastically announced the appointment of its first Director for the newly formed Caritas Westminster, a new initiative set up to enable the diocese to work with parishes and the wider community to coordinate social action projects to help the most vulnerable in society. A great deal of funding has been put into Caritas Westminster, including a Director whose salary is significantly higher than most Diocesan J&P workers plus additional paid support staff. By contrast many dioceses in England and Wales have no paid J&P staff at all and rely entirely on
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Pax Christi Peace Icon reaches Southwark
Pax Christi Peace Icon reaches Southwark
The Pax Christi Icon of Peace is in Southwark Diocese on the last stage of its Olympic Peace journey. Seven parishes in Southwark Diocese are to host the Pax Christi Iconof Peace as part of their involvement in the 100 Days of Peace Olympic Peace Legacy. The Icon began its journey on 8 June at St Patrick's Parish, Wapping and has been in parishes in Westminster and Brentwood Diocese since then. The Icon, made for Pax Christi at the Monastery of St John outside Jerusalem, depicts the stories of peacemakers throughout the ages as well as presenting passages from Scripture
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Westminster: Bishop John Sherrington celebrates 25 years of Priesthood
Westminster: Bishop John Sherrington celebrates 25 years of Priesthood
Bishop John Sherrington, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, celebrated his Silver Jubilee on Wednesday. To mark his 25 years of ministry a special anniversary Mass took place at Westminster Cathedral. The Mass was attended by the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, members of the Clergy and religious communities, the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire The Countess of Verulam, Mayors, along with a number of parishioners
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Church to host Paralympic conference and celebrations
Church to host Paralympic conference and celebrations
Catholic disability groups from across Britain are making history as they prepare for two important events ahead of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Faith and Light, HCPT the Pilgrimage Trust, the Kairos Forum, and disability agencies from the Archdioceses of Southwark and Westminster, along with the Diocese of Brentwood,
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Westminster drops plan to ban soup runs
Westminster drops plan to ban soup runs
Homeless charities are welcoming the news that Westminster Council is dropping its proposal to introduce a new by law making it a criminal offence to feed homeless people on the street. In a statement, Housing Justice said today:  As Housing Justice convenes and organises the Soup Run Forum for groups involved in reaching out with food and help to those on the streets we, along with all involved in this
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Westminster see increase in vocations to priesthood
Westminster see increase in vocations to priesthood
Sixteen men have started studying for the Catholic priesthood at the start of the 2011 - 2012 academic year at Allen Hall, the Diocese of Westminster's seminary in London. The new intake brings the number of men preparing for the priesthood at Allen Hall to 50, up from 46 in 2010 and the sixth consecutive annual increase. This number includes men who are preparing to become priests in the Diocese of Westminster,
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London hundreds attend ecumenical prayer vigil
London hundreds attend ecumenical prayer vigil
Hundreds of people turned out for the Prayer Vigil hosted by Premier Christian Radio at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster to pray for communities affected by the riots across England. Church leaders led prayer for those affected by the riots and for those working on the front line, including the police and ambulance services.
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New Bishop for Westminster
New Bishop for Westminster
Pope Benedict XVI today has appointed Father John Sherrington as Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Westminster. The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-elect Fr Sherrington will take place on Wednesday 14 September at Westminster Cathedral.
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Westminster Council considers  banning  homeless food runs
Westminster Council considers banning homeless food runs
It will be illegal to give food to a homeless person in Westminster, if laws proposed by the City Council  are introduced.  The council decided this week to continue with the process of preparing a by-law to criminalise rough sleeping and the distribution of food to homeless people around Victoria in London.
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Rite of Election, Call to Continuing Conversion ceremonies in Westminster and Southwark
The 2011 'Rite of Election and 'Call to Continuing Conversion' ceremonies took place in dioceses around the country over the weekend. At Westminster Cathedral,  847 adults from 144 parishes in the Diocese of Westminster  took the penultimate step in their journey to become Catholic at services on Saturday and Sunday. 
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Iraqi Christians protest in Westminster
Iraqi Christians protest in Westminster
At noon yesterday, about 350 people gathered in front of parliament demonstrating against the massacre which took place on 31 October, in Baghdad at the Our Lady of Deliverance Cathedral,  the Seat of the Syriac Bishop of Baghdad. The demonstrators were asking that the British government condemns the attack and to put pressure on the Iraqi government to afford more protection to the Iraqi Christians living in Iraq.
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Westminster: new resources explore Church teachings on Mary
Westminster: new resources explore Church teachings on Mary
Mary is the most important woman in Christianity and over the next six weeks Catholics in the Diocese of Westminster's 214 parishes will have the chance to discover her real significance. Starting on Sunday 17 October, in weekly meetings of small faith-sharing groups they will follow daily reflection and prayer included in a new specially produced booklet, Hail Mary, Full of Grace.
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Westminster: 46 men now studying for priesthood
Westminster: 46 men now studying for priesthood
Eleven men have started studying for the Catholic priesthood at the start of the 2010 - 2011 academic year at Allen Hall, the Diocese of Westminster's seminary in London. The new intake of eleven new seminarians brings the number of men preparing for the priesthood at Allen Hall to 46.
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Westminster Diocese: Energy to make a Difference!
Westminster Diocese: Energy to make a Difference!
In the lead up to the Copenhagen Climate Summit, Westminster’s Annual Justice and Peace Day will focus on issues of Climate Change, Credit Crunch, Christ and Community.  Mark Dowd of Operation Noah will speak on ‘The Economy and Climate Change’, and Tricia Zipfel, MBE, consultant on neighbourhood renewal,
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 Westminster: catechists' summer gathering
Westminster: catechists' summer gathering
A conference for all those involved in catechesis in the Westminster  takes place this Friday and Saturday. The Christ we proclaim has been organised by the Agency for Evangelisation. 
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