Tag Archives: Education

The Art of Dying Well


The Catholic Bishops’ Conference have launched a new website for the month of November, the moth of the Holy Souls. Called ‘The Art of Dying Well‘ the site offers support to those grappling with issues around the meaning of death and dying. Based in the Catholic tradition, but open to all, it features real-life stories about dealing with the journey through death to eternal life.

The site is for those who are dying, their friends and family, for carers and makes a contribution to the national debate. Expert advice has been sought from professionals in palliative care, ethics, chaplaincy, history and media.


Here is a video clip from the website which looks at the journey of one man’s terminal illness.

The Christian Institute

The Christain Institute

The Christian Institute is an ecumenical group which serves to represent Christians and their views to the wider world, and to inform Christians of what the wider world thinks of them. It offers publications on theology and Christian living, provides a news feed on Christian matters and offers legal aid to those who are being treated badly simply for holding Christian principles. Check it out and, if you’re a Facebook user, ‘like’ the page to receive their news feed.

Recent stories include:

On stem cell research: Paralysis breakthrough shows value of ethical research.

On presumed consent for human organ transplant: Mum who needs new heart: It should be a gift, not obligation.

On the importance and erosion of married life: You could split up, council tells wife of stroke sufferer.

On faith schools being forced to close for failing to promote gay marriage: Department of Education in ‘gay rights’ row. 

On sex-selective abortion: Overwhelming number of MPs against sex-selective abortion.

On censorship of Christian Values: Pastors ordered to hand over sermons to US city’s lawyers.

What is Catholic Education?


The Catholic Education Service has announced the launch of a new document, revised and approved by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, celebrating the important impact that Catholic education has on our communities.

The document, which was approved at the Bishops’ Conference Plenary meeting in May, outlines the distinctive nature of Catholic education, which is currently responsible for almost 800,000 pupils in England and Wales.

It also explains the way in which Catholic schools work in partnership with the Government to provide outstanding academic standards, a diverse education and a cohesive and welcoming environment for all.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, said:

“I welcome this document which highlights the distinctive nature of Catholic education to make Christ known, to assist parents in their role as primary educators of their children and to be of service to society. The high demand for places at Catholic schools is testament to the high regard of parents for the distinctive nature of Catholic schools and also the high standards achieved.

“I commend the staff, pupils and parents across all Catholic schools and offer my prayers for their continued endeavours.”

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP, Chairman of the CES, said:

“Supporting the education of our young people is not just a responsibility for the Church, but also a privilege. This new document outlines the fantastic contribution of Catholic education to our communities across England and Wales and I hope that it encourages people to celebrate and support the work of our Catholic schools and colleges.”

The Catholic Church is responsible for 10% of the total maintained education sector in England and Wales. It employs over 48,000 teachers and 38,000 education support staff.