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Clarification on Civil Partnerships

Clarification on Civil Partnerships   Following a Guardian report today, 23 February 2012, it is important to clarify the position taken by the Bishops’ Conference in 2003 in response to the Government Consultation on “Civil partnership – A framework for the legal recognition of same–sex couples”. Civil Partnerships are now part of the framework of British law. The current debate is about the specific nature of the institution of marriage and its distinctive place in the fabric of society. 23. We believe the government’s proposals to create civil partnerships for same sex couples would not promote the common good, and we therefore strongly oppose them. They would in the long term serve to undermine marriage and the family for the reasons set out in paragraphs 9-12 above. They are not needed to defend fundamental human rights or remedy significant...

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Further information on the CTS Daily Missal

Further information on the CTS Daily Missal     The publication date is the 9th MARCH 2012 ALSO CONTAINS THE IRISH NATIONAL PROPER OF SAINTS Mass readings are from the current Mass Lectionary (Jerusalem Bible – not suitable for USA) Following His Holiness Pope Benedict’s expressed desire that the English translation become a springboard for a renewal and a deepening of Eucharistic devotion, CTS has created  Missals that contain everything you need at Mass.  The length of the book, 3448 pages, makes this the largest volume the CTS has ever produced. Our second biggest book, the CTS New Catholic Bible is more than a thousand pages smaller, totaling 2248. For all that we have made it as compact and practical as possible. Daily Missal details: Height 17.8 cm Width 13 cm Depth 6.3 cm Weight 1.2 Kg No. of pages: 3448...

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The Commonwealth and the Catholic Church

The Commonwealth and the Catholic Church Ambassador Baker congratulates His Eminence George Cardinal Alencherry, Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly of the Syro-Malabar Church, on his elevation to the College of Cardinals, 18 February 2012. The senior leadership of the global Catholic Church has been in Rome over the last week to celebrate the latest Consistory of Cardinals, at which 22 new Cardinals were installed. These included the Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamalay of the Syr-Malabars, in Kerala in India, His Eminence George Alencherry. Our congratulations go out to him and the other new Cardinals as they take up their new responsibilities. Cardinal Alencherry and a number of other Cardinals, including a strong contingent from Commonwealth countries (including India, Australia, Ghana, Nigeria and Zambia, as well as from England and Scotland) joined me at my Residence after the Consistory for a celebratory...

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Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsigham visits Rome

 Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsigham visits Rome   Former Anglicans who joined the Catholic Church under the first Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, are visiting Rome. About 100 of them, saw the Pope for the first time after being welcomed into full communion with the Catholic Church, under the only ordinariate of its kind in the United Kingdom. It was officially established on January 15th 2011.  Msgr. Keith Newton Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham “Well I had been an Anglican priest for over 30 years and throughout that time I hoped and prayed for union with the Catholic Church. And so when the Holy Father offered the possibility of bringing groups of Anglicans in communion  with the Church we just responded to it as the most natural thing to do because in our heart we...

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Lent 2012: Missio Metropolis in Liverpool

Lent 2012: Missio Metropolis in Liverpool       Missio Metropolis: ‘Journey and Conversations’   The Archdiocese of Liverpool is one of twelve Dioceses from across Europe chosen by the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation to take part in a pilot scheme in preparation for a Synod to be held in October 2012 with the theme: ‘The New Evangelisation for the Transmission of the Christian Faith’. Others taking part are: Barcelona, Budapest, Dublin, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Mechelen-Bruxelles, Paris, Turin,Vienna,Warsawand Zagreb. The ‘Missio Metropolis’, as it is known, is an initiative to make special efforts during Lent 2012 in mission, outreach and catechesis and then to reflect on this Lenten experience together so that some common challenges and themes can be explored which can feed in to the Synod. The local theme for the Archdiocese is to be ‘Journey and...

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Sacred Sites

Explore sacred sites, ancient wonders and religious places of the world               Sacred Destinations is an ecumenical guide to more than 1,250 sacred sites, holy places, pilgrimage destinations, religious architecture and sacred art in over 60 countries around the world. In addition to richly illustrated articles, there are photo galleries containing over 24,000 high-quality images plus detailed maps and lots of practical travel information.

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Benedict XVI creates 22 new cardinals

With the addition of the 22 new cardinals, there are a total of 125 cardinal electors, from 51 countries. More than half of the cardinals, 67 of them, are European. Another 22 are from South America, 15 from the U.S, 11 from Africa, nine from Asia and one from Oceania. The country with the most cardinals is Italy, which accounts for 30 of them. It’s followed by the U.S. which has 12. Germany and Brazil each have six cardinals. Spain has five cardinals, while France, Poland, India and Mexico have four. The 50 remaining cardinals are of different nationalities.  Sixty-two of the cardinals were appointed by Blessed Pope John Paul II. Sixty-three of them have been appointed by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI during the four consistories His Holiness has held since 2006.     Archbishop Fernando Filoni, prefect...

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BBC Radio 3 Choral Evensong for Ash Wednesday

Choral Evensong from Hereford Cathedral on Ash Wednesday     Listen : Wednesday, 22 February at 15:30 on BBC Radio 3   Synopsis Live from Hereford Cathedral on Ash Wednesday, 22 February Introit: Memento homo (Byrd) Responses: Plainsong Psalm: 51 Miserere mei (Allegri) First Lesson: Isaiah 1vv 10-18 Canticles: In Fauxbourdon (Tallis) Second Lesson: Luke 15vv 11-end Anthem: Da mihi auxilium (Byrd) Hymn: Now is the healing time decreed (Jena) Organ Voluntary: Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist BWV 671 (Bach) Geraint Bowen (Organist & Director of Music) Peter Dyke (Assistant organist).   Broadcasts Wed 22 Feb 2012 15:30 BBC Radio 3 Sun 26 Feb 2012 16:00 BBC Radio...

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Catholics BBC FOUR

Catholics   Priests     Episode 1 of 3      Broadcast: Thursday 23, February at 21:00   Duration: 1 hour Repeated: Friday 24,  February at 03:15   Filmed over six months and with extraordinary access, an intimate behind-the-scenes portrait of Allen Hall in London, one of only three remaining Roman Catholic seminaries in Britain.   This is the first of a new three-part series directed by award-winning filmmaker Richard Alwyn about being Catholic in Britain today. Each film – one about men, one about women, one about children – reveals a different Catholic world, showing Catholicism to be a rich but complex identity and observing how this shapes people’s lives.   As the Catholic priesthood struggles to recover from the scandal of child abuse, numbers of men applying to join have fallen greatly. Just 19 men were ordained in England and...

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