News Archive 2007 - November

'In hope we are saved'

Pope Benedict's second encyclical 'Spe Salvi' was published on Friday, 30th November, 2007. It is the Holy Father's personal reflection on Christian Hope. The full text is now available:

on the Vatican website


Archbishop Kevin opens new offices in Sutton


Archbishop Kevin with Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz,the Apostolic Nuncio. and Neville Kyrke-Smith, National Director of ACN (UK)

Archbishop Kevin blessed the new offices of Aid to the Church in Need on Thursday, 29th November 2007. Almost a hundred friends of the charity were present. The day coincided with the charity's 60th anniversary.

Full report and more pictures


MSP Superior General appointed Bishop

Father Hyacinth Egbebo, the Superior General of the Missionary Society of St Paul, was in the parish of The Assumption, Deptford with members of his order on Friday, 23rd November 2007, the day the Vatican announced that he had been appointed auxiliary bishop by the Holy Father.

Bishop-elect Egbebo is to be auxiliary of the apostolic vicariate of Bomadi in Nigeria. The vicariate covers about 7,000 square miles and has a population of 2.7 million. Its 21,000 Catholics are served by 17 priests and 6 religious.

The Missionaries of St Paul are in four parishes in the diocese of Southwark: the Cathedral, St Gertrude's, South Bermondsey,
SS Philip and James, Herne Hill and The Assumption, Deptford.


Vatican pays tribute to the work of Catechists

Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, (which is also entrusted with catechesis) has written to the world's catechists, paying tribute to their vocation and encouraging them in the work they undertake for the benefit of the Church.

Cardinal Hummes' Message to Catechists


Archbishop Kevin greets Hindus on feast of Diwali

Archbishop Kevin, as Chairman of the Committee for Other Faiths of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, has forwarded to the Hindu community a letter from Cardinal Tauran greeting them on their feast of Diwali.

The Archbishop added his own greetings and good wishes.

Letters from Cardinal Tauran and Archbishop Kevin


Bishop Patrick and Canon James Cronin visit Ghana

Bishop Patrick, Canon James Cronin and Father Philip Knights (Westminster) with the Bishops' Conference of Ghana

Bishop Patrick Lynch and Canon James Cronin are on a ten day visit to Ghana as guests of Cardinal Turkson. They will address the Bishops’ Conference of Ghana assembled in Kumasi.

Canon James Cronin with school children in Ghana

Newsletter record of the visit (pdf)

Report of the visit with some photos

Added page of photos of the visit


Mass for Health and Social Care Workers

Archbishop Kevin offered Mass for Health and Social Care Workers in St George's Cathedral on Saturday, 3rd November. During the Mass those present made an Act of Commitment to persevere in their vocation to care for the sick and serve those in need.

Text of the Act of Commitment and a few more photos


Archbishop Maurice Couve de Murville dies

Archbishop Maurice Couve de Murville, Archbishop Emeritus of Birmingham, died peacefully on Saturday, 3rd November 2007, at the age of 78.

He started his priestly life in the Diocese of Southwark and his first appointment was as curate at St Anselm's, Dartford.

He was appointed Archbishop of Birmingham in 1982 and resigned
on grounds of ill-health in 1999.


His Funeral Mass will take place at
St Chad's Cathedral on Wednesday, 21st November 2007, at 11:30 am.


May he rest in peace.

Biography of Archbishop Maurice