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English bishop urges Catholics to oppose Jersey assisted suicide proposal

May 23, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The Catholic bishop overseeing the island of Jersey has called on clergy and parishioners to “speak out” and mobilize against... Read more

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England, pictured on May 21, 2015.

Catholic bishop ‘shocked and saddened’ by Jersey vote for assisted suicide ‘in principle’

Nov 29, 2021

By CNA Staff

He said the vote showed ‘a woeful lack of interest in protecting the most vulnerable people in our society.’ Read more

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth.

Guernsey scraps proposal for discrimination law that could have led to Catholic schools' closure

Nov 5, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Catholic schools in Guernsey will be permitted to appoint only Catholics as head teachers following a vote on Nov. 3... Read more

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, pictured May 21, 2015.

Bishop: Discrimination law could force Guernsey’s Catholic schools to close

Oct 28, 2021

By CNA Staff

The policy would prevent Catholic schools from requiring that their principals are Catholic. Read more


Jersey health minister will vote against legalizing assisted suicide

Oct 6, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

The health minister of the British channel island of Jersey has expressed opposition to the legalization of assisted suicide, and... Read more

The flag of Jersey. Credit: railway fx/Shutterstock.

Jersey convenes citizens' jury to debate assisted suicide legalization

Mar 12, 2021

Jersey has formed a citizens’ jury to determine whether assisted suicide should be allowed on the island.  Read more

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth.

English bishop urges Catholics to come back to churches

Sep 14, 2020

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth wrote Sunday to the people of his diocese encouraging them to return to churches for... Read more

The flag of Guernsey.

Guernsey approves law expanding abortion access

Jun 25, 2020

The parliament of the Channel Island of Guernsey voted Wednesday to approve a bill expanding abortion time limits, and removing... Read more

Guernsey legislature rejects efforts to prevent disability discrimination in abortion

Jun 23, 2020

Several amendments which sought to reduce the proposed time limit on abortions or to maintain limits on the abortion of... Read more

The flag of Guernsey.

Catholics on Guernsey to hold all-night prayer vigil ahead of abortion law debate

Jun 16, 2020

The Catholic Church on the Channel Island of Guernsey will hold an all night prayer vigil Tuesday, immediately ahead of... Read more

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth.

English bishop calls for 'new forms of witness' by the People of Life

Apr 16, 2018

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth has encouraged Catholics, as the “people of life”, to be positive and confident in sharing... Read more

Speak out against assisted suicide, bishop encourages Catholics of Guernsey

Mar 26, 2018

Legalizing assisted suicide is a false solution to the sufferings of the terminally ill, an English bishop has said in... Read more

UK bishop calls for prayers as MPs urge ban on abortion clinic vigils

Nov 2, 2017

The Bishop of Portsmouth, England has called Catholics to pray for the conversion of 113 Members of the British Parliament... Read more

Bishop poses ten questions for Catholic Brits ahead of general election

May 15, 2017

An English bishop has asked the people of his diocese to remember the sanctity of human life at all stages... Read more

With freedom for Catholic education uncertain, English diocese charts a path

Jul 13, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholic schools in England could face problems under both a new “British values” government mandate and demands to approve same-sex... Read more

Relics of Blesseds Louis and Zelie Martin, parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, in a reliquary at St. Patrick's, Columbus.

Ahead of Synod, UK Catholics to venerate relics of St Therese's parents

Jan 16, 2015

Catholics in the Diocese of Portsmouth will have an invaluable opportunity this May to venerate the relics of St. Therese... Read more

English bishop shares 'never failing' gift of the rosary with his diocese

Oct 26, 2014

Since prayers through the Blessed Virgin Mary “never fail,” Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth is commemorating this month of the... Read more

English bishop exhorts faithful to be charitable online

Mar 20, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

A pastoral letter from a British bishop to his faithful for Lent calls upon Catholics to consider their online interactions... Read more