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The dignity of the human person: history, core ideas, and implications for healthcare

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The dignity of the human person: history, core ideas, and implications for healthcare

A talk about the dignity of the human person by Fr Stephen Wang. It includes four sections: the history of the idea of human dignity; the core philosophical concepts; the Judeo-Christian perspective; and the implications […]

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The Dawn from on High: Young Adults Advent Retreat

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The Dawn from on High: Young Adults Advent Retreat

A retreat to enter more deeply into the themes of Advent in preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas. The weekend will offer the chance of encounter with Christ in prayer through the Benedictine […]

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Launch of the Religious Freedom in the World Report – 2014

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Launch of the Religious Freedom in the World Report – 2014

The launch of the Religious Freedom in the World Report – 2014 was held this afternoon in the House of Lords. This event commenced with an exclusive video address by HRH The Prince of Wales, […]

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Gendercide: the reality of sex-selective abortion in the UK

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Gendercide: the reality of sex-selective abortion in the UK

Having spoken to thousands of students about the issue of abortion, most teenagers usually feel that abortion on the grounds of gender is “well, just wrong, Miss”, an attitude that seems to be shared by […]

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7 Quick Takes on American evangelists, joke-practising, and lazy Sundays

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7 Quick Takes on American evangelists, joke-practising, and lazy Sundays

-1- Such a busy couple of weeks… Just catching my breath! The non-stop busy-ness found a blissful interlude last weekend in an utterly contented Sunday with my sister, brother-in-law, little nephew, and some really good friends. Mass, […]

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From the synod: the message to the People of God

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From the synod: the message to the People of God

The following message was approved by the synod this morning by 158 out of the 174 voting members. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, who headed the team redacting it, described it as a paraclesis, an early-Church literary form which […]

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Vocation to Love, part 8: ‘Remember those in prison’

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Vocation to Love, part 8: ‘Remember those in prison’

Yesterday I was introduced to Zac. Zacchaeus to you, the chap who is up the Jericho Tree. But he’s ‘Zac’ to the thousands of participants on the Sycamore Tree course. You see, it’s easier for […]

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The Call to Discipleship – Young Adults Retreat (18-35)

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The Call to Discipleship – Young Adults Retreat (18-35)

31st Oct – 2nd Nov 2014 @ Worth Abbey The Call to Discipleship – Young Adults Retreat (18-35) Offering an opportunity for you to discover deeper meaning and direction in your life, to hear Christ’s […]

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Pope Francis appoints Bishop John Arnold to be the Eleventh Bishop of Salford

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Pope Francis appoints Bishop John Arnold to be the Eleventh Bishop of Salford

Cardinal Vincent Nichols invites people to join with him in praying for Bishop John Arnold and the faithful of Salford Diocese as he prepares to take up his new appointment as their shepherd. On learning […]

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Pope Francis appoints Monsignor Marcus Stock as new Bishop of Leeds

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Pope Francis appoints Monsignor Marcus Stock as new Bishop of Leeds

Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Marcus Stock, currently the general secretary of the Bishops’ Conference, as Bishop of Leeds. He will be the 10th Bishop of Leeds. Mgr John Wilson has been diocesan administrator since […]

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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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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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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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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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The real dangers of Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill

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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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Volunteer missionaries at SPEC

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Volunteer missionaries at SPEC

This is a circular letter from the Director at SPEC in the Diocese of Westminster, seeking volunteers for the coming academic year: I wrote to you back in March with a request for your help […]

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Why the backers of assisted dying keep coming back

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Why the backers of assisted dying keep coming back

Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill had its First Reading in the House of Lords last week, and its second is expected on or close to 18 July. The Bill aims to change the law in order “to enable competent […]

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Not Dead Yet: a petition urging David Cameron to follow through on his declared support for the idea that Assisted Dying should not be legalised

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Not Dead Yet: a petition urging David Cameron to follow through on his declared support for the idea that Assisted Dying should not be legalised

This is taken from the Not Dead Yet petition on the change.org site. You can sign the petition here. And visit the Not Dead Yet website here. Please sign the petition TODAY to stop Lord Falconer […]

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