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Holy See approves first liturgical resources for Ordinariate

          Holy See approves first liturgical resources for Ordinariate        The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has published a Decree permitting the use of the Revised Standard Version (Second Catholic Edition) for liturgical use in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. This edition of the Holy Bible allows those Catholics originally from the Anglican tradition, to worship using a version of scripture which is familiar to them. It also promotes the English Bible tradition and recent efforts to renew Catholic liturgy with more accurate translations. Alongside this, the Congregation has also approved and confirmed the Proper Liturgical Calendar of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, which retains certain celebrations in the Church year that are significant to those from the Anglican tradition. The Calendar...

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Hackers from ‘Anonymous’ reportedly block Vatican’s website

Hackers from ‘Anonymous’ reportedly block Vatican’s website   On Wednesday afternoon, the Vatican’s website stopped working at around 3:00 o clock, after reportedly being hacked.  Apparently, a group known as “Anonymous” claimed responsibility for this. On the Vatican’s website,, the issue is described as a “technical problem that’s being solved.” The group, Anonymous Italy, posted a message on its blog, which says that the so called attack on the website, is in response to the Church’s stance on birth control and abortion. It also lists the sexual abuse scandal and the Vatican’s alleged cooperation with nazi criminals.   The message adds that it’s not a personal attack against Christians, but against the “corrupt Church of Rome.”...

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Importance of silence.

During the Pope’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square this morning, His Holiness addressed thousands of pilgrims on the importance of silence. Pope Benedict XVI noted that even at times of difficulty, God can be found in silence. Dear Brothers and Sisters, in concluding this series of catechesis on the prayer of Jesus, I would like to speak of the importance of silence in our relationship with God.  In Christ’s own life and prayer, and especially in his experience of the Cross, we see a constant interplay of word and silence. Jesus’ mortal silence on the Cross is his final word to the Father, his supreme prayer.  To hear God’s word requires the cultivation of outward and inward silence, so that his voice can resound within our hearts and shape our lives.  But Jesus teaches us that God also...

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Revd Canon Dr Pete Wilcox next Dean of Liverpool

The Revd Canon Dr Pete Wilcox is to be the next Dean of Liverpool The new Dean of Liverpool is to be the Reverend Canon Dr Pete Wilcox, Downing Street has announced this morning. He becomes the seventh Dean, succeeding the Very Rev Justin Welby who was appointed Bishop of Durham. Canon Pete Wilcox comes to Liverpool from Lichfield Cathedral where he has been Canon Residentiary since 2006. Speaking of his appointment Canon Pete said “I am thrilled to be joining such a gifted team at Liverpool Cathedral, at a time of great opportunity for mission. I look forward to getting to know the City of Liverpool and the wider diocese, having heard so many good things about both.” Pete, who is married to the writer Catherine Fox, is due to be installed in the Cathedral in September 2012....

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Visit to Rome of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams

Visit to Rome of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams    Archbishop Rowan Williams will attend First Vespers for the III Sunday of Lent at 17.30 with Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday 10th March at San Gregorio Magno al Celio.  The Archbishop and the Pope will pray together and will each give an address, after which they will light candles in the Chapel of St Gregory.  On Sunday morning 11 March the Archbishop will preside and preach at Eucharist at St Paul’s ‘Within the Walls’ for the Anglican parishes in Rome, before returning to San Gregorio to give a public talk on ‘Monastic Virtues and Ecumenical Hope’ at a conference to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the Camaldolese Benedictine monastic family. On Monday 12th March, the Archbishop will attend Vespers at the Abbey of Monte Cassino and will...

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International Women’s Day: Doing Something Practical

International Women’s Day: Doing Something Practical Sr Eugenia Bonetti, Counter-Trafficking Office, Italian Union of Major Superiors, pictured with Bishop Patrick Lynch, Chair for the Office for Migration Policy, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Human Trafficking Seminar, London 1 December 2011 One of the dangers of International “Days” is that they can generate a great deal of well-meaning talk, but little action. Sometimes they serve to raise public consciousness about an undeservedly forgotten issue or a neglected cause. But too often they come round on the annual calendar, and nothing much seems to change. International Women’s Day is too important for that to happen. This Embassy’s contribution to the many concrete initiatives planned is to focus on a global problem that disproportionately impacts upon women: human trafficking, often called “modern day slavery”. The International Labour Organisation estimates that...

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Westminster Abbey choir to sing at St Peter’s in Rome

The Holy See invites Westminster Abbey choir to sing at St Peter’s in Rome Westminster Abbey’s world-famous choir has been invited by the Holy See – through the Maestro of the Cappella Musicale Pontificia “Sistina” – to sing at St Peter’s in Rome. The Choir of Westminster Abbey will sing alongside the Cappella Musicale Pontificia, the Sistine Chapel Choir, at the liturgies of the Solemnity of St Peter and St Paul which will be broadcast across the world. This momentous ecumenical occasion is the first time in its over-500 year history that the Sistine Chapel Choir has joined forces with another choir. The invitation to Rome came after Pope Benedict XVI visited the Abbey in September 2010 when he attended Evening Prayer and prayed at the tomb of St Edward the Confessor with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most...

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Catholics for Israel

Catholics for Israel   Catholics forIsrael is a Catholic apostolate, faithful to the Magisterium of the Church, of Jewish and Gentile Catholics fromIsraeland from the nations. Its mission includes building bridges betweenIsrael and the Church, fostering friendship between Jews and Christians, and studying and teaching the Jewish roots of the Catholic faith. Catholics for Israel is looking for volunteers interested in helping out with the translation of our website into other languages (Hebrew, French, German, and Italian). If you are interested in helping please contact us.   See also:- Sisters of Our Lady of Sion in the UK and Ireland

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New Appointments at the Bishops’ Conference

New Appointments at the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales     Fr Robert Byrne CO Fr Robert Byrne CO was recently appointed as the National Ecumenical Officer and Secretary to the Department for Dialogue and Unity  at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Fr Robert was educated at St Bede’s College, Manchester; King’s College, London; and the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome. Fr Robert entered the Birmingham Oratory in 1980 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1985. In 1990 he was part of a group from Birmingham which moved to St Aloysius Parish, Oxford to found what was to become the Oxford Oratory in 1993. He was Provost from 1993 until 2011. In 2000 he became President of the Permanent Deputation of the International Oratorian Confederation. Fr Robert has been a prison chaplain...

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