Archive of earlier front page items
Bishop Pat Lynch's excellent homily from the Mass for Migrants held in Westminster Cathedral on May 7th is now available to read and there as an audio recording at:
http://www.rcdow.org.uk/diocese/default.asp?library_ref=4&content_ref=3778
or http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=20348
A small selection of photos from the day is also available http://www.flickr.com/photos/catholicwestminster/sets/72157629621439572/

Report on the Catholic Migration Forum Seminar - Amigo Hall December 1st.
The link below gives a full report on a most interesting day and includes links to inputs from Bishop Pat Lynch
and Sr Eugenia Bonetti MC (Union of Major Superiors) ‘Counter-Trafficking Office’ Rome.  Also to a podcast from Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland of Scotland Yard's Trafficking and Prostitution Unit.
http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/Home/News/Human-Trafficking-Seminar


The Big Society - A call to true Apostolate"
"Why does the Lord want you to work for Justice and peace?"

Go to our Resources page to read or print these two new articles
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Text of Pope Benedict's Homily on World Day of Peace
January 1st 2011               Homily Text                                            
10th January 2011
 

More Than Gold have a free DVD available.  To help your Church capture the potential of the Games.  Fast-moving and with music by Delirious?, the creative production shows what's been done at past Games and what churches like yours could do here.
There are two versions, each designed for a different audience.
Church version
(3 mins 39 secs) for services, home groups, etc, opening eyes to the opportunities the Games offer.  Leaders version (6 mins 24 secs) as above but with additional background and advice on the next steps.
To watch, order or download go to
www.morethangold.org.uk/dvd                  1st December 2010       


2011 Migrants Mass: On Bank Holiday Monday, May 2nd a congregation of some 1,500 people - many from London's diverse ethnic communities - attended the annual Mass for Migrant Workers, held this year at St George's Cathedral. Archbishop Peter Smith was chief celebrant and about 60 priests from across London concelebrated.

The service began with a colourful procession of banners from dozens of parishes and Catholic organisations. At the Offertory, as well as the bread and wine, migrant workers brought up symbols of their work such as hammers and briefcases.

Bishop Thomas McMahon preached the homily which was greeted with a round of applause at its conclusion.

Link to Other Pictures

Full Text of homily

Catholic Social Teaching Web Site www.catholicsocialteaching.org.uk   The launch of the LiveSimply website marks the arrival of a valuable tool for schools, parishes and beyond. The site will provide a resource for people to work with in deepening their understanding of the faith.
Once described as the Church’s best kept secret, the social teachings offer a blueprint for those working for justice both inside and outside of the Church. The site focuses on the six themed areas of human dignity, community and participation, care for creation, life and work, peace, and solidarity.
Contributors include South African Archbishops Desmond Tutu and Kevin Dowling, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of York John Sentamu, Ellen Teague, Mary Colwell and Bruce Kent.  The launch of the site comes at a timely moment with Pope Benedict recently stressing the urgent need "for commitment to educating Catholic laity in Church social doctrine".                                                                                             
 1st December 2010      


Welcome to Archbishop Peter Smith and thank you for the encouragement in your homily: "I have no doubt that the faith of the Church is alive and active today. It is manifested in the lives of so many good and holy laypeople, in the vibrant life of our parishes and religious communities, and in the dedicated and selfless ministry of our priests and deacons. It is being fulfilled day by day in the work of our Catholic schools and colleges, organisations such as CAFOD, the Justice and Peace Networks....."                                                                   10th June 2010

Thank you to all who joined us at Aylesford on May 22nd. for our Spring Assembly on "Grassroots Social Justice" Our speakers from the eight organisations gave us a great insight to the work being carried our in our parishes and communities and our keynote speaker, John Battle, was as inspirational as always.  Our picture shows John Battle with Fr Michael Scanlon at the end of the afternoon.   Download a Full Report         11th June 2010         

“Meeting God in Friend and Stranger: fostering mutual respect and understanding between the religions” is a new teaching document on interreligious dialogue from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Our own Archbishop Kevin had a leading role in its development and production. See our Local Events page for details of a workshop.
Click to download a copy

