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Then-Prince Charles greets archbishop of Westminster and president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales Cardinal Vincent Gerard Nichols during a reception for the Cardinal Newman Canonization at Pontifical Urban College on Oct. 13, 2019, at the Vatican.

English cardinal offers prayers for King Charles III after cancer diagnosis

Feb 5, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

King Charles, 75, underwent treatment recently for an enlarged prostate and an unspecified cancer was discovered during that treatment. Read more

A stamp printed in United Kingdom in 1999 shows image of the dedicated to the Glastonbury Holy Thorn.

The Holy Thorn: In Glastonbury, England, a special hawthorn tree blooms every year at Christmas

Dec 26, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

This special variety of hawthorn grows in and around Glastonbury and the legendary, original tree is said to have sprouted... Read more

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Indi Gregory dies: What went wrong, and what happens next?

Nov 17, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Catholics in the U.K. say the country’s medical and legal authorities need to place a greater emphasis on parental voices... Read more

John Henry Newman by Sir John Everett Millais.

U.S. bishops express strong support for proposal to name Newman a doctor of the Church

Nov 16, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Bishop Robert Barron was among several bishops who spoke passionately in support this week of a proposal to name St.... Read more

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak leaves following his speech during the final day of the Conservative Party Conference on Oct. 4, 2023, in Manchester, England.

British prime minister says traditional understanding of gender is ‘common sense’

Oct 5, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak made the comments about gender at a speech at the Conservative (Tory) Party’s annual gathering... Read more

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Annual Requiem Latin Mass canceled at Westminster Cathedral in London after 50 years

Oct 2, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Due to the restrictions outlined in the 2021 motu proprio Traditionis Custodes, the Requiem Mass has been moved to a... Read more

Rendition of the Eternal Wall interactive monument being constructed near Birmingham, England, featuring a million prayers. It is expected to be completed in 2026.

Christian monument ‘Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer’ being constructed in England 

Aug 26, 2023

By Madeleine Teahan

The interactive sculpture near Birmingham, England, will be made up of a million bricks, each representing an individual’s answered prayer. Read more

Pilgrims gather around Chesterton’s grave at Beaconsfield during July 25, 2020 pilgrimage

A pilgrimage in England traces GK Chesterton’s path in hope of his beatification

Jul 29, 2023

By Anna Kurian

The 13th annual G.K. Chesterton Pilgrimage will begin at the church where the British writer was baptized. Read more

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British man found not guilty of murdering terminally ill wife after smothering her 

Jul 21, 2023

By Daniel Payne

David Hunter had told the court that his wife “begged him” to end her painful suffering from blood cancer. Read more

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Abortion rates rise in England and Wales rise; pro-lifers declare ‘national tragedy’

Jun 23, 2023

By Madeleine Teahan

The rise in the number of abortions comes alongside pressure to decriminalize abortion in England and Wales for any reason. Read more

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England’s health service to stop prescribing puberty blockers for kids

Jun 12, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The NHS found that there is not enough evidence to support the “safety or clinical effectiveness” of puberty-blocking drugs for... Read more

The Imperial State Crown, Sceptre, and wreath of symbolic flowers adorn the coffin of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the gun carriage for the funeral procession, Sept. 19, 2022.

A guide to the Christian — and Catholic — symbolism in King Charles III’s coronation

May 5, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

As the new monarch of England is crowned, the ceremony’s many symbols and traditions are rooted in history. Read more

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UK Parliament makes it illegal to pray near abortion facilities

Mar 7, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Britain’s House of Commons approved legislation Tuesday to create “buffer zones” around abortion facilities that would prohibit silent prayer. Read more

Adam Smith-Connor was fined for “praying for [his] son, who is deceased” near an abortion facility in Bournemouth, England.

Second bystander ensnared by English ban on prayer outside abortion clinics

Jan 22, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Amid continuing controversy over strict limits on behavior outside abortion clinics in some English cities, a man faces a fine... Read more

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Woman arrested while praying silently outside abortion clinic charged with ‘intimidation’

Dec 30, 2022

By Charlotte Evans

Isabel Vaughan-Spruce is accused of “protesting and engaging in an act that is intimidating to service users.” Read more

NHS National Health Service sign UK.

England’s health service puts brakes on transgender treatments for children

Nov 1, 2022

By Edie Heipel

The NHS warned that the condition is often a temporary “phase” and issued new restrictions on the use of puberty... Read more

The Cathedral Church of St. Barnabas in Nottingham, England, U.K.

Gothic Revival reborn: Nottingham Cathedral receives grant to ‘Restore Pugin’

Oct 3, 2022

By AC Wimmer

Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin’s design of St. Barnabas Cathedral in Nottingham, England, is to be restored and brought back to... Read more

St. Edmund Arrowsmith | An altar display of items associated with 17th century English Martyr St. Edmund Arrowsmith.

The enduring legacy of St. Edmund Arrowsmith, martyred for celebrating the Mass

Oct 1, 2022

By Joseph Kellaway-Burnell

The hand of St. Edmund Arrowsmith has pride of place in the Church of St. Edmund and St. Oswald in... Read more

The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, gives a reading during the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on Sept.19, 2022, in London.

‘Service in life, hope in death’: archbishop of Canterbury preaches at queen’s funeral

Sep 19, 2022

By Charlotte Evans

In his sermon at the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II today, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby praised the Christian... Read more

Queen Elizabeth greets Pope Francis at the Vatican in 2014.

Pope Francis praises Queen Elizabeth’s ‘steadfast witness of faith in Jesus Christ’

Sep 8, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Pope Francis in a telegram late Thursday offered his condolences and prayers upon the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s... Read more