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November 03, 2020
Staff Reporter
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has joined Anglican, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu leaders in an open letter opposing a ban on public worship
November 02, 2020
Staff Reporter
Bishop Marcus Stock wrote a “Letter of Hope” to Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying there is no evidence that churches have contributed to the rise in Covid-19 cases
November 02, 2020
Staff Reporter
The Bishop of Shrewsbury has strongly criticised the government’s plan to ban public acts of worship and called on ministers to rethink the idea
November 01, 2020
Staff Reporter
On Wednesday, Bishop Paul McAleenan lamented the deaths of four family members who drowned trying to make their way across the English Channel. Rasoul Iran-Nejad and Shiva Mohammad Panahi, both aged 35, died alongside their children Anita, aged 9, and Armin, aged 6, as they made their way from France to the UK on Tuesday.
October 22, 2020
Staff Reporter
Bishop Mark O’Toole has called on all who can, to “make every effort” to return to church and to share in the “courage” of the English and Welsh martyrs. The Bishop of Plymouth said that, though the world “continues to battle with this deadly virus”, we must still try to “draw close to the gift
October 21, 2020
Staff Reporter
The Archbishop of Cardiff has said he is “disappointed” with the decision of the Welsh First Minister to suspend public worship in the country. New lockdown plans announced by Mark Drakeford, the First Minister of Wales, will force all the country’s churches, restaurants, hotels and non-essential shops to close for two weeks, beginning on Friday,
October 20, 2020
Staff Reporter
The Catholic Education Service (CES) has criticised the Welsh Government’s plans to impose a new “neutral” and “pluralistic” Religious Education curriculum on Catholic schools. Angela Keller, CES Wales Adviser, said that the government risked “losing the trust of the Catholic community” if they go ahead with the plans, after Catholic headteachers wrote a public letter
October 20, 2020
Catholic News Agency
The High Court of England and Wales has agreed to hear a challenge to the country’s abortion law, which allows children with Down syndrome to be aborted until birth, as discriminatory towards people diagnosed with the condition. The application, which was filed by Heidi Crowter, a woman with Down syndrome, and Máire Lea-Wilson, mother of
October 16, 2020
Thomas Caddick
St John’s Seminary in Wonersh, Guildford, is ceasing its formation of seminarians, who will be re-located to Allen Hall for the remainder of their studies. Wonersh, the principal seminary for the Archdiocese of Southwark and the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, has been training men for the priesthood since 1891. In a statement issued by
October 15, 2020
Thomas Caddick
Alton Towers Resort has defended its sale of Ouija boards and other occult items after a formal complaint was made. Both Ouija boards and Ouija skulls were recently available to purchase in the Halloween display at Gloomy Wood, a small “gothic” area of the Staffordshire theme park. A complaint was made by Wendy McCann, a
October 13, 2020
Ferdie Rous
The Catholic Trust for England and Wales will receive a share of the £1.57 billion pounds set aside by the government’s Culture Recovery Fund (CRF).
October 13, 2020
Ferdie Rous
Bishop McAleenan, auxiliary of Westminster, has also been outspoken in his support for volunteers and charity workers aiding refugees coming to British shores.