 

Choosing the Common Good
The keenly awaiting document from the Bishops' Conference, developing the Church's position on topics relevant to the incoming government, is now available Click to Download

Correspondence with Gordon Brown
Following the publication of Caritas in Veritate, our chair Fr Michael Scanlon wrote to the Prime Minister sending him a copy of the Holy Father’s encyclical and inviting his thoughts.  In his reply Gordon Brown pays tribute to  the Pope’s concern for peace and justice throughout the world and also thanks Fr Michael for the practical steps being taken in the Catholic communities to encourage justice and peace.              Fr Michael's letter                Gordon Brown's reply


"If You Want To Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation" is the theme of  Pope  Benedict’s message for the celebration of the forty-third World Day of Peace.
To download the Holy Father's message Click Here   14th December 2009


The Wave - climate change protest.

On 5th December more than 50,000 came together in London to demand action on climate change at The Wave, the biggest ever UK climate change march. Not only did Ed Miliband (Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change) hear us, but Gordon Brown invited 24 Wave supporters to 10 Downing Street after the event to hear their demands.
 

Some started from Grosvenor Square and walked a 3 mile route passing the Houses of Parliament and crossing Lambeth Bridge to come back over Westminster Bridge.  Others started at the ecumenical service in Westminster Central Hall led by Archbishops Vincent Nichols and Rowan Williams.

Passing Piccadilly Circus                                              7th December 2009

 

Report from National Justice & Peace Network conference 2009
On the Road Together: A~Mazed by Migration
A summary of the report on the Open Space debate from the conference is now available  to download please click Open Space Summary

Also Bishop Pat's homily "
Our mission to, with and for migrants today: the context, the principles and the pastoral strategy" Bishop Pat's Homily and the views of all the keynote speakers Keynote Speakers.

If you have difficulty downloading or printing any of the above we are happy to post copies from the office.                                                        14th October 2009


Holy Father’s Video Message to Climate Change Summit
Pope Benedict sent a video message to participants in the UN summit on climate change, which was held in New York on 22 September.
Speaking in English his message started:  "I wish to reflect today upon the relationship between the Creator and ourselves as guardians of His creation. In so doing I also wish to offer my support to leaders of governments and international agencies who are meeting at the United Nations to discuss the urgent issue of climate change….”
   Full Text               28th September 2009


Tobin Tax developments
Foreign minister
David Miliband was named by his French counterpart as a supporter of a Tobin tax on financial transactions in a move designed to show growing support for a clampdown on excessive bank profits.
Bernard Kouchner, the French foreign minister, said in an interview that Miliband agreed on the need for a new tax on financial transactions to fund
development
.

For more information follow this link to The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/sep/17/miliband-tobin-tax-french
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September Update                                                     September 21st 2009


Pope Benedict urges leaders to be responsible stewards of creation

Pope Benedict urges leaders to be responsible stewards of creation  | Pope Benedict,responsible stewards of creation

 

World leaders should address global environmental issues "with generous courage", that Man is called to responsible governance of creation and the current model of global development needs transformation, Pope Benedict said yesterday.

To Read More                                                       August 27th 2009

 

Government slashes support to asylum seekers awaiting a decision.

The government has announced that it is cutting its cash support to destitute asylum seekers waiting for a decision. Currently, single asylum seekers over the age of 25 receive £42.16 a week, which is 30% less than a single person over the age of 25 who is resident in the UK. The government is planning to reduce this to £35.15 per week from October, leaving asylum seekers with only £5 per day to live on.

Donna Covey, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council said:
“ These changes mean asylum seekers will receive a little over half of what the government says is the minimum people need to live on....  Surely a more practical solution would be to allow those that can to work and contribute to the growth of our economy, rather than penalising the poorest and most vulnerable?”   
www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/stopcuts for more information and a draft letter to send to the Home Secretary
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August 24th 2009


August 19th 2009

Bruce Kent leads a peaceful demonstration outside the American Embassy calling for health care provision for the 50 million Americans who have inadequate cover.                  

 

 


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