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November 05, 2020
Staff Reporter
Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Malcolm McMahon have urged Catholics to obey the government’s new guidelines forbidding public worship as England enters its second lockdown. In a statement issued after MPs approved the new lockdown on Wednesday evening, the President and Vice-President of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said that despite “profound misgivings”,
November 05, 2020
Staff Reporter
Churches should make a “generous provision” to stay open during the new lockdown, the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has said. In guidance published as the new month-long lockdown came into force, the bishops encouraged priests to “maintain a presence” in their open churches and make themselves available to talk with those attending for
November 04, 2020
Staff Reporter
MPs will today vote on the government’s new measures that will enforce a 27 day lockdown across England.
November 04, 2020
Staff Reporter
The terrorism threat level in Britain has been raised to “severe” following the attacks in Nice and Vienna.
November 03, 2020
Nick Hallett
The British government’s announcement of plans for a second prolonged round of restrictions on commerce and social activity did not sit well with senior clergy in England’s Catholic Church. At least six bishops have questioned the decision to ban public acts of worship from Thursday, including the president and vice-president of the Bishops’ Conference. Almost
November 03, 2020
Staff Reporter
Faith leaders across the United Kingdom have united to challenge the government’s decision to ban services of worship from Thursday, when tougher lockdown measures will be implemented across the country. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, archbishop of Westminster and the most senior Catholic in the UK said that the ban is “a source of deep anguish”. “Whilst
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,