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Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the Vatican, April 3, 2014.

Here's how Catholics will pray for Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee

Jun 1, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

As the United Kingdom prepares to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years as monarch, the Catholic Bishops’... Read more

Prince Charles attends the Society of St. Augustine of Canterbury centenary reception at Archbishop’s House, Westminster, England, May 10, 2022.

Prince Charles marks 100 years of society supporting Catholic archbishops of Westminster

May 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Society of St. Augustine of Canterbury was founded in 1922. Read more

Members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales gathered for their Spring Plenary Assembly in Cardiff, May 5, 2022.

As Covid-19 weakens, time for Catholics in England and Wales to return to Mass, bishops say

May 9, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholics in England and Wales should come back to Mass now that the dangers of the Covid-19 pandemic have receded,... Read more

Bishop Mark O’Toole of Plymouth, England.

Pope Francis names new archbishop to lead 2 Catholic dioceses in Wales

Apr 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Mark O’Toole will oversee the Archdiocese of Cardiff and Diocese of Menevia. Read more

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster speaks with a police officer outside Westminster Cathedral in London, Nov. 9, 2021.

English police guidelines change after Catholic MP dies without Last Rites

Apr 4, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Police guidelines in the U.K. have changed to allow clergy to assist badly injured crime victims after Catholic MP David... Read more

An image of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at St. Peter's Church, Vienna, Austria.

Catholic bishops of England and Wales to join Pope Francis in Ukraine-Russia consecration

Mar 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘I have been touched by the Holy Father’s initiative,’ said Bishop Mark O’Toole. Read more

Archbishop John Wilson of Southwark.

Catholic archbishop ‘did the right thing’ in LGBT author dispute, says education consultant

Mar 17, 2022

By CNA Staff

The author’s visit was canceled and school governors who supported the book-signing event removed. Read more

The ordination of Jonathan Goodall (former Anglican Bishop) to the Catholic priesthood in Westminster Cathedral, London, March 12, 2022.

Priests bear heaven's promises, cardinal says at ordination of former Anglican bishop

Mar 12, 2022

By Carl Bunderson

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster reflected on the priesthood on Saturday, preaching at the Mass of the priestly ordination of... Read more

Peter Forster, who was Anglican Bishop of Chester from 1996 to 2019, and who was received into the Catholic Church in 2021.

Retired Anglican bishop Peter Forster becomes Catholic, news report confirms

Feb 4, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Peter Forster, a former Anglican Bishop of Chester, was received into the Catholic Church in Scotland last year, a Church... Read more

Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrates a Pontifical Votive Mass of the Blessed Sacrament at Corpus Christi Church, Maiden Lane, London, Sept. 11, 2021.

Cardinal Nichols: Traditional rite confirmations no longer permitted

Jan 25, 2022

By Luke Coppen

The Latin Mass Society urged the cardinal to reconsider his stance. Read more

Nurse Mary Onuoha holds the cross on her necklace.

Catholic nurse unfairly dismissed over cross necklace, UK tribunal rules

Jan 7, 2022

By CNA Staff

The verdict was hailed as a ‘landmark ruling.’ Read more

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Unvaccinated Catholics asked not to attend Mass by English parish

Jan 6, 2022

By Luke Coppen

The diocese said vaccination status should not be a “barrier” to attending Mass. Read more

A post-plenary press conference at the London headquarters of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Nov. 19, 2021.

English and Welsh bishops urge Catholics to renew commitment to Sunday Mass

Nov 19, 2021

By CNA Staff

But they acknowledged that the pandemic still posed obstacles to regular church attendance. Read more

Cardinal Vincent Nichols and London police chief Cressida Dick meet outside of Westminster Cathedral, Nov. 9, 2021.

Cardinal and police chief agree to create group reviewing last rites access for priests at crime scenes

Nov 10, 2021

By CNA Staff

The agreement was reached in the wake of lawmaker Sir David Amess’ death. Read more

The ordination of Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali to the Catholic priesthood in London, England, Oct. 30, 2021.

‘A moment of great joy’: English cardinal ordains ex-Anglican bishop as Catholic priest

Oct 30, 2021

By CNA Staff

Fr. Michael Nazir-Ali was ordained at a Mass at an ordinariate church in London. Read more

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams (left) at the 2012 London Paralympic Games

Former Archbishop of Canterbury opposes proposed UK assisted suicide law

Sep 13, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A prominent Anglican archbishop has added his voice to those of several Catholic bishops in England and Wales opposing the... Read more

Nazir Afzal, who was appointed chair of the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales May 18, 2021. Photo courtesy of the Catholic Safeguarding Project.

In England and Wales, Catholic Church names former prosecutor to lead child protection efforts

May 22, 2021

By CNA Staff

Nazir Afzal, a prestigious Muslim barrister with a history of prosecuting gangs engaged in sexual abuse and grooming, is the... Read more

Catholic safeguarding commission reports rise in abuse allegations in England and Wales

Feb 19, 2021

The number of people facing concerns or allegations of abuse against children rose by 29% in a year, according to... Read more

The flag of Scotland. Credit: Lynx Aqua/Shutterstock.

Scotland's bishops protest against closure of churches amid new lockdown

Jan 5, 2021

The Scottish Catholic bishops have protested the closing of churches as part of Scotland’s newest coronavirus lockdown.  Read more

Cardinal Vincent Nichols at Westminster Cathedral in London, England, Feb. 2, 2019.

Cardinal Nichols says he has ‘no wish to walk away’ as bishops launch safeguarding overhaul

Nov 20, 2020

Cardinal Vincent Nichols said Friday that he was committed to overseeing a major overhaul of safeguarding procedures in England and... Read more