Monthly Archives: June 2016

Lord Alton on Brexit: ‘the Reformation teaches us the cost of divorce’

The first political meeting I attended as a teenager was in 1968. It was to hear an erudite but rather dry speaker extol the virtues of the Common Market. His arguments, but even more so the war-time experiences of my … Continue reading

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Pope Francis puts his finger on the post-Brexit challenge

[Austen Ivereigh] Even while he professed to know little of why the British have chosen to leave the European Union, Pope Francis’ comments on the return flight from Armenia Sunday night are some of the most perceptive of any world … Continue reading

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Cardinal Nichols on Brexit: ‘The challenge for our leaders now is to speak for everyone’

Statement this morning by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales: We all need to reflect on what has been a tumultuous few days and ponder what is needed now. Firstly, … Continue reading

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Our decision to leave the EU is too important: we need another referendum

[Fr Paul Keane] I know that we should not cry over spilt milk. But such good milk has been spilt! For those of us who voted in the referendum to remain, it is hard to look beyond the mess that … Continue reading

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European Union needs ‘a new departure’ — COMECE

The following is a statement by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), which represents the Catholic Church to the European institutions in Brussels. Last Thursday, the majority of British voters cast their votes … Continue reading

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What Brexit means for Catholics (and why they should be happy)

[Peter Smith] The UK has voted to leave the European Union. In the last few days before the referendum, polls showed that support was consolidating around the Remain camp, and the financial markets seemed to bet on their victory. It’s … Continue reading

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Pope Francis calls for ‘another form’ of European Union

[Austen Ivereigh] The European Union needs to be rethought to give more freedom and independence for its member states, Pope Francis told journalists on the return flight from Armenia last night. Although he did not directly answer the question from the … Continue reading

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Pope Francis honours victims of Armenian genocide

Pope Francis this morning offered prayers in memory of those died in the 1915 massacre  of a million and a half Armenian Christians by Ottoman forces, in a moving ecumenical ceremony at the Tzitzernakaberd memorial outside the capital, Yerevan. The Armenians refer to the mass killing … Continue reading

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Cardinal Nichols on Brexit: ‘we must work to be good neighbours’

Statement by the Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union: A great tradition of the United Kingdom is to respect the will of the people, expressed at the ballot box. Today we set out on … Continue reading

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‘Even criminals have the right to life’ — Pope Francis

“The inviolable and God-given right to life also belongs to the criminal,” Pope Francis said today in a video message to the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty meeting in Oslo, Norway. The basic purpose of all punishment is the … Continue reading

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