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British Ministers visit the Holy See

British Ministers visit the Holy See   A very intensive 24 hours this week saw the strongest ever delegation of ministers from the United Kingdom – 7 in total, including 4 Cabinet Ministers – paying an official visit to the Holy See. As Baroness Warsi, the leader of the delegation, noted in her speech at the official dinner hosted by Secretary of State Cardinal Bertone on 14 February, some might misinterpret the fact that the visit was taking place on St Valentine’s Day!As it was, the visit had little to do with sentiment (though the delegation was delighted to be here) and more to do with the hard reality of our global interests and the way we can and should interact through our extensive global networks. The Delegation of Ministers from the Government of the United Kingdom pictured in...

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Pope Benedict XVI meets with UK government delegation in the Vatican

JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE HOLY SEE AND HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT FOLLOWING THE U.K. MINISTERIAL DELEGATION’S VISIT TO THE HOLY SEE   http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/secretariat_state/2012/documents/rc_seg-st_20120215_comunicato_en.html   Pope Benedict XVI meets with UK government delegation in the Vatican    A British government delegation and top Vatican officials discussed a wide range of issues from the right to religious freedom and the need to promote disarmament to sustainable development and , to promoting a culture of social responsibility, when they met in the Vatican on Wednesday 15 February.The visit marked the 30th anniversary of the re-establishment of full diplomatic relations between the UK and the Holy See. A joint communiqué following the working meeting said Britain and the Holy See look forwards “to working together to combat intolerance and discrimination based on religion, wherever it is manifest.” The delegation also met with Pope Benedict...

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UK Ministers to visit the Holy See

Marking the 30th anniversary of the establishment of full diplomatic relations between the UK and the Holy See Papal visit 2010: Pope Benedict XVI holding private meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron On 14-15 February 2012, a delegation of Ministers from the Government of the United Kingdom will make an official visit to the Holy See.  Led by the Rt Hon Baroness Warsi, Cabinet Minister without Portfolio, representing the Prime Minister, the Ministerial visit marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of full diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and the Holy See in 1982, and follows the successful visit by his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to the United Kingdom in September 2010. The following Ministers will also join the delegation: – The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport – The...

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NOTE FROM HOLY SEE ON LEAKED VATICAN DOCUMENTS

NOTE FROM HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE DIRECTOR ON LEAKED VATICAN DOCUMENTS     Vatican City, 14 February 2012  – Given below is the text of a note written by Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Frederico Lombardi S.J. and released late yesterday afternoon by Vatican Radio, concerning the recent leaking of a series of Vatican documents.   “Nowadays we must all have strong nerves, because no one can be surprised at anything. The American administration was affected by Wikileaks, now the Vatican too has its disclosures, its leaked documents, which tend to create confusion and bewilderment, and to throw a bad light on the Vatican, the governance of the Church and, more broadly, on the Church herself. “We must, then, remain calm and keep our nerve, make use of reason, something which not all media outlets tend to do....

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The value of UK-Holy See relationship

The value of UK-Holy See relationship Baroness Warsi writes an exclusive article ahead of the UK Ministerial Delegation’s visit to the Holy See   In an article for the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano on 13-14 February 2012, The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi, Cabinet Minister without Portfolio, reflects on the value of UK-Holy See relationship, ahead of the official visit of the UK Ministerial Delegation to the Holy See. Baroness Warsi focuses on the many areas in which the UK and the Holy See work together, such as inter-religious dialogue, disarmament and human rights, and how our substantive dialogue on these issues strengthens the cooperation between the United Kingdom and the Holy See. “At the heart of the Queen’s government’s policies, at home as well as overseas, is concern for the support and promotion of fundamental rights and values, underpinning...

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WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

MESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER FOR THE 49th WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS 29 APRIL 2012 FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER   Theme: Vocations, the Gift of the Love of God   http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/messages/vocations/documents/hf_ben-xvi_mes_20111018_xlix-vocations_en.html...

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“Lourdes” – BBC FOUR

Lourdes  Moving drama about a wheelchair-bound woman who makes a pilgrimage to Lourdes to relieve her sense of isolation. In French with English subtitles. Broadcast:         Sunday 19 February  at  20:12 till 22:30   Duration: 1 hour, 36...

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MALTESERS® carries the FAIRTRADE Mark

Ought  one to really give up chocolate for Lent ?     MALTESERS® to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark in UK & Ireland in 2012, Mars to provide more than US $1 million annually  in Fairtrade Premiums to farmers’ co-operatives in West Africa.      The switch by Maltesers®, which is the third biggest confectionery brand in the UK, will represent more than a 10% increase in total UK Fairtrade sales, the company claims. Mars says the move will contribute $1m (£640,000) a year in Fairtrade funds to cocoa farmers to invest in their farms and local communities. It follows similar switches by its rivals, including Kraft’s Dairy Milk brands and Nestle’s KitKat, which source their cocoa from Fairtrade production methods. Mars says it intends to buy all of its cocoa from sustainable production sources by 2020. In 2009, sustainably...

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Flame Congress

  Wembley Arena, 24 March 2012 Fanning the Spirit into a Flame, 2Tim 1:6-8   More than 10,000 young people are getting ready to converge on Wembley Stadium next month, in what looks set to be the largest gathering of young Catholics ever to take place in England and Wales. Plans for the Flame Congress were unveiled at a press conference at the Bishops Conference headquarters in London on Thursday.  The event has been inspired by the tremendous reception given to Pope Benedict during his 2010 visit – his welcome by thousands of young people in the Piazza outside Westminster Cathedral, the Big Assembly at St Mary’s in Twickenham, and the huge gathering in Hyde Park. The timing also chimes well with the London Olympics. Pope John Paul II – himself a keen sportsman – wrote about the relationship between...

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