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The Call, the Journey and the Mission: results now in

It may well have passed you by, but the bishops of England and Wales issued a second questionnaire related to the two back-to-back Synods on marriage and family life. St Laurence parish organised some awareness-raising and hosted a discussion group to collect useful feedback to pass to the bishops regarding their consultation document.

The responses from all dioceses were all returned to the Bishops’ Conference at Pentecost, and they have spent the intervening time pondering what we, the Body of Christ, had to say.

Before they head to the Synod in Rome (4th-25th October), the bishops have kindly published a summary of the responses they received. It makes for sobering reading, and one hopes that the bishops will take careful note of the voices raised in response to their questions.

Marriage and Family report 2015

We pray that the Holy Spirit will be active at the Synod and that God’s divine will be done in his church.

Joint statement by British and French bishops on the refugee crisis

This is the wording of the joint statement signed and released by the French and British bishops – Anglican and Catholic who attended the solidarity event in Calais last weekend.
We leaders of churches alongside the English Channel have joined in solidarity with this Day of Action in Calais and repeat our calls for people to respond to the growing crisis by showing generosity to those who are exiled from their homeland. These vulnerable men, women and childrenshare in our common humanity and everyone can help them to live in dignity and contribute to civil society.
People of all faiths and none can assist by providing financial and material support, time and skills, shelter and accommodation. Above all, we can pray and gather information to support pleas for better treatment in our nations and across the European Union. We wish to counter the myths that lead to prejudice and fear and urge politicians to envisage new policies that go beyond merely closing frontiers and employing increased numbers of security staff.
We resolve to work together to encourage residents to create a climate of welcome for strangers and we trust that we will be joined in this by all who gather in places of worship along the frontiers of European nations.