The Bishops of England and Wales met at Hinsley Hall, Leeds, for their autumn plenary meeting from 10-13 November 2014.
It was fitting that the host diocese - the Diocese of Leeds - welcomed a new Bishop shortly after the conclusion of the meeting on Thursday 13 November with the Episcopal Ordination of the Rt Rev Marcus Stock in St Anne's Cathedral.
More fitting still that Bishop Stock had just completed five years as General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.
The bishops discussed many subjects and issued resolutions on:
- Family Synod 2014
- General Election 2015
- Day for Life - Change of date
- Year of Consecrated Life
- Religious Education - GCSEs
"Acceptance, temperance, patience, meekness, trustworthiness, goodness of heart: this is “the alphabet, the basic grammar, of every ministry” in the Church. But — Pope Francis recalled at the General Audience on Wednesday, 12 November in St Peter’s Square — there is “basic conduct” which must not be forgotten: the “awareness that everything is a gift, everything is grace, also helps a Pastor not to fall into the temptation of placing himself at the centre of attention and trusting only in himself”. Ministers of the Church must humbly “listen to the people”. And he relaunched his international appeal against the “absurd violence” being inflicted on Christians. The following is a translation of the Holy Father’s address, which he delivered in Italian."
We are sad to hear from Independent Catholic News that
Gerard W Hughes SJ, died peacefully in the Jesuit nursing home in Boscombe, Bournmouth, at about 2.30pm on Tuesday, 4 November 2014. He celebrated his 90th birthday in March this year. May he rest in peace.
Fr Gerry was a much-loved priest, spiritual director, author, teacher and friend to many. Fr Gerry's books included God of Surprises, God in All Things, Oh God Why?, and Walking with God. His last book, Cry of Wonder was published just last week.
Early in 2013 he gave a talk in a series at St. Giles' Church, Oxford from 17th January 2013 to 7th March 2013 inclusive.
Our tribute is to share his wisdom and his humour.
Pope Francis lamented the case of Christians who are so attached to the laws that they neglect the concepts of love and justice. His words came on Friday during his homily at the morning Mass celebrated in the Santa Marta residence.