My first word is one of thanks to His Eminence Cardinal Ouellet for the invitation to contribute to this course and to you, my brothers, for your generosity in serving the Church as bishops.
One of the great characters of the English episcopate...Read more
Honourable members of the Siemas, your Excellencies, Sisters, ladies and gentlemen,
It is a privilege to address you today. Thank you for the invitation and for your commitment in the fight against the evil of slavery.
I come here to repre...Read more
It is a joy to make my first visit (as patron) to St Ethelburga’s here in the heart of the City of London. I am looking forward to our conversations this evening.
The idea for this centre, focused on conflict resolution and ‘makers of...Read more
Good evening. Thank you for this invitation to be with you this evening. My thanks to Fr Eddie O'Donnell for his kind hospitality. Thank you all for coming.
You have invited me to reflect on the Year of Mercy which ended in November. I am gla...Read more
A few weeks ago, I was invited out to dinner by a small group of women, living together in London, but coming from seven different countries. They provided food that was varied and delicious, as each had contributed to the meal from their own trad...Read more
Here’s the secret of Christmas in 20 words: in Jesus, God embraces our poverty, so that in Jesus, God can raise us up to share in his glory. It’s a simple as that and as complex as we are!
We know our poverty: the shallowness of so many of ...Read more
Thanks to St Mary’s for this initiative, and its partnership with the Institut Catholique.
Thanks to Dr Moran for his fascinating and first-hand experience in the work of reconciliation in Northern Ireland. We are privileged to have this pers...Read more
Welcome to this historic event. Not often have so many from our schools come together and certainly not in this distinguished hall. It gives me the opportunity of thanking you all for your tremendous work in Catholic education, in the schools an...Read more
Good afternoon, it is a pleasure to be here once again in Parliament for the sixth annual Caritas Social Action Network reception. It is greatly encouraging, as it is every year, to see so many charities, supporters and parliamentarians gathered t...Read more
Most Holy Father,
Thank you for this privilege of meeting with you today. We recall with joy your presence, on the 10 April 2014, at the first meeting of this Santa Marta Group. On that day, with your encouragement, we gave our commitment to deve...Read more
My dear friends,
I welcome you and thank you most sincerely for your presence and participation in this meeting. Many words of welcome and thanks have already been expressed and I do not need to repeat them, although they are strongly present i...Read more
In the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi there are three paintings by Caravaggio telling the story of St Matthew. I am sure you are familiar with them. The first is entitled theCalling of St Matthew and it is an excellent starting point for these r...Read more
Human trafficking and modern slavery are ‘grievous wounds in the flesh of humanity’.
These words were spoken by Pope Francis in April 2014 at a meeting in Rome bringing together representatives of law enforcement agencies from around the ...Read more
I started serious preparation for this talk at the time of the Feast of the Assumption and l begin with a quotation from that Office of Readings, from the Letter to the Ephesians:
'I have never stopped thanking God for you. I remember you in ...Read more
The title of this talk, ‘Confinement is not the same thing as exclusion’, is taken from words of Pope Francis spoken in the penitentiary in Philadelphia earlier this year. It reminds us that prisoners are never to be forgotten, written off. Ra...Read more
Thank you very much for the honour you bestow on me today. I am truly grateful for the recognition that this honorary degree represents: recognition not just of some personal achievements, elegantly presented by the universit...Read more