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Catholics favour physical church attendance after lockdown

“Catholics miss their parishes and church buildings and seem eager to return, not just content with ‘virtual Church’,” said Brenden Thompson, CEO of Catholic Voices.


Irish bishops to partake in annual pilgrimage to Holy Land this January

"The Holy Land Coordination stands in solidarity with all Christians in Israel and Palestine."


Neutrality is not an option in the conflict between right and wrong, diplomats are told

“The cynical disregard of truth, the deliberate manipulation of information, has become endemic at the highest levels and has proved corrosive and destructive of our society,” said Canon David Oxley.


C of E Bishops call for reconciliation in face of Brexit

Bishops say that respecting a public vote is essential, but they cautioned that “democracy and committed debate do not end after the counting of votes.”


Unusual installations in Church of England cathedrals

"We hope that, while playing adventure golf, visitors will reflect on the bridges that need to be built in their own lives and in our world today."


From ashes to hashtags: how we live Lent in 2019

The season of Lent is meant to help us to clarify our Christian vision and, above all, to bring our lives into conformity with the life of Jesus Christ.


Pope Francis authorises canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman

For me the truly remarkable nature of this moment is that this is an English parish priest being declared a saint ... I hope every parish priest in England will hold his head high today knowing Cardinal Newman is declared a saint – Cardinal Vincent Nichols.


Commonwealth leaders urged to promote common good

The biennial meeting of the Commonwealth nations is taking place in London and Windsor from 16 - 20 April.


Anglican Oriental-Orthodox Commission to meet in Dublin

Sixth meeting of the Commission since its foundation will bring together high profile religious leaders between 23 and 28 October for the first time in Ireland.


War will not solve the Middle East’s problems says Terry Waite

Terry Waite had spent many years travelling the world’s worst war zones before being captured and held in solitary confinement for almost five years. He has never given up on his belief that peace is possible.


UK bishops urge Christians to fully participate in elections

Election “will determine how we can heal divisions in our society, care for the vulnerable, how our public services are run and whether we can remain a united kingdom” – Catholic Bishops of England and Wales.


An ecumenical first as Pope visits Anglican church in Rome

Francis used the occasion to speak of a possible joint pastoral visit with the Archbishop of Canterbury to South Sudan.


Refugees are “a blessing to our way of life”: Archbishop Welby

Pope Francis has focused on the theme of ‘Child Migrants, the Vulnerable and the Voiceless’ in his message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees which is marked this weekend on Sunday 15 January 2017.


Cardinal apologises for forced adoptions in UK

“Sadly for unmarried mothers, adoption was considered to be in the best interests of the mother and child”.


Church-backed play about refugees shortlisted for two awards

Play documents journey of a man who fled persecution for his faith, and the journey of the British girl who interviewed him.


British Church leaders urge vote for good of all

The EU came together after Europe was broken “beyond description” by war, and has contributed, until recently, to more social care than at any time in European history.


UK Church opposes new Sunday trading laws

Retailers, shopworkers, faith groups and industry experts will highlight the damage changes to Sunday trading rules will do to the economy & society.


UK cinemas ban Lord’s Prayer advert

“I find it extraordinary that cinemas rule that it is inappropriate for an advert on prayer to be shown in the week before Christmas when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ."


Tributes paid to clergyman who drowned in Achill

Rev Roger Grainger was “gregarious and gifted” and had only recently bought a cottage at Doogort on the island.


Irishman selected for top ecumenical post

Canon John O’Toole of Southwark appointed National Ecumenical Officer and Secretary by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.


Cordial first meeting between Queen and Pope

Orb inscribed: “Pope Francis to His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge."


Church of England motion on climate change welcomed

Synod votes in 'Go Green' week, the largest national week of student action on climate.


Church of Ireland Appoints First Women Bishop

“Excited and daunted by this new adventure.”

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