Monthly Archives: February 2015

Bishops ask Catholics to make their vote count in May general election

Calling on Catholics “to build a world in which respect, dignity, equality, justice and peace are our primary concerns”, the bishops of England and Wales have produced a checklist of issues they wish Catholics to raise with candidates at May’s general … Continue reading

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A Guide to the Family Synod, Part I: ‘Introduction’

[This is the first in a series by Elizabeth Howard looking at the questions that have been put to the world’s bishops’ conferences in the run-up to the synod of bishops in October] After the Extraordinary Synod on the Family last October, … Continue reading

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How the local and universal Churches are coming closer

The Catholic Church’s understanding of itself is as a body at once local and universal, and balancing the two is an exercise as old as the Church itself. What is properly the sphere of to the “particular Churches” — the local … Continue reading

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World’s cardinals gather to ponder Vatican reform

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome]  Prior to the ceremony to create 20 new cardinals in St Peter’s tomorrow, the college of cardinals have been meeting in the synod hall to hear reports on the progress of Vatican reforms, and to consider plans … Continue reading

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Pope’s letter calls for Church to fall behind abuse commission

The Vatican today released the text of a letter Pope Francis has sent to Catholic bishops and heads of religious orders across the world, outlining the work of his new commission on sex abuse and calling for the Church to … Continue reading

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Parliamentary approval of ‘3-parent embryos’ crosses a line, warn critics

The bishop representing the Catholic Church’s opposition to so-called “three-parent embryos” said he hoped there would be alternative means found to treat mitochondrial diseases that did not involve the destruction of human embryos. Bishop John Sherrington issued his statement after … Continue reading

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