The Housing Crisis
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, has welcomed the publication of Coming Home – tackling the housing crisis together, saying that it is both welcome and timely.
“The provision of secure, decent housing for all is a hallmark of a good society. The fact that some eight million of our fellow citizens are today living in overcrowded, unaffordable or unsuitable housing in one of the richest countries on earth should shame us. So too should the fact that over 4,000 people will sleep rough in England tonight."
Cardinal Nichols notes that “The report asks for action, not just from government, but from all of us."
Coming Home was commissioned by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.
Pope Francis on Sports
Sport in general, and football in particular, can be "a pathway of life, maturity and holiness", the Pope said in greeting the Sampdoria football team in the northern Italian city of Genoa.
The Pope spoke of two central characteristics regarding sports.
Going Carbon Neutral
The Diocese of Salford has launched a new research project that Bishop John Arnold hopes will spearhead the efforts of the Catholic community in England and Wales to tackle the current ecological crisis by paving the way to a sustainable, carbon neutral future.
Modern slavery and human trafficking
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, president of the Santa Marta group, preaching in Westminster Cathedral at a Mass for the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita on 8 February, has warned that the COVID-19 pandemic is creating vast new reservoirs of victims of modern slavery and human trafficking. Read more
The Diocese of Arundel and Brighton has a Steering Group on Modern Slavery, part of the Social Action Commission of the Diocese. It publishes a periodic newsletter. Read the latest issue.
Father Albert Ofere, a Nigerian priest serving in the Diocese of Westminster, has spoken about his frightening experience of being hospitalised with Covid-19. He has appealed to everyone to take the vaccine as soon as they are offered it.
Caritas Internationalis has appealed to the international community, and especially the richer nations of the global north, to ensure that the Covid-19 vaccine will be made available to everyone, especially the most vulnerable.
Across the Tigray region of Ethiopia, brutal fighting has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. As a result, millions are now living in fear of starvation. Charities such as Cafod and Mary's Meals are appealing for donations to help those most in need.
Walk for Water and 10,000 Steps a Day Lenten Challenge
Cafod's Lent Appeal is focussed on water. We all need it, but one in three people globally do not have access to safe drinking water.
If you are rising to Cafod's challenge, please let us know!
Could you be a Foundation Governor?
Foundation governors are appointed by the Bishop to serve as his representatives on the governing bodies of diocesan schools to ensure the Church’s mission is upheld.
Governors have oversight of the curriculum and the appointment of staff and are accountable for the performance of the school. They have a strategic role to play as well as acting as a critical friend to the headteacher.
Governing bodies need people with a mixture of skills and experience. Training is provided to help governors fulfil this very important role.
Sunday 28 February, 11am, on Zoom
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