Scotland to be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Scotland is to be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the first time. The act of consecration will be carried out by the country’s bishops at the national Marian shrine at Carfin on September 3. Bishop John Keenan of Paisley has asked Catholics to take part in Forty Days of spiritual preparation for the event. On his Facebook page he wrote: “I shall be doing it daily and warmly invite everyone of you to join me. “The consecration depends on fervent national preparation. Please share (I rarely ask this but this is…

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Cardinal Nichols blesses crucifix that survived ISIS

An English cardinal and an Iraqi archbishop have jointly blessed a crucifix that survived the destruction of ISIS. Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil met at Archbishop’s House in London to bless the crucifix, which, while still intact, had been found in the rubble left behind by ISIS in Iraq. The crucifix was discovered by Stephen Rasche, chief counsel and projects’ coordinator for the Chaldean Catholic Church. Mr Rasche spotted it half-buried outside St George’s Church, in Baqofah village, near the Iraqi town of Alqosh.…

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Pope meets with Muslim leaders from Great Britain

On April 5, the Pontiff met with a group of Muslim leaders from Great Britain, who were escorted by Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster. In brief remarks to the group, the Pope stressed the importance of “listening to each other, without haste to give an answer.” He said that “when we listen to each other and speak to each other, we are already on the path.” The following are the words the Pope addressed to those present: Greetings of the Holy Father  I welcome you with joy. I like to…

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Pope sends condolences after London attack

Pope Francis has sent his condolences after a terrorist attack near London’s House of Parliament in which four people were killed and dozens injured. In a telegram to Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, the Pope said that he was “saddened to learn of the loss of life and of the injuries,” and promises his prayers for those directly affected and for the entire nation. Cardinal Nichols himself told BBC that upon hearing of the attack, his first thoughts were “for those who willl mourn and will be in considerable shock.”…

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Cardinal sends anniversary message to Pope Francis

The President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has written to Pope Francis as he prepares to celebrate the fourth anniversary of his election as Bishop of Rome; the 265th successor of St Peter. The Prelate offered prayers and thanks for the Holy Father for the steadfast way in which he has upheld the teachings of Christ and the Church “presenting them in deed and in word with a freshness and directness, which draws the attention of the world.” The full text is as follows:…

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Cardinal Nichols re – consecrated England and Wales to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

On February 18, on the occasion of the visit of the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, in the centenary year of the apparitions, to Westminster Cathedral, His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols consecrated England and Wales to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In the Act of Consecration, a modified version of the one used by Cardinal Griffin in the Abbey grounds in Walsingham on 16 July 1948, he said: ‘To your Immaculate Heart, in this centenary year of the apparitions at Fatima, we re- consecrate ourselves in…

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Cardinal Nichols: God is source of society’s unity

On January 23, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster celebrated the silver jubilee of his episcopal ordination. “Today so many speak about the need to build a more coherent society, one in which we share benefits and burdens, working to overcome recent divisions of opinion, uniting in a new project,” he preached. “Our mission is to speak again and again that such unity of purpose has only one ultimate source: our unity in God our Creator.” Citing Pope Benedict XVI, he added: And there is only one ultimate power of reconciliation:…

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