Advocacy and Campaigns

The Catholic Church in England and Wales actively works for the Common Good of all our society.

On behalf of the Bishops, the Public Affairs Team works on a wide range of important policy issues on which the Church can speak with authenticity and authority. Follow the links below to see our current priorities.

European Citizens - Advocacy

Around 60% of the 3.2 million EU citizens living in the UK are Catholics. Safeguarding the future of everyone who has made their home here is a priority for the Church.

Human Rights - Advocacy

The Catholic Church is committed to protecting freedom of religion or belief for everyone and we believe that this should be a foreign affairs priority for the UK.

Life Issues - Advocacy

Respecting the sanctity of life is a fundamental Catholic value. We regularly engage with the government and parliament to support protection of life at every stage.

Holy Land - Advocacy

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales organises the annual Holy Land Coordination which is mandated by the Holy See, to act in solidarity with region’s Christian communities.

Prisons - Advocacy

Catholic chaplains, charities and volunteers work in every prison throughout England and Wales – supporting thousands of prisoners and their families every year.

Migrants and Refugees - Advocacy

The Catholic Church is at the forefront of supporting refugees in the UK – including through the Community Sponsorship programme.