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COP26 Round-Up

  After two weeks of intensive COP26 negotiations, talks surrounding the final text of the ‘Glasgow Climate Pact’ continued beyond the deadline. As the meeting went into its final hours, COP26 President Alok Sharma MP pleaded with delegates to agree on a second draft text. However, there was clear opposition from countries such as India and China on language […]

Catholic Union calls on Foreign Secretary to uphold FoRB commitments

The Catholic Union has called on Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, to implement the recommendations of the Bishop of Truro’s report into Christian persecution. Implementing the 22 recommendations of the report is a manifesto commitment for the Government and something that Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has given a personal assurance will be delivered in this Parliament. […]

Peers debate right for priests to administer Last Rites

On Monday 22 November, the House of Lords debated an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill on ministers of religion having access to crime scenes.   The amendment was tabled by Conservative peer, and former Lords Leader, Baroness Stowell of Beeston (pictured), and Crossbench peer, Baroness Masham of Illton, following the […]

Editorial: A week of high and low politics

Catholic Union Head of Public Affairs, James Somerville-Meikle, writes: It’s been a week of high and low politics. Despite the challenges of securing international agreement, the COP26 summit in Glasgow has produced some real results – with commitments to end deforestation and cut methane emissions by 30 per cent by 2030, along with phasing out […]

Catholic Union AGM 2021

The 2021 AGM on 28 October was a successful and enjoyable occasion held in the beautiful surroundings of the Throne Room at Archbishop’s House, Westminster. This was a privilege kindly granted by Cardinal Vincent Nichols to mark the Catholic Union’s 150th anniversary. The AGM heard addresses from Sir Edward Leigh MP (President), David O’Mahony (Chairman), Richard […]

Pact Responds to New Report on Maternal Imprisonment

An important new report was published this week, Crest Advisory’s ‘Counting the Cost of Maternal Imprisonment’. In response to the report, Pact’s CEO Andy Keen-Downs said, ‘The long-lasting emotional trauma of maternal separation is well-evidenced but frequently overlooked within the justice system in England and Wales. The disruption and restrictions on prison regimes of the […]

Catholic Union responds to Budget and Spending Review

Following the Chancellor’s statement to Parliament today on the Budget and Spending Review, the Catholic Union has issued the response below:   Catholic Union Director, Nigel Parker, comments: “This Budget and Spending Review should be the foundation for our recovery from the pandemic – not just in terms of Government spending, but also in terms […]

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