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“The Church is alive!” How the faith of young people is renewing Catholic life in the UK

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“The Church is alive!” How the faith of young people is renewing Catholic life in the UK

I’m just back from the Youth 2000 Summer Festival in Walsingham. One of the many highlights was the final evening of Thanksgiving and Testimony, where a good twenty or so young people had the courage […]

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Pope Francis press conference on papal plane from Seoul: full transcript

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Pope Francis press conference on papal plane from Seoul: full transcript

On his flight back from Korea yesterday Pope Francis held another lengthy press conference, generating a series of stories today: He approved the idea of military intervention in Iraq to prevent the genocide now taking place at […]

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Natural Family Planning UK Conference – 15 November 2014

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Natural Family Planning UK Conference – 15 November 2014

All NFP practitioners in the UK are warmly invited to attend the UK:NFP Conference. Booking for the 2014 conference  in London, on 15 November 2014, is now open. Natural Family Planning in the UK is delivered by […]

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How to awaken curiosity about the faith in our friends and colleagues

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How to awaken curiosity about the faith in our friends and colleagues

One of the most difficult things we can encounter as Christians are friends who have no interest at all in Christianity, even if they “respect me for being a Catholic”. It is like a bridge of trust is there, […]

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Grief to Grace, Healing the Wounds of Abuse – London retreat this November

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Grief to Grace, Healing the Wounds of Abuse – London retreat this November

Grief to Grace is running a London retreat this November, facilitated by Dr Theresa Burke the founder of the programme. It takes place at the Kairos Centre, Roehampton, London SW15 4AJ, from 3-8 November. Contact […]

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Youth 2000 Summer Festivals coming up in Ireland and the UK

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Youth 2000 Summer Festivals coming up in Ireland and the UK

Take a look at this video about the Youth 2000 experience. It’s made by the Irish team, but it represents the spirit of Youth 2000 wherever you are in the world. If you are a […]

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Physician-assisted Suicide: Some Reasons for Rejecting Lord Falconer’s Bill

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Physician-assisted Suicide: Some Reasons for Rejecting Lord Falconer’s Bill

I have just written a report about the Assisted Dying Bill which is available to read and download here at the Care Not Killing website. The title of the report is Physician-assisted Suicide: Some Reasons for […]

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Cardinal’s Iraq Appeal: “Help and protect persecuted communities facing a threat to their very existence”

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The President of the Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has released a statement on Iraq calling for urgent “help and protection” for the persecuted communities in the north of the country. Cardinal Nichols calls on […]

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Happy Feast of St Dominic – and how to discover more about his life

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Happy Feast of St Dominic – and how to discover more about his life

I wish everyone a happy Feast of St Dominic today. I had the joy of visiting Blackfriars, Cambridge, at the weekend, which is the Novitiate House of the English Dominicans. They seem to be thriving, […]

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St John Paul II – Access All Areas

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St John Paul II – Access All Areas

JPII – Access All Areas was published recently by One by One Press, a project of the Irish Dominicans. The book comprises 23 short chapters which reveal in manageable chunks the thought of Saint John Paul […]

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Iraq Prayer Appeal

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Iraq Prayer Appeal

An appeal from Bishop Declan Lang: As the Chairman of International Affairs at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, I invite you to join with many people from across Iraq in praying for […]

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Do I ever just praise God for who he is or am I always asking him for things?

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Do I ever just praise God for who he is or am I always asking him for things?

The fourth chapter of Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Second Vatican Council’s constitution on the liturgy, speaking about the Divine Office, says that when “this wonderful song of praise is correctly celebrated…then it is truly the voice […]

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The difference it makes to sing the psalms

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The difference it makes to sing the psalms

The Hebrew word for a “psalm” is mizmor which translates as “something sung”. The psalmist instructs, “Sing to the Lord with the harp/with the sound of music.” (Psalm 97) He’s issuing an imperative. When the […]

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The dense mystery of the Breviary: the experience of a young seminarian

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The dense mystery of the Breviary: the experience of a young seminarian

My breviary was a farewell gift from my mother and my sister. They presented it to me the night before I left for seminary. I had been told that this was the essential kit that […]

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Five Reasons to Discern Your Charisms

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Five Reasons to Discern Your Charisms

It’s been a couple of weeks since the Called and Gifted Workshop we held in the Diocese. It was truly a blessed time – many, many people have spoken about how blessed they were by the event. […]

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Is there a fundamental conflict between the Catholic faith and psychiatry?

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Is there a fundamental conflict between the Catholic faith and psychiatry?

A review by Dr Anulika Igboaka of Catholicism and Mental Health by Pravin Thevathasan, Catholic Truth Society. This work sets out to explain why there should not be any conflict between Catholicism and Psychiatry. By providing an […]

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Is Jesus Christ the unique saviour?

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Is Jesus Christ the unique saviour?

Is Jesus Christ the unique saviour? A homily by Fr Stephen Wang given at Newman House, 6 July 2014.

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The journey

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The journey

I love this teaser video for the Youth 2000 festival in Walsingham this summer – THE festival of the summer if you’re 16-30. There is more info here. This year there are LOADS of coaches travelling […]

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Vocation to Love, part 7: Job, Career or Vocation?

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Vocation to Love, part 7: Job, Career or Vocation?

My great-nephew Aidan is five. He knows what he wants to do when he grows up. ‘I’m going to be a floor-layer,’ he says. I made a suggestion about a hobby he might enjoy. ‘No,’ […]

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The real dangers of Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill

Filed in Ethics by on June 27, 2014 31 Comments
The real dangers of Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill

Here are some of the responses to Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill, highlighting the weaknesses and dangers of the Bill. This is a briefing from the Catholic Church in England and Wales: What the Bill […]

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