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LITTERAE COMMUNIONIS •2016-2017

ENGLAND AND WALES BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE PLENARY ASSEMBLIES The Bishops’ meeting last autumn took place in November 2016 in Leeds. The Spring 2017 meeting was combined with a retreat for bishops, led by the Bishop of Aberdeen, Scotland. November saw the release of a new document, The Right Road, which describes a Catholic approach to prison reform. The document draws on expertise from Catholic charities, chaplains and experts working in this field. Recognising the central role of employment in helping people leaving prison to become reintegrated into society, the Bishops’ Conference also agreed to ‘Ban the Box’ in their diocesan recruitment practices, and encouraged all employers to do the same. This box often appears on forms asking job applicants if they have a criminal record. Ticking this box often means they may never be called for interview. A text can be downloaded from the website. NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS & PILGRIMAGE, “ADOREMUS” The Bishops’ Conference is holding a National Eucharistic Congress & Pilgrimage in Liverpool from 7-9 September 2018. This weekend will bring together people, clergy and religious from all the Dioceses of England & Wales in a celebration of the centrality of the Holy

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A N G L I A E T C A M B R I A

PRESIDENT HIS EMINENCE CARDINAL VINCENT NICHOLS ARCHBISHOP OF WESTMINSTER

SECRETARY GENERAL REV. CHRISTOPHER PAUL THOMAS

Eucharist in the Church. There will be an academic day with workshops and seminars, a Congress Day bringing together around 10,000 people at which Bishop Robert Barron will give a keynote speech, and Sunday Mass and Eucharistic Procession at the Metropolitan Catholic Cathedral of Liverpool. VISIT BY FOUR UK MUSLIM LEADERS TO THE HOLY FATHER On 5 April Pope Francis welcomed four UK Muslim leaders who went with Cardinal Nichols for a private meeting with him to promote dialogue and close collaboration on social action in the United Kingdom. The delegation was led by Cardinal Nichols and included Moulana Muhammad Shahid Raza, Moulana Ali Raza Rizvi, Moulana Sayed Ali Abbas Razawi and Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra. Cardinal Nichols has engaged in dialogue with a number of Muslim leaders over the past few years and brought the delegation to Rome for the Papal Audience and a meeting with Cardinal Tauran at the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. FLAME 2017 Flame 2017, held at The SSE Arena, Wembley, on Saturday 11 March, saw 10,000 young people come together to interact and celebrate their faith. Flame Congress is a joint production of the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation, and

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

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