Monthly Archives: April 2015

Members of the formation team from the Archdiocese of Liverpool will pay a return visit to our diocese with a view to introducing us to the superb catechetical formation material they have produced to prepare families for the baptism of their children. The material is designed to support families in their preparation for their child’s baptism as well as immerse them in a welcoming community of faith that seeks to support and nurture them.

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The Armenian Genocide saw the massacre of over one million people in territory that now lies in present-day Turkey.

It started a hundred years ago when the Ottoman authorities arrested and executed some 250 Armenian intellectuals in Constantinople, now Istanbul, on 24 April 1915.

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The number of women entering convents in England and Wales has hit a 25 year high.  From a low point of 7 in 2004, the numbers have steadily increased to a high point of 45 in 2014.  Religious life is an attractive choice for an increasing number of educated and dynamic young and older women.

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On Tuesday, Students from St Bede’s Catholic College, Bristol met with Charlotte Leslie a candidate for the Bristol West seat in the forthcoming General Election. The students, who are part of our Diocesan Young leaders course run by Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry, in partnership with CAFOD Clifton, used their time to challenge Charlotte about Climate Change.

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Responding to the loss of several hundred lives after a vessel carrying 700 migrants capsized in Libyan waters south of Lampedusa on 19 April, Bishop Patrick Lynch, Bishop for Migrants, called on European Union member states to ‘work collaboratively’ to find a solution to these humanitarian disasters:

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Bishop Declan, Chair of the Bishops’ International Affairs department, has prayed for the 30 Ethiopian Christians apparently murdered by Daesh in Libya and said, in a statement, that the Christian faith “encourages us to stand in solidarity with all those vulnerable peoples and communities across the MENA region that spurn merciless and ungodly ideologies.”

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Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time – Howells: Piano Quartet in A minor

On the evening of Sunday April 26th Clifton Cathedral hosts some of the South West’s premier musicians to  perform Howells’ Piano Quartet and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. These are pieces both with links to war – in fact one of them written in a concentration camp. 

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Every year, on Good Friday, just before the joy of Easter, we look to the Cross to meditate on Christ’s suffering and sacrifice. The Way of the Cross is a solemn journey with Jesus as we remember His Passion, death and Resurrection. It doesn’t matter where you are around the world – in Jerusalem or thousands of miles from Calvary- you can reflect on the one who once and for all conquered sin and death, to bring everyone who chooses it, new life, unconditional love, peace, joy and forgiveness.

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