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St Francis Catholic Primary school, Nailsea, has been rated outstanding in its latest inspection by the Diocese of Clifton. The single form entry school, which serves the parishes of St Francis, Nailsea and the Immaculate Conception, Clevedon, was judged to be outstanding in all areas – its overall effectiveness, the outcomes for pupils, the provision of Catholic education and the effectiveness of leaders and governors in developing the Catholic life of the school.
This year’s main gathering of the Diocesan Pastoral Council, took place on Saturday 14 Marchat St Brendan’s College. The focus this year was on Human Dignity – being truly human. The day brought together over 160 people from our diocesan community for a day’s conversation, reflection and input, which drew us together in reflection of what it means to be human.
“The weekend massacres in Lahore showed in the most terrible way just how vulnerable Pakistani Christians, and other communities, are to extremist political violence. The statement by Archbishop Coutts (below) makes clear what the Pakistan government’s responsibilities are and how much more needs to be done to protect its citizens. My prayers and thoughts are with the victims, their families and with those supporting them pastorally within the Pakistani Church.
Bishop Declan addressed the question ‘Can religion be a force for good in international relations?’ last night when he delivered the annual St Matthias Lecture at Bristol Cathedral, College Green. As well as being Bishop of Clifton, he is also chair of the Bishops’ Conference Department of International Affairs.
St. Bede’s Catholic College in Bristol has been rated “outstanding” in its latest inspection by the Diocese of Clifton.
The college was given the highest possible rating in all four areas following a recent visit by diocesan inspectors: overall effectiveness, outcomes for pupils, the effectiveness of leaders and governors in developing the Catholic life of the school, and the provision of Catholic education.
Bishop Declan, Chair of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference Department of International Affairs, is encouraging Catholics to contact Christian prisoners of conscience and human rights defenders with a message of hope this Easter.
For the first time Action by Christians Against Torture has published an Easter greetings list containing details of Christians including a teacher imprisoned on political charges in Indonesia, a priest facing threats because of his human rights advocacy in Cuba and an MP risking her safety by speaking out on behalf of religious minorities in Pakistan.
Highlighting the Pope’s focus on tackling persecution, Bishop Declan stated:
“Pope Francis has called on us to support Christians facing persecution wherever they are in the world. Sending an Easter message to Christian prisoners of conscience and human rights defenders is a practical yet powerful way to give hope and encouragement. Showing that they are not forgotten can also lead to better treatment by the authorities.
I strongly welcome the work of Action by Christians Against Torture, and hope that Catholics throughout England and Wales will join me in sending a message of solidarity this Easter.”
Over 320 young people from across the Clifton Diocese attended Flame 2 at Wembley Arena on Saturday. Flame 2 was the largest gathering of young Catholics in the UK and over 8,000 young people filled the Arena to hear Cardinal Luis Tagle from the Philippines, music from the Grammy award winning Matt Redman and to experience a different way of being ‘Church’. Cardinal Luis spoke of God’s mercy and called on the young people gathered to bring that mercy to our world.
MORE than 160 people from 30 UK cities will gather in Bristol on Friday 6 March to call for an end to government induced destitution among asylum-seekers at the first joint national conference between local authorities, refugee organizations and the voluntary sector.
As a supplement to this story last wee, Fr Richard took a recorder with him and captured the feelings and thoughts of himself and some of the other people who joined the sleepout. This is a very nice insight into what it is like sleeping under the stars for just one night in a safe environment. Please listen to Fr Richard’s podcast below as he sets the scene on a wet and windy evening:
The Bishops have released a letter addressed to Catholics across England and Wales about this year’s General Election. Over 500,000 copies of the letter have been sent to the parishes. The letter can be read in full here.
Letter to Catholics in England and Wales from their Bishops:
Miriam Perrin is young Italian student who decided that, rather than spending a year travelling before going to university, she would like to spend a year doing voluntary work in a faith environment. She came to work within the Nailsea and Portishead Parishes six months ago.