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February 10, 2016

Bishop names Chapter of Canons for East Anglia Diocese

The names of members of a newly-established Chapter of Canons for the Diocese of East Anglia have been announced by Bishop Alan Hopes. The nine […]
February 10, 2016

£4 million boost for Walsingham Shrine Appeal

The Catholic National Shrine at Walsingham in North Norfolk has received a major boost towards its building development fund with the announcement of a £4 million […]
February 9, 2016

Why do over a billion people worldwide receive ashes on Ash Wednesday?

What does this ancient tradition mean? How can it benefit everyone, whatever their religious or non-religious affiliation? Does it really have a place in people-s lives […]
February 9, 2016

Lent Resources

February 8, 2016

Pope-s Video about Care for Creation

Pope Francis on Fridayunveiled a second video intended to spread his prayer intentions, asking believers and non-believers alike to free themselves "from the slavery of consumerism" […]
February 8, 2016

Parishes asked to raise Lent cash for two charities

Parishes across the Diocese of East Anglia are being asked to raise money for two Christian charities in their Lenten offerings this year. The two […]
February 8, 2016

Pre-Lent pastoral letter from Bishop Alan

A Pre-Lent Pastoral Letter from Bishop Alan Hopes, which was read at all Masses in each parish of the Diocese of East Anglia during the weekend […]
February 4, 2016

Jesuit spiritual director to speak in Cambridge

How to Listen to God is the subject of the next Ablaze Mass at St Laurence church in Cambridge on February 7 with guest speaker, Fr […]
February 3, 2016

Safeguarding is at heart of Church’s mission

The Catholic Church in England and Wales has restated that the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults is at the heart of the Church’s […]
February 2, 2016

CAFOD - Lent appeal 2016

CAFOD is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and part of Caritas International. We are delighted to hear this years […]
January 26, 2016

St Benedict’s celebrates table-topping A-level results

St Benedicts Catholic School in Bury St Edmunds is celebrating the confirmation of another year of outstanding exam results, which ranked it as the top state […]
January 19, 2016

New roof helps stop major fire damage at Catholic church

Parishioners at St John of the Cross Roman Catholic Church in Aylsham, are counting their blessings after a fire yesterday reduced a shed to ash, but […]
January 19, 2016


We are planning to take a group from East Angliato this exciting event in central London on February 6th, organised by the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation. […]
January 12, 2016

New organ means sweet sounds from Cromer church

Sweeter sounds of worship are now coming from Our Lady of Refuge in Cromer, North Norfolk, after the church-s new organ was blessed by the Bishop […]
January 8, 2016

Youth team’s explosive celebration of Epiphany

There was an explosive celebration of Epiphany near Norwich on January 3 when over 120 young people and their families from across the Diocese of East […]
January 7, 2016

Norwich church set to mark 50th birthday

St George’s church on Sprowston Road in Norwich is set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its consecration this year. The Catholic parish will be hosting […]
December 30, 2015

Pope gives special status to England-s Nazareth at Walsingham

Pope Francis has granted Minor Basilica status to the Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham in North Norfolk. The rare designation is given by […]
December 26, 2015

Standing room only at Cathedral for Christmas vigil

It was standing room only at the Catholic Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich for the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass at 6pm on Thursday […]
December 23, 2015

BBC and Premier broadcast two Diocese carol services

Two Diocese of East Anglia churches have had Christmas carol services recorded and broadcast this Christmas on the BBC and Premier Radio. BBC Radio Cambridgeshire recorded […]
December 21, 2015

January 2016 Catholic East Anglia now online

The January 2016 edition of Catholic East Anglia is now available online and in print and contains news of the Holy Door opening and the Year […]
December 21, 2015


During the Advent Season, the Church-s liturgy is filled with references of the longing of the prophet, Isaiah: Drop down you heavens from above, and let […]
December 21, 2015

Wonderful Christmastime for King-s Men in Norwich

Choral scholars from King-s College, Cambridge, warmed up for their world-renowned BBC TV and radio Christmas carol service appearances in the guise of acapella group The […]
December 13, 2015

Holy Door opening marks start of Year of Mercy

The Year of Mercy began in the Diocese of East Anglia on Sunday December 13 with Bishop Alan Hopes opening the Holy Door at St John […]
November 30, 2015

Norwich perspective on Pope’s historic visit to Africa

This week Pope Francis has visited Africa, the fastest-growing part of the Catholic world, for the first time, taking a message of hope to the terrorist […]
November 23, 2015

King’s College scholars to sing in Norwich

Acclaimed choral scholars The King’s Men, from King-s College, Cambridge, will be singing at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich on December 18, […]
November 20, 2015

Advent with Mary & Joseph Posada

There-s an old Mexican tradition called "Posada-. A young man and a young woman from the parish are selected to dress up as Mary and Joseph […]
November 17, 2015

Diss mum-of-four begins 200-mile Paris walk for climate change

A Diss parishioner and mum of four began a 200-mile walk to Paris on Friday to ask world leaders to take action against climate change. Judith […]
November 11, 2015

Holy Doors Opening The Year of Mercy

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin is another important date for the New Evangelisation and begins another phase. On the feastday, 8 […]
November 7, 2015

Catholic East Anglia November 2015

November’s edition of Catholic East Anglia newspaper is now available to view online. To find out the latest news from within the Diocese you can read […]
November 7, 2015

Workshop on being a welcoming parish

Becoming a Welcoming Parish was the theme of a New Evangelisation day workshop at the Newmarket parish centre on October 31, attended by around 50 delegates […]
November 2, 2015

Symposium marks 50th anniversary of historic declaration

An audience of over 100 Christians, Jews and Muslims attended an historic inter-religion symposium at St John-s Cathedral Narthex centre in Norwich on Sunday November 1. […]
October 31, 2015

Diocese appoints new comms director

The Catholic Diocese of East Anglia has appointed a new Director for Communications and editor of its Diocesan newspaper. From the December edition, Keith Morris takes […]
October 20, 2015

OLEM celebrates 125th anniversary

Our Lady of the Assumption and English Martyrs in Cambridge is celebrating 125 years since its consecration. The building that stands at the head of Hills […]
October 14, 2015

Diocese website is named as digital awards finalist

The shortlisted finalists in the Norfolk Christian Digital Media Awards have been announced and the Diocese of East Anglia-s new website is amongst them. If you […]
October 12, 2015

Bishop talks about Pope Francis, family synod and faith on BBC radio

The Bishop of East Anglia, the Right Revd Alan Hopes, was on Radio Cambridgeshire yesterday talking about Pope Francis, the current Vatican synod on the family […]
October 10, 2015

Towards a Culture of Safeguarding

The Church has a responsibility to ensure all those who undertake work in the name of the Church are adequately trained in safeguarding matters. The Catholic […]
October 7, 2015

Bishop consecrates new £1.2m Suffolk church

A new church which blends centuries of history with 21st century architectural excellence has been consecrated by the Bishop of East Anglia at Clare in Suffolk […]
October 3, 2015

Flame of faith ignited by Norwich candlelit procession

Around 700 Roman Catholics walked in a silent procession of witness through the streets of Norwich, from the Castle Mound to St John the Baptist Cathedralon […]
October 1, 2015

Candlelit Norwich procession set to ignite flame of faith

More than 1,000 Roman Catholics from across East Anglia are expected to march silently through Norwich city centre tomorrow night to mark the start of the […]
September 25, 2015

Solemnity of Our Lady of Walsingham

The 24th September marks the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham, principal patron of the Diocese of East Anglia. Mass for this Feast was celebrated throughout […]
September 24, 2015

Bishops Welcome EU Quotas to Resettle Refugees

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales welcome the EUs approval of quotas for a fairer relocation of refugees across Europe along with a more co-ordinated […]
September 21, 2015

New Website Launch!

We are delighted to share with you our newly redesigned website, with a bold new look, enhanced navigation experience, interactive directories, all the latest news and […]
September 17, 2015

Norwich Cathedral heritage visitor record

A record 3,000 visitors enjoyed four days of displays, tours and stunning views over Norwich at the RC Cathedral of St John the Baptist during Norfolk-s […]
September 17, 2015

A to Z of Catholic church at Walsingham

From Albania to Zimbabwe, 4,000 people comprising a literal A to Z of the universal Catholic church gathered at Walsingham in North Norfolk on Sunday September […]
September 16, 2015

Home Mission Sunday 20th September

Home Mission Sunday takes place on 20 September 2015.It’s the day in the Church’s calendar when the Catholic community in England and Wales is invited to […]