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English bishops issue statements on poverty, school admissions

November 18, 2013

At their annual November meeting, the bishops of England and Wales issued brief statements on poverty and admissions to Catholic schools.

Archbishop Antonio Mennini, apostolic nuncio to Great Britain, thanked the bishops for “defending the real nature of marriage and its truth during the long months previous to the approval of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act. I really admire your determined and steady commitment in trying to avoid this sad legislation and its negative consequences for the family.”

“Unfortunately, there are also many others challenges that our Church, both here in Great Britain and abroad has to face; I think, for example, of issues like religious and Catholic education in schools, the serious consequences that will follow if the Right-to-die Bill is passed, etc.,” Archbishop Mennini added. “Though we are not living in easy times for the Church, we don’t get discouraged.”

In his address, which was posted on the bishops’ website, Archbishop Mennini also reflected on episcopal appointments and encouraged bishops to invite him to events in their dioceses.


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