Category: News

Catholic Union Secretary Writes in Support of Catholic Journalism.

Our Secretary, Michael Pritchett, has written in the Catholic Herald this month about the need to support the Catholic press in this country:   Sir: Further to your Leader in the August issue, “Why Catholic Journalism Matters”, the Catholic Union of Great Britain – representing the lay Catholic community since 1870 – writes to support your […]

Catholic Union AGM – 28 October 2021 – Archbishop’s House

All members are invited to attend the Catholic Union Annual General Meeting on Thursday 28 October 2021 in the Throne Room at Archbishop’s House, Ambrosden Avenue, London SW1P 1QQ at 6.45pm. The AGM will follow on from the 5.30pm Mass at Westminster Cathedral which will be offered for the past and present members of the […]

Autumn Gathering at Stonor Park 16 October 2021

AUTUMN GATHERING STONOR PARK SATURDAY 16 OCTOBER 2021 Dear Members, I am pleased to announce that the Catholic Union will be holding an Autumn Gathering on Saturday 16 October 2021 at Stonor Park, near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.  Stonor Park is the ancient home of the Stonor family, dating back to the twelfth century, and is set in beautiful […]

Catholic Union calls for spending on welfare to be maintained

The Catholic Union has urged the Chancellor not to cut spending on social security this year as the uplift in Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits is due to end. The Catholic Union has described the £20 uplift as a “lifeline” to millions of people during the pandemic, but the Chancellor has said the policy […]

Editorial: Families should be the focus of welfare spending

Catholic Union Head of Public Affairs, James Somerville-Meikle, writes: MPs and peers will be heading back to Westminster on Monday as Parliament returns from summer recess. As social distancing measures have come to an end, Parliament will look and sound much more like normal. Judging by press coverage over the past few weeks, there is […]

Editorial: While politicians talk, faith groups act

Catholic Union Head of Public Affairs, James Somerville-Meikle, writes: At the time of writing, the last plane carrying British nationals and Afghans to the UK has almost certainly left the airport in Kabul. Yet while our military presence is coming to an end, our obligations to the people of Afghanistan – especially those who assisted […]

Catholic Leaders Respond to Situation in Afghanistan

  After 20 years of fighting, the Taliban are once again in control of Afghanistan. Church leaders and organisations have issued various statements in response to the crisis throughout the week. A compilation of these, alongside a selection of recent news articles, can be found below.   Note: The ‘Vatican’ section of this list was […]

Editorial: Mass disappointment in Scotland

Head of Public Affairs, James Somerville-Meikle, writes: While the past few days have rightly been dominated by the situation in Afghanistan, the week began with confirmation that Pope Francis will be attending the COP26 conference in Glasgow this November. The announcement was tinged with disappointment, however, as the Holy Father will not be celebrating a public Mass […]

Catholic Union updates MPs and peers on recent work

With Parliament on Summer recess, the Catholic Union has taken the opportunity to update our supporters in both Houses of Parliament on our recent work. Our Summer Parliamentary Update covers our work in encouraging civil society to be at the heart of work to rebuild from the pandemic, new legislation on immigration and free speech, […]

Catholic Union calls on Government to rule out Covid passports for churches

The Catholic Union has called on the Government to rule out the use of Covid passports for churches and other places of worship.   The Government has said it intends to make certification mandatory for access to certain “crowded” places later this year, but details of the proposals are yet to be confirmed.   Faiths […]

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