News Archive 2007 - March

Nigerian bishop in Southwark at Cafod's invitation

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos in Northern Nigeria is in England at the invitation of Cafod. He gave a talk in the Amigo Hall on Saturday, 17th March, the Feast of St Patrick, who is a patron of Nigeria. His message was to Live Simply in solidarity with the poor. He reminded his audience of the extraordinary missionary activity from our countries which made a significant contribution to the development of Nigeria, a task which is continued today through Cafod. 'Not all the fingers are equal on a hand', he said, indicating that all can contribute in their own individual ways.

Within Nigeria's estimated population of 140 million, 4.6% are suffering from HIV/AIDS.

With him in the picture are: Paul Whittle, Cafod Diocesan Manager for Southwark, Canon James Cronin, Fr Albert Ofere, Nigerian Chaplain, and Fr Mark Odion MSP, assistant at the Cathedral.

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Michael Noakes' portrait of Archbishop Kevin

A portrait of Archbishop Kevin now joins those of all his predecessors on the walls of Archbishop's House. It was painted by Michael Noakes in 2002 and the original hangs in Bishop's House, Northampton, Archbishop Kevin's former diocese. This copy has been digitally reproduced. Michael Noakes has recently completed a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI.

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"For Creed and Creation"

Archbishop Kevin attended the launch of "For Creed and Creation", a new environmental guide to help London's churches become greener.
It took place at City Hall on Wednesday, 14th March. Bishop Paul was also present as were the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, the Bishop of London, Dr Richard Chartres, together with other Church leaders and the authors.

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Dialogue with the Oriental Orthodox Churches

Archbishop Kevin, Bishop Michael Evans and Bishop Paul with Bishop Angaelos and bishops of the Oriental Orthodox Churches

Archbishop Kevin hosted a meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Department for Dialogue and Unity and the Council of Oriental Orthodox Churches at Archbishop's House on Wednesday, 1st March. The group intend to form a Catholic-Oriental Orthodox Forum and will meet again in October when the meeting will be hosted by Bishop Angaelos who is President of the Council of Oriental Orthodox Churches. 

Archbishop Kevin, who is the Chairman of the Department for Dialogue and Unity, said, “During the papacy of John Paul II important progress was made in overcoming the ancient Christological differences between our Churches and in developing pastoral collaboration. I hope this new initiative will help with the reception of these developments and will deepen relationships between our Churches in this country.”