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Plymouth Bishop-elect Christopher Whitehead's planned installation was cancelled in February.

English bishop-elect whose installation was canceled returns to ministry

Mar 25, 2024

By Daniel Payne

“The diocese communicates that Canon Whitehead has resumed his duties as parish priest of St. John the Evangelist in Bath,”... Read more

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

Father Sean Gough, a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, England, faced criminal charges for praying for free speech outside an abortion clinic after business hours in violation of a strict buffer zone law in the English city of Birmingham. “I pray wherever I go, inside my head, for the people around me. How can it be a crime for a priest to pray?” he said in a Feb. 9, 2023, statement from the ADF UK legal group.

UK bishops say law criminalizing prayer outside of abortion clinics is discriminatory

Mar 16, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholic bishops in the United Kingdom said a new law criminalizing prayer and outreach outside abortion clinics discriminates against people... Read more


Holy Communion from the chalice reintroduced in the UK: What about the U.S.?

Mar 2, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The bishops of England and Wales announced that the distribution of holy Communion from the chalice during Mass will resume... Read more

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

England and Wales no longer Christian ‘by default,’ census shows

Dec 1, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The latest census shows Christians there are now a minority, while the number of people who have no religious affiliation... Read more


Catholic Church apologizes ‘unreservedly’ after English child sex abuse inquiry

Oct 20, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Catholic Church in England and Wales has offered an “unreserved apology” to all sexual abuse victims who have suffered... 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

Queen Elizabeth II films her traditional Christmas broadcast to the Commonwealth from Buckingham Palace on Dec. 19, 2001 in London, England.

Catholic leaders remember Queen Elizabeth II’s Christian faith

Sep 8, 2022

By Katie Yoder

The pope and bishops around the world also praised the late queen’s steadfast devotion to her country throughout her 70-year... Read more

The Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist, Salford

English diocese committed to protecting threatened mural of the Crucifixion

Sep 2, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Diocese of Salford, UK has reiterated its commitment to preserving and protecting a historic Catholic mural, following increasing concerns... Read more

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