The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales works across a wide range of subjects nationally and internationally.
Here you will find more information about our work – from liturgy, patrimony and worship to education, family life and dialogue with other religions; from Christian unity, healthcare and evangelisation to environmental issues, overseas aid and development and migration. These subjects and many more are covered, alphabetically, in this section. Most of the work is administrated by our Departments but we also have dedicated Agencies and Offices for key subject areas.
Africa is a rich and diverse continent, the second biggest in the world, with 54 fully-recognised countries. Each country has its own economic, political and religious realities. The Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales stands in solidarity with the Bishops of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa.
Catechesis is a ministry of teaching and forming that passes on the Word of God to inform the Catholic community and candidates for initiation into the Church about the teachings of Christ, transmitted by the Apostles to the Church.
Unity among all Christians is a key concern for the Catholic Church. Ecumenism, unity or cooperation with other Christian churches, is about healing and forgiving so we can all work together as a united witness to our shared faith in Christ.
The Church has, since earliest times, been committed to caring for those who are sick or in need. Indeed, institutions established by churches and religious orders laid the foundations of the modern health service.
The Christian community in the Holy Land represents a physical link between the modern world and the life and times of Christ – they are the ‘living stones’ of our faith. Since 1998, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has organised the Holy Land Co-ordination.
The Home Mission Office sits within the Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis and acts as a point of reference for evangelisation in dioceses, movements and Catholic organisations in England and Wales.
'Faith in Politics' is the Bishops' Conference Catholic Parliamentary and Public Affairs internship scheme, which was started in 2003. It provides up to eight recently graduated Catholics with intensive experience of political and social action in a spiritual context.
The Department of Dialogue and Unity has a Commitee for Catholic Jewish Relations. It works to build the relationship between the Church and Jewish people, thus implementing the official teaching of the Church.
The Living Wage is an hourly wage rate calculate to take into consideration the costs of housing, transport, food and basic essentials for the worker and their family. In November 2012 the Catholic Bishops’ Conference passed a resolution which fully endorses the principle of the Living Wage and encourages Catholic organisations and charities in England and Wales to work towards its implementation. Their resolution recognised that fair wages are essential to the Common Good of our society and are part of the Church’s mission to support the poor and vulnerable. This resolution follows over 100 years of support from the Popes on the importance of a just wage, found within a collection of Papal Encyclicals or letters, more commonly known as Catholic Social Teaching.
As part of the Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis, the Bishops' Conference has a working group that focuses on rural issues. Sometimes the Church is most visible as a Church of towns and cities yet many Catholics in England and Wales attend rural parishes or urban parishes with large rural areas.
The National Office for Vocation is an Office of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales. Its mission is to build a culture of vocation in the Church in England and Wales and to promote the calls to specific vocations